Where to sell and why

New to reselling or thinking about starting to resell? Where is the best place? What are the fees? How long will it be before i get a sale? These are all good questions.

Which I will answer with the knowledge that I have obtained through trial and error and my stats on the sites I use to sell.

There are many platforms to sell on, EBay, etsy, Facebook, Mercari , poshmark and probably more that i do not use.

My main sales come from Etsy, but I also use eBay and mercari ocassionally. As with anything, sales come and go depending on the time of year. Im going to attempt to explain my strategy on selling and the pros and cons of each. But the most important thing i have found out is CROSSPOSTING.

I list most of my items on etsy first. They may sell quickly or you may have them for months.. Etsy for me is the best. Low fees of around 3% and each listing costs 20 cents. Shipping discount(which allows you to make money on shipping). People tend to spend more money on etsy and do not haggle on prices as often.

You can completely customize your etsy shop and make it your own, signature to your genre of items. Once you are well established you will have many repeat customers but things sometimes take longer to sell.


When things are not selling well on etsy or not selling at all.. before you take it all back to goodwill or the thrift, list it on Mercari. Things that you have had listed on etsy for months may only take days at most to sell on here.

Fees are high at 10%, almost everyone will haggle you on the price. They offer flat rate shipping so it is more buyer friendly.. but that also means that you make nothing on shipping.  Also you have to wait until the buyer rates you to get paid.


And lastly there is Ebay(feebay is what I call it) which is my least favorite place to sell. Some people make a great living on eBay but it’s not for me. Fees are 10% then PayPal takes another 3% (13% total). You do have to wait for your money a few days at most. You do get a shipping discount so that’s a plus. I guess.

There are people who seem like they use eBay to just leave negative feedback, get things for free or discounted or better yet never even pay. On auctions the buyer has 8 days to pay(4 days after an unpaid item case it opened). They may never pay. Unless it’s a rare piece that is going to get a lot of attention I wouldn’t use the auction.

No matter what platforms you use to sell, when sales slow down cross post. Reviews and ratings will make or break you.

Sheets and Chenille

One thing you may not have thought about looking for is vintage sheets and chenille blankets.

You can find these at most thrift stores for low prices. Wether you want to resell or keep for yourself(if you can find the correct size), the sheets are always one of my go to aisles in the thrift store.

New in the package sheets are not always available at the thrift store, a lot of time they take them out to hang them up but none the less they are still desired. But be sure to check the shelves that are located near the linens for new in package.
The funkier the design the better they sell. There are quite a few facebook pages to buy and sell vintage linens. Be sure to check them out to get a better idea of what sells.

Below are some of my finds from past thrifts and estate sales

Look for names like Martex, Vera by Burlington, Lady Pepperell. There are a lot of vintage sheets brands and designs out there.

Most unfortunately only come in twin and full/double. Occasionally you will be able to find king and queen sheets.             75% of the time you will find flat sheets. If you do find fitted sheets be sure to check the elastic if they are out of package.

And then there is chenille….. these gorgeous super soft blankets are always a treasure. I have quite a few for personal use. They are light in the summer and when laid over another blanket they are great for colder months.

I have not found many that were not beautiful. They are usually a little pricier at the thrifts but well worth the money.

The holy grail of chenille…the peacock!!!

I have never seen one in the wild. They are very very sought after and can fetch up to $250 or more.  So this is a MUST BUY if you ever run across one.

Christmas is coming soon, so you may want to check out twobarbies on etsy.com, this shop has every color imaginable.

When sheet hunting keep in mind funky, floral, flat and fitted.

Is Worthpoint worth it? 

     We are all skeptical about paying a month subscription to something we think we will probably never use. I thought the same thing at first, but I came across more search matches for comps on worthpoint. 

    Since I was not a subscriber I could not see the sold prices. So I decided to take the plunge and subscribe and it being $19.99 a month I was hoping it was worth it.  

    Let me tell you, IT IS… if you are a reseller. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it if you are strictly a collector.  

  If you have never used it, it shows sold prices from last few years from multiple places such as eBay, and other online auctions. And since eBay only shows sold listing for 60 days I believe. 

     This is a great resource to find things that have not shown up in a while. 

Great deals to be found.

Last week I went on my semi monthly thrifting/ antique store adventure. From w ashington, Pa to ligoneer, Pa. I Left early in the morning so I knew that no antique stores would be open yet. I decided to hit all the thrifts to the furthest point and hit the antiques on the way back.

First stop was a salvation army. I did my usual routine. Hit the dishes, then sheets, furniture and lastly the holiday aisle.

I found nothing on my first 3 aisles. Then I see 3 huge brass deer. (Brass always sells very well for me and the bigger the item the more it sells for.) I check the tags 79.99 for the set of 3. Super excited I grab them all. And head to the counter to check out.

Once outside I did what all of us thrifters do, take a picture of the goods.

On the way to the next stop, I search comps.  The 2 brass deer have sold for $125 for the pair, and the elk has sold for $165.

I hit a few more thrifts, just to come up empty handed. Frustrated I stopped at the last goodwill along my route. Right before leaving again empty handed, I spotted jadeite in a cart. 3.99 for a McKee 4 cup pitcher.. score.

Fast forward.. I Hit 4 or 5 antique stores and again empty handed. Until I spotted a lefton mr toodles tea pot. It was priced at $40 and correctly labeled on the tag, so i figured I would check comps anyways.. searched eBay, etsy and Google. With no luck. So I check my go to Worthpoint.com(well worth the subscription) comps came up between $125 & $250. Another score..

It always pays to check comps, even if tags are labeled correctly some things are not readily available online, maybe hard to find leaving the seller clueless as to the actual value.