Many of us find ourselves in a position where the money we bring home isn’t quite enough. After all is said and done, the 9-5 grind doesn’t supply us with all of our financial needs. Getting another job isn’t typically an option as that allows for very little time for anything else (family, recreation, etc.). But there is a creative and not very time-consuming way that one can earn a little bit of extra cash each week.
This method is by becoming what is called a “picker”. A picker is someone who goes out and buys items for a little, and then sells them for more. For example, let’s say you go to a thrift store and find a good vacuum cleaner for like $20. With a little research, you discover that this particular vacuum sells online for about $70. You list it and sell it making a profit of $50. While not everything you find will necessarily sell quickly and for such a wide profit margin, you get the point.
Pickers get their wares from places like a Hollywood pawn shop, garage sales, thrift stores, flea markets and anywhere else where things can be found for cheap. Selling items usually takes place online.
This type of job can be done all during just one day a week. Suppose you get up on a Saturday morning and go hit up a few local thrift stores. You find a few items that can give you anywhere from $100 to $200 profit. You get them home, clean them up, take the photos and list them. This could all be done during the morning which means that you still have your weekend to enjoy. And adding a few hundred dollars to your income each month is nothing to sneeze at. Who knows, you may even find that this can earn you more than your regular job and decide to become a picker full time!
Welcome back to our series of articles about where to find the best deals. To recap, we have thus far covered the best things to find in Hollywood pawn shops as well as what kinds of bargains you can find in flea markets. Now, we will go on to a staple of those who want to live on the cheap: thrift stores.
These are places where items sold were donated by others. So the typical thing you can find here are clothes. Now, don’t think that you are only going to be able to find nasty, old clothes that no one would wear. While you certainly COULD find these types of articles here, usually the really bad stuff never makes it to the shelves. Quite the contrary, you can often find items of good quality.
These types of shops aren’t only good for clothes either. More and more of them are carrying household appliances, electronics, decor items, toys, etc. In fact, these stores are frequented by people known as “pickers”. They find items for only a few dollars and then resell them for a profit. So much of what you find in a thrift store will actually be worth much more than what you are paying.
The downside is that you don’t know what you are going to find each time you go. However, this can be balanced out by the fact that there are usually several of these types of stores in a single city, so you can go to all of them and usually come back with something.
You also need to know when they restock, as that will be the day to find the most new stuff. Some items will not move very well, and so you’ll see them there week after week. So you definitely want to be there after restocking has been done.
Welcome to our second article about finding deals on specific items. Last time, we took a look at what kinds of things can be typically found in a Hollywood pawn shop, and now we will be taking a look at the ever-enduring and always interesting flea market.
Finding one is actually pretty easy as you can generally find listings online of where and when they will be held, so you can causatively plan out going to one, rather than just happen upon it. Now, what kinds of things can you find here?
Well, a lot. Take home furnishings and small furniture for example. Things like carpets, chairs, small dressers, stools, etc. Flea markets can often be quite varied, but these types of items can be a staple so you are pretty likely to always find some home furnishings.
Art is another thing that typically calls a flea market home. Be it paintings or metal-work pieces or glass, there are usually artists around trying to sell their work at an open flea market. So if you are looking for some interesting items to add to your decor, then this is definitely a place to go.
Older forms of media can also be usually found in good supply. Things like vinyl records (which is making a comeback) cassettes, DVDs and even VHS tapes can be found here. Interestingly enough, some of these types of media (like vinyl and cassettes) seem to be making a comeback.
There are loads of various other types of things that one can find at a flea market as well. They can vary depending on which ones you go too and at what time you visit, but there will always be a good find no matter when you go.