Halloween is months away, but the costume section of our eBay store is loaded and active! Who’s buying costumes in May? Lots of people. Theater groups, re-enactors, cosplayers, YouTubers and couples who like to spice things up in the bedroom.
Disney fans often pick up costumes to wear when they go to the park and kids don’t need a reason to wear a costume. They’ll dress up all day, every day, if you let them.
When you think of costumes, you probably think of those inexpensive bagged ones you find at Party City and pop-up Halloween stores. There’s a market for those, but they’re more likely to set off the ka-ching in the fall.
TV, Movie and Comic Book Costumes
If you want to reach a wider audience, look for higher-end costumes made of heavier material and with more detail. Fantasy, superhero and movie themed costumes are popular with cosplayers. These are fans who attend conventions dressed as their favorite fictional character. Costumes based on Japanese anime are especially popular as are costumes from Star Wars.
Don’t pass on partial costumes or every day clothes that can be turned into costumes. Many cosplayers prefer to customize their outfits so they’re happy to buy generic bits on eBay.
Take it to the next level with custom costumes or highly detailed replicas. Some of these retail for more than $150. Even if you half that price, you’ll be making plenty of profit on eBay. And if you find a sought-after costume that’s been discontinued, you can ask even more.
Theatrical and Historical Costumes
Hamilton is all the rage on Broadway and historical costumes are hot, hot, hot on eBay. Renaissance Faire attendees are always on the market for a well-made gown, a period cloak or a snazzy doublet. And Game of Thrones fans looks for medieval gowns that look like they came from the show.
Disney is always a hit in any size but particularly with kids. Little girls love to wear a Disney Princess dress when they visit the park. And a collection of Disney costumes in a trunk makes a wonderful, creative gift for any child.
Bits and Bobs
That white jumpsuit screams Elvis, but when you add the wig, the sunglasses and the scarf, you become Elvis! Fill your costume shop with all those little extras from wigs and hats to jewelry and shoes. Throw in a few props (either specifically designed or politely suggested) and you’ve turned an ordinary costume into a one-of-a-kind gem.
The trickiest part about selling costumes on eBay is competing with the low priced, mass merchandised goods from China. Half a dozen sellers have this same, short anime cloak for sale on ebay for under $25.00. But some buyers are reluctant to buy from overseas because of the shipping time and their ability to return it if it doesn’t fit.
Because of this, I can list the same item at a slightly higher price and still get the sale. Of course, my stock is limited to 1 item in 1 size, but I only need one buy to make a nice profit on the piece.
You can also beat the competition by being more through in your listing details. Costume sizes aren’t exact, so including measurements in your listing will put you ahead of the mass-market pack.
The best time to buy your inventory is right after Halloween when costumes are on sale for a fraction of their original cost. Look for evergreen styles as opposed to typical Halloween witches, ghosts and ghouls. A Wonder Woman costume is much more likely to sell in December than a generic witch. If you’re buying high-end costumes, almost any style will sell year round if you reach the right audience.
In the first two weeks of May, 30 people bought witch costumes on eBay. Believe me when I tell you, anytime is a great time to sell costumes on eBay.
Check out our costume shop here: http://stores.ebay.com/borisbasement/Costumes-Wigs-/_i.html?_fsub=12052685014