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eBay Research: What’s Always in Style for Resale

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Pictured: eBay’s Top Sellers

Ever look through your closet and think, I have too much, I need to unload some of this stuff? I do this about once every 3 months.  I call it the “Closet Cull.” Some stuff goes to Goodwill,, but some goes to resale.  As a practicing cost saver, I try to resell some items that I no longer use to recover their value.  Generally, I’ve found any designer label can be ripe for a good resell recoup of profits.  I do most of my reselling on eBay, so it caught my eye today when I saw that eBay published a list of items that are always in style for resale.  Here’s what’s on their list, and the findings my be a little surprising, but hey, aren’t we all looking for the best for less?

What Sells on eBay:

  • Designer Denim
    On eBay, a pair of women’s designer jeans sells every 17 seconds.
  • Coats & Jackets Dress coats can bring in up to $150 and high-end designer coats and jackets can sell for as much as $1700.
  • Men’s & Women’s Shoes A pair of shoes sells every six seconds on eBay. I’d wager that if the name Feragamo or Jimmy Choo is in the listing, the listed shows sell double quick!
  • Designer Accessories Accessories like sunglasses, scarves, wallets, and belts sell every five seconds on eBay, making these smaller items big moneymakers.
  • Handbags Rare, vintage, and high-end designer handbags can bring in hundreds to thousands of dollars.  I know this to be true from personal experience as I have sold over 15 designer bags on eBay, recouping about 75% of their original retail value.
  • For more information, get all the details direct from eBay on their resource page about what to sell.  It’s good to know that you can splurge, but then recoup some of your costs when you decide to resell the item.


    Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


    1. ElleMichele

      June 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      I love this! This reads like an article in a magazine. Impressive.

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    2. Kat

      June 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      This is super handy. I was just looking at my closet this morning thinking the same thing.. I've thought about doing the ebay thing but just wasn't sure how well things would sell.


    3. Target Addict

      June 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I buy on eBay, but don't sell. Instead, I sell my castoffs via a local consignment store. I've had pretty good luck with this particular store in the last 4-5 years, and of course, all the $$ I make goes right to buying new clothes and shoes!