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

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

Last week I mentioned that I had recently quit my ‘real job', so this week I wanted to elaborate on that.

I did in fact quit my job. For the past 7 years I have been a home inspector for an inspection/ report company. Insurance companies would hire my (former) company to do inspections and reports for them. An inspection is usually done at the purchase of a home, a switch of insurance companies, or if it has been a certain amount of years since the last inspection. My job was to check out the roof and house conditions, and if there was one of those old school super dangerous diving boards on the pool! (Poor kids these days don't know what they missed out on).

I enjoyed this job as I had control of my schedule.  They gave me a number of houses to inspect and I would get them done in a week or two.  I also liked that I only met my boss in person 3 times- not because he was a bad boss, but just because I don't like having to answer to someone. I have always preferred to be my own boss, but if there was ever a job (with a boss) that was made for me, it was this one.

But the timing was right for me to leave this job. The work had slowly been declining over the last year and a half, so my main income has been coming from flipping items each month. I basically had this job for health insurance, and I was just notified in March that we would be losing it by the end of that month. I decided it was time for me to put all my focus into my flipping business.

One of the crazy things about this timing is that my wife just stopped her personal training business to be home with our three kids. She stopped when our son was born at the end of March. She is just focusing on the kids and working with her network marketing nutrition company. So the things we were both doing part time, are now what is bringing in our full time income. I have to give huge credit to God- I firmly believe He has His hands in it.

I think EVERYONE should have a side hustle going on. Something they are doing/building part time to help out with their financial future. You never know what lies ahead, and when that additional income may be needed. Life can throws us crazy turns, and by having an extra income it saves us from dealing with extra anxiety and stress.

Flipping items has been a great income for me over the last 20 years. It is something I truly enjoy doing. Now I'm just increasing the amount of time I spend doing it so I can make a larger income to support my family. Learn how YOU can buy and resell items for maximum profit HERE!

I am so excited to be doing this now full time. It is something I truly enjoy doing, and when you love something, it never feels like hard work. If finding treasures at flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales is something that you love to do, have you ever thought of making an extra income from it? If you have and are ready to kick it up a notch, check out our e-course Flipper University. Where we teach you the ins and outs of buying and reselling online. If you haven't really thought about it before, than is it something that could interest you? Would you like to make extra money this year? Do you enjoy frequenting flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales? If so, than this could be a great fit for you!

These past two weeks have been pretty awesome for flips! (Which is especially great since I am doing this as my main income stream- ha). Here are a couple of the flips that happened over the last two weeks. I started off the week selling this pitching machine.  I bought it for $30 at a yard sale and sold it for $600 online. 4 out of the 5 items sold in the past 2 weeks were sold on If you don't already have an account with them, and would like to sell online,  I would highly suggest !

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The second thing I sold was a Cadillac subframe. I bought it from the flea market and sold it online for $800.

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I bought the blower below at the flea market for $100, and was able to sell it this week for $500.

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I had this outboard cover for about a year, but it wasn't very big so it didn't take up a ton of room in my garage.  I bought it for $20 and sold it for $250. Flip flea market stuff

Lastly, I found this commercial steam cleaner from Goodwill for $18. I sold it for $200 online.

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So it has been a pretty decent couple of weeks. No complaints here! And in honor of my recent ‘job retirement' I would love to check out our new FREE 5 Day E-mail Course if you think flipping items for profit could be a good fit for you.

I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

What is your second income stream at the moment? Do you have (or even need) one? Comment below!

How I quit my job

 

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.

40 Comments
  • Mary Rowell
    Posted at 15:03h, 28 October Reply

    Have you ever tried estate sales? Sometimes on the final days when the prices are knocked down you’re able to buy several items and negotiate.

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 09:54h, 31 October Reply

      Melissa loves estate sales! We don’t go as much right now, but we do like to visit them when we can!

  • Trinity Owen
    Posted at 21:35h, 13 September Reply

    Wow, this list of finds is particularly unique! Thank you for sharing your finds with us!

  • Robin Gage
    Posted at 07:05h, 04 August Reply

    Years ago I sold on eBay and just loved it, but the fees are so high now….do you know if there is a way of cutting those fees down?

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 12:13h, 09 August Reply

      The fees are typically 10% of your final sale. We can usually make a lot more selling on eBay so it’s worth the fees for that. But you can also sell locally with no fees involved.

  • TJ Johnson
    Posted at 14:45h, 14 July Reply

    Is ebay the only place you re-sell items?

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 16:03h, 15 July Reply

      We sell on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and Offer Up as well, but eBay is our largest source of income.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:42h, 26 June Reply

    Hello, this kinda stuff doing I really like. The only thing I have no idea about yet is once you get the EBay business account and you start selling stuff. Then how do you ship it and pay for that? That seems to be the hardest part for me. What do you do and does it work for you and what is the cheapest way to go.
    Thanks!

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 16:19h, 15 July Reply

      We have the buyer pay for shipping on some items, and some items we price to include the hipping. Just depends on the item. But if we do free shipping, we are sure to include it in the price of the item so we don’t lose money.

      • Steve McCoy
        Posted at 19:12h, 02 September Reply

        How do you accurately determine shipping costs? I sold some items on eBay for a while, but I didn’t have very good luck using their shipping calculator, and lost money on shipping too often.

        • Robert Stephenson
          Posted at 05:02h, 17 September Reply

          Sorry to hear that Steve! I wonder why the shipping calculator was so off? I’ve seen it off by a dollar or two here and there, but not crazy amounts. We estimate the cost for shipping to go to the furthest state from us (California), and then we are covered pretty much anywhere that it goes in the country.

  • Wiana
    Posted at 05:19h, 13 June Reply

    Hi. Your story is absolutely inspiring. I am a 61 year (young) lady. I love to give old things a new life. Currently, I am a school librarian. However, I have to make plans for retiring within 4 years. How to keep me busy and also how to do the things that I like…to paint and to restore! I know that my life is in God’s hands, and if Jesus has not come to fetch us before my retiring date…then I would love to make this my life and income. God bless you and your wife.

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 12:49h, 15 June Reply

      Hi Wiana! That sounds like a great plan. We love doing things we enjoy and being able to make money at the same time. 🙂

  • kay
    Posted at 17:02h, 05 June Reply

    how do you afford health insurance for your family?

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 19:54h, 05 June Reply

      Hi Kay! We use Medishare currently. It’s not technically insurance, but it’s a sharing program that’s similar.

  • Coty Burkhart
    Posted at 19:29h, 30 May Reply

    Hi! Just wanted to say I love your story and the way you started out in the flipping business! I would really like to start getting in the process of it but I’m sort of nervous to start because I feel like whatever I get to sell, it wouldn’t sell at all and that scares me and also I would really like to make that my main income so my husband wouldn’t have to work twice as hard and neither would I. Also, do you have to have a business license to sell on eBay? Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 19:55h, 05 June Reply

      Hi Coty!

      Thank you!! You don’t have to have a business license to sell on eBay. You do have to keep track of your income and expenses for tax purposes if you buy items specifically to resell. (Items you sell from your home or personal use don’t matter).

  • PhoenixG
    Posted at 07:38h, 24 April Reply

    I’ve sold stuff at flea markets before, but never bought to resell.
    I never knew flipping thrift store items is a lucrative business.

  • Loretta Muir
    Posted at 11:51h, 24 February Reply

    U r amazing, an inspiration, & a motivator. Thank you for doing what you are doing. It is motivating me to continue w/ getting my guide to market.
    Thank you & much success. I am going to send this to others.

  • Loretta Muir
    Posted at 11:49h, 24 February Reply

    You are amazing… A True, out-of-the-box doing thinker. I am inspired, I am inspired. I am working on a guide that will help 1000s of ppl. It is tedious but I am nonetheless doing what I dutifully need to do. My dream: help others & live near the ocean -not on the west coast – & drive a sudan Mozaratti!!! WOoo…

  • Jennifer Bench
    Posted at 07:32h, 15 February Reply

    Where do you usually purchase your items to flip? How do you determine what they should bring?

