Hello! Here is a look at what January produced for me at the top.
1. A-2 Leather Aviator Bomber Jacket $255
This jacket was purchased in a small church store in my hometown. It’s the kind of store that you only seem to go to once in a while because they have odd hours and a small amount of inventory. When I found this jacket I knew it was a good one but wasn’t exactly sure of the value until I had some time to research it. The jacket is made by ‘Flight Suits Ltd’ and they are custom-made goatskin jackets that retail for $400-$500. It was really clean and in great shape!
I started it off on auction at 149.99 and it was bid up to its selling price of $255.
Price Paid: $20.00
2. Brooks Brothers Sheepskin Shearling Coat $199
This coat came from a mid-market thrift store. I’ve said this before but it seems as though sheepskin coats get overlooked by a lot of people and I knew this was a good one when I picked it up. After researching the completed auctions there wasn’t much to compare it to so I just set my own price. I may have gotten more if I wanted to wait a few more months but I was happy with a profit of $190.
I started it off on auction at 199.99 and it didn’t sell. I turned it into a buy it now and it sold a couple of days later.
Price Paid: $10
3. St John 2pc Pant Suit 14 / 16 $112
This came from a large market thrift store in the ’boutique’ section. Typically, I would never pay $40 for any item but St John knits always sell well for me and I felt comfortable that I could get at least $100 for it. This was two different sizes (14 & 16) which is somewhat of a risk but the larger sizes typically do well.
I started it off on auction at $99.99 and it was bid up to its selling price of $112. Looking back at this auction now, I wish I would have started it at $149.99 to see if someone would have paid that for it. I’m happy with a $72 profit but $110 sounds better.
Price Paid: $40
4. Vintage Womens Christian Dior Tweed Overcoat $99
This was purchased in a mid-market thrift store. Vintage Christian Dior is not a quick sell but there are buyers out there who will pay a good price for it. The key is to be patient and wait for the right person to come along. This is an actual Irish tweed and the fabric is great!
I started it off on auction at $99.99 and it didn’t sell. I turned it into a buy it now and it sold a couple of months later.
Price Paid: $7-8
5. New Mens LL Bean Toggle Coat $99
This was purchased in a large-market thrift store. Here’s the deal with this coat…I didn’t even realize it was new until I got it home! I was so focused on looking for moth damage or holes that I missed the tag – BONUS! I originally thought that I could get $59 or so for the coat but after the I discovered the tags I bumped up the price to $99.
I had a ton of people asking me to lower the price or ship it for free and I politely declined. After a couple of weeks someone came along and paid full price, no questions asked. The lesson to be learned here is that if you are getting a lot of questions on a certain item stay firm on your price, the interest is there and someone will pay what you are asking.
I started this off on auction at $99 and it didn’t sell. I turned it into a buy it now and it sold for the asking price.
Price Paid: $10
6. Iowa State Swimming Diving Robe $99
This was purchased at a mid-market thrift store. I knew when I bought this that it was a unique, one of a kind item and I would most likely have to wait for the right buyer to come along. It could take up to six months. I actually wrote about this exact piece in a recent blog you can read here. It sold within a couple of months of buying it and there were no problems!
I started it off on auction at $99 and it didn’t sell. I turned it into a buy it now and it sold for the asking price.
Price Paid: $7-8
7. Mens Ralph Lauren Overcoat $97
This was purchased in a large market thrift store. The longer I sell on eBay, the more I find myself gravitating to larger size items. They simply bring more money. I knew right away that this would sell for at least $50 and could go as high as $100.
I started it off on auction at $49 and it was bid up to the selling price of $97.
Price Paid: $10
8. Ming Wang Jacket 1X $94
I don’t remember exactly when or where I purchased this jacket. What I do remember is that I sold it for $64 or $65 a month before and it was returned back to us from the customer. We re-listed it on auction and it sold for even more the second time through. I love it when that happens!
Plus size Ming Wang, Misook, Eileen Fisher, etc are like gold.
We started this off on auction at $34.99 and it was bid up to its selling price of $94.
Price Paid: $5-6
9. Petrocelli Overcoat Wool Cashmere 48 L $81
This was purchased at a small-market thrift store on a sale day. Everything in the store was 50% and I was on my home from a large-market shopping day. Petrocelli isn’t a ‘big selling’ brand but ‘big and tall’ sells well. This was a nice coat and it had a good bidding war that raised the price beyond my expectations.
This started off on auction at 39.99 and was bid up and sold for $81.
Price Paid: $2.50
10. Hart Schaffner Marx Suit 46 S $81
This was purchased locally on a $1 sale day. NOT BAD! Hart Schaffner Marx suits have been doing well for me lately but I have been picky. The ones that are selling well are recent and typically a size 46 or larger. This was the beauty of auction and bidding war!
This was started off on auction at $49. and it was bid up to $81.
Price Paid: $1
HOW ABOUT YOU??
What sold well for you in January?
Where there any surprises?
Anything that took off on auction?
A buy it now that sat for a while but paid off in the long run?
We want to hear about it in the comments below!
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Have a great day!