Hot Resale: Duffle Coats

 

I love this time of year because sweaters, coats, and wool skirts are hot resale items again~ If I’m smart, I’ll buy these during the summer when the thrift stores are selling them cheap, and then sell them for Big Whole Dollars!

The one I want to tell you about today is the DUFFLE COAT. I purchase both men’s and women’s toggle coats. Even though I usually stick to women’s clothes, duffle coats are just too valuable to pass up. These coats are made of heavy wool or a wool blend and usually have toggle button closures and a hood.

Popular brands include Gloverall, Burberry, and and J. Crew. But the GREAT thing about this hot resale item is that even lesser known brands are worth $60 and up.

I usually pay between $5-$10 for coats, but if I can get them during the summer for less, all the better! It’s a solid profit on a classic item that always has a strong market. When you list these coats, use the description terms coat, toggle, duffle, wool, and vintage (if applicable).

Buying tip: Check for holes. Moths love wool and vintage items usually haven’t been stored in a secure area. Inspect coats thoroughly to avoid expensive buying mistakes!

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Men’s vintage GLOVERALL duffle coat, sold for $99.98 including shipping from The Simple Little Wardrobe
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Anthropologie duffle coat, $92 including shipping from brandymc404
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VIntage Loden Frey coat sold for $60.60 including shipping by golfwidow96
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Trader’s Point women’s duffle coat sold for $58.98 from The Simple Little Wardrobe



Do you have a hot resale suggestion? Mention it in the comments below!

Thrift Score: Tecnica Fur Boots

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I almost didn’t buy these! They were $12 at the thrift store and that just seemed like a lot to me. But what the heck, they were made in Italy and it looked like real fur, right? I also did a little research and found out these did have a good resale value.

Purchase price: $12, Goodwill

Shipping and fees: $20.80

Sale Price: $107.99

Total Profit: $75.19

The biggest shock of all was that they sold for this much in in April! I really thought I’d be hanging on to these boots until mid-October, when people are thinking about skiing and being cold again. I’m so glad I priced them high–these are a good example of how you could price something too low, thinking it was out of season. Always research your prices!

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Gorgeous colors and in great condition!
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The soles look almost unused
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This is where the wear would show on hair/fur shoes–at the toes. But these are in great shape!

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Thrift Score: Lilly Pulitzer Dress

 

s-l1600Lilly Pulitzer became a major fashion designer in the 1960s. She and her husband ran a juice stand in Florida and she asked a dress makers to sew her something that wouldn’t show those bright colored fruit stains so badly. And that was the start of the gorgeous, happy prints of this brand!

I almost always pick up Lilly Pulitzer items when I find them, but not all of them sell this well. I attribute the bidding to the right time of year and the right size (this was an XL).

Purchase price: $5, Goodwill

Shipping and fees: $9.40

Sale Price: $53.99

Total Profit: $39.59

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Thrift Score: ETRO Matching Skirt & Top

Last week I found this beautiful matching skirt & top by designer ETRO. I was shopping at a local benefit thrift store called CHKD. It’s not my usual haunt, but I’m so glad I stopped by!

Purchased: $10 plus tax.

Sold: $163.50 plus $4.99 shipping.

 

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The listing started at $99 and there were 6 bids. The first offers came just a few hours before the auction ended.

Obviously, I don’t know EVERY designer brand out there–or whether they are worth the cost and effort to resell. This was the first time I came across ETRO. So how did I know to buy it? These clues:

  • European sizes.
  • Made in Italy.
  • Unique print that did not look mass produced on a soft, silky fabric.
  • Marketable size (women’s large)
  • And of course I researched the brand on Ebay’s sold listings and found it consistently sold for a great price.

Happy thrifting!

Ebay Score: Reselling Bloch Flats

 

I recently purchased this pair of Bloch leather ballet flats from another Ebay seller. It was a bargain since style of Bloch flats are $150 retail. They were also in wicked great condition showing very little wear.

Alas, they were a smidge too big for me. So I relisted them in my own Ebay store.

Purchased: $22.94

Resold: $56.98

Why did I get $30+ more than the original Ebay seller? After reviewing their original listings I found:

  • Photos in poor light
  • Typos in the title
  • Auction based listing

I searched sold listings of other Bloch ballet flats and found BIN (Buy It Now) listings commanded a higher price. I used the average sold price, set it as a BIN, and took photos in better light. I also made sure my listing was free of typos.

And then I tweeted and tweeted these bad boys to make sure my listing received plenty of traffic.

Sure enough, they sold within 48 hours and gave me a tidy profit of $21.35 after shipping costs and fees. Not bad for buyers remorse, huh?

 

 

 

Thrift Score: Vintage Tadashi Gown

 

Sheer accents have been a longstanding fashion staple for subtle sexy. Or if you’re Rihanna, not so subtle. I’d had good luck selling Tadashi items in the past, so when I spotted this Tadashi I grabbed it, even though it was priced higher than I’d usually pay for a dress at a thrift store.

This dress was probably made in the 1990s or even early 2000s. It was in fantastic condition and showed almost no wear.

Purchased: $20 +tax

Sold $99 +$4.99

I started this as an auction, just to test the waters, but I didn’t get any takers. I relisted as a Buy-It-Now and it sat for a couple weeks. Just when I was thinking it was overpriced (or undermarketed), it sold!

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I especially love the satin cuffs and wide bateau neckline. The fabric had just enough stretch to hug all the right curves. I’m so glad this showstopper found a home. 🙂