Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Cheap discount on Carhartt clothing
In another example of my watching other shoppers at the Goodwill store, I bring you this Carhartt winter coat. Carhartt is another "hot" product to look for at thrift stores and garage sales. Carhartt coats, jackets and bib overalls are rugged, heavy and made to last. Next time you pass a construction site on a cold day, take note at what the guys are wearing. Most will be sporting Carhartt coats. The company doesn't just sell work clothes either. They also make outdoor sportsmen gear like camouflage hunting coats and parkas. Check out their website at http://www.carhartt.com.
Getting back to my stalking story, I was flying through the Men's shirt racks at Goodwill when I noticed an older gentleman pull a Carhartt coat off the "newly arrived" rack. (These are the mobile racks the employees use to bring out the "new" merchandise.) Normally I make my way over to these racks, but the old-timer beat me to it. So I kept my eye on the fella as he tried on the Carhartt coat. He walked over the mirror to check out the fit. Taking his sweet old time with the coat, it was clear he was on the fence about buying it. After a little more fiddling with the zipper and snap pockets, he finally took the coat off and hung it back on the rack. I was relieved, there's nothing worse then watching another shopper beat you to a great deal! I waited for him to walk away from the rack, then swooped in on the coat like a vulture. The coat was priced at $25. Being a five dollar shirt guy, this was a little more then I was use to spending. But I knew I could at least make my money back on the coat. There was also the option of just keeping it for myself. I could always use a cool, rugged style like a Carhartt. Trying it on in the store, it seemed to fit me pretty well but was a little long in the sleeves.
After several more admiring poses in the mirror, I decided the coat was coming home with me. I walked over to the cashier and as I did, the old timer stood in line right behind me. He noticed I was holding the coat and commented that he had just tried it on. Trying not to sound too stalker-like, I told him, "Yeah, I noticed you tried it on. It's a nice coat right?" He agreed, raving about the great price and how he almost bought it. We continued to bond over the Carhartt and as I left the store, he told me one last time how I got a great deal on the coat. Talk about positive reinforcement!
Like the old-timer, I seriously thought about keeping the coat. But standing in front of the mirror at home, I just couldn't get past the sleeve length. It was just a bit too long. I looked like a little kid in his Dad's coat! Knowing this was a deal breaker, I decided to sell it. The timing to sell a good quality working man's coat was perfect. It was late Fall and the weather was starting to turn cold outside. Guys in the construction trades always need a heavy, durable coat for outdoor work. So I posted the coat on eBay with a starting auction price of $25-the exact price I paid for it. Any higher bids would be profit. (Less eBay fees of course.) It's also important to remember to charge enough to cover your postage costs. Coats like these are very heavy. You don't want to short yourself by not charging enough to cover shipping. A flat rate of $15 is a safe bet, but you can always go to the USPS website to calculate an exact rate.
In the end, I was glad I spotted that old-timer trying on the coat. My Carhartt sold at auction for $60 dollars! A nice profit of $35...not bad for an item I almost missed. Keep an eye out for any Carhartt products at thrift stores and garage sales. If you scoop them up at the right price, there's some great money to be made. If you've flipped any Carhartt or similar construction or sportsmen clothing, let us know in the comment section below.
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