Using Pop Culture Knowledge While Thrifting for a Profitable Advantage
Jason has agreed to share with you how staying up on current trends in music, movies, television, sports and other media can help you buy better while thrifting. This column will also lead you to smarter reselling of your thrifting finds and encourage you to time your listings to maximize sales.
The Marvel Comics movie The Avengers debuts on the big screen May 4th. The Avengers are a group of Marvel Comics super heroes brought together to fight evil. The Avengers characters are; Captain America (played by Chris Evans), Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner), The Hulk/Dr. Bruce Banner (played buy Mark Ruffalo and voiced by the original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno), and led by Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson).
So, why is this important? Because this will be one of the biggest movies of the summer and maybe of all time (fingers crossed). Comic nerds (like myself) will either want to wear a t-shirt emblazoned with their favorite Avenger to wear to the movie OR buy one afterwards. If you have any items listed on Ebay right now with any of these characters, change your title and add Avengers to it. I have done that here:
The Incredible Hulk Avengers Textured Face Mens T-Shirt Small Black Marvel Comic
The Avengers Wolverine Spider-Man Iron Man Captain America Hulk T-shirt Medium
To give you an idea how well this strategy works, last fall, over one weekend, I sold eight Star Wars shirts out of my store. Most had been there for awhile and I wasn't sure why the multitude of sales occurred all of a sudden. Then realized that the Star Wars movies had debuted on Blu Ray. It has also worked when The Muppets movie came out last November.
The debut of the Avengers as a team of superheroes originated in magazines published by Marvel Comics starting in 1963. That leaves plenty of years of 'vintage' pre-current movie Avengers products. Toys, clothing, mugs, media and much more will see a rise in popularity and create a window of opportunity with the increased demand. So get out to those thrift stores and find some Avengers items!