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How to prepare and sell belts in a thrift store

Updated on April 18, 2015

Selling belts in a thrift store is a tricky proposition.

Belts can be a valuable add on sale.

Assign one person to handle your accessory items. So they become familiar with what sells and what doesn't.

Belts are not a high value item but they can help sell a whole outfit to someone whose on the fence.

Sorting belts goes along the same usual guidelines. Throw out any of these:

  • NO rips, stains, tears of any kinds.
  • Also belts where the holes have been worn in two are big no no's.
  • belts whose edges are frayed or worn out completely.

Good quality designer belts should be closely examined to see if they are worth saving and put on the sales floor.


Belts are perfect add on sale.

If you can see where the previous owner fasten the belt. Pitch it
If you can see where the previous owner fasten the belt. Pitch it | Source
Be very selective about putting out belts that have gone to a dress. They need to be in excellent shape. And not sold for much.
Be very selective about putting out belts that have gone to a dress. They need to be in excellent shape. And not sold for much. | Source
Do I even need to go here? As to why this should never to to the sales floor.
Do I even need to go here? As to why this should never to to the sales floor. | Source
Would you buy this?
Would you buy this? | Source
Unless your desperate for belts, this should be in a salvage bag. This is not worth more than a dollar. Is it worth your time to put this kind of thing out on the floor.
Unless your desperate for belts, this should be in a salvage bag. This is not worth more than a dollar. Is it worth your time to put this kind of thing out on the floor. | Source

This is how not to tag.

Using tape will destroy any finish it comes into contact with the longer it says on the belt.
Using tape will destroy any finish it comes into contact with the longer it says on the belt. | Source

You got your belts sorted and are ready to price, how do you tag?

I can tell you how not to tag.

Never tape over leather or finish because the longer that tape sits on the belt, the harder it will be to get off and sometimes if it's a cheap enough finish, the finish will come off with it.

you're you're gonna take the time to hang and sort belts do it right.

And for heaven's sake, never ever write on a belt with any type of marker.

Your tag on a zip tie fastener is the easiest way to tag a belt.
Your tag on a zip tie fastener is the easiest way to tag a belt. | Source

This was an authentic Brighton Belt, in very good condition. Things like these in this condition , you can command a little higher price for. But don't go nuts.

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