How We Made $17,900 in One Month Flipping Items on eBay

How We Made $17,900 in One Month Flipping Items on eBay

Holy buckets Batman! Last month was a crazy one for us. We were crazy busy buying, selling, and shipping items out that we sold on eBay, Facebook and OfferUp. (But mostly eBay).

The total was $17,900 in gross sales!

We will dive into the flips in just a minute, but first wanted to say we are super grateful for the month that we had last month.

Last year we had a few pretty low months for us, and to be completely honest, some of them were a struggle.

I don't say this to be discouraging, but we also don't want people to think that everything in life is always butterflies and rainbows and everything in our flipping business is perfect. It's not.

BUT it's during those times of struggle that we learn and grow the most.

Just last night I was talking with a friend and we were discussing how without the valleys you don't have the mountains. If life is always full of mountains then you have no idea that you are even on a mountain.

We need those valleys to appreciate the mountains.

Without the valleys we would never know when we're on a mountain.Click To Tweet

It's also a time when we get closer to God because we have to rely on Him.

And last year you better believe Melissa and I grew closer to God as we were wondering what was going on.

We sell on eBay for our full-time gig, and while last year our numbers were decent, we weren't hitting our goals and couldn't figure out exactly why.

Just a few months ago we figured out two things that were hurting our sales.

Since we fixed these, sales have been back to normal, and even better than before!

So what are the things?

1. Be consistent in listing

This one sounds logical because if you want to sell items, you obviously need to list items. But I had gotten to a place where I knew I had a lot of items listed and was complacent about adding more. I would do it sporadically, but not very often.

Not listing can hurt eBay SEO (Search Engine Optimization). When someone is searching for an item, eBay shows them a series of results. Ideally your item will be on the first few pages or scrolls – which can happen if you have good eBay SEO and also if you are a Top Rated Seller.

By not consistently listing items, eBay doesn't think you are as active of a seller as other sellers who are listing every week or every day. eBay wants to show the listings from the most active sellers.

A big reason we weren't as consistent with our listing was because our focus was shifted somewhere else.

Last year we had planned to move into our 5th wheel full-time and that was consuming a lot of our energy.

It didn't end up happening. We made the decision to stay after a production company shot some footage of our flea market flipping adventures and we couldn't rent out our house if they would have wanted us to film here in Orlando.

Needless to say, our focus wasn't completely on selling.

2. We Ditched our eBay Store

Ok, we may get some head turns for this one. Pretty much any full-time eBay seller has an eBay store.

It makes sense for most people.

There are definitely benefits to having one, one of them being that you can put your whole store on vacation at one time.

This was the primary reason we got our store last April. We wanted to be able to put our store on vacation in case customers bought anything, they would know we wouldn't be able to ship it until the date we wrote we were back.

We also liked the sales we could run on our entire store (like a Black Friday or New Year sale).

After our eBay sales had been low for a few months in a row ( we usually would have high and low months, but not consecutively low months), we were trying to figure out if it was something we were doing.

We realized the low sales coincided with the start of our eBay store. Coincidence? Possibly.

But they also increased a month after we removed our eBay store.

Now I am NOT telling you to ditch your eBay store if you currently have one. For most eBay resellers who sell large volume of lower priced items – it works. I think it works well because these sellers are also listing very consistently to be able to sell the volume that they sell.

For us, it just didn't work. We sell high profit, low volume which means we are listing less often. It also means our shipping and handling time is slower than most because we have large items that sometimes we are shipping freight. eBay doesn't love that combination, and apparently didn't love it when we had a store.

Flipping Income Reports

We decided to start posting our income reports here from Flea Market Flipper for several reasons when we started the blog.

The first one is to keep ourselves accountable. I have been flipping items for profit and selling on eBay for over 20 years now, and had never kept good track of what I made.

It was always a hobby – but one that came in handy when finances were tight. Once we decided to take this more serious – like a business – we started keeping better records. It has helped us tremendously keep track of what is going in and out each month.

Another reason is to provide encouragement to people who want to get started flipping items for profit and selling on eBay as a part time or full time income.

It is pretty popular in the blogging world for bloggers to post their income reports, and we always found it encouraging to read those. They help us keep going when sometimes we would rather be doing other things, so we are hoping to help the reseller out there keep going!

Lastly, but most importantly is to provide value and information to our readers. We have students and readers who are doing flea market flipping (or thrift store and yard sale flipping) as a side hustle or main hustle and we want to provide information to help them become successful.

We are debating if we will keep posting income reports or not. We may just write them for the people who are on our e-mail list, and not publish them. The verdict is still out at the moment.

Now let's dive into the flips from last month!

March Flips

We sold 13 items to total $17,900 in gross sales.

The largest flip of the month was a HUGE Harley sign that we posted about last week.

We sold it for $9,000 total (including the shipping). Full breakdown of fees below.

eBay flip

Another large in size and profit flip was this Ice Merchandizer. We bought it for $100 and sold it on eBay for $1,500.

eBay flip

Melissa sold two strollers last month. One was an Uppababy Vista that we picked up for $20 at a flea market when we drove to Dallas. eBay flip

The other was Phil & Teds stroller that we picked up for $20 and sold for $150

eBay flip

We sold two golf cart battery chargers for $200 each. I've sold several of these recently, so I have been on the lookout for them.  eBay flip

 

We also finally finished a transaction for our concrete stamps. I agreed with the buyer that he could make payments for a lot of concrete stamps that I had. It took him about a year to complete (which was way longer than expected), but we made over $5,000 on the whole transaction. This last payment was for $851.

