Make Money Selling Dishes!
Have you ever wondered how you could make money selling dishes? It may be easier than you think!
Who would have thought you could make money selling dishes? Not me- but it certainly worked. Let me share with you how this came about and how I made over $600/mo selling dishes.
I went to visit my grandmother in McLeansville Nc. McLeansville is the home of Replacements,LTD. If you are not familiar with them, they are a huge china replacement company that specializes in discontinued, hard to find, second hand china and so much more.
One day, I was at a local thrift store and saw some really nice pieces that were dirt cheap. I purchased them for about $12 for 8-10 pieces. I brought them into Replacements the next time I visited my grandmother. I was shocked at what I got for them: $56! That sparked an idea. I could visit local thrift stores, purchase dishes, and make some extra cash. I learned the hard way that it doesn’t work quite that easy. But I did develop some steps that got me on the road to help me make money selling dishes.
1. Find Dishes: Think thrift stores, yard sales, facebook groups, newspaper, even your own kitchen cabinets.
2. Call Replacements to see if they are buying specific patterns. This can be tricky because some dishes don’t have a pattern name listed. I have Googled a description to find many pattern names. Replacements will also identify patterns for free but there is usually a wait period of 24-48 hours. Not really helpful if you are in a store wanting to make a purchase right then. Once you get into it, you will be able to identify patterns.
3. Check your email for offer from Replacements. They will not give you information over the phone but will email it to you. I carry my android with me to check my email instantly. Most of the time I will get the offer within minutes. You will also want to have a measuring device with you IF they happen to be buying your pieces. Make sure to check your pieces with EAGLE EYES. The slightest chip, crack, etc… and your piece goes off into Replacements,Ltd. Rejection Land! Ouch. You should even carry a flash light to check for fork marks and hairline cracks. Even the bottom of the piece where it sits on the table can have no chips. A good thing to do is run your fingernail around all rims on the piece. If your nail catches on anything- don’t buy it! Make sure the piece you are buying is the same measurements in the offer they make. Take a ruler or tape measure with you because it is hard to tell a salad plate from a dessert plate. The ruler will not lie .
4. Now that you have a nice collection of pieces, you can make an appointment to go to Replacements. They will inspect and make sure all is good and give you a check on the spot! If you live a few hours away it would be worth the drive. They do have people that collect all year and drive from as far as California. Just a plug for my state: North Carolina is a great state to visit. You could make a vacation out of it. If you live too far to drive then you can pack and ship the items to them.
This does take time and patience. Sometimes I have gone out shopping and have come home with nothing. Other times I have scored big time. My best score was some depression glass pieces that I got for $2/each and some of the plates were worth $55/each. Cha-ching!
If you get real serious about this, you can become a STAR supplier for Replacements. You have to pay them $250 and sell at least $5,000/yr worth of merchandise to them. You will also get access to a book of patterns that they are accepting and instant online access. So it really takes out step #3 above and saves a lot of time.
I hope this helps you if you want to make money selling dishes. Please feel free to ask any questions. I will be happy to share my knowledge with you!
P.S. You might be a Replacements, Ltd. addict if you’re caught checking your friends’ dish patterns while visiting them.