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    Six Tips on Selling Thrift Store Finds

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    By Chloë Bloodworth

    Most teenagers do not have a ton of money to spend at boutiques and malls as they wish. This is why thrift stores can be excellent places to find items of clothing for less than $20. If thrifting is something you are passionate about, why not make some money off of it? Especially if you hit the thrift stores regularly to purchase for yourself, selling those clothes you really admired but did not quite fit you can be a great way to make a little extra cash! Below are some rules and tips for selling your thrift store finds.

    1. Find a platform. You will need an audience of potential customers in order to sell the items you find, and social media can be a great way to achieve that! If you choose Instagram, you can sell through your personal account’s story or you can create an account purely for selling your items. Start by following some friends and check out other thrift flip accounts for inspiration. You can make a post for each item and add a description of the size, brand, cost, and more about the item in the caption. On Instagram, you may choose to host a giveaway (you must consider how much you are willing to spend on a giveaway item) in which you require your followers to tag a friend in the comment section in order to enter. This can be a great way to get more followers, as long as you follow through with your giveaway and select a winner. You can also sell items through the story of your personal Snapchat account. On Snapchat, you already have a set audience of friends, family, and mutuals who may be interested in what you are selling. Facebook marketplace can be an excellent place to sell your thrift finds because people go to this platform in order shop. Just be sure you are old enough and have your parents’ or guardians’ permission before creating an account.

    2. Set up your rules. If you do not have guidelines for your shop, selling your items can become chaotic and confusing. You must decide on how far from your location you are willing to sell, if you would prefer to sell from a designated location, how much shipping will cost (if you choose to ship), if you want to want to allow bidding (and if so, your rules on bids), if you allow returns, and any other factors that may occur to you as you set up your shop. Then make sure to list your rules so that your audience can see them, such as in your bio or on each post or slide of items you are trying to sell.


    3. Be careful when deciding on a price for an item. You do not want to undercharge: You should at least charge 3 or more dollars above the amount you spent on the item. Remember that part of the price is the time and effort you put into finding an item. You also do not want to overcharge. It is not fair to the customer for you to sell a clothing item that is not nearly worth what you are charging for it. To get a good estimate of what you should charge for an item, see if you can find the particular item or something similar online and see how much it costs. Also think about how much you got the item for and consider why this might be.


    4. Make sure your items are in good condition. Thrift items are typically second hand so it is natural for them to be not quite as perfect as they would be if they were sold brand new, but make sure they are free of stains or undesired rips that the customer would not appreciate.


    5. Do not be afraid to “flip” a thrift item. To flip an item means to add your own touch to or to fix up an item of clothing to make it more desirable. Some examples of flipping are to cut pants into shorts, paint designs onto shorts pockets, or cut long tee shirts into crop tops. You can also charge more for an item you have flipped because you have put time and work into improving it. Of course, flipping is not required- You can sell a perfectly good thrifted item as is.


    6. Have fun with it! If you do not enjoy thrifting or hate to let go of thrifted items, perhaps selling thrift store finds is not for you, and that is ok.

    Selling thrifted items can be very exciting and profitable if you enjoy thrift shopping and are smart with attracting customers and with your pricing. If you are interested, go have fun and make some extra cash!

  • Artwork

    Seahorse Galentine’s Day Card by Chloë B.

    Galentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because I love to celebrate my friends! I made this Galentine’s Day card for a friend of mine and it is inspired by a line Leslie Knope says to her best friend Ann Perkins in Parks and Recreation: “Ann, you transcendent little seahorse”. I included this quote in pen and drew a seahorse using pencil and watercolor. I used a variety of colors to represent how fun and unique my friend is. I painted bubbles in the background and added blue coral to give the sea horse a more suitable habitat than a plain white background. The little seahorse sends a heart as a gift of platonic love and appreciation.

  • Artwork, Mental Health

    Tranquil Cat Nap

    I have always greatly appreciated the easy-going and leisurely nature of cats. In this painting, I used acrylics to depict my cat. My cat is a great comfort in my life. I decided to make him pink to symbolize his playful and carefree personality. He is displayed in a relaxed state. This represents how important it is to one’s mental health to take the time to lay back and relax. The healing power of a cat’s purring inspired me to swirl acrylics diluted with water. I used of various colors to illustrate how smoothly a cat’s purrs can cover everything around it until all is calm. The yellow represents positivity, the blue tranquility and trust, and the green peace, balance, and health. All of the things the colors represent are gifts my cat has given me unconditionally which have improved my mental health and my life.

  • Articles, Holiday, Tips

    Holiday Gift Giving on a Budget

    As a teen, it can be tough to shop for friends and family, especially when income is low. Here are some tips for gift givers who are on a budget:

    • Find a way to make some extra money. Reach out to parents who may be in need of a night out so you can do some babysitting. Dog walking, pet sitting, or selling handmade greeting cards are also other options for some money you might need to buy gifts.
    • Make a budget. Set aside an amount of money you will be willing to use for gifts. Write this number down. Next, make a list of the people you want to give gifts to. Consider a dollar amount you will want to spend for each person and write it below the name of each person. For example, you might put a larger number by a family member than by a teacher or friend. Then, add up the numbers. If you find that you are over budget, see the next bullet point.
    •  Make gifts. You can make gifts for everyone on your list or just a few in order to save money. Some homemade gift ideas include bath salts, baked goods, potholders, sachets, or art. Use your talents to your advantage. Many people love homemade gifts because they are so unique and cannot be found at a store.
    • Split the cost of a gift with a friend or family member. This option is great if you want to buy someone a gift you might not be able to afford otherwise. It is also beneficial to the person you split the cost with because you both get to give the gift for less money.

     

    Remember, the fact that you are giving someone a gift means that you care about them a lot, and the thought is always what counts the most! Have confidence in yourself and your gift-giving abilities. You’ve got this!

  • Articles, Artwork

    Alley Cat by Chloe

    The cat depicted is a stray, roaming a blank street. Her eyes are focused upwards, representing her hope. The cat also appears to be searching for something or someone, such as a meal, an owner, or a predator. For me, this alley cat represents how humans are almost always lost, scared, or deprived in their own ways, but they are also capable of being hopeful.

  • Articles

    You Go, Kidjo!

    You Go, Kidjo!

    On March 23rd, 2018, I had the privilege of listening to Angelique Kidjo in concert at the BJCC. Upon hearing the first song, I was immediately impressed by Kidjo’s smooth, angelic voice, unlike any singing voice I had ever heard. Though she sang a few classics as well, a good majority of the songs were originals. Kidjo explained that back in her home country of Benin, she had received many comments that women should not perform. As a musician, Kidjo is inspired to defeat this traditional idea.
    In a Chicken Soup for the Soul article, Angelique commented on her song “Batonga”, explaining that she and her friends would say the made-up word “Batonga” whenever a group of boys would make fun of them for going to school. This would irritate the boys as they tried to figure out what the word meant. Kidjo explained in the article that she secretly defined the word as “Leave me alone. I can be whoever I want to be.” If I had to pick a favorite song of hers, “Batonga” would be it.
    Kidjo aims to inspire women around the world to achieve through learning, no matter what opposers say. She is not one to let anyone discourage her dreams. I wrote this Girlspring article in order to make Angelique Kidjo’s name more known. She is not only an incredibly talented artist, but an encouraging female role model as well. I hope that a girl might read my writing and discover a new “shero” for herself.

    Want to learn more about Ms. Kidjo? Check out her website here for details on her work, her music, and her performance schedule. http://www.kidjo.com

    The featured photo was taken by springboarder Lydia Bloodworth, and may not be used without her permission.