Kieran Barnett quit his farm job to become a full-time flipper

I make up to £1,800 a month selling vintage clothes and shoes

KIERAN Barnett has traded 5am shifts on a farm looking for car boots and charity shops – and now he earns up to £1,800 a month from his hobby.

Former farmer Kieran, 27, from Lincolnshire, now spends his days scavenging for vintage clothes and sneakers that he buys for a few for, and sells for up to hundreds of pounds.


Kieran Barnett quit his farm job to become a full-time flipper

He has managed over £60,000 a year – but pockets anywhere from £1,600 to £1,800 a month after paying his bills and delivery costs.

This means Kieran is making a profit of close to £20,000 over the course of the year – but he has reinvested most of this into buying stock for his resale business.

His passion for “flipping” – where you buy and sell goods for a profit – started all over again when he was just 12 years old, buying and selling video games with his father to earn pocket money.

Ten years later, an impromptu trip to his local charity store on his lunch break leads Kieran to quit his farm job as he decides to try to make it a full-time salesman.

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He said: ‘I had found two Arsenal jerseys at £4 each and I knew they were worth more than what the store was selling them with.

“I paid £8 for both and got a total of £110 for them.

“They sold out in three hours, and I sold more of those shirts than I would have by working on the farm all day.”

Two years later, Kieran sells clothes and shoes full time on Instagram, Youtube, Depop, and eBay through his company RummageAround.

He’s noticed a “huge increase” in people looking to buy second-hand clothes since the Covid crisis – and this trend is accelerating as millions of people struggle with a crippling cost of living.

“The price of new clothes is astronomical — if people could get them for half the price on eBay, they would,” he said.

Charity stores saw sales rise nearly 7% between June and September last year, according to research by the Charity Retail Association.

She said sales are driven by customers looking for more cost-effective ways to purchase clothing and other necessities.

With the demand for the cheaper clobber growing, The Sun picked Kieran’s mind on how he was able to make a living from reselling – and how you might too.

Sell ​​your old trash

If you are a newbie to the reselling game, Kieran suggested you start selling your unwanted household items.

You can then get an idea of ​​what’s selling well — at a good price and quickly — on selling platforms like eBay and Depop.

Then, based on the items that sold for more money, you can look for similar items in car boots and charity stores,” he said.

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You should follow the big stars on social media to get an idea of ​​what items they are wearing – and what to buy.

“If Nicki Minaj was wearing Crocs on her new tour, for example, you would see the price of that increase,” he said.

Even if lesser-known brands team up with a celebrity and launch a new collaboration, you may find other items made by the company increase in value as a result.

“Now Kanye has a collaboration with Gap, it’s now £30 second-hand hoodies – although the brand has not historically been as popular,” he said.

Selling around Christmas

In the lead-up to Christmas and other major events, you’ll see many people wandering up and down Main Streets with panic in their eyes, trying to sort out last minute gifts.

Kieran said those on a budget are also flocking to internet sites like eBay to try to get a deal that’s in at the eleventh hour, too.

Emerging distributors should take advantage of this time to advertise their stocks online and take advantage of the last minute festive rush.

“October, November and December are a huge deal for sellers because it’s Christmas,” he said.

“I make the most money from Christmas – guys quit shopping until the last minute and turn to eBay for last minute gifts.”

Sit on limited edition items

When stores feature limited-edition merchandise—goods that you can buy only for a short time—you may want to look for them in charity and car boot stores.

That’s because the price will usually go up over time.

Don’t be tempted to sell them right away, as these items will be in high demand and you can charge more.

“Things gain value over time, so I usually sit down [limited edition items] Kiran said.

“Anything that is limited will become more rare – for example, if you have a certain amount of Limited Edition trainers, many of them will be broken or used over time.

“It means there are fewer trainers in good shape, and you can pay higher fees because there are fewer in the market — and demand is up.

“I paid £5 for a pair of limited edition football boots – when I bought them two years ago they would have sold for £200.

“But now on eBay, it’s worth £1,000.”

Detect counterfeit products

If you thought the price of this designer handbag was too good to be true, you probably are.

Scammers will take advantage of shoppers looking for a bargain and flog them with fake items.

Kiran said if you are looking for cheap branded items to sell at a higher price, there are ways to spot scams.

“Go to Sports Direct, Flannels, and major designer stores and feel the products to get an idea of ​​the real deal.

“When you’re out in the field at car boots, you’ll then know what’s fake when you spot the same item.

“Look at the quality of the stitching and the glue residue on the sneakers – this won’t pass the tests at the Nike factory, for example.”

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