    Thanks
    Jennifer

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 13:13h, 19 February Reply

      We purchase items from the flea market, thrift stores, OfferUp, Craigslist, auctions, and yard sales.

      The best way to find out what they will bring in is to check the completed listing on eBay. That will give you the most accurate idea of what you could get for your items.

  • Ally Rickenbacker
    Posted at 10:44h, 10 February Reply

    I am attempting to obtain your free five day course . I have filled in my name and email but am unable to submit the info or move forward with the order. I would be grateful for any assistance in completing this process. Thanks for your time.

  • Mike @ Ninja Budgeter
    Posted at 20:26h, 10 January Reply

    Cool site, just found it on Pinterest.

    I’m curious, how do you deal with shipping large items? I’ve only sold smaller, lighter things on Ebay and I would be nervous to take on shipping something as massive as that pitching machine.

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 20:41h, 10 January Reply

      Hey Mike! Totally understand that! Shipping can be very intimidating, but over the years we have gravitated to the larger items and shipping has gotten a ton easier. Here is a post I recently wrote on getting started with freight shipping. I hope this helps! https://fleamarketflipper.com/freight-shipping-101/

  • Michele
    Posted at 22:39h, 16 August Reply

    Hi…..you say: “You can get the list HERE.” But then we have to download. I was just looking for the list. It is misleading.

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 11:20h, 17 August Reply

      Sorry Michele, It is a download that you can get by clicking “HERE”. We don’t mean it to be misleading. I changed the wording to download. Is that better? 😉

  • Karen@LightlyFrayed
    Posted at 21:14h, 15 June Reply

    I have a teenage son who is very keen to try this. He bought 1 pair of jeans from Value Village for $10 and sold them for $90. That’s an impressive profit for a kid!
    I have done this to pay for a keyboard for my children (saved $600 in 2 weeks). I love the challenge since we are raising 4 kids in an expensive city on a pastor’s salary. We do believe in miracles! 😉

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 23:51h, 15 June Reply

      that is awesome Karen! I actually first started when I was 16 – and used my parents garage to hold some of my eBay items. He did a great job! And I agree – it’s a fun challenge!

  • Crystal
    Posted at 01:59h, 11 March Reply

    Hey robert

    Ive been flipping off and on for about 4 years now. To be honest i do it so i can pay for things i really dont want to pay full price for. I do low end quick selling stuff like kids babies and womens stuff.

    I would feel really intimidated selling a pitching machine because of the cost of shipping. Tell me something to give me a positive outlook on selling huge oversized items.

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 02:58h, 11 March Reply

      I can totally understand your reservations about shipping larger items. I used to feel the same way and only posted larger items for pickup only. My wife likes a lot of the baby and women’s stuff too!
      We actually just came out with an e-book on the topic of shipping larger items. I go into detail how I do everything and created 3 videos to show examples of items that I packaged and shipped. You can read more about that book here if it’s something that interests you. 🙂 https://fleamarketflipper.com/package-ship-items-ebay/

  • Nardett
    Posted at 21:45h, 09 March Reply

    I’m a massage therapist and my passion/hustle is personal training and crochet/knit crafts projects

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 01:35h, 10 March Reply

      Melissa is a personal trainer too! That goes well with massage therapy. Make them work, then loosen up those stiff muscles! 🙂 Does flea market stuff interest you too?

  • Beth
    Posted at 19:30h, 17 January Reply

    Hi fellow Floridan. I do this also but only as a hobby as I have limited funds to start with. Hope to follow your site for years to come.

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 04:01h, 18 January Reply

      Glad to have you here Beth! This has been my hobby since I was 16! This past year I have spent a little more on some bigger items, but usually I like to spend $5-$50 on items to sell. You can definitely make a good profit with a small starting cost. I even have an ebook that I wrote about getting FREE items to sell. I LOVE those ones. 🙂 Do you have a good flea market or some good thrift stores near you?

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