Friday, June 22, 2012

An Under Armour golf shirt finds me !

Sometimes this job is too easy. Sure, we all put in the hours schlepping through the thrift stores, garage sales and even the curb. But occasionally it can feel like the scores just find you! This happened to me not long ago when I was at my local St Vincent's thrift store. I've mentioned previously this store went through a big renovation-more windows, wider aisles and nice big shelves. The recent spruce up makes thrifting in this store a lot more enjoyable and apparently brought me some good karma.

Fore!...Whoops, I mean Score!
On this particular day, I strutted into the newly renovated store and greeted the little old lady who was behind the counter. After a quick glance in the knick-knack department, I dove right into the men's shirts. The shirts are displayed on two racks directly in front of the check-out counter.  I must have looked like I was up to something, because the little old lady kept an eye on me as I furiously paged through all the shirts. It was a good thing she was watching too, because I gave her a nice clinic on how to find good stuff fast! Looking like those good old boys who yank catfish out of a muddy pond with their bare hands, I pulled out a beautiful Under Armour "HeatGear" golf shirt out of the rack. This shirt was a major find! Under Armour golf shirts easily retail for $50 or more in the stores. Making the find even sweeter, Under Armour's "HeatGear" line  are designed to cool and ventilate in the hot weather. This makes the shirt very popular with golfers in the summer months.

Ecstatic over my quick find, I draped the shirt over my arm and continued to buzz through the rest of the rack. I went north to south on the rack in about a minute then did  a quick lap around the rest of the store. Finding nothing else, I proudly strutted over to the little old lady to pay for the $4 dollar shirt. Standing tall at the check-out counter, I had to restrain myself from spiking the shirt down in victory! The little old lady laughed and said, "Well, that was quick!" I smiled back saying, " Yeah, I  like to get in and get out, y'know?" She chuckled, bagged up the shirt and I was out the door. The whole thing probably took no more then five minutes...that's what I call speed shopping!

I posted the Under Armour shirt almost as quickly as I shopped it. As mentioned in a blog piece I wrote last year, summer is prime selling season for golf shirts. This time of year guys are out on the fairways and always need a nice golf shirt*. Under Armour golf shirts are one of the most sought after brands and my shirt was no exception. My quickie thrift store find sold for a very respectable $26 dollars. Now that's what I call making a fast buck!

How about you? Have you ever walked into a thrift store or garage sale and made a super quick find? Give us the scoop! 


*For more hot brand name golf shirts, see my blog piece,"The Boys of Summer."
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19 comments:

  1. Hey Dude! Nice article! I wish I had your quick moves. I usually spend a minimum of 1+1/2 hours in my local thrift store. But then again, I only go once or twice a month. We only have one good thrift store and that's Goodwill. Prices are a bit steep at Goodwill after you take in account eBay fees, and the time to iron, photograph and list. Our local Goodwill charges $5.50 for jeans $3.50 for shorts etc etc. Unless you find a pair of jeans that you can profit at least $20 on, it's not worth it. But, I like to call our Goodwill "Macy's" because it's in the middle of a wealthy area and they get really nice items!

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  2. GSA-Glad you liked the story. Goodwill prices around here are usually $4 or $5 for a shirt. I don't look for Jeans, but seems like they ask around $8 for a pair. If I am at a garage sale and I spot a few pairs of Levis for a buck each, I'll but them. But they have to be 2-3 pairs all in the same size. Otherwise like you said, it's not worth the effort. When I do sell them, I am looking at $20-$30 bucks for the lot. I can get three pairs jammed inside a USPS Priority mail flat rate box, costing $11.35 to ship. (Wrote about selling Levis about two years ago.)

    I'd love to shop at your "Macy's" Goodwill, sounds like the pickin is good!

    Thanks for checking in.....Dude!

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  3. I have good luck at my goodwill finding Hawaiian shirts. I found three in the last couple weeks that were the Tommy Bahama camp shirt with the embroidery on the back. Paid $5 and sold them for $40-$50 within a few days of listing. Love that!!

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    1. Veronica- I see them often at the thrift store but haven't jumped in. I did recently sell a Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirt but only made $20 on it. Could be because it was a an Adult, size small, limiting the number of buyers who would be interested.

