- I used to take chances on items for my vintage Etsy shop, but now I know what always sells for me.
- Brass figurines and candlesticks are always easy for me to sell for higher prices.
- Granny-square afghans, small wicker furniture, and anything alabaster are great buys.
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They can really transport you back to the 1960s and 1970s — plus they’re pretty affordable. I’ve paid as little as $3 for these afghan blankets when thrifting.
On Etsy and similar platforms, these typically sell for upwards of $50.
If you are reselling items, it’s also a good idea to have items of varying price points in your shop. Although these may be some of your cheapest items for sale, if you only pay $2 at the thrift and charge $14, that’s plenty of profit.
These can now be adorable decor for a coffee table, a dresser top, or bed for an Instagram picture.
They often get overlooked at thrift stores, probably because they look plain or people don’t know what they are when they’re folded up.
I have never paid more than $3 for one of these at the thrift shop and they usually sell for upwards of $23.
Burwood Products Company, a wall-decor and clock manufacturer, reportedly stopped making decor around 1997. Many of its pieces feel a little kitschy and retro, and they often are still around today in good condition because they’re made from a durable plastic.
Many of these were originally doll furniture, but they can now serve as an adorable stands for plants. Even better, these typically come in sets so you can buy multiples at a time.
Most alabaster is neutral-colored and complements any color scheme, which makes it a very sought-after home accent.
I’ve noticed larger retailers like West Elm and CB2 have been picking up on this trend, and I love finding alabaster items at a fraction of the cost when I thrift.
Brass figurines, in particular, make such cute paperweights or knick-knacks. I have found elephants, cats, dolphins, and even kangaroos.
These feel unmistakably mid-century to me and are great as part of a gallery wall.