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Where to Find Toys to Sell on eBay

Updated on July 19, 2017


Don't worry if you didn't save every toy you ever owned as a child. It's no big deal if your own kids have trashed their collectible action figures. And it doesn't matter that you haven't happened upon a crate full of antique dolls and marbles in your grandparents' attic.


You can still find toys to sell on eBay.


Looking to find toys to sell on eBay?
Looking to find toys to sell on eBay?

1. Garage Sales


Everyone knows that eBay sellers love garage sales, and for good reason. The discounts are steep and you never know what you might come across. One man's trash is another man's treasure, after all! More often than not, you will find toys when you stop at a yard sale.


From modern to vintage and even antique toys, be ready to stumble upon them on someone's front lawn. While no one can be an expert in every category, do your best to be prepared. This means a basic, general knowledge of what you're looking for - what are the best toys to buy to resell? You will learn as you go and become more experienced; but you should still have a smartphone with a good data plan in your hand, the eBay app already loaded on the screen.


Tip: make sure you’re up and out early. Sales typically start at 9:00 AM. Remember that there are hundreds of other "eBayers" like yourself out there looking for deals.


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This pile of toys on the grass may look like a mess, but it could be worth money!
This pile of toys on the grass may look like a mess, but it could be worth money! | Source

2. Auctions


Ask and search around for auctions taking place in your neighborhood! Then scope them out for toys to resell on eBay. The auction house may even post pictures online ahead of time, so you can tell if there will be toys to buy. Don't assume the photos are showing everything though!


The good thing about auctions? They’re not just work, but entertainment. They’re a social event in which you chat with your neighbor and ogle the merchandise while eating microwave popcorn and cheap hot dogs.


The bad thing? You will likely need to invest more money at an auction house than you would at your average garage sale. Many of the toys being sold individually (as opposed to in "box lots") will be bid up to a price that is too high for practical resale.


So pay attention to boxes stuffed full and items sold in groupings! Get there early to walk around and peek inside boxes before bidding starts. Toys (and other product) grouped together become more common as the hours go on and the auction begins to come to a close.


You never know where you might find toys you can sell on eBay. So keep looking!
You never know where you might find toys you can sell on eBay. So keep looking!

3. eBay Itself!


Sometimes new or casual sellers on eBay haven't done thorough research on the value of the toys they have listed for sale. They may even list them improperly, such as selecting the wrong category or leaving out vital keywords from the title, thus resulting in less potential buyers finding the listings. It’s your job to find them anyway.


Tip: Consider potential misspellings. A title typo is an enemy to the seller and a best friend to you as the buyer. Think about someone accidentally writing "angle" in place of "angel", for example, or "scramble" instead of "scrabble."


There is also the concept of purchasing toy "lots" on eBay, which you will then break up into individual, profitable sales. In this scenario, a seller bunches together many toys in one eBay listing. They don't have room for all the keywords in the title or they don't describe the items in detail. No one can find that rare Care Bear in among the stuffed elephants and teddy bears. No one except you, as you will carefully examine photos in toy lot listings on eBay from now on.


Don't count on buying cheap toys at auctions or flea markets, but always try!
Don't count on buying cheap toys at auctions or flea markets, but always try!

4. Flea Markets


Flea markets are trickier when it comes to finding toys to sell on eBay. It will be tougher to score a deal. The people running the flea market booths are dealers. They know the value of what they're selling and will generally have the going rate or even the collector's value as the price. Toys new in the box or vintage Barbies won't come cheap. But there are a few tricks to help you uncover hidden treasure at a flea market.


First of all, know your rare modern toys. Most sellers at a flea market will be educated in antique marbles or old-fashioned dolls. But they might pass over a shiny, bulky toy from the 90s or a video game from the 2000s.


Second, look for box lots just like on eBay or at auctions. Maybe someone would like to make you a deal on a bunch of old Happy Meal toys, which you can then resell by the piece on eBay. Magazines, comic books, and un-boxed action figures also frequently have low prices or can be spied in mixed-up boxes shoved quietly under a table.


5. Toy Stores


Buying directly from toy stores? And still making a profit? Yes. But you will need research, some luck, and preferably a smartphone to master purchasing new toys to resell on eBay.


Keep track of trends. When the holidays come around, what is the year's "hot toy"? Hunt for it! Contrary to popular belief, dealers don't actually walk into Target and buy up all the in-demand merchandise for themselves. You will work hard to score even one or two of the hit toy at Christmastime, since stores typically (and appropriately) limit these purchases to one per person at a time. And of course these highly desired toys fly off shelves fast! Prepare to wake early and stand in line, possibly in freezing cold temperatures.


Of course even year round you can still find clearance toys in stores. Just bring along your smartphone and keep your eyes open. Brightly colored stickers otherwise known as clearance tags are our friends! Just because the big box store was ready to move that last piece of merchandise along quickly doesn't mean that the market is gone - not on eBay.


Toy store clearance sections might be a gold mine for an eBay toy seller!
Toy store clearance sections might be a gold mine for an eBay toy seller!


If you are looking to earn a little extra cash, then eBay is where to go. The site has long been one of the top sources for buying and selling online. You just needed to know where to get started.


Selling toys on eBay is a tried-and-true way to make money.


  • Your startup cost is small
  • But your profit can be big
  • The toy category is broad, full of potential
  • Yet you can always narrow your focus and become an expert on a specific brand, time period, or style
  • Toys consistently sell year-round, with a major boost at Christmastime
  • Places to find toys to resell are numerous, as you have seen


Wherever and however you prefer to find toys to sell on eBay, just remember to stay pleasant and affable. After all, the best part of selling toys is the fun! You're reliving the very best part of childhood: play. Take joy in the toys and hopefully they'll bring you profit.

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      Amanda 2 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Thanks for your comment, Jodah! I've often thought of selling books because I know a few nearby real life auctions that have cheap box lots of books - but I hear they do better on Amazon? I only sell on eBay right now, personally. That's great to hear that you can still do well with books there too though!

      I imagine if one was an expert in knowing which style of books to keep an eye out for at second-hand shops and garage sales then you could do great with finding profitable books! I bet most people selling them at sales don't realize the online value and just throw them in the box with the rest of the standard paperback thrillers and romances. Great idea!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Amanda, great ideas and suggestions here. I hadn't considered children's toys. have sold a few things on eBay such as books from opportunity/ second-hand shops and sold them for a profit, especially if you look for books that are signed by the author. I picked up one on snooker signed by the author Eddie Charlton for $2.00 and sold it for $25.00. With some books etc the extra cost of postage makes it unviable to sell online however unless it is a real bargain. Good hub, voted up.

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Smartphones are indispensable to an eBay seller! It can get a little weird looking stuff up in someone's yard/garage though - in that case it's nice to pretend you're just texting a friend to see if they're interested in the item you're secretly looking up on eBay. It makes it less awkward for everyone involved.

      Good luck to you on eBay!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      This is a great hub for the beginning Ebay seller. Lots of great ideas on where to find toys to resell. You make a good point with a Smartphone idea. I don't have one but I see a lot of people at yard sales lately that have Smartphones and look things up with them while standing in someone's front yard! I am trying to break into the Ebay market myself but am at the point right now where I just sell what I have found in my house after a recent move. Great stuff in here. Thank you!