The Real Real- A guide to consigning luxury items online

The Real Real- Consigning luxury brand items

Consign your clothing on The Real Real www.thethriftaholic.com

90% off luxury consignment

eBay can be a great place to sell used clothing and accessories, but when it comes to high-end items, you might want to try The Real Real. I’m sure you’ve heard stories about buyers purchasing an item and claiming it was a fake. Or other stories where someone is trying to do the bait and switch move. These are the main reasons why I tend to pass on selling these brands on eBay. It’s just too stressful to sell certain brands and nothing is guaranteed. I’m not bashing eBay in any way, in fact eBay is my main source of income, but for selling higher end items such as designer shoes and purses, you might want to try The Real Real.

The Deal on the Real Real

 

TheRealReal.com

The Real Real is an online site that sells consigned designer items that are guaranteed authentic. They will send you a label so you can send in your items to consign. You can even request a FREE kit here– a box will be mailed to you for your items and a label too!  If you have 10 or more items, you might qualify for their white glove service where they send an associate to your house to pick them up. They deal with all the aspects of listing them- authenticating, taking pictures, transactions, shipping, etc. In return, you get a percentage of the sale based upon the price range you are in. You can check out the different tiers here. Though their cut is a little higher than eBay, you aren’t left with the trouble of doing everything on your own. Also, items on The Real Real tend to sell much faster than those on eBay. This means a quicker turnover for you!
You can also make an online inventory packing list here: Online packing list
The Real Real Inventory list

Brands that The Real Real accepts

Since The Real Real is a higher end consigning site, it has it’s own list of designers they accept. Some of the brands have certain requirements, so make sure you check the ones that are flagged with a red i in a circle next to it. For instance, they accept J Brand jeans, but they have to be new with tags. You can access the brands they accept by clicking here on their designer directory.

The Real Real Designer Directory

Consign your clothing online for $1,000 in less than a monthYour cut of The Real Real

The Real Real bases your cut of the profits on your commission period. This is a 1 year period after your first sale, so how much you sell dictates what percentage you receive. Look below for specifics:

The Real Real consignment profit

So there it is. If you are hesitant with listing a designer item and it’s an item that The Real Real accepts, try the service out!

Spring Style From the thrift- Blues and Tans


Cheap Spring styles

Thrifted Spring Style

Thrifting yesterday was hit or miss, but I did score a few awesome items. This spring style is versatile and easy to mix and match. I love blues with tan accent pieces. The jeans still have a tag, and the shirt and shoes are near mint condition! In detail, I give you my favs:

My Thrifted Spring Style favs from my latest shop

  1. These Ugg cork wedges are TO DIE for. They were next to nothing and in mint condition. Of course they are in my size, but I can’t keep EVERYTHING I buy. For $5, I wasn’t going to leave these behind! They are made of cork heels and the softest leather upper. These are amazing! Ugg Cork Wedges
    Ugg Cork Wedges
  2. Brand new Citizens of Humanity Ingrid Flare Jeans. These are the perfect ‘go to’ jeans for spring. They have the signature Citizens logo pockets, longer inseam which is good for tailoring. The color is amazing- not too dark, not too light. For $3 these were a definite purchase.Citizens of Humanity Jeans
  3. Ann Taylor Tie front top. Ok seriously, I really might keep this one. Its SO flattering, and the tie detail gives it the perfect touch. It was only $1.50! Ann Taylor Blouse
  4. Tory Burch. My favorite brand ever. Not sure I’ll give up the purse unless the price is right. It’s a timeless piece, and the perfect tan color for any spring styled outfit. Love Tory Burch!Tory Burch purse

Thanks for checking out my Spring style finds! Check back soon for the next batch! I usually put all of my items up on eBay, but if you would like to purchase them directly, please contact me via the email link on my page.

Thanks again and happy thrifting!

 

Spring Fashion Finds from the Thrift

Spring Fashion Trends from the thrift store

Fashion Finds from the Thrift- Spring Fashion

I love scoring awesome brands at the thrift stores for super cheap, who doesn’t? This past weekend I hit up a few spots while visiting my mom out of town and found some amazing pieces for next to nothing. The thrift stores have almost gotten rid of their sweaters and are FINALLY putting out their spring clothing- YAY! I love spring fashion! Below are some of my favorite finds of the weekend! I will be posting them on eBay soon!

My 5 favorite Spring Fashion thrift finds this weekend

  1. 7 For All Mankind Dojo Jeans. This style is timeless and one of 7’s best sellers. For $4 I couldn’t pass them up! A spring outfit is complete with these and a tee.

7 For All Mankind Dojo Jeans

2. Little Yellow Button gray tank top by Anthropologie. As we all know, Anthropologie is highly coveted and has a ton of brands. If you miss the post about Anthropologie brands and photos of every brand, click here. You could totally wear this with the 7 jeans or a pair of white jeans for the perfect spring fashion statement.This was $2- yes please!Anthropologie Tank Top Gray

3. Lululemon Pink Half Zip Jacket. I LOVE this. It is definitely my favorite find of the weekend! In fact, I might actually keep it since it’s in my size, but we’ll see. Throw it on with a pair of gray or black leggings and some slide on sneakers and you’re good to go! By the way, I just bought the BEST pair of Vince Camuto black slide on sneakers at Macy’s during their huge shoe sale right now! Vince Cameo Black Slide on sneakersCheck out their shoes here! If they are sold out in your size, try Spring, they have them too and have a discount code SPRING10 for 10% off.

Lululemon Pink Jacket

4. Rag & Bone Gray and White Striped Tee. Super soft, handmade, and a perfect staple to any spring outfit. This tee was only $2! Saks 5th Avenue is having a pretty awesome sale on Rag & Bone right now, not quite as cheap as my find, but you may find something for a deal! Rag & Bone Striped Tee Shirt

5. Donald Pliner Pink Cork wedges. A $3 find and in excellent condition! These SCREAM summer! I would SO keep these if they were my size! A perfect pairing to any spring outfit!

Donald Pliner Pink Cork Wedges

Finding and Reselling St. John Clothing

St. John Logo

St. John clothing

A guide to reselling St. John clothing

One of the most coveted brands we as sellers look for when thrifting is no doubt St. John. The St. John clothing is high-quality and retails for a hefty price. If we are lucky enough to find it in the thrift stores, we know we just scored big time.

One of the main things I look for when thrifting (especially when I don’t have a lot of time) is the knit. When I look through the pants but don’t have time to stop at each pair, I look for the St. John signature wide knit waist band. Same goes with the knit skirts. Please note, not all items are knit, but for the most part, what you find will be.St. John Clothing

The St. John Santana Knit

The Santana knit is St. John’s signature fabric that is rayon and wool woven together. Maria, who works for St. John says “the knit is blocked which means it’s steamed at incredibly high temperatures to either shrink the fabric to a smaller size, or stretched to a larger size”. Pretty cool, huh?

For the fabrics that are not Santana knit (like the photo above), they are referred to as novelty knit. This knit is a lighter weight than the Santana.

St. John and Paillettes

If you have been researching St. John, you will see that some of the items are described as having “paillettes”. These are tiny little shiny adornments placed on St. John clothing. If you find an item with these on it, make sure you put that in the auction title because it is searched for! See the pictures below for examples:

St. John paillettes

St. John couture label

St. John Logo buttons

Logo buttons are another key feature that St. John lovers look for. If your item has logo buttons, be sure to note that. Sometimes there won’t be logo buttons, but when there are they usually look like this:

St. John Logo Button

St. John Logo Button

St. John Clothing Labels

St. John has many different clothing labels, and they all will tell you something different about the item.

St. John Collection items are classic, timeless pieces, work-ready, and sophisticated. They are usually two piece suits or dresses.

St. John Collection label

St. John Evening items are usually the pieces you will see adorned with paillettes or crystals. They are the “going out” pieces or holiday wear.

