Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sold... to No One!

The Minnie Mouse shirt and the girl's Levi jacket did not sell. I'll, more than likely, re-list them when I get back from vacation. However, the following items did sell:

Dolly Parton fetched $16.00
My vintage guy's Levi's jacket sold for $20.50:

I also sold some non-vintage shirts. A new Zep shirt went for only $5.24 and a mid-90s Metallica shirt sold for $7.00.

So, a few weeks ago when I took a trip to the Goodwill Outlet store I stopped by a couple of other Goodwills on the way, one in Lebanon and one in Indianapolis. Quite frankly, they both kinda sucked. Granted, I could have been at each store on a "bad" day, but stopping by those stores made me appreciate our three Goodwills even more. The turnover on items is quite high. I can search the racks and racks of shirts and find new vintage shirts every trip; not to mention records and video games, which are two other items I like to collect and sell. I attribute this to living in a medium-sized city. Obviously with three stores there is an abundance of donations to be had, but our city isn't so huge that it is picked over all of the time, yet, at the same time, it's not so small that the same items sit on the shelves for weeks. On my vacation, I plan to stop at some thrift stores and it will be interesting to compare.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Somethin' for the Ladies

As tonight's auctions wind down, I thought I'd make a new post. I'm actually auctioning off some "girly" items tonight. This is a nice mid-to-late 80s Minnie Mouse shirt:

Shirt has the Hanes Beefy-T tag:

The tag says it's a medium, but the shirt is actually pretty big. So, perhaps "Beefy" is a nice way of saying it's for larger individuals? I don't know. It has a small spot on it but overall is in pretty great shape. No bids, yet, though.

I've been learning a bit about dating vintage Levi's stuff, too. I found this very nice "For Girls" denim jacket last week:

It actually fits me very well... but, I do have a girly shape. Though, I have my suspicions as to whether or not this one is actually vintage. Basically, if a Levi's jacket has only two pockets it is supposed to be older, however, they did/do make repros. Currently, on the Levi's site, the newest repros have six pockets, so it just might be older.

Finally, and this is not quite vintage (I'd say 1990s), we have this awesome tee:

I actually bought this for myself to wear, but I am very particular about the fit of my shirts and the collar is just a wee bit big for my neck. Surprisingly, there is a bidding war going on over the shirt, so it will all work out... someone gets a sweet Dolly Parton shirt and I get some money.

When my auctions end, I will come back and list what they sold for just for fun. Maybe I will do this regularly. I'll be out of town next week, so I'll have to pick this idea up in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sold... to a Guy in Japan?

It's quite strange how many people from other countries completely ignore the shipping restrictions on my E Bay auctions. This has happened numerous times. My auctions are marked as 'Shipping to: United States.' The sole reason I set my shipping up this way is because it saves me a trip to the Post Office. Well, that and then I don't have to fill out a customs declaration form. I print out my own labels, and a bubble mailer with a t-shirt in it easily fits into my mailbox, so delivery is speedy. If the payment is instant, often I can have a shirt in the mail within minutes of the end of an auction. Sometimes people ask before bidding, but more often than not they just bid... and win. I just want to e-mail them a nice message along the lines of "Can't you freakin' read?!" Though, that, literally, might be the problem; a language barrier. Taking that into consideration, I've never turned anyone down. The Post Office is exactly one block from my apartment, so it's not a huge deal, but, let's face it, walking there in the winter is no fun at all, even for a block. Anyway, I hope Hori in Sendai enjoys this shirt showcasing one of many embarrassing periods in Rolling Stones history: