I’ve talked in the past about dropshipping and how you can make money setting up a shopping website as a side hustle. But once you’ve decided to go that route, what items should you sell? I have done some research into trending items that are selling well right now, so here’s a place to start.
Nail Care Items
Since March, many women have been unable to go to the salon for manicures, so at-home manicures have become a very trendy topic. For example, one trending item is a “nail drill,” which is a tool used to file down artificial nails. While salons are slowly beginning to open up, many women are realizing that this is a skill they may want to have and are buying nail drills to be ready if things shut down again. Still, others are realizing this is something they may be able to do at home to save some money.
I don’t know about you, but one thing I’ve noticed from working at home is that I slouch. A lot. So I have definitely searched for posture correctors recently, and it’s no surprise it’s a currently trending item. This is an item that can be purchased very inexpensively, so people are more likely to pick them up and try them out.
Phone tripods are a currently trending item, and I think this is one that will continue for quite some time. Phone cameras continue to improve and take phenomenal photos, and tripods are great for taking pictures solo or with a group, and many people are using them to set up for video recording on their phones. I personally have two tripods for my phone – one tabletop tripod and one free-standing tripod, and they’re both incredibly useful.
The massage gun is the trending item you didn’t know you needed until you bought it. This is a tool that looks a bit like a drill and has a massaging tool on the end. Rather than spinning, it vibrates, and you can use it along with sore muscles. There are a few big brands out there, but not surprisingly, less expensive knockoffs have begun to appear, so customers are searching to find out where they can buy a lesser-priced version.
Wifi Repeaters are nifty little tools. They take your existing wifi connection and repeat it so that you get better coverage throughout your house. You may not think you need one if you don’t live in a very large house, but depending on the power of your wifi antenna and the construction of your home, you may find you have dead spots. I know some apartment dwellers who use wifi repeaters, and with so many household items connecting to wifi, from phones and computers to TVs and washing machines, it’s no surprise this is a trending item.
Touch Screen Gloves
This is a fun one that trends every winter. How many times have you been wearing gloves and had to pull one off so you could use the touchscreen on your phone? While it may not be a trending item right now, take the time to set up your shop and have them ready to go when winter comes.
This is a trending item that has really been steadily growing. As people spend more time in their cars, they want to be sure to keep them clean, and while it used to be that every home had a Dustbuster, those aren’t so common anymore, and no one wants to drag the big vacuum out to the car to clean it. A handheld vacuum is perfect for getting up dirt, leaves, and the Cheerios that every toddler seems to leave, even when they weren’t given Cheerios to eat in the car.
Here’s a trending item that’s taken a big jump recently. Eyebrow razors are tools with very small razor blades that can be used to clean up the edges of your eyebrows, but women typically use them for at-home dermaplaning, which is a form of exfoliation for your face. It’s become more and more trendy, and inexpensive eyebrow razors are the easiest way to try it out.
This is a trending item that surprised me. I thought couch covers would be something everyone had used for years, but it seems like, in recent months, there’s been a huge uptick in people searching for this item. I can’t blame them – not only can a couch cover keep your couch clean, but you can also recover an old couch and make it last much longer. These come in all sorts of varieties and sizes, so you have many options of which types to put in your online shop.
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.