ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Thrift Store Flipping On eBay $100 Challenge The Plan

Updated on June 27, 2014

How Much Can You Make This Into?

My goal is $250 a week.
My goal is $250 a week.

Success is a long uphill climb

Goals Of The Challenge

With so many people looking for work, i have decided to take on this challenge and help others to become a success story in your own right. This will be a 90 day journal for me to return to frequently and keep track of how things are going.

1. Build a successful eBay business ($1000.00 a month)

2. Work less then 2 hours a day in spare time 5 days a week

3. Invest less then $100.00 total cash from my pocket

4. Keep inventory level to less then 50 items at any one time

5. Create a "Step By Step" guide any one with basic ebay skills can copy.

What Is The $100 Challenge?

The $100 Challenge is a modified idea of something i found when surfing, it took $20.00 and bought stuff to flip at thrift stores. After the flip they recorded the profits some were huge, these guys were pros at thrifting for eBay.

So since i sold my business, I decided I wanted to bring this back out of the ashes, with a twist, I will be investing a maximum of $100.00 to start a new business on eBay, and unlike many other videos, and how to guides, i am planning to updating all my articles, to show what items sold for, how long they took, and what was my profit.

Now you can run your business or challenge anyway you want, but for me, it will be simple, I will search through my local thrift stores, for items I feel can be auctioned for nice profit margin. The start will be the hardest, since money will be very tight, but I am hoping that by running all auctions to start that will change quickly.

Inventory control will be a must, I want to keep my inventory in 4 file boxes from a local office supply store, so that it can be kept in the bottom of a closet or tucked away in a corner. Profit is the focus, not holding out for top dollar on most items. If it doesn't sell first week I ay lower the price until it does sell, the object of flipping is time, and this needs to be kept in mind.

Shipping supplies are not going to be deducted from the starting funds, mainly because I have left over supplies from my last company, if you need shipping supplies consider shipping everything priority mail and all supplies can be ordered from United States Postal Service website.

So that is basically the challenge, take a 100 bucks and build a part time income from it. I know many people want a full time business, but once you have built a part time income you can take it full time any time you are ready.

Good Luck and keep coming back and reading.

Gold Digger Headquarters

Cream Of The Crop Inventory

Now with a bankroll of only $100.00 I will need to select the cream of the crop items, there may be days, when I leave a Tommy Bahama shirt on the rack, because I don't feel it will sell quickly, I know many people say start with clothing, personally i am going to be looking for anything that will make me a profit.

My best friend will be my smart phones, ( I carry two) with the eBay app installed on both, not only will i be looking for pricing but sell through rating, shipping cost, number listed, (do I have to compete against 100 others) my goal is to teach myself to find the gold.

I know with my wife and I we tend to over buy inventory, we buy more then we can list, we buy stuff that is not the cream of the crop, we all do it, we buy inventory for our store so we have more listings, hoping for more sales.

Remember our goal is to sell the item quickly, so to score the quick flip we need to remember for every 3 items we think we need to buy we need to put at least two back. I will be shopping for inventory often. I want to find one or two items, and get them listed, then find a few items and get them listed.

Junk Around The House

I have been hording stuff around my house for a while, all of which was supposed to be sold long ago, some of it should have gone with the business when i sold it off, some of it should have been given away as gifts that got lost, but in the end, there stuff lurking around in a lot of corners. It will be added to the inventory for this challenge, it needs to go, and if I am focusing on this challenge I wont be selling off the junk around the house.

Plus I have a second house full of inventory, my mother just moved to florida, which means I have an entire house of stuff to get rid of for her. I will be listing a lot of it at very low starting prices and seeing where it goes. My goal is to clear out and enjoy what I am doing.

My wife and I are looking to retire soon, one of our goals in life is to travel by motorhome and buy and sell stuff while on the road. So this challenge is a great way for us to start, since we are looking to have all items gone within two weeks.

How Will Sales Come Quickly?

eBay offers so many different listing styles now, that it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what will work the best, all I can tell you is experiment, sometimes what will work great for me will not work for you. Your best listings are the ones that work.

I will be using 7 day auctions, i will be starting all of them on Sunday (even if I need to schedule them) between 830 and 930 PM. I feel this will give me plenty of exposure, I want these items gone quickly, I am not here to hold out for the highest dollar, if you are auctions may not be the right method for you.

I will only use BIN when I find an item that I can't sell it through auction (listed several times with no bids) although I am sure most of my items will get a bid quickly, my pricing will be aggressive so that i can attract more action.

Video Advertising

I am planning to use video heavily in the future, I am hoping to start video taping all items listed, with me talking about the item as well. I see it as the future, every item will have a video description almost like its own little commercial. I struggle with pictures, so I am sure there will be a learning curve for myself.

As a salesman, and a goof ball, I am looking forward to the video part of the ads, I can see different characters coming to life over time to help sell the items. Selling should be fun, and I can see where this will be fun to do, almost like a QVC 30 to 60 second video about the item you are listing.

Keep in mind flipping inventory for profit on eBay is suppose to be fun. If it isn't fun it is just another job and the pay will never be worth it. I can't wait to get started on this project, looking around I am sure I can find plenty of trash to sell to someone as treasure (big grin) any way time for me to get going, headed to the goodwill across from my hotel here in florida.

Thrift Store Parody


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • angelicwarriors profile imageAUTHOR

      John Chartier 

      4 years ago from EHT New Jersey

      Thannk you will be writing a lot more when I get back to NJ Tuesday.... been a crazy 7 day trip to florida and back to drop mom off to live with my great aunt...

    • hustlinsmoke profile image


      4 years ago

      Posting a good luck and so I can get alerts to your stuff.

    • angelicwarriors profile imageAUTHOR

      John Chartier 

      4 years ago from EHT New Jersey

      @chloesdad keep following and you will see a bunch of ideas I will be using, I did very well with my business until someone bought me out lock stock and barrel. Many people asked me how I did and this series of hubs will give you many ideas, some tips and tricks, and I hope a good start on a business of your own... thank you for the comment...

    • chloesdad profile image

      Jeff M 

      4 years ago from Newington NH

      I've dabbled with selling on Ebay before but it is tough to find good items to make a decent profit with. I had luck selling a bunch of printer/copier toners that I got for free. Good Hub as it got me thinking of more ways to earn online!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)