How many of my fellow stay at home moms work from home on the side as well? If you do or of you don’t you are doing an awesome job! These days it’s really difficult for most families to live on a single income, which is why so many stay at home moms work online jobs on the side. If that is you, I am right there with you! I help Rob manage our website Flea Market Flipper, work with direct selling nutrition company Isagenix, and also do my best to manage a house with three crazy (and lovable kiddos).
(This article is written by Mrs. Flipper- Melissa Stephenson. It may contain affiliate links- please see our affiliate disclosure for more details.)
I am trying so hard to get myself, our business, and our house organized. I keep pinning organizational stuff on Pinterest, especially for our office. I want to redo the whole room since it is being transformed from the workout room I used for personal training clients to my home office for my current nutrition consulting business. The easy part is pinning it- the tough part comes in the follow through and making it happen.
Another room in my home I am trying to redecorate is our nursery. We had a little boy 3 months ago and since he has two older sisters, his nursery is still purple. I am working on turning everything that is purple to navy, but with three little kids under the age of four I somehow run out of minutes in my day. every. single. day.
Since I wanted to redecorate and organize both rooms, I needed to come up with a little extra cash to do it. On occasion I go to the flea market and thrift stores with my husband (Rob- THE flea market flipper), and when I do I usually search for baby and kid items that I know are worth some money.
I posted a couple items this week and 3 of them sold in a matter of 48 hours! The first one that sold was a BOB double jogging stroller. I picked it up from the flea market for $15, cleaned it up a bit, and posted it and sold it for $300. I almost kept it for myself, because BOB strollers are NICE! But I am fine with my Schwinn and I could use the extra $300!
A couple hours later I sold a pair of infant Nike Air Jordan shoes for $20. I had picked them up for $8 last week. Not a huge return compared to some other flips, but still more that double my money.
The last of the three things that sold in two days was a baby swing. This wasn’t just any baby swing, but one that mimicked movement of the mother, connected to your phone for music, and looked like something from the future. It was a 4 moms brand and they are nice! I actually just bought the same swing 2 months ago for my son from an online yard sale site, and it is a pretty awesome swing. I bought this one for $12 and sold it on eBay for $150.
In those 2 days I was able to make $450. Not too shabby! My husband has taught me well over the past few years. 🙂 One thing he has definitely taught me is shipping isn’t as scary as a lot of people think it is. Most people wouldn’t wan to ship the stroller, or especially the swing, but he has shown me how to do it pretty easily. We always quote enough money for shipping as well, so we don’t get caught with extra shipping costs. He recently wrote an e-book that goes all into the details of shipping large items for eBay. If shipping can be a road block for you, you can check the book out HERE.
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Now to go plan out my office and nursery! Time to put some Pinterest ideas to work!
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6 thoughts on “How a SAHM Made $450 in Two Days of Flipping Flea Market Items”
I enjoy reading your article. When do you have next article? 😉 Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Eddie! We come out with a new post almost weekly. 🙂
Hey i dont have any experience in selling baby items but show me because if i can make 450 in 2 days ill quit my job!!
haha Bryan. Melissa likes to sell the baby items, I like to sell everything and anything else! Have you ever used eBay before?
I’m wondering what site are you using in order to make those returns; ebay, Craigslist, etc? That’s great that you can turn them that fast. I just haven’t had as good of luck but I’m mostly using ebay.
I mostly use eBay as well. Part of the process is finding the items for a good price. Where do you find most of your items? Also, since I have been doing this for 20 years, I have an idea of what kinds of items will sell for more when I am looking. What kinds of items do you normally try to sell? We can help you get the return you are looking for. 😉