Just like pretty much every college student, I am broke. I have been desperately needing to make some income to buy food and other necessities. So naturally, I started my job search pretty much the day I started college. I can’t even tell you how many places I applied! It has been so hard to find something that would fit with my busy schedule. So after hours of searching I have decided to turn to something else. I actually got this idea from the explore page on instagram and it entails essentially reselling thrifted clothes locally. I absolutely loove thrift shopping so this idea seems pretty ideal for me. It obviously involves thrift shopping and social media, two things I have lots of experience with, as well as allowing me to work on my own time and as much or as little as I’d like.
Now I am sure that this won’t by any means make me rich, but I think it is certainly worth a try. After some more research I have found several other instagram accounts that have found much success with this hobby. (Ex:@empyreanthrift and @red.rose.resale). So many college students don’t have the time or patience to go sorting through the endless amounts of clothes that thrift stores offer, which is why this is so perfect! Not only that, but thrifted/vintage clothes are so trendy right now!
Also, I know what you’re thinking: what about the apps made for selling clothes? I have already tried several with little success. I think the appeal of an instagram is that people that aren’t even looking to shop could just happen across your account. And the local aspect makes it feel more personable, IMO. I also am hoping that most of my customers will be local enough to be able to meet so that I don’t have to charge for shipping. (Or worry about the environmental effects of both the packaging and transportation.)
The instagram account has already been made (@sabrinathrifts if you’re curious). I plan to start listing some clothes I have and thrifting more this weekend. After a month or so I’ll probably post an update and link in somewhere here. My goal is for by the end of the month to make $50, but we’ll see how that goes. I will do my best to keep a detailed log of every cost/sale so that it is easier to keep track of everything.
Giving back is pretty important to me so I am looking to give a portion of the profits (hoping there are some) to a charity. I have a few environmentally based ones in mind, but I am open to suggestions if anyone has any.
Leave your comments/thoughts/suggestions or whatever else below! Do you have any experience (either as seller or customer) with this kind of business?