Income Report: Month ONE Reselling Online $900

How I made $900 my first month reselling online

In this blog post, I am going to share with you how I made $900 in my first month reselling online. I will go over the platforms I sold on, what sold, and what my plan moving forward will be. 

Recently, my husband and I have been looking for ways to make money via side hustles. We already have our own local business, but we have early retirement goals that I will be talking about in future blog posts. So finding ways to increase our income is one of our priorities. 

If you have ever spent any time researching ways to make money online you are probably familiar with tons of posts and YouTube videos all suggesting ways to make more money. Most of these ideas are actually useless or such an ordeal to get started with that it isn’t worth your time. 

So I was on a mission to find ways to make money online that ACTUALLY produced results in a relatively short time frame with little investment required upfront.  

In my search, I came across several videos about Amazon FBA. I learned about reselling books using amazon FBA. Don’t worry, this post isn’t all about Amazon. Keep reading.

I was interested in this concept so I started scanning my books to see if any of them would make me money if I sent them into Amazon. Sure enough, I had hundreds of dollars of potential profit sitting on my bookshelves in the form of books I was ready to part with. Interesting. 

So this led me down a rabbit trail that introduced me to multiple online resellers who share about reselling full time on platforms like eBay, Mercari, Poshmark, Tradesy, the real real, Amazon, Etsy, and Facebook Marketplace. 

I was amazed. I couldn’t believe you could actually make a full-time income reselling online. Who knew that people buy items you can get from TJ Maxx online because they don’t live near a store? I didn’t. Who knew that you could buy items after they go on clearance from retail stores and then sell them on different platforms online for more than you paid at clearance? I didn’t. Who knew that you could find desirable brands at thrift stores and resell those items online for profit? I didn’t. 

I guess I had kind of seen little things here or there about how people did this, but I didn’t realize it was a full-time job for people. Every time I had tried to sell some of my personal items on online platforms I hadn’t had a lot of success so I just figured this wasn’t a good side hustle for me. After watching multiple videos on people who do this full time, I was convinced this was finally the perfect side hustle for me. 

I am a work from home mom with two kids under 3 years old. I cannot go get a part-time job somewhere, and even though I have plans to build different online businesses, we need money now…not 2 or 3 years from now. So I decided to test it out. 

Could I actually make money reselling online? 

After realizing I had potential profit sitting around on my bookshelves, I began noticing all the other items I had in my home that we were not really using that could bring in money. I started listing a few clothes, some textbooks, and some kitchen goods across a few different platforms. Originally, I wanted to know which selling platform was the best, now I realize you need to be cross-listing on as many of them as you have time to. This will ensure more consistent sales once you get enough listings posted. 

I started by listing items on eBay, Mercari, and Poshmark. So when you first list on eBay if you don’t already have an account you can only list 10 items. So I was only able to list a few things there. I also listed on Mercari and Poshmark. You can sign up for Mercari and Poshmark by using my link for a discount. 

Sign up for Mercari here to get a $10 Coupon to use on their platform. We both get a coupon when you sign-up through my link at no cost to you. 

Sign up for Poshmark here to get a $10 coupon to use on the platform when you use my link. We both get a coupon when you sign up using my link at no cost to you. Enter my code: VINTAGESTUDIES to get your $10 when you sign up for Poshmark. 

There is a learning curve for each platform, and I actually spent about 2-3 weeks not making any sales because I was trying to figure out how the platforms work.

I honestly felt like I was wasting my time, but I wanted to stay committed to trying this for 4 weeks past my first sale…but making that first sale felt like it would never come.

Across the platforms, it took anywhere from 2-3 weeks to make my first sale. 

Here is how each platform did over the next 4 weeks and what type of items sold:

EBay – $207.61

Now, keep in mind I could only list 10 items at a time and there are some fees not taken out of that amount, but that is the total eBay shows me. I ended up selling a textbook, a dress, and a ceramic kitchen canister from Anthropologie. 

This week I got an email saying I could have up to 20 listings on eBay, woohoo! Since you are restricted on listings, it would be hard to jump right in and make good money on eBay at first. You can request to list more and I might try requesting that in the coming months. I do think it’s worth cross-listing to eBay even if it’s only 10 items. 

At first, PayPal puts a hold on your funds but once they know you are a trusted seller you actually get access to your money in your PayPal account as soon as a sale is made. 

Mercari – $223.62

I listed mostly books, kitchen items, some clothes, and a few toys on Mercari. I found that books and kitchen items were my main sellers on Mercari. I did also sell a blazer. There are a few shipping fees that aren’t taken out of that amount, but it is mostly profit. 

I like how easy it is to just post and wait for sales on Mercari. You get paid 3 days after the buyer receives the item or sooner if your buyer rates your sale before the 3 days is up.

You can get the instant payment sent to a bank account, but there is a fee to do this. Otherwise, you get the money via direct deposit in around 5 business days depending on your bank. 

Sign up for Mercari here to get a $10 Coupon to use on their platform. We both get a coupon when you sign-up through my link at no cost to you. 

Poshmark – $464.06

I was able to get up to around 200+ listings on the app and I sold mostly clothes. I did also sell some kitchen canisters, but all my other sales were clothes on Poshmark. 

Poshmark is a completely different platform than other selling platforms. You have to spend a lot of time being active in the Poshmark app to grow your following and make sales.

This was annoying and I felt like I was wasting my time for the first 3 weeks before I started making sales. Now that I am making sales, I am willing to spend some time sharing my closet, following other closets, sharing other people’s items, and sending offers to people who like my listings.

Just be warned it is time-consuming, but worth it if you are looking to build a decent side hustle. 

Sign up for Poshmark here to get a $10 coupon to use on the platform when you use my link. We both get a coupon when you sign up using my link at no cost to you. Enter my code: VINTAGESTUDIES to get your $10 when you sign up for Poshmark. 

Once a buyer approves your item when they get it, you get access to your money and you can transfer it into your bank account within a day or two depending on your bank. I typically get my funds the next business day after I transfer it. 

All of these platforms make it realistic to get money relatively quickly if you know you will need some extra money. 

If you need money today or in the next few days, try selling on Facebook Marketplace. Be sure to accept only cash and don’t meet people alone. You can usually meet up in the parking lot of your local police department so call and ask them. Otherwise, pick a public place. Don’t ever give out your personal info. 

Where did I get the items I sold from? 

I highly recommend looking around your house and listing items you are ready to part with. You would be really surprised to see what kinds of things people buy online.

I would recommend starting with what you have at your home, then start learning about what kinds of items you could thrift and flip or retail arbitrage. 

I got a little excited and I actually went out and bought items to resell from a few different places. A local thrift store near me was having a $1 sale so I bought several items from them.

I also went to goodwill a few times to thrift, and I found some Rae Dunn items from TJMaxx to resell. We also got a few toys on clearance at Target that have started selling. 

Now, if I could start again, I would just start with listing items from my home. I have actually not even had a chance to send off all my books to amazon to sell them via Amazon FBA! I have that on my list for this next month. 

I couldn’t believe I had sold almost $1000 worth of stuff without really knowing what I was doing. I feel very confident that I can turn this into a full-time income and still get to be at home with my kids. 

That is why I am writing about this on my blog. 

Yes. You can make money blogging and I recommend doing it if you are interested in that…but when you need money sooner rather than later, starting a blog isn’t a good go-to.

 I feel confident in my test and I would recommend reselling online if you need to start making an income sooner rather than later. 

This side hustle is going to help us reach our retirement goals and help fund the other businesses we want to start.

I feel like anyone with a young family should have access to more of this type of information. You can make real money from home and you can grow it quickly. 

I’m excited to see how the next few months go! 

My goals moving forward: 

I am hooked. This works and I want to keep going. I also want to get approximately 1000 listings total. Some of them will be cross-listed to eBay and Mercari, but most of them will be on Poshmark. I actually have a few hundred items to get listed already.

We are cleaning out our closets and I am feeling more confident thrifting. For now, I don’t need to get any more items, I just need to get them listed. 

I also want to try cross-listing on Tradesy, the Real Real, and FB Marketplace for larger items we have at home to sell. 

I will do an update post after the next month is over to let you know how it went. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions. 

Get started with what you already have in your home.

Try to get around 200 listings to start with.

Take good photos. I am still working on finding a good photo setup at home. We just don’t have the space to get a big lightbox so I am trying some other things for now. 

 List items from different categories. List clothes, books, decor, kitchen goods, toys, etc. a variety will ensure you have more consistent sales.

Make sure everything is in good to excellent condition & be honest with item descriptions.

Also, watch other resellers videos on YouTube. 

Sign up for Mercari and Poshmark using my links and we both get coupons to shop on the platforms! So fun! 

Sign up for Mercari here to get a $10 Coupon to use on their platform. We both get a coupon when you sign-up through my link at no cost to you. 

Sign up for Poshmark here to get a $10 coupon to use on the platform when you use my link. We both get a coupon when you sign up using my link at no cost to you. Enter my code: VINTAGESTUDIES to get your $10 when you sign up for Poshmark. 

Let me know how you do! Put any questions in the comments below.

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