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How to make money selling Hawaiian shirts on eBay?

Let’s figure it out! If you’re like me, you probably don’t really give much thought to the Hawaiian shirts that you see in thrift stores. You probably just pass right by them. Or that’s what I used to do. That is until I realized that they are actually worth a decent amount of money and that you can turn a nice profit by reselling the on eBay.

For example, check out this picture of some of the Hawaiian shirts that are selling now, at the time of this writing, on eBay. I found this image by doing a completed listings search on eBay

Examples of Hawaiian shirts that sold on eBay:

Clearly, these Hawaiian shirts are profitable and definitely worth buying and reselling. But froms this image, it’s easy to see that the vitage Hawaiian shirts are where it’s at. They are, by far, the most profitable as compared to the newer, more modern Hawaiian shirts.

What are the popular brands of Hawaiian shirts to resell on eBay?

  1. Tommy Bahama
  2. Paradise Found
  3. Polo Ralph Lauren
  4. Reyn Spooner
  5. Batik
  6. Oneill
  7. Disney
  8. Tori Richard
  9. Jams World
  10. Bamboo Cay

And these are only a few off the top of my head and from what I found doing a few searches on eBay. There are definitely many more profitable brands out there.

I always advise, if you come across a Hawaiian shirts that catches your attention, go ahead and do a completed listings search to see how much it’s selling for. You never know, it could be worth a lot of money.

Tips for scavenging Hawaiian shirts from thrift stores:

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you look for certain Hawaiian shirts in your local thrift stores.

1. Vintage Hawaiian shirts are worth the most.

As I mentioned earlier, look for the vintage shirts. This is true for most items that I talk about on this blog, but definitely true when referring to Hawaiian shirts. 

2. Look for the silk shirts.

Silk is also where the money’s at. If you can find a vintage Hawaiian shirt that is also made of silk, you definitely have a hot seller of your hands. I wrote an entire post about selling silk shirts on eBay, if you are interested.

For example, take a look at these silk Hawaiian shirt that recently sold on eBay:

3. Check the buttons.

This is just a general tip that can be applied to all button-front shirts that you are looking to purchase. Make sure all the buttons are included with the shirt because it’s very common in thrift stores for shirts to be out on the rack with missing buttons. 

What about the extremely rare Hawaiian shirts?

The answer is yes, there are very utlra-rare Hawaiian shirts out there that are worth a lot of money. Unfortunately, they are very are to find. But for the fun of it, check out some of these that I found that sold recently on eBay:


So there you have it! Now you are completely and fully aware that you can make great profits by selling Hawaiian shirts on eBay. You know what brands to look for and you even know of a few ultra-rare Hawaiian shirts to lookout for.

You no longer have an excuse to pass them by or leave them on the rack. And if you do, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be right behind you to scoop it up and resell it myself. Happy Hawaiian hunting!