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Yes, It's Me in the Women's Jeans Section!
Special Preface for My Father
Dad, if at some point you're reading this, I want you to know that I'm doing just fine, and I'm still married to the love of my life. I'm not going through a middle-aged crisis, trying to develop an extracurricular social life in the women's jeans section of a thrift store, and--no!--all those times you looked at me funny if I happened to spend more than five minutes watching my sisters play with their dolls did not create any repressed urges that are now unfolding in a clothing fetish. I assure you that the only thing coming out of my closet is Kona, the cat, after I've accidentally locked him in there.
Dad! Really...you can exhale now!
- My Goals for 2013
Whether or not you're one for making new year's resolutions, stay open and available to the possibilities and adventures of a purpose-driven life.
I'm Developing New Niches, Not Itches!
In December of last year, I set some major goals for myself. One of them was:
- I resolve to continue building my eBay business in 2013.
So if you people are wondering what in the world a husky Hawaiian man is doing smack dab in the middle of Levi Strauss, Seven, Liz Claiborne, Wrangler, Lucky, and other brand name jeans, it's simple: I'm exploring a brand new niche.
Really, I am!
Okay, I admit I sound a bit defensive, so I need to tone it down a bit. It's just that I'm honestly still a bit unsettled and, okay, paranoid about who might be looking at me funny.
I don't know why it is, but whenever I go to the local Goodwill Store, it's common to see women browsing through the men's section, but I never see men looking through the women's section. (Unless the men do the stealth thing during the hours when the store is least frequented by shoppers. Whenever that might be, I have no clue...because whenever I'm, as of recently, anyway, doing my thing with the women's jeans, there's always a ton of people.
And, frankly, I see some rather large men with crew cuts that I think might just be watching me from over the tops of books or from behind the Coke machine or adjacent to the jewelry case...and immediately my mind goes, "Mm-hmm...undercover cop watching the unsub perv!"
It's unnerving, I tell you.
But bottom line, and an eBay seller is always concerned about the bottom line, is that this niche--and listen carefully, all you eBay newbies and veterans alike--can be very profitable!
I do a lot of eBay-related research. One of my absolutely favorite places to find great reference advice for finding thrift store treasures is YouTube.
While looking for new material in a recent search, I came across a young man who looked like he might still be in high school who had done a series of videos about treasure-hunting at thrift stores and yard sales.
One of the things he was showcasing was a set of women's jeans he'd recently found and had listed. He was claiming to be selling these Lucky brand jeans for $60 a shot.
I thought to myself, if this young kid could do it, I most certainly should give it a whirl!
So, I did what any red-blooded American man in my situation would do.
I begged my wife to come do it with me. Nope, she said, we already have storage lockers full of stuff we haven't even listed yet, and now you wanna try something else?
She's not a mean person, but that wasn't the answer I was hoping for.
The next day, while she was at work, I went to the thrift store. Holding my head up high...okay, I'm lying...hanging my head and trying to look casually inconspicuous (which, by the way, is as successful as my fat cat, Kona, walking into a Rhode Island Red chicken coop), I gingerly moseyed on over to the women's section. I looked no one in the eye and did my best to pretend that I had every business being there.
I fail at acting. That's one thing I know about myself.
I went through four racks of women's jeans. The only brand name that I was tempted to purchase was Lucky Brand Dungarees. But I hadn't done enough research and easily talked myself out of it.
Finally, I gave up and headed back towards the non-clothing side of the store.
Near the cashiers was this area where the female employees were putting new stuff--things like purses and shoes and--yes!--women's jeans.
I happened to be at the right spot at the right moment. Even in my awkward, clumsy approach to all of this, the Law of Attraction does work!
An employee casually placed two pairs of jeans onto the clothes rack. I quickly walked over and looked at the brand name.
Never heard of it. But the price tag caught my eye!
Now, listen carefully, aspiring eBay moguls! Goodwill is a thrift store. If you have a Goodwill Store in your community, or something similar, like Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Value Village, even Ross, remember this: When they mark a price up that is unusually high for that store (Goodwill's usual range is anywhere from 99 cents to $6.99 these days), it's a huge hint that someone in the back of the store has done some research and determined that the commodity in question is a high ticket item.
I tried to look up Rock Revival jeans on my iPhone, but the reception was really bad inside of the store.
So I quickly left the store and did another search while standing on the sidewalk. The numbers astounded me!
I went back into the store, and without batting an eye, grabbed both Rock Revival jeans up and tossed them on the cashier's counter.
With tax, I paid $43.54 for both pairs.
The Strategy and the Results
With a bit of insecurity and uncertainty nagging at me, I decided to throw caution to the wind and do what no other seller of these jeans was currently doing.
I listed each pair of jeans in separate auctions with a starting bid of a penny!
Each auction was scheduled to run 5 days.
The auctions ended last night.
I'm purposefully not going to tell you what the final bids were because I want you to search for yourselves. In so doing, you may want to look at what other sellers are currently doing, or how the completed items have done and what they're selling for. I'm choosing to do this because I'm urging you to learn for yourselves and not just take what I say at face value.
What I am going to share with you are the respective eBay item numbers for the two listings I posted. Keep this caveat in mind--eBay saves the completed items information for only 90 days. Yesterday's ending date was February 18, 2013. If you happen to come upon this article after May 19, you will no longer be able to see the results. If that happens to be the case, please feel free to inquire in the comments section of this hub, and I will most definitely give you the information you're looking for.
The Rock Revival eBay item numbers are, respectively--
So the next time you're in a thrift store in your particular neighborhood, check out the lone dude rifling through women's jeans.
Chances are, he's got an eBay hustle going on.
What are YOU gonna do about it? Well, dive right in! Don't let him hog all the good stuff!