Reseller Income: What We Flipped To Make $11,280 in One Month Of Flipping Flea Market Items

Reseller Income: What We Flipped To Make $11,280 in One Month Of Flipping Flea Market Items

Reseller Income: What We Flipped To Make $11,280 in One Month Of Flipping Flea Market Items

Last month was a pretty good month to be a reseller.

Our flipping sales totaled $11,280! This was using mostly eBay and a little bit of Facebook Marketplace. EBay is consistently where we make our largest number of sales (about 85%),  and Facebook Marketplace is usually second (about 10%). We use Craigslist, Offer Up, and LetGo as well, but we end up buying more on them instead of selling.

Flea Market Flipper Reseller Income Reports

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We decided to start posting our income reports here on 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 I never used to keep good track of what I made.It was always just a hobby – but one that came in handy when finances were tight.

Another reason is to provide encouragement to people who want to get started flipping items for profit as a reseller either part-time or full-time.

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 resellers 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 gig 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.

Flea Market Flips For The Month

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

These sales were a total of 13 transactions.

We'll start with the largest sale of the month: A commercial leaf vacuum.

Melissa thinks it looks like a dinosaur. I could see that.

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We bought this for $350 and sold it for $2,548 on eBay.

Next up is the cooktop we bought from the 127 Yard Sale! We picked it up for $40 and sold it on eBay for $350.

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The next freight shipment was two walk in cooler condensers. They were purchased by the same person and shipped on a pallet.

We bought them for $100 each and sold them both together for $1,499. The best part is that they were already palleted when I bought them so I didn't have to even to put them on a pallet myself!

Remember that video we did where I got in the smelly army sleeping bag? Well we sold that joker last month! I bought that thing a while back for $5 and we sold it on eBay for $112.

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Then there was the hiking backpack. I picked this up for $10 for my niece who was about to travel on a missions trip for a few months in Costa Rica. She ended up using a different one, so I listed it on eBay and sold it for $90.

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One fun flip last month was this Circle K sign. I can see how people can get into signs – they are pretty cool! I bought this one for $70 (and paid a little too much for it), and sold it on eBay for $250.

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This subwoofer was a great flip! It obviously wasn't our highest profit, but I love that we found it in the trash! Picked it up on the side of the road while we were walking with the kids, and sold it on eBay for $80! And I sold it as-is just for parts. That was a fun one as a reseller.

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Next up we had this power board. I still have no idea what it really is. I bought it with a group of electronics, so ended up paying about $10 for it. Sold it on eBay for $374.

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This dehumidifier has a fun story too! I was just talking with my flea market vendor buddy one day at his house. I saw this siting there and asked him how much for it, and he gave it to me!

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I know we have talked a lot about creating relationships before, and it really is a huge help in this business. You don't have to have good relationships with people to make it work, it just makes it easier and more fun! I never made it a priority until the last few years, and now I am friends with a few auction house managers, thrift store managers, flea market vendors, and scrap yard owners, and it makes reselling more profitable and enjoyable when you get to work with friends. 🙂

One of the largest flips in size and in profit were these stage trusses! We sold several of them to different people. One transaction was $950, and the other was $2,000!

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I didn't end up paying anything for these. I actually sold these for a friend. So after shipping and eBay costs we split the profits.

Selling stuff for other people can be a great way to increase your sales and profits without having to spend anything on inventory! It has to be an item worth your time though. If someone asks you to sell their $20 kitchen gadget and split the profit, your $8 income is probably not worth the time spent listing and shipping it. Your time is one of the most valuable things you have! So make sure you choose to get paid what your time is worth.

The next flip was high in profit but small in size. I bought these electronic boards in that group of electronics and spent about $8 each. So for these 5 boards we spent $40. They sold on eBay for $2,500!

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The last flip of the month was this commercial wheel barrow. It's the kind that is used on big farms for cleaning stalls or whatnot.reseller income

The person who bought this was actually international. It ended up going to the global shipping hub – where it stayed because they wouldn't ship it overseas for the price we paid. So eBay ended up refunding the buyer his money, let me keep my $277, and kept the item. So it's probably sitting somewhere in a warehouse until it gets auctioned off again.

I don't know why they let some larger items be eligible for the Global Shipping Program if they are not going to send them overseas.

Nobody was out any money, but I'm sure the buyer would have preferred to get the wheelbarrow that he wanted. Oh well.

