7 Places To Get Inventory For eBay

Where do you get your eBay inventory?If you have followed my blog for a while, you would know that I am an active seller on eBay. Selling items on eBay is one of my favorite side hustles. There is a market for almost anything. There are so many things that you can flip. How do you find eBay inventory, though? In today’s post, I will be discussing seven places where you can get inventory to sell on eBay.

Your Closet

The 1st and easiest place to find eBay eBay inventory is to check your closets. I’m sure that you have clothes that you don’t wear anymore or things that you don’t use anymore. There is no reason for you to be a hoarder. If you can make some money, why not try? I clean out my closets and dressers a couple of times during the year. I’m usually able to find a few things to sell. If I have some stuff that I don’t think will sell, I usually donate them to the local thrift store.


The 2nd place that you can get inventory for eBay is from your family.  If your family likes to keep or hoard stuff you may be in luck. They may have a lot of things that they are just holding on to. Ask them if they will let you look through some stuff. You may find some hidden gems.

Thrift Stores

One of my favorite places to get items to sell on eBay is from thrift stores. There are several Value Village, Goodwill and Salvation Army locations near me. There are always useful items in the stores. Make sure have a list and know what you are looking for. The good thing with thrift stores is that they get new items each day.

Flea Market

Flea Markets are another good place to find items as well. I’ve been able to negotiate prices for a lot of the items that I have purchased there. A lot of people that sell at flea markets are trying to get rid of their stuff quickly and easy. That is usually a win for re-sellers.

Yard Sales

Yard sales are another one of my favorite places to look for items. You can usually talk down prices there as well. In my experience, I have found some major steals at yard sales. Look on Craigslist or in your local newspaper to see when there will be a yard sale near year. If you see something called a neighborhood yard sale, try your best to attend. A community yard sale is when several neighbors or households decide to hold a yard sale. It can be spread out at their separate houses or in one place.

Discount Stores

Discount stores are another place to find inventory. Dollar Tree, Big Lots and Family Dollar are just a few examples of discount stores. They have items marked down at lower prices. You can but them there and sell them for their regular prices.


Rounding out the list is craigslist. Craigslist has a “free” section where people can list things that they are giving away for free. Sometimes there are some items that you can make money off of. It just depends on when you check their site. Those free items tend to disappear very fast.

Those are seven places where you can get your eBay inventory from. If you are an eBay seller, you must check these places out. There is a lot of money to be potentially made. You just have to look for what you think will sell.

Where do you get your eBay inventory from?

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  1. This is pretty cool Jason. I would never have thought to buy items to sell them…but I think it would work! Great side hustle:)
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  2. I have a lot of items that I don’t use anymore. From my bedroom, I have some bags and some boots which are in good condition and can still be sold.
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  3. My wife has sold a lot of stuff on eBay, but we also saved a lot of our clothes and stuff over the years so she had a huge inventory to start with. There’s still more to list!
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  4. Jason, thanks for the info. I used to sell on eBay and was quite successful at it but then had to stop for a while – never got back into it. We have a fabulous thrift store in our area – very clean and good quality. I never thought of using them. It may be time to get back into it.
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  5. I did this a few years ago and you’re right, it works great. I went and bought a bunch of clothes at a thrift store and sold them over a six month period; paid for a trip to Asia.
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  6. Buying items to sell them makes complete sense. I used to have an aunt and uncle who went to yard sales to get stuff to sell at their flea market stall.
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  7. Good post. I probably need go no further then the closets in my house to come up with an eclectic offering.
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  8. William Rusho

    I am a little confused about ebay. If you buy inventory from the places above, then sell them on ebay. Why would anyone want to buyt it on ebay, if they can go to the places above and get it directly?

    • There are a couple of reasons that people buy. The 1st reason is that a lot of people are lazy. They don’t want to take the time to visit the different thrift stores. The second reason is that depending on where you live, some thrift stores can be hard to find. I ship packages all over the US so I’m sure not every location has a thrift store.

  9. Oh, I never had this idea to buy for selling. Unfortunately I have not shopped anything online till now. Hopefully try someday.

    Thanks for mentioning this amazing list to get nice stuff.
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  10. These are most of my favorite places, but I don’t use them for selling stuff. I just like finding treasures! I love the free section of Craigslist. You never know what you’ll find…
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  11. When downsizing this summer I sold a lot of stuff locally on kijiji (which isn’t a site popular everywhere but seems to work well in my home city), where people picked things up from me – no shipping involved. I’ve never sold anything on ebay, but I imagine one could quite well buying and reselling from the places you mentioned if one is savvy enough to recognize the bargains and things which will sell.
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