TRAVILLA Victorian Inspired Black Lace Fitted Waist Cumberband Jacket 6 Vintage – PAID $5 – SOLD $62.50
One Saturday morning in January my BFF Viv and I hit the garage sales. I’m not usually a big fan of garage sales in condo complexes, so when we came upon this sale I wasn’t expecting much. Turns out the sellers were a younger professional couple who’d just had a baby, and the wife was selling many of her designer clothes … at great prices!
There was already another buyer there who had a huge pile of clothes and shoes she was buying, and I missed out by just a few minutes! Even so, I still managed to find a couple of skirts and sweaters, plus this vintage Travilla top.
I was not familiar with the Travilla label, but I discovered that William Travilla was an American costume designer for theatre, film, and television, who is probably best-known for dressing Marilyn Monroe. So what’s a good price for this? I searched and searched; but found only one other Travilla jacket on Etsy listed at $125.00. It was similar to this one so I listed mine at $125.00 on eBay.
It sat in my store for about a month before a buyer offered me $50. Seriously? I didn’t even have a “Best Offer” on this. My first reaction was to ignore the offer, but I took a couple days to think about it. I finally decided to counter-offer with $62.50, which the buyer accepted. I’d rather have the money in my account than a top in my closet waiting for the right buyer. I mean, I only paid $5 for this top … and that’s why I love garage sales!
… and because I spent $46 that day and so far have made over $450 in sales! Now, that’s CASH FOR TRASH!
J KARA New York Women's Black Beaded Sleeveless Long Evening Dress Sz 10 NWT NEW – paid $3 – listed at $199.00
And what about this dress? It is a brand new J KARA hand-beaded dress, which I bought at the SA for $3.00. It’s a simple shift dress with beading along the neckline.
It also came with its original Nordstrom tag with a price of $920.00! That’s almost $1,000 … and it ends up in the thrift store. Is this for real?
Terapeak tells me that new similar style J Kara dresses are selling between $25-$170. Most of these retail new for about $250. I was going to list it at $75, but that $920 kept talking to me. So I listed this at $199.00.
I don’t know how much importance to give this price tag. Even at half price, I cannot imagine someone plunking down $460 for a dress they can’t try on or even touch. But is $75 a fair market price for a dress that retailed at $920? Or does the retail price even matter, since I only paid $3 for the dress? I read somewhere that you shouldn’t list an item too low because buyers will think something is wrong with it. How true is this? So I will list it in my store for 30 days and will see what happens. I can always mark it down.
Happy thrifting and selling!
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