This weekend is the annual city garage sale in our suburb where the Lion’s Club organizes hundreds of sales as a fundraiser. Yesterday morning there were charter buses, 12 passenger vans, and pickups loaded with stuff bought at these sales all around the city.
We have good friends from college that have made a business out of garage sales (and estate sales, etc). They are experts in antique glassware, jewelry, and certain kinds of vintage toys that they sell through their eBay store. She quit her job in education a few years ago. He left MegaCorp just last week to focus on their eBay business.
They know exactly what they are looking for because they’ve been doing it for close to 30 years – buying things of under appreciated value at garage sales and then reselling them. Originally they sold through flea markets and antique stores. Now they do it through eBay and have a room in their house dedicated to photographing, packing, and shipping things off.
It seems to be a great little business for them, although like any enterprise I’m sure it has their drawbacks. Still, they’ve sold over 10,000 items on eBay and have a 100% feedback rating.
It is an interesting development for certain – that you can turn your passion for antiques at garage sales into a productive small business.
Do you have any small business intentions in your next chapter?
Image Credit: Pixabay