      I come across Tommy Bahama at GW. I am wondering if it's just the embroidered shirts that do well or do regular print shirts to good too?

      Maybe GSA can help us all out on that....Dude!

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  4. Great find Veronica! If you find authentic Hawaiian shirts, those are worth good money. The older the shirt, the more value! Also, the bigger the size, the more value on any clothing. Tommy Bahama is a great brand in anything you buy. Sounds like you got a great deal!

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    1. GSA-Would you be interested in sending me a little write-up of the popular Hawaiian shirts by maker and how much they generally sell for? Seems to be a pretty good range of manufactures, from cheesy ones to high-end. I know I could use a "go-by" for that, as could everyone who hits the thrift stores.

      What do you think?.....Dude!

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    2. Oh yes Dude, I would be happy to write a piece on that. The only reason I know about Hawaiian shirts is because I lived there for 4 years (in Hawaii that is). Anything authentic Hawaiian (made in Hawaii), the vintage stuff makes good bucks. I am not too sure on the makers of Hawaiian shirts, just know a few vintage makers. Dude, give me a couple days and I will write you a nice piece about some clothing pieces that make money and where I get them, and how much I would invest in them...all the goodies for everyone to know. Thanks for asking me Dude, I really appreciate it :)

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    3. Thanks GSA, I know you're a clothing expert. Like I said above, I see lots of Hawaiian shirts at Goodwill. But other then the Reyn Spooner styles, I am not sure which other brands are keepers. Since you lived over there you're the perfect person to ask!

      Looking forward to your "expert" opinion. I really appreciate it thanks....Dude!

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  5. Dude,
    So I'm addicted to watching auction shows as well as Extreme Couponing... Which got me wondering... do you know of any thrifting/garage sale TV shows?

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    1. Hi Amanda,
      I know that I am not dude, but I thought I could offer some info. I think a lady told me about a show on TLC about extreme garage salers but I am not sure. I know for certain though that you can go to youtube.com and type in words like "extreme garage sales" or words that you think people like us would put in the title of their video. I have watched a bunch of good videos on there, and they even gave me ideas. Hope this info helps :)

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    2. Amanda - Sorry, been away for a few days. Other then American Pickers, I haven't seen any. But I am hoping something comes along soon. ..Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  6. They had a show on awhile ago called "Flea Man" and he would go help people sell their stuff at area flea markets and give them pricing, marketing and display help and then left them on their own. He would go around and look for stuff for himself and check back at the end of the day to see how they did. Most of the people would not negotiate and ended up taking a lot of their stuff back home. I do eBay and sell at flea markets so it was interesting to watch.

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    1. I remember "Flea Man". It was on National Geographic channel. It seemed to only last a few episodes then disappeared. There was one other show I remember where they guys were out of NYC. It flopped too. I remember the one guy on the show came off as kind of a jerk when negotiating prices. When asking prices, he would say annoying stuff like, "What's that? I didn't hear ya." Probably turned off viewers.

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  7. Houston Goodwillstores seem higher...mens long sleeve button ups are 5.99, but on the bright aide that is for all branda. Recently bought a Burberry with dry cleaning tag still on it....sold for $20 on ebay which was a bargain to buyer! Do Most of you have better luck with auction or buy it now? Another niche area I have found it coffee mugs. Always plenty at Goodwill. Anything Disney and anything milkglass sells good. Bought a vintage milkglass for .79cents and sold for $15, bought a Finding Nemo for .99 and sold for $15...Oh and anything Starbuks.....sold 2 already with same pricing ranges.

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    1. I like finding shirts with fresh dry cleaning tags still on them-at least you know they're clean!

      I like auctions. Seems like every time I do a "buy it now" it just sits with no bids. Auctions create a little excitement with the buyers and creates some bidding competition.

      Yes, those Starbucks "city" mugs are big. Didn't know about Disney, may have to explore that. Some of the BOYTON mugs do well, especially Christmas themed ones. (Boyton are the mugs with the little cartoon hippos and cats.)

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  8. NICE! I like the strutted part, very cool

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  9. Laura-Ha! Thanks, I got some serious "swagga" when I enter a thrift store! ; )

    Thanks for writing in and don't forget to "follow" my blog....Dude!

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