Making Money on eBay: 50 Things to Sell

by Kristi on May 10, 2011

As many of you know, one way in which I supplement my family’s income is by selling my thrift store and yard sale finds on eBay.  It is easy and anyone can really do it as long as you know what to look for! That is why I have decided to share with you my list of 50 things you should look for while scouting items to resell on eBay (in no particular order):

  1. Silver. Look for anything marked sterling silver or has one of these silver marks. Don’t worry if it has flaws.
  2. Longaberger (not just baskets)
  3. Zumba anything. Zumba is a hot fitness craze right now and anything from dvds to video games sell fast.
  4. Nike fitness apparel (sport shirts/ pants) for men or women.
  5. Barbies that are in the box and in mint condition. The older the better (look for a date on the box). Holiday barbies are a particular favorite of collectors.
  6. Wilton Cake Pans (Popular Cartoon Characters with or without insert)
  7. Polaroid SX-70 Cameras.
  8. Texas Instruments Graphic Calculators regardless of model are always top sellers!
  9. Mens Name Brand Dress Shirts (check to make sure buttons are there)
  10. Dance shoes for children
  11. Cuisinart Food Processor (even parts!)
  12. Camera Lenses (esp. Cannon models)
  13. Disney Musical Snow Globes
  14. Pet clothing (yes, I am serious)
  15. Disney DVDs
  16. Mary Kay ( most anything that is unused will sell, but check exp. dates)
  17. Perfume Bottles (used & new). The older, the better! Even if you think it stinks, if the bottle is glass & pretty, it may be worth something.
  18. American Girl (dolls, clothes, accessories)
  19. Cashmere anything
  20. Le Creuset Enamel bakeware
  21. Fiestaware Dishes & Accessories
  22. Willow Collectible Figurines
  23. Hallmark Ornaments
  24. Lego People
  25. Ice Skates (youth & adult)
  26. Vintage Sewing Patterns
  27. Vintage Glasbake mugs with logos (stores, brands, etc)
  28. Animal Teapots
  29. Martha Stewart Copper Cookie Cutters
  30. Starbucks Ceramic Mugs & Venti Tumblers
  31. Dog Ceramic & Porceline Figurines (Scottie & Chihuahua)
  32. Themed Ceramic Cookie Jars (Cartoon Characters, Logos, Animals, Vintage)
  33. Vintage Coke-a-cola
  34. Blue Willow patterned China Pieces
  35. Harley Davidson apparel
  36. Children’s Character Sheets
  37. Cake Carriers (vintage & new)
  38. Thomas The Train Wooden Trains
  39. Maternity Dress
  40. Spiral Rollers (even the foam ones)
  41. Wall Mounted Push Button or Rotary Phones
  42. Weight Watchers PointPlus Calculator & Food Companion books
  43. Crock Pots and Slow Cookers (even vintage sells well)
  44. Transformers (even without all the parts, some do quite well)
  45. Enamel Cast Iron Cookware
  46. Pyrex Amber Visionware
  47. Costumes (buy now, sell in September)
  48. Bakelite Jewelry
  49. Rayban Sunglasses (vintage)
  50. laptop bags

In the weeks ahead, I will give you more detailed explanations of these items and examples of top dollar sales!


Janet May 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Great list! I used to sell on Ebay a lot but stopped when they increased fees and changed feedback policy. Knowing what to sell is key.

Deana May 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thanks nice list! I have been selling for 12 years, and a lot of my “go to” items are on your list as well. Interesting to see what people will buy, isn’t it?

Kristi May 30, 2011 at 10:07 am

I am always amazed at what sells!

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