Little man helped me get them ready to ship.

eBay flip

Those were the highlights of the month, the rest of the flips are in the detailed list below:

March Flip Totals

Stroller Uppababy Vista: Sold For-$470; Shipping Cost-$85; eBay  & PayPal fees-$61; Bought For-$20; Total Profit=$304

Golf Cart Battery Charger: Sold For- $199; Shipping Cost-$40; eBay & PayPal fees-$22; Bought For-$40; Total Profit=$97

DVD Screens: Sold For-$70; Shipping Cost-$25; eBay & PayPal fees-$7; Bought For-$5; Total Profit=$33

Concrete Stamps: Sold For-$851; Shipping Cost-$170; eBay & PayPal fees-$0; Bought For-$0; Total Profit=$681

Phil & Ted Stroller: Sold For-$150; Shipping Cost-$0; eBay & PayPal fees-$16; Bought For-$20; Total Profit=$114

Boiler: Sold For-$2,500; Shipping Cost-$0; eBay & PayPal fees-$0; Bought For-$100; Total Profit=$2,400

Cooling Machine: Sold For-$2,250; Shipping Cost-$140; eBay & PayPal fees-$271; Bought For-$400; Total Profit=$1,439

Ice Merchandizer: Sold For-$1,500; Shipping Cost-$195; eBay & PayPal fees-$194; Bought For-$100; Total Profit=$1,011

Blendtec: Sold For-$400; Shipping Cost-$207; eBay & PayPal fees-$32; Bought For-$40; Total Profit=$121

Battery Charger: Sold For-$200; Shipping Cost-$28 eBay & PayPal fees-$22; Bought For-$40; Total Profit=$110

Guitar: Sold For-$210; Shipping Cost-$35; eBay & PayPal fees-$27; Bought For-$25; Total Profit=$141

Harley Sign: Sold For-$9,000; Shipping Cost-$1,077; eBay  & PayPal fees-$750; Bought For-$250; Total Profit=$6,923

Peroxide Cleaners: Sold For-$100 Shipping Cost-$14; eBay & PayPal fees-$13; Bought For-$8; Total Profit=$73

Total Sales: $17,900, Total Shipping Costs: $2,106, eBay and PayPal fees: $1,415, Total Cost of Items: $1,028; Net Profit: $13,447

So March was a pretty great month for flips!

We are very grateful for the opportunity to do what we love for our work.  And  we are also very thankful that we get to share it with all of you who have the same passion for hunting for undervalued treasures and finding someone who will use it or love it again.

For those of you who would like to turn this passion into an income – Flipper University is opening again in just 3 weeks! (And don't worry, you don't need a truck or storage unit to get started.) 😉

If you are just getting started with flipping thing, check out our free 5-day intro e-mail course.

And if freight shipping is something your interested in, our 5 steps to get started with freight shipping post is a great place to start.

Related Posts:

How I Quit My Job To Flip Flea Market Stuff Full-Time

How We Made $4,729 in One Month Of Flipping Flea Market Items

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Rob Stephenson
rob@fleamarketflipper.com

I grew up in Central Florida and have lived here my whole life. I first got into buying and selling items when I was 16 years old, and have been hooked ever since. It has mostly been a hobby that makes some extra cash, but sometimes it serves as my main income as well. I don't plan on stopping any time soon. I find too many fun toys for my family (or myself), and just love the whole process.

6 Comments
  • Barb M.
    Posted at 21:12h, 27 May Reply

    Hi, I just subscribed to your blog the other night–and just caught the end of your Facebook live chat tonight–5/27. I came to your blog and looked at your courses and it isn’t clear to me what course you were referring to on the live chat as I don’t see any courses listing level 1, 2, and 3–I see Pro and Pro Plus and then some specialized courses such as furniture and shipping.. What course are you referring to? Sorry for dumb question! I’ve sold on eBay off and on for years, but never dealt in larger items–even smalls or medium shipping for you! lol Want to have to deal with less things for more money. P.S. I just passed on a working old radio at a rummage sale last weekend for $20 or probably less–mistake I guess, though I did get an all brass antique fireplace fender for $20.

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 05:23h, 28 May Reply

      Hi Barb! Thanks for hopping on our FB live! Sorry that we didn’t make it clear. The beginner and intermediate courses are in the first package (Pro Flipper), and the beginner, intermediate and freight are in the second one (Pro Flipper Plus). Selling fewer high profit items definitely leaves room to make more money without sacrificing all your time. Hope that helps!

  • Ellen Rees
    Posted at 19:46h, 20 May Reply

    Thanks for your very insightful article. I am starting my e-Bay sales this week. Will not however be doing freight requiring items. I am “older”, & only weigh 115 #. I plan on sticking to high-end women’s clothing & shoes, backpacks & outdoor equipment – that I can lift. Hope those are good choices.

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 05:24h, 21 May Reply

      Hi Ellen! We have only gravitated towards freight shipping in the past few years. You can sell a lot of smaller items too! There is a good market for high-end clothing and shoes. Keep us posted on your progress!

  • Randal
    Posted at 10:52h, 16 April Reply

    Hi Rob, Thanks for another inspirational post and congratulations on your and your wife’s success. Question – Are you noticing price increases at thrift stores (such as Goodwill) and other similar places? It seems to be happening at our local thrift store and was wondering if it’s happening in other places too. It wouldn’t be a surprise if prices are increasing as it seems the number of ‘pickers’ is increasing as well. Thanks again and continued success.

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 09:42h, 17 April Reply

      Thank you Randal! I think some thrift stores have raised their prices because they know what things sell for on eBay. But, I think alot of thrift stores get SO MANY donations that they have to keep turning inventory over so prices will still have to stay low. There are so many places to find items besides thrift stores. There are auctions, yard sales, flea markets, Offer Up, Let Go, Facebook Marketplace, and Mercari just to name a few.

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