Entrepreneurial minded college students have recognized these sales as an opportunity to make themselves a bit of cash too. They are using the internet for more than just senseless chatter. They are putting it to work and turning a quick profit. Although it isn’t as popular as it once was, eBay still presents a golden opportunity for these young go-getters to flip unwanted garage sale merchandise by buying low and selling to collectors of all types. That may be why you see twenty something guys buying up vintage patterns for doll clothes and other such unlikely items.
People collect all sorts of things. The trick is to put collectors together with the sometimes uncommon items they crave. Fortunately, it isn’t too hard to figure out what buyers are looking for today. To begin with, there are websites like this one scattered across the internet that actually devote themselves (or a category at least) to the interesting things that people buy online. There are also MANY books available that are filled with recommended items to look for when you head out to the yard sales and flea markets in your area. Finally, eBay itself has recently made itself more convenient to surf. It now offers the ability to see only the items which have actually sold. That makes life a LOT easier for sellers who were previously rolling the dice with every garage sale purchase.
Compared to working at a minimum wage job for long hours during the summer, spending a few hours cruising the local sales on the weekend is a breeze. Even when you account for the time spent listing and shipping their weekend finds, sellers with a good eye for what will sell can do very well for themselves. Add a smartphone to the mix and you can check out how well things will sell before you ever spend a penny on inventory. Without a doubt, this is a way to put technology to work for a very low investment cost. The excitement of experiencing a treasure hunt every weekend is just an added bonus.