BOOK REVIEW: Flip that Sh!t: How to make money from garage sales, pawn shops and thrift stores. By Chris Dupuis—a.k.a. Bonafide Hustler/BH


It is a 170 page book that presents principles a garage sale/pawnshop/thrift store hustler ought to follow.


I bought it at Amazon—again the Kindle book—for $9.99. The paperback version is selling at $20.25.


First of all, it’s really hard for me to tell you that you should not read this book as I absolutely loved it. It not only covers tips & tricks for us hustlers in-the-making but it is also very encouraging, i.e.:

Chapter 2 –What You Need

“Motivation is something you cannot buy, but instead it’s a feeling that incites action.”

Chapter 4 – Time is Money

“If you act enough, you end up succeeding over time…never be afraid of trying too hard.”

Chapter 13—The Importance of Time

“Life is nothing but a large timer that simply runs out at the end.”

“You’re the one changing your life one hustle at a time!”

Chapter 16—Putting It Together

“True hustlers don’t dwell on the past they crush it now, for the future.”

Initially I thought this would be a resourceful tool for garage sale selling tips, instead it takes the buyers perspective. As such, I still thought it a valuable read for those considering throwing a yard sale, hence it is included as a resource in the Garage Sale Reference Guide published earlier this month. BH outlines his negotiation strategy which to us negotiation newbies is quite useful.   


I dabbled into hustling early in my 20’s. I bought and sold used college text books and it turned out to be quite profitable for a while—actually it was more like breaking even. Then I received my first negative review and as a result my motivation declined, as did sales. Notably, I didn’t see it as “hustling” I saw it more as an opportunity for a college student to efficiently make ends meet.

Reading this book has been quite encouraging for me given that I’m still hoarding a wide array of textbooks I no longer find useful—that is until I rummage through them and then I start conjuring up ideas of how they could bring use to my life one day (#HoarderProblem). It presents a system that if studied and practiced could be of great use to many. My biggest hesitation to follow his advice is me. I know me; I know that I love shopping and I know that I don’t have the best organizational skills when it comes to staying on top of my inventory/stuff. I foresee my acquisition of inventory becoming an issue—but that skeleton in my closet is my own.


He picked his name from the popular M.I.A. Song called “Paper Planes”. The exact sentence is this: “Everyone’s a winner, we’re making our fame bona fide hustler making my name.”

In relation to hustling, not only has he written this lovely resource for hustlers in-the-making, but he also manages his own YouTube Channel—Bonafide Hustler, and is also working on a second book relating to hustling bikes. On his channel, he provides insight into the world of hustling in the format of ride- along adventures, more personalized videos, and reruns of episodes of “The Greenroom”—a subscription based program which seems to be geared towards the more invested hustling community. These are quite lengthy. They not only showcase a series of other professional full and part-time hustlers but also their subscription based followers. Here is an episode where BH is interviewed:

A brief recap of what we learn about BH:

·         He’s been an active hustler for 10 yrs

·         He’s been in jail for operating a motorcycle recklessly

·         Once upon a time he was as big as The Rock

·         He started a fitness channel— “Bod Damn!” —where he shows it all off!!

·         4 years ago, he was a stock broker

·         Listens to a lot of EDM, & Dead Mouse

·         He’s in a committed relationship

One other interesting takeaway—professional hustlers have hoarding tendencies—reiterating that I should tread cautiously when hustling (i.e. BH currently holds 10 to 13 bikes for personal use, around 20 in inventory for resale.)


His book focuses on developing a mindset & introduces principles to follow—it does not tell you what to buy or sell—a strategic move considering the fickle patterns of trends.

The book’s table of contents:

Chapter 1 – Hustler Beginnings

Chapter 2 – What You Need

Chapter 3—Understanding Risk

Chapter 4—Time is Money

Chapter 5—Where to Hustle

Chapter 6—Avenues

Chapter 7—Importance of Quality

Chapter 8—Condition Matters

Chapter 9—Trends Past & Present

Chapter 10—Hustling Your First Item

Chapter 11—Avenues to Sell

Chapter 12—Profitability of a Process

Chapter 13—The Importance of Time

Chapter 14—Inventory

Chapter 15—Shipping & Returns

Chapter 16—Putting It Together

Chapter 17—Wrapping Up

Notably, he covers quite a lot in the book. The one chapter I found most interest was chapter 10, probably because he illustrates how each principle covered previously works throughout the hustling process.

Overall I’d give the book 4.5 stars out of 5—only because he has a few grammatical errors I caught, i.e.:

Chapter 11 —Avenues to Sell

An effective ad has to capture the prospective buyer almost immediately and this is done by having two things perfect righty from the start, an effective title and an effective main picture…In the title line it’s important to place words that highlight Brand, Model#, Gender, Size, Condition and possibly the color.

This is just one of maybe 2 others I noticed. These set aside—the content is really great and I would highly recommend it.

Have you read this for yourself?!