Related Posts:

11 Tips For A Successful 127 Yard Sale

What We Flipped to Make $12,220 in One Month of Flipping Items 

How to Become a Pro Flipper

Breakdown of Sales, Costs & Profits

Here is the breakdown of sales and all associated fees for the items. People ask us all the time if the eBay fees are worth it as a reseller. And while nobody wants to pay fees, they are still worth it to use the platform and reach so many people!

Leaf Vacuum — Sold for: $2,548, Bought for: $350, eBay & Paypal fees: $381 Shipping: $148, Profit: $1,669

Cooktop — Sold for $350, Bought for: $40, Shipping, eBay & Paypal fees: $76, Profit: $234

Walk in Cooler Condensers — Sold for $1,499, Bought for $200, Shipping, eBay & PayPal fees: $225, Profit: $1,074

Army Sleeping Bag— Sold for $112, Bought for $5, Shipping, eBay & Paypal fees: $35, Profit: $72

Hiking Backpack — Sold for $90, Bought for $10, Shipping, eBay & PayPal fees: $30, Profit: $50

Circle K Sign— Sold for $250, Bought for $70, Shipping, eBay & Paypal fees: $106, Profit: $74

Subwoofer — Sold for $80, Bought for $0, Shipping, eBay & Paypal fees: $33, Profit $47

Power Board — Sold for $374, Bought for $10, Shipping, eBay & Paypal fees: $75, Profit: $289

Dehumidifier — Sold for $250, Bought for $0, Shipping, eBay & Paypal fees: $74, Profit: $176

Stage Trusses — Sold for $950, Bought for $0, eBay & Paypal fees: $107, Shipping: $250 Partner: $350 Profit: $243

Stage Trusses — Sold for $2,000, Bought for $0, eBay & Paypal fees: $0 Shipping $900 Partner: $500, Profit: $600

Electronic boards — Sold for $2,500, Bought for $40, eBay & Paypal fees: $0 Shipping: $25, Profit: $2,435

Wheelbarrow — Sold for $277, Bought for $50, Shipping, eBay & Paypal fees: $68, Profit: $159

Total Sales:$11,280, Inventory costs: $775 Shipping, eBay & Paypal Fees: $2,533 Partner: $850, Total Net Profit $7,122

And that breaks down the whole month!

If you are ready to start flipping items for profit, but don't know where to start, check out our 14-Day Flipping Challenge! By next week we want to help you make your first $100 as a reseller! 🙂

We want to hear from you!

Are you already a reseller? If so, what was your favorite flip from last month? Comment below!

 

 

Reseller Income: What We Flipped To Make $11,280 in One Month Of Flipping Flea Market Items

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.

10 Comments
  • Leah
    Posted at 15:58h, 30 October Reply

    How do you ship these items? Where do you find the boxes? How much does shipping big items cost?

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 09:50h, 31 October Reply

      Hey Leah! We mostly ship with FedEx or use Freight Shipping on a Pallet for the larger items. We also save all the boxes from anything delivered to the house and buy boxes from U-haul nearby when necessary. Shipping large items can vary in price ($50-$1,000) depending if you are talking FedEx or freight shipping. We usually charge for it or we roll it into the price of the item.

  • Tonya B.
    Posted at 10:41h, 17 October Reply

    We mostly flip storage units – my question is where do you get your knowledge about all things electronic? I have so much of it! I hate to sell it (even for parts) not knowing what might be stored on them! I am tech illiterate! Thanks for some info on that 😊

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 21:23h, 17 October Reply

      honestly my biggest tool is Google! Ha. I know it sounds simple, but I look stuff up on the internet all the time! 🙂

  • wendi Meisenheimer
    Posted at 19:17h, 16 October Reply

    This is fantastic! We have been flipping for about 3 months. I have an air compressor that I would like to sell on ebay but I have no idea how to go about shipping something that big. Where would I go to figure that out? I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your info

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 21:42h, 16 October Reply

      awesome Wendi! What is the size and weight of the compressor?

  • Karen Cascella
    Posted at 14:51h, 16 October Reply

    Love hearing from other people and their experiences and good fortune.
    Can’t wait to start…..still got chilly feet, but the are quickly warming up and
    I’m almost ready to take the plunge!! Karen

  • Janell Kroeger
    Posted at 13:55h, 16 October Reply

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing! I love your energy and you’re a true inspiration!

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