This is part one of a series on clothing to sell during the summer.
I wanted to take a dive into mens shorts to start. It doesn’t matter how familiar you are with shorts it’s a pretty easy thing to purchase, photo, ship and list. The key is to have an idea of what sells so you’re not wasting a lot of time for a few dollars.
The goal of this post is to give you some quick insight for some common, pre-owned brands and styles to look for that will make selling shorts worth your time this spring and summer. If you run across any high-end designer shorts like Burberry, Louis Vuitton or Versace don’t hesitate to buy!
A couple of brands that I wasn’t real familiar with that re-sell very well that aren’t ‘common’ are Rick Owens and BAPE shorts. It’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with them so you know what to look for.
Cargo shorts seem to be the most consistent seller out there. They average good returns.
Some top brands to look for include:
- Abercrombie & Fitch
- True Religion
- Polo Ralph Lauren
- Rock Revival
The average price for ‘mens cargo shorts’ on eBay is $14.19 over the last 90 days. That doesn’t excite me a ton but the brands listed above have a decent re-sell average from $18-$25 with the potential to sell for higher.
Sell them in a LOT
By far the best way to sell average brands is in a LOT. Check out this Levi’s lot that sold for $100.00 plus shipping. If you can buy shorts for a decent price that are clean and group them in LOTS of 3, 4 or 5 the return seems to be pretty good – $40 to $100. You can make a LOT of any brand but some higher selling lots include:
- All the brands listed individually above
- American Eagle
- Levis – including denim
- Eddie Bauer
- Tommy Bahama
- North Face / Columbia
Golf shorts range from more athletic (Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Etc) to dress (Peter Millar, Footjoy and more). Some of the top-selling brands to look for:
- Travis Mathew
- Peter Millar
- Nike, Adidas, Under Armour
The average price over the last 90 days on eBay for ‘Golf Shorts’ is $15.84 but the brands listed above will generate a higher price.
Hey – another idea…Sell them in a LOT
Just like cargo shorts – a good way to make a nice profit is to sell them in a LOT of 3,4 or 5. Some top-selling ‘Lots’ include:
- Polo Ralph Lauren
- Under Armour
If you run across Callaway or other golf brands, LOTS are a great way if you have enough to group together.
Vintage shorts are really hit and miss. Just because something is old doesn’t mean it’s going to sell. I would encourage anyone to research ‘sold listings’ before investing a bunch of money. That being said – here are few to keep an eye out for.
- Polo Ralph Lauren – I love this stuff and it applies to all vintage Polo.
- Lilly Pulitzer – Bright, Vibrant and Wild Patterns do best.
- Ocean Pacific Corduroy
- 70s / 80s Adidas 3 Stripe Satin
Basketball / Sport Shorts
Team basketball shorts also seem to have strong value. I realize March Madness just happened and prices may be inflated somewhat but nonetheless I would buy every time I find them. In a way, they are like vintage shorts – some do great and some don’t do anything at all. It’s best to research before buying. In general a few things to look for:
- Older style Nike or Adidas Brands
- Older Jordan
- Vintage Nike Tennis Shorts
It’s not a perfect list…but YOU can help.
This is more of a general ‘guide’ to help raise awareness of things to look for when buying shorts this time of year.
I’d like to learn from you. What advice do you have about selling shorts? What has worked for you in the past? What brands have you had success with?
I’d love to hear about in the comments.
Have a great day!