St. John basics are pieces that are either black, white or navy and never go out of season. They can be styled with other items of different lines. Funny fact- this line NEVER goes on sale because they are always “in season”. This is probably why buyers look on eBay for this label. 

St. John Basics Label

St. John Couture label is very dressy, luxurious with crystals, and often lined with silk. They are very expensive.

St. John Couture

St. John Sport is a more laid back, less expensive line. It aims at the younger crowd.

st. john sport

And finally, this tag below is the vintage label circa 1970s. There are other vintage labels, not many are seen anymore, but you can check the full list here.

St. john vintage label

 

Yoga pants that are as awesome as Lululemon

These Yoga pants are only $14.99 and are as awesome as Lululemon

 

Yoga pants cheaper than Lululemon

 

Lululemon Alternative yoga pants

I love Lululemon. I mean, who doesn’t? The shopping experience is so chill and the cute little reusable tote bags that come along with each purchase are so handy!  My favorite product they make are their yoga pants, particularly their wunder unders. But the other day, I was at TJ Maxx browsing through their activewear yoga pants and came across a brand called 90 Degree by Reflex. I decided to try them on and I was amazed at how great they hugged every curve- just like Lululemon does. The best part was the cute lace up cut out look on the back of each leg! And better yet, they were only $14.99!

The pants are thicker, and they are definitely not see-through. They have the moisture wicking technology, so that is plus! I wear them to the gym and they stay in place the entire time. I have many different yoga pants, but these are one of my new favorites! And for $14.99, you seriously can’t beat that. Maybe I’ll go back and buy more colors! Yoga pants cheaper than Lululemon

You can grab yourself a pair online on the TJ Maxx website, but you better hurry because they might sell out fast like anything at TJ Maxx does! Check out your local TJ Maxx too, they might have some in stock. Degree also has their own website and is selling them in all different colors, but if you order from there, they cost $42, so try TJ Maxx first!

For sizing help, I am a 4 in Lululemon and the XS fit me perfectly. You definitely won’t be disappointed trying out these bad boys!

You can also find different styles of them on eBay for cheap as well. Check out all of these! 

4 Clothing brands you shouldn’t pass up while thrifting

4 Clothing Brands you might be overlooking at the thrift store

reselling clothing online
Everyone who starts selling out on eBay has their own list of clothing brands to look for while thrifting. A lot of them being well-known mall brands such as Abercrombie, Victoria’s Secret Pink, Lululemon, etc. What you don’t realize is that you just might be passing up on brands that, though lesser known, sell for much higher.  It’s always important to research and study as much as you can about brands to look for while thrifting. This way you will have many more items to be on the look out for, and don’t leave empty handed from the thrift store. Plus, the more you know about thrifting, the more you sell. And as you know, the more you sell, the more money you make!

Below I have compiled a list for you of a few lesser known brands to be on the look out for while thrifting. They are currently selling for a good amount of money. I have also added links to completed auctions on eBay so you can check them out for yourself.

Thrifting Lesser Known Clothing Brands that sell for Big Profit

  1. Uru. This brand is hand-dyed with all natural fibers. It falls under the category of  “artsy” clothing.

 

thrifting brands to look for

Check out some of the most recent completed auctions:

thrifting brands to look for

2. Citron Santa Monica– These clothes are “wearable works of art”. They are unique, and the more detailed an item is, the more it sells for.

thrifting brands to look for

And as you can see, it sells for a pretty decent amount:

thrifting brands to look for

 

3. Bryn Walker– This brand focuses on comfort. Its usually oversized, and almost always linen. If you’re in a rush at the thrift store, focus on looking for linen, then check the tag.

thrifting brands to look for

 

And check out those completed auctions:

thrifting brands to look for

4. BlueFish-Another artsy clothing brand. talented studio artists in New Jersey and Iowa hand print designs onto the clothes that they have carved from lino-blocks.
thrifting brands to look for

Bluefish always sells, and usually for quite a bit of money. I always love finding this clothing brand to sell. Check some of the completed auctions:

thrifting brands to look for

So there you have it. 4 good brands to look for when thrifting. You should never pass up these clothing brands if the price is right because you’re always guaranteed a sale!

