KIERAN Barnett changed shifts at 5am on a farm to rummage in car suitcases and charity shops, and now earns up to £ 1,800 a month with his hobby.
Former Lincolnshire 27-year-old Kieran now spends his days looking for old clothes and sneakers that he buys for a few pounds and sells for up to a hundred pounds more.
He remits more than £ 60,000 a year, but earns between £ 1,600 and £ 1,800 a month after his bills and shipping are paid.
This means that Kieran makes a profit of around £ 20,000 over the course of the year, but reinvests most of this in buying shares for his resale business.
His passion for “flipping” – where he bought products and sold for a profit – began when he was just 12 years old, buying and selling video games with his father to make pocket money.
Ten years later, an impromptu trip to his local charity shop on his lunch break led Kieran to quit his job on the farm as he decided to try his hand as a full-time reseller.
“I found two Arsenal T-shirts for £ 4 each, and I knew they were worth more than the store sold them,” he said.
“I paid £ 8 for both of them and got £ 110 in total for both of them.
“They sold out in three hours, and I made more money selling those T-shirts than I would have been working on the farm all day.”
Two years later, and Kieran sells full-time clothing and footwear on Instagram, Youtube, Depop, and eBay through his company, RummageAround.
He noted a “massive increase” in the number of people seeking to buy second-hand clothes since the Covid crisis, and this trend is accelerating as millions of people struggle with a crippling cost-of-living crisis.
“The price of new clothes is astronomical: if people can get it for half the price on eBay, they will,” he said.
Charity stores experienced a nearly 7% increase in sales between June and September last year, according to Charity Retail Association research.
He said sales were being driven by customers looking for more profitable ways to buy clothes and other essentials.
As the demand for cheaper clobber grows, The Sun has chosen Kieran’s brain about how he could make a living from resale, and how you can too.
Sell your old trash
If you’re new to the resale game, Kieran has suggested that you start selling your unwanted household items.
Then you can get an idea of what is selling well, at a good price and quickly, on sales platforms like eBay and Depop.
“So depending on the items that sell for more money, you can look for similar items in car bags and charity shops,” he said.
We’ve put together 10 unused items you can find at home that could make you £ 1,235; your old phone could be £ 84 while Lego could look for an amazing £ 29.
Follow the celebrities and know what to buy
Celebrities are used for advertising campaigns because they are great for selling brands and products.
You should follow the big stars on social media to get an idea of the items they carry and what you should buy.
“If Nicky Minaj uses crocodiles on his new tour, for example, you’ll see the price of these increase,” he said.
Although less popular brands join a celebrity and launch a new collaboration, you may find that other articles made by the company increase in value as a result.
“Now Kanye is partnering with Gap, used sweatshirts now cost £ 30, although the brand has historically not been as popular,” he said.
Selling around Christmas
Before Christmas and other important events, you’ll see a lot of people strolling the main streets with panic in their eyes, trying to order last-minute gifts.
Those with a budget also go to online sites like eBay in an attempt to get a bargain present also at the eleventh hour, Kieran said.
Resellers in management should take this time to advertise their actions online and take advantage of the last-minute festive run.
“October, November and December are big business for resellers because it’s Christmas,” he said.
“I make more money at Christmas: Men leave their last-minute shopping and go to eBay for last-minute gifts.”
Sit in limited edition items
When stores take out limited edition items, which are goods that you can only buy for a short time, you may want to look for them in charity stores and car suitcases.
This is because they tend to rise in price over time.
Don’t be tempted to sell them right away, as demand for these items will grow and you will be able to charge more.
“Things gain value over time, so I usually sit down [limited edition items] for a couple of years, “Kieran said.
“Anything that is limited will be rarer, for example, if you have a certain number of limited edition coaches made, many will be broken or used over time.
“This means that there are fewer coaches in good condition and you can charge more as there is less in the market, and demand increases.
“I paid £ 5 for a pair of limited edition football boots; when I bought them two years ago, they sold for £ 200.
“But now eBay is worth £ 1,000.”
If you think the price of that designer bag is too good to be true, it probably is.
Scammers will take advantage of shoppers looking for a bargain and whip up fake items.
If you’re looking for cheap branded items to sell at a higher price, there are ways to spot a scam, Kieran said.
“Go to Sports Direct, Flannels and big designer stores and feel the products to get an idea of what the real deal is.
“When you are in the field in the trunk of the car, then you will know that it is false when you discover the same article.
“Look at the quality of the seams and the glue residue on the sneakers; that wouldn’t pass the tests at a Nike factory, for example.”
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