Friday, January 11, 2013

The North Face Jacket is everywhere !

When out with family, I can't stop myself from people watching to see what the latest fashion trends are. Sneakers, coats, hats...I figure if it's popular, maybe I can make some money from the trend! For example, a few days after Christmas, Mrs. Dude and I went to the movies. Arriving early, we had some time to kill before the movie started, so we sat at a table in the lobby area. Clutching my large bucket of popcorn, I watched the moviegoers stream in and out of the 16 screen Multiplex. As I munched popcorn, I began to take notice of the unusually high number of people wearing North Face jackets. While many were high school and college kids, there were also a fair amount of "adults" wearing the jackets too. The coats are easy to spot-most are black with "The North Face" stitched in white lettering on the upper chest. Since it was just a few days after Christmas, I surmised that many of these coats were probably holiday gifts.

Continuing to shovel popcorn in my mouth, I began to conduct a head count of North Face coats as movie patrons walked by. I'll admit I was never the greatest math student, but my inexact survey revealed that for roughly every four people walking past me-one was wearing North Face. I didn't need to count on my fingers to determine that works out to be a 25% average! Armed with this fun fact and a mouth full of popcorn, I struggled to verbalize my findings to Mrs. Dude. She agreed with my garbled conclusions, but warned me to cool it with the popcorn, less I run out before we even got inside the theater!

A North Face garage sale find
Fortunately, the popcorn did last for the start of the movie. But more importantly, I learned from doing some people watching that North Face continues to be as popular as ever! While I already knew kids really liked them, the high number of adults sporting North Face was equally as impressive. Although, sorry to say, this could be the kiss of death for the North Face fashion trend. Think about it-what kid wants to wear the same brand of coat mom and dad are wearing?

But that's a discussion for another day. For now one thing is for certain: Due to it's popularity, North Face is a great item to look for at thrift stores and garage sales. Here's a perfect example-I found this North Face backpack at a yard sale for one dollar! You read right...one dollar! It was sitting next to a JanSport schoolbag, which was also a dollar. I bought both, but had a feeling the North Face would sell for more. (I was right.) No time was wasted in posting this backpack. Although school had already started weeks earlier, I knew that wouldn't get in the way of a great auction. True to the brand's popularity, my dollar North Face find ended up selling for an amazing $45 dollars!

A North Face Goodwill find
Although I eagerly await the day, I still have yet to find a North Face coat. But I did find the next best thing-this North Face pullover jacket. I acquired the pullover at the Goodwill store, buying it for only $3 dollars. Once again wasting little time, I immediately posted the jacket on eBay and sold it at auction for a solid $28 dollars! This kind of positive reinforcement is not helpful when my daughter wears her white North Face coat. When I see her with the coat, I can't help but wonder what I could sell it for on eBay? That's what happens when you're in this business-everything you see is a potential sale....it's a blessing and a curse!

So next time your out and about, make sure you take notice of what people are wearing. In my case, even when out stuffing my face with popcorn I learn few things!

Have you sold any North Face stuff? Give us the story in the comment section below....





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16 comments:

  1. a little birdie says to check out Miss Me Jeans. Easy $50+.

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    1. Wow-Wee,just looked them up on eBay! Looks like this spring I'll be in search of these money makers. I know just the "Pottery Barn" neighborhoods in my town that would have these on their garage sale tables. Ha!

      Tell that little birdie I said thanks for writing in and sharing the awesome tip....Dude! ; )

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  2. Boy, it sure is great to read your tips. When the garage sale season comes, I am going to keep an index card in my purse,listing everything I should be looking for. That will really help me to zero in on stuff.

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  3. Thanks! I hope you find some of the stuff I've recommended. That's why I encourage folks to write in with their tips too-the comment section can serve as a garage sale tips bulletin board!

    