Resale shopping
The complete idiot's guide to starting and running a thrift store
by Ravel Buckley with Carol Costa.
New York : Alpha Books c2010.
A thrifty offering for the prospective thrift-store owner... In economic times like these, thrift stores have seen a 35% increase in sales in 2008 (USA figures); so what better time to start one? While fairly cheap, it is complicated, however. Here, two experts cover the entire process, including such vital topics as bull; bull;How to set up the store on a nonprofit basis. bull;Choose a location. bull;Get funding. bull;Get the word about donations of saleable items bull;Recruit and manage volunteer staff. bull;Sort, price and recycle donations. bull;Practical, step-by-step approach to the process. bull;Troubleshooting tips and best practices that really work. bull;Funding by and partnering with community organizations.

Have you ever wondered what to do with your size 16 dress now that you fit into a size 6? Would you rather recycle your unused items than throw them away -- especially if you get paid for them?  Are you always looking for a bargain when you buy clothing, sporting goods, or furniture?  Resale stores may be the answer.

Resale stores buy merchandise directly from owners.  These items are then resold, usually with less mark up than new items.  Resale stores are full of someone's junk that becomes another's treasure.

Inventory changes often in a well-run resale store, so shoppers visit often.  Resale stores may specialize in the type of merchandise they sell--one may likely have toys, while another becomes known for upscale women's clothing.  Shop around to see which resale store becomes a favorite and which one is likely to pay you the most for items you want to resell. 

Resale shop buys merchandise from the owner.

Thrift shop is run by a Not For Profit organization to raise money for their charitable group.

Consignment shop accepts items on a consignment basis, pays the owner a percentage when the items are sold.

With a little planing and work you can get the best prices for your items. Most resale stores accept only clean clothes. Begin by deciding what you do not need anymore. Then wash, iron, and fold these items, sort by size, and pack in clean boxes for delivery to a nearby resale store.

Toss, keep, sell! : the suddenly frugal guide to cleaning out the clutter and cashing in
Leah Ingram.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2011.
The American house is one cluttered place. Frugal folks need to get their homes in orderandfind ways to make money from the junk they no longer need or want. That's where this book comes in!

Organized by rooms of the house and tasks of the day, this book becomes a veritable clutter checklist. Each chapter in this reader-friendly guide features:

  • Cashing In: A profile of everyday people who have earned big while clearing out
  • Quick Clutter Challenge: Easy ways for you to declutter a space in thirty minutes or less
  • A Keep, Toss, Sell Chart: A visual organizer to help get every room of the house under control
  • Cash Back in This Chapter: What better way to motivate you than to point out potential earnings from one chapter's worth of tips?

You can forget paying big bucks for a professional organizer. With Leah Ingram as your guide, you'll have extra money--and a home you can be proud of--in no time!


Phone in advance of visiting to make sure you understand their policies. Resale stores may only accept items to sell on certain days of the week and between specific hours.

Once you've delivered your used items, you may leave with a tax deduction, store credit, or cash.  And your unused item may be just what the resale store's next customer can't wait to find. 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff