October 2015 Life Update (Thrifting Challenge #2 Results)

October 2015 Life UpdateSeptember was a great month for me. I attended my first Fincon conference and connected with so many smart people. My focus has been on another level since I’ve returned. I have a few things that I am working on, but I will share them when the time is right.

My eBay sales for September were only $55.98. The amount was lower than normal because I was out of town for four days. I didn’t do any advertising during that time. I expect sales to be better this month. I purchased a new phone with a better camera. With the new phone, I will be able to take much better pictures. Better pictures = more money.

Top posts from September:

In-Depth Guide to Saving Money at Target

5 Things to do in Charlotte

The Life of an Uber Driver

My Fincon 2015 Experience

In July,  I wrote a post called “The Thrifting Challenge“. The challenge was to see how much money I could make off items that I purchased from the thrift store. I would sell these items on eBay or Craigslist. Unfortunately, three of the items from the 1st challenge haven’t sold yet. The good news is that all of the items purchased for the 2nd challenge (explained in this post) have. Continue reading below for the results.

Adidas Soccer Jersey


I paid $10 for this jersey. It finally sold for $14.99. Profit = $4.99

Nike Golf Balls


I paid $3 for the golf balls. They sold for $14. Profit = $11

Chipper Jones Bobblehead


I paid $10 for this bobblehead. It sold on Craigslist for $40. Profit = $30

Al Franken Bobblehead


I paid $3 for the bobblehead. It sold for $15. Profit = $12

Michael Jordan Space Jam Jersey


I paid $6 for the jersey. It sold for $14.99 Profit = $8.99

I spent a total of $32 and turned it into $98.98. I tripled what I spent. The profit made was $66.98. I will take that any day. I also made nearly $5 per item. That’s good. As you can see sports bobbleheads sell well as well. My one takeaway is that I wish I would have made more money off the Space Jam jersey. I originally had it listed at $45 Buy it now. Nobody sent me an offer once. So I lowered it to $35 and the $30. I still didn’t get any buyers. I eventually said forget it and listed it as an auction with a starting price of $14.99. As you can see it finally sold.

Last, but not least I restarted my Teespring campaigns a couple days ago. If you’re interested in either one of the shirts click the picture.

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How was your September? Do you sell items on eBay or Craigslist? What are your go-to items? Would you be interested in participating in a thrifting challenge at the beginning of the year?


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  1. That’s a great return on your investment!
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  2. Glad to see the Franken bobblehead sold! Not sure if I mentioned this in the past, but I was absolutely distraught when I heard from my Mom and Sister that they were at a garage sale with a huge bin of pro sports bobbleheads (with authenticity cards) for $3 a pop. I couldn’t believe it! These were bobbleheads that could easily sell for $20-$100 each to the right person.

    Anyway I’m a bit inspired by your eBay and Craigslist success. Definitely something I want to give a try.
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  3. Glad to see you had a great month with Ebay sales! I finally purchased my mannequin so I’m hoping I can start taking photos of clothing and listing items this weekend or next week. I will probably take pictures with my phone as well for now as long as they turn out nice.
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    • Cool. Let me know how it goes.

    • If you have brand name items, try selling them on Tradesy.com, no fee to sell but they take 9% fee after the sell. It’s worth it because once your item sells, they’ll send you a box to package your item(s) and send to customer for free on your end. I just posted a couple of items last night and will be uploading more items by this weekend. You can sell items on bigcartel.com for cheap, like $10/month. I’m about to try them out. I’m currently researching how to sell items on Ebay. Any tips or advice would be appreciated. If you have any handmade items to sell, Etsy.com on charges .30 to list each item then charge 2.9% selling fee, not bad at all.

  4. I find your eBay hustle very intriguing. I’ve never gotten the hang of eBay. Making money rain Jason!
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  5. Thats awesome how you were able to turn quite a big profit from a couple of things! I find that doing research before hand and knowing what things have a great resale value are key tips to making sure you get your money back and then some. This is really awesome, you should share a post on how you do the profit turning, I’d love to read about that! Thanks so much for sharing your results, really great post as always!