eBay shows over 1.8 million items in the kitchen, dining, and bar category. Each reseller has their preference for what sells best and for the highest profit. If you are shopping at thrift stores, garage sales, or flea markets for used items to sell on eBay, these five kitchen items may be worth adding to your "be on the lookout" list. Always do your own research to determine if an item sells on eBay.
Vitamix blenders. These can sell for over $500 if in very good condition. Also consider selling the parts and the instruction manual. The jar or main container alone can sell for up to $85 and the motor for up to $95. Consider selling kitchen appliances like this for the parts, even if the item isn't in working condition.
Cookie jars, especially vintage. Depending on the year made and the character, cookie jars can sell for up to $1,000 on eBay. Brands to look for include Hood, Hull, McCoy, Red Wing, Robinson-Ransbottom, Shawnee, American Bisque, Treasure Craft, and Brush. These don't have to be in perfect condition, but be sure to note any cracks, chips, or crazing in the listings and always show photos of defects so the eBay customer knows exactly what they are buying.
Cookbooks. Vintage, out of print, and first editions do well, but don't overlook niche topics. (When it comes to books, the weirder the better.) Manuals for appliances are good sellers as well, so stop and look up those instruction booklets for old ice cream makers, crock pots, or stand mixers. Collectors love those items. Specific cookbooks to look for include Modernist Cuisine (which can sell for hundreds of dollars in sets), Julia Child cookbooks, and vintage Betty Crocker cookbooks.
Le Creuset. This is a French cookware manufacturer that makes enameled cast iron casserole dishes and dutch ovens. They are usually brightly colored or white. Le Creuset is sold at specialty cookware stores like Williams Sonoma or department stores like Macy's. Retail prices can be over $300 depending on the piece. Sold in used condition on eBay, the larger pieces with lids can sell for up to $200. The plain white pieces may actually look boring, but can sell for up to $80, so always flip these items over and look for the Le Creuset name.
Teapots and kettles. There is a huge variety of teapots and kettles ranging from ceramic (decorative), copper, stainless steel, silver plated, sterling silver, and cast iron. Some of the better selling brands include Rosenthal, Franciscan Earthenware, Jorgensen, Lenox, Royal Doulton, and Griswold cast iron kettles.
Making money on eBay is all about learning to recognize what has value and buying items at a price low enough to resell for a profit. Always do your research and make good decisions when buying for resale. If you aren't sure how to research completed listings on eBay, watch this video.