Every week, people and businesses throw out $1,000’s of dollars worth of useable goods. Sometimes they do it because they need to clean out fast and don’t have the time or brain space to sort the bad from the good. Others don’t think there’s any value in an old or broken item but most simply don’t care. They want it gone and throwing it out is easier than taking it to Goodwill. Once some throws an item in the trash, it’s fair game. Anyone can take it and keep it or resell it for a profit. That’s right, there’s gold in them thar trashcans. My new ebook eBay with Empty Pockets is all about how to find free and nearly free items that you can sell online. It’s not a get rich quick book and it’s not a book for those who lack a sense of adventure. It’s a book for people who have more time than money and who don’t mind getting their hands dirty. Yes, I’m talking about dumpster diving but that’s not the only way to snag free goods. When our neighbors were moving out, they had a huge pile of items they wanted to give away
I’ve always loved shopping for other people’s stuff. It goes back to the Berlin Auction Flea Market in New Jersey. When I was a kid, we’d prowl the full length of this massive parking lot searching for garage sale goodies on a regular basis. These days, I haunt the local thrift shops, estate sales and garage sales for stuff – some of which we keep but most of which I resell on eBay for fun and profit. Thrift shopping has become my new addiction. I actually get anxious and excited when I head into a store and I go out at least twice a week on a hunt. Recently, my husband caught the same bug and now he’s Mr. Thrifter. That’s what led us to attempt our first full day thrifting trip this past weekend. I wanted to visit the Savers store in Anaheim. It’s the only one in Orange County and everyone I know who thrifts for profits shops at the chain. It’s about 20 minutes from here, so I did a search and found three Goodwill stores in the area and that was our original plan.