Check back often because I will be divulging in more brands to keep an eye out for!

 

Reselling Vintage Backpacks and Totes- 3 brands to look for

Reselling Vintage Backpacks and Totes- 3 brands to look for

reselling on eBay for profit vintage backpacks

reselling on eBay for profit vintage backpacks

reselling on eBay for profit vintage backpacks

reselling on eBay for profit vintage backpacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re anything like myself, you probably skip sifting through the backpacks and totes when you are out thrifting. That was me…until I found out about these 3 gems. Now, I always take a couple minutes to wander over to the backpack section and browse through. You should keep an out for these three brands in particular. We all are familiar with the brand, Jansport, but did you know that some of the vintage ones are highly sought after? Vintage LL Bean totes, especially with the script label (seen above) sell for a lot on eBay too. I actually never heard of Gregory backpacks until I stumbled upon a high selling one (and now I’ll never forget them!).

Check out some of the completed auctions on eBay. Here is a Jansport style backpack highly sought after :

reselling on eBay for profit

 

And here is a high selling Gregory backpack. Look at that end amount! You can also see some up close photos of other styles to look for here 

reselling on eBay for profit


LL Bean has always been known for their totes, but did you know how popular the vintage ones are? Check this listing and the end price out:

reselling on eBay for profit

So the next time you head our thrifting, be sure to check out the backpacks and totes because those vintage ones are out there hiding!

Happy Thrifting!

How to search completed listings on eBay

eBay tutorial search completedAlways research your items before listing them on eBay

This eBay tutorial will show you how to research your item’s value. It is important to research your item and see what it has been selling for. This is especially important if you are deciding to use the ‘buy it now’ feature. If you price your item to low on eBay, you can lose out on money that you otherwise would have made.  You can search completed items by using the search bar at the top of your eBay page:

eBay tutorial search completed

Make sure you try to be as specific as you can when researching your item. See below for keyword help.

Once you have put your search terms into the search box, scroll down and look for the box to click on the left hand side that says “completed items”:

eBay tutorial search completed

If you want the link to the general completed search page on eBay, you can find it by clicking here 

Once you click the ‘completed listing’ box, the search results will change. From there you can sort them by highest to lowest or most recent, check the screen below:

eBay tutorial search completed

If I already have purchased the item and am getting ready to list it, I usually sort by most recent. This way I can see how much my item has been selling for recently to get a better since of what to list it for. On the other hand, if I am at a thrift store and looking at the completed listings, I usually sort by most expensive first to see if it would be worth purchasing for resell.

eBay Tutorial- Searching completed items on a mobile device

If you are searching for an item from your mobile device, make sure you have the eBay app installed first.

Once you have the app installed, click on ‘search’ on the bottom of your and type your keywords into the search bar and hit the blue search button. Once you do this, then click on filter in the upper right hand corner:eBay tutorial search completed

When you click on filter, a long menu will appear. Scroll down until you find “completed items” and then turn that box on. Last, click “done” in the top right corner. You can also filter items by category, price, etc.

eBay tutorial search completed

eBay tutorial- Use keywords when researching your item

When searching in completed listings, make sure that you try and use as many keywords as possible. This will help narrow down your search results. For example, check the photo below:

Acne Studios Sweatshirt

If I was trying to look this item up in the completed listings, I would use the brand, color, item and pattern to narrow down the results- “Acne Studios Blue Dot sweatshirt” and see what I come up with. This will narrow your search to the items that are relevant to your item. If you are only searching by brand, this will not help you in reselling your item.

It is so important to search completed listings on eBay prior to buying an item as it can help you save money on a possible ‘dud’.I hope this quick eBay tutorial has helped you out! Always research!

Anthropologie Brands List and reselling clothing

Reselling Anthropologie Brands

Researching and reselling Anthropologie Brands

Anthropologie Brands and Reselling guide

History of Anthropologie

If you haven’t heard of Anthropologie, now is the perfect time to learn. Selling their clothing on eBay and Poshmark can be very profitbale. Anthropologie is a highly coveted brand that has a high resell rate.  Free People, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters are all part of the same company, URBN. Each brand has their own store and style.  Urban Outfitters is cheaper and geared more towards a younger crowd, whereas Anthropologie is a little higher-end.

Quality of Anthropologie

Personally, I think Anthropologie’s quality far surpasses both Urban Outfitters and Free People. From my own experience, my Anthropologie pieces have withstood more washes and wear than Urban Outfitters.  Regardless of quality, all three of these brands sell well on eBay and Poshmark. I do notice that Anthropologie brands seem to sell much better for me than Urban Outfitters probably because they are more expensive to begin with.

Reselling Anthropologie on Ebay and Poshmark

Reselling clothing is a profitable way to make money, but you have to make sure you are setting your auctions up right. Check my article on supplies needed to get started reselling here!  Also, make sure your pictures are clear and well-displayed. The new fad right now is flat lays- a unique way to photograph your items. You can check the article out here!

Buying Anthropologie on eBay

I love Anthropologie clothing! I can’t get enough. Buying it on ebay is a lot cheaper too if you’re looking for items for yourself. Check out some of the awesome listings here

Reselling Anthropologie Brands labelsIt is a well-known fact that Anthropologie  brands sell well on eBay and Poshmark, but how do you know what brands come from there?

The trick to knowing if an item comes from one of these stores is checking the RN number on the label. All of these brands will have the RN #66170, so if you’re unsure of a brand, this little tidbit will help you. There are a few brands that Anthropologie sells that are not exclusive to them, therefore they will not have this RN number. Check the tag below for an example:

Reselling Anthropologie brands

The following link below is a great resource as it has compiled a list of all the label tags for Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Free People. I highly suggest checking it out and studying the labels so you know what to look for the next time you are out thrifting.

Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Free People Label Resource

A piece of advice- I used to pick up every Anthropologie piece I could find, but I was noticing that some didn’t sell so well, and other pieces were taking a long time to move. I no longer pick up Anthropologie pieces that are plain and simple, unless the case really calls for it. The more unique the item is, the better it sells.

 

 

Selling on eBay – How to write the best title for your eBay auction

how to write a listing title on eBaySelling on eBay- How to write the best title for your eBay auction

When selling on eBay, listing titles are probably the most important part of your listing. I’ve noticed that a lot of new eBayers fail to use the whole title space to their advantage when listing items. This is one of the most crucial parts in buyers finding your items. eBay allots you 80 characters for your title space so don’t just write “jeans”. The more keywords you use in your auction title, the more chances for your item to be found. Just be sure they are relevant to your item and not misleading your potential buyers.

Check the two auctions below, same corduroy pants from J.Crew, but the one with the better title sold for much more.

how to write a listing title on eBay

 

how to write a listing title on eBay

Selling on eBay- 3 must have components for eBay listing titles

When selling on eBay, at the very least, you should have the following components in your title when listing your item:

Brand, Style, Size. These three things are what buyers search for the most so lacking any of these components will put your auction at risk of being found. Referring back to the J.Crew auction examples, notice the one that sold for more had more keywords in the title.

eBays help section  also gives some good pointers on how to create the perfect title for your auction. They suggest the following:

  • Use descriptive keywords to clearly and accurately convey what you are selling. You can use up to 80 characters. You don’t have to use all 80 characters.
  • Include the item’s brand name, artist, or designer.
  • Include item-specifics. For example, include size, colour and condition.
  • State exactly what your item is, even if your title repeats the category name.
  • Don’t use multiple synonyms or plurals. It’s not needed for search and may make your title less attractive to buyers.
  • Omit punctuation marks and asterisks.
  • Don’t include ‘wow’ or ‘look’. Buyers don’t search for words like these.
  • Use correct spelling.
  • Don’t worry about creating a grammatically correct sentence.
  • Don’t overuse acronyms.
  • Don’t use all caps.

Happy listing!