How to Buy and Sell Used Jeans to Make Money

Photographing Jeans

When selling jeans online, post photographs of the jeans. You will want to put up a full length photo of the jeans, the front button and tags, the back of the legs to show that there is no fraying, and a photo of the back pockets.
When selling jeans online, post photographs of the jeans. You will want to put up a full length photo of the jeans, the front button and tags, the back of the legs to show that there is no fraying, and a photo of the back pockets. | Source

Make Money Selling Jeans

It almost seems unreal, at first, but there are many people who love to buy pre-owned, pre-worn jeans. The great part about this is that it gives ingenious people a chance to make good money buying designer jeans cheaply and reselling the jeans online and offline for a profit.

There are many ways you can sell the jeans you buy. You can test out online auctions or you can create your own online store. You can also set up a stand at local flea markets or set up a brick-and-mortar store. If your home is in a good location, you can even have jean yard sales on the weekends.

What Jean Brands to Buy to Sell

Levi's are my best selling jeans. My second best sellers are Hollisters. What you will want to do is find in fashion designer jeans - True Religion, Fox, Delia, Pacsun, Gap, Diesel, etc.

Avoid jeans that retail for under $30. Cheaper jeans sell at low prices and they tend to sit for a long time. They are best sold in bulk as craft material.

Storing Jeans

After you purchase jeans to resell, wash them. If you see any stains on them after your purchase, use a stain remover. After they are cleaned, store the jeans in clean, plastic containers so that they remain clean.
After you purchase jeans to resell, wash them. If you see any stains on them after your purchase, use a stain remover. After they are cleaned, store the jeans in clean, plastic containers so that they remain clean. | Source

Where to Find Cheap Jeans to Resell

Many people will spend their weekends visiting yard sales and auctions, buying jeans one by one or in bulk. When buying used jeans at yard sales, always make sure you know how much the jeans are worth retail, check the jeans for sale for any defects or excessive wearing, and get the jeans for a low price - no more than $3 a pair.

A great place to find designer jeans is at Goodwill. Visit your local Goodwill shops. Find out what days they get in new shipments. Be prepared to spend roughly 1 to 2 hours each shipment day searching through clothing bins. I have found many designer jeans while searching through the Goodwill bins. My teenage kids also join in and keep me up to date on the latest jean trends. When choosing the jeans, search for holes and stains. Check the hem bottoms. DOn't buy anything that has been altered or hemmed up. Make sure the legs are no frayed.

Goodwill Shopping

To Ebay or Not to Ebay

People have a lot of opinions about Ebay. Due to my personal experiences, I would recommend staying away from Ebay because of its buyer's protection policy where, if a buyer decides to make a false claim against the seller, the buyer gets his or her money back and, depending on the claim made, is able to keep the item you sent. I have had people claim that the package was empty, that the item wasn't the same as listed, and that the item was damaged. When I was able to get the buyer to return the item, I would get a different item, such as a ripped up article of clothing, instead of what I had originally sent to them. Ebay was once a decent place to sell, but I feel as though it has become the home of scammers in recent years. If you decide to try your luck with Ebay, please be aware of the scams some buyers use.

Buyer Scams

Selling By Website

An alternative to selling through Ebay is to sell the used jeans through your own website. There are many free and cheap websites that will let you set up a website to sell your used jeans. Many of these hosts provide super easy templates you can use to set up your online shop. Some places to check out include:

Selling from a Store

If you live in an urban area, look into setting up a brick-and-mortar shop. Find and sell only the best in jeans at prices that are half the cost of retail. Buying used, designer jeans can be a big store front money maker if you choose the right location and attract the type of buyers that are fashionable and Earth conscious.

Selling at Flea Markets and Yard Sales

Flea markets and yard sales have been my biggest profit makers. For $10 to $25 a day, I can set up a 10-foot table and sell my name brand jeans. Living in a high traffic area, my home is also a great place to hold family yard sales. The trick is to lay out the jeans nicely so that people can see them. I prefer to fold my jeans for sale and use a sticker to label brand and size. Men's and women's jeans are separated. The jeans are clean and people can inspect them before purchase.

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Hawaiian Scribe 3 years ago from Hawai'i

Thanks for a very interesting hub. I'm always looking for ways to make a little extra money here and there, and this is a great idea. Voted up, interesting, useful, tweeted and pinned. Aloha, Stephanie

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