Making Money Op Shopping A Quick Q&A with Brad and Jasmin from 2 Aussie Thrifters on Making Money Op Shopping.
Huge thanks to the amazing reselling duo Brad and Jasmin from 2 Aussie Thrifters for taking some time out to answer a few questions about making money op shopping, their eBay reselling business and their fantastic YouTube channels.
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Can you tell us a little about you and how your reselling journey started?
It all started as I (Brad) began to collect Nintendo 64 games. I would buy them in bulk when people sold their collections and I would end up with doubles of games I already had and I didn’t know what to do with them. After some research I stumbled across a few YouTube channels talking about reselling. Shout out to Ralli Roots who pretty much gave us all the information we needed to get started on eBay.
* You can find Ralli Roots on YouTube here.
Where to sell?
What platforms do you sell on and why?
We sell the majority of our items on eBay, as it gives us the most exposure to not only the Australian market but also internationally. We also occasionally sell on Poshmark, Facebook Marketplace and at local auction houses.
You’ve recently moved to a new warehouse, when did you know you needed a bigger space?
About 9 months ago we started thinking about ways to clear some space in our house which was filling up quickly with stock.
We discussed our options and thought that a storage unit would be the next logical step but an opportunity presented itself to join forces with a couple of our reselling friends and combine our existing businesses under a new company.
At this point we realised we would need a much bigger space!
What was the hardest thing about taking this step?
With every new step we take there are always risks involved and the hardest thing for us was ensuring we could scale up quickly enough to cover the new costs involved.
We calculated our costs and worked backwards from there to set our goals. So far we are meeting our initial targets with plenty of room for improvement and growth.
What has been the biggest benefit about the having a warehouse space?
Having a dedicated space for each part of our business has been a huge advantage. Having processes and areas in place for all stock incoming, photography, storage and postage has allowed for a much smoother workflow.
Making Money Op Shopping : What to buy?
What are you drawn to when it comes to sourcing for your business ?
We love finding 90’s collectables that unlock nostalgic memories. Our personal favourites are Nintendo 64 games that remind Brad of going to friends houses to play Goldeneye and Mario Kart for hours on end. Jasmin is a collector of vintage typewriters, especially pre 2nd War era, the tactile experience of hitting those keys is incomparable.
What are your favourite sourcing spots?
We love getting out to op shops and garage sales the most, especially to hear stories about the item or unlock some of those memories of that item for the seller.
What has been your biggest or favourite flip to date?
Our best Op shop find so far was a Niki Lauda signed F1 Jacket from the last Grand Prix. It was hanging behind the counter in a Salvos store.
How it got there we will never know but we found it a new home in Canada with a big F1 collector who had it framed and was stoked to add it to his collection. A very lucky find and definitely our most valuable so far as it sold for $2000.
Reseller Life : The Highs and Lows
What has being a reseller allowed you to do that a typical job may not?
We both used to work full time jobs that, at times, felt rigid and stifling. Having to justify the need for leave or flexibility created a lot of friction. In particular when we lost Jasmin’s Grandfather she was managing a store where she was the only full time employee which made taking bereavement leave extra stressful and difficult.
Now we can manage our workload to start and finish when we need to and . We work hard but on our time.
Is there a big mistake you’re game enough to share about your reselling journey?
We have made plenty.. from accidentally sending the wrong item to a buyer to bad buys.
It’s all part of the journey.. and it has helped us build better processes to avoid situations such as using labelling systems to prevent items getting mixed up
Making Money Op Shopping : Tips & Tricks
Do you have any advice for someone at the beginning of their reselling journey?
Start with something you know, and you don’t have to even spend money to start if you have a smartphone and some items you no longer want around the house you can start. Sign up to a selling site, take some decent photos, and describe the item well. On eBay you can even see what similar items have sold for.
Tell us about something you’ve invested in that has made your reselling journey easier.
I think the biggest game changer for us was investing in a thermal label printer for our shipping labels. Once you start posting a few items a day. It saves a heap of time and it prints all the labels without ink, the right size and on peel-able labels so you can stick them straight onto the package.
*You can check out which thermal label printers are available on eBay here.
Quick Fire Reselling Tips
- Good lighting (natural or light boxes) is key.
- eBay sold comps are your friend.
Postage & Packing
- Have the right sized box or satchel on hand. (You can also check out their handy video here on “How to pack and post with Australia Post My Post Business 2022”
- Find a good accountant and track your sales and expenses regularly and don’t get too far behind.
- Take as much info as you can from others and adapt them to a process that suit you.
- It’s not personal. Treat it as a business every and business has a built in loss % for theft or returns, so your best to solve any issue for the buyer within reason.
Making Money Op Shopping : 2 Aussie Thrifters YouTube Adventures
Tell us about your YouTube channel and how you incorporate it with your reselling.
Our YouTube has always been dedicated to sharing what we learn along the way. Tips, tricks and ideas on how anyone can do this.
We upload one video a week and it varies from op shop ride alongs, garage sale hunting, eBay sales and tips and tricks for everything reselling.
What are you most proud of that you’ve achieved with 2 Aussie Thrifters to date?
It has to be the community that we have around us, we recently took a group of 30 on an op shop tour and it was such an amazing day.
We always wanted to help people find ways to make some extra money but we never realised we would make like long friends from our videos.
Do you have any plans for 2023 you’d like to tell us about?
Honestly probably too many, we hope to continue building a community around us with our videos.
One of our major goals for the next 1-2 years is to build out our van and go travel Australia so we can check out more of a great country and obviously all the op shops along the way.
*Make sure you follow along on this separate adventure on their YouTube channel here @BradandJaz
Reseller Shout Out!
Do you have any other resellers you’d like to shout out?
Absolutely! The names that come to mind the most are
- Cara – our business partner, great friend and vintage connoisseur.
You can find her @ThriftyPixie1 on Instagram
Where can we find 2 Aussie Thrifters?
If you’d like to check out more of what Brad and Jasmin get up to I’ve added their links below.
I have to say they are such a lovely couple and always supporting others in their community, offering advice and generally being really decent humans. Go subscribe!