There is a large event approaching in my area "Portland's Largest Garage Sale" at an indoor Expo Center. I have decided to purchase a couple of pallets and rent a booth. I've never done this before. It's hard to research like I would if I were going to use a Flea Market since I can't visit ahead of time. It's a large event that will have a bit of everything.
I'm going to buy from Via Trading. They have some pallets of Macy's accessories shelf pulls/overstock. I am planning to pick through for anything that would do well on eBay or Craigslist and sell the rest at the event. I'm wanting to get another item or two. They have some smaller boxes that I could get to try out a few different things. They have these events a few times a year so I will want to do it again.
Other items I'm considering are: brand new makeup, clothing (I like working with clothing but I know people are wanting low prices at these events so I don't know if its right for this), brand new kids socks (.25 per pair so thinking people would pay .50 per pair??), sales guy recommended a case of shelf pulls of general merchandise-its small stuff like kitchen utensils, toys, etc, price is low but so would sale price be. I know I've seen this kind of stuff at similar events and people love stuff for $1 or less. Also looking at customer returns of bedding (comforters, etc) but my price is about $16 per item and I'm not sure if I could get much for them. Also like the customer returns of window drapes/panels. My cost is $3-$4 per unit. I also really like the pallets of customer return toys. They look nice, but I have a child so I get excited about this and don't want to make my decision based on that.
Any input is appreciated! Are these ideas good/bad? Any experience? I really want to play is safe since this is my first run at it. If I can make enough to turn around and buy more to sell at these events and flea markets and online. Not looking to make a fortune, but $1K a month would be great as an average after I get going on this.
I have been doing little bits of selling on eBay/Craigslist and have great eBay rating. I would only sell online items that are good and would make money and not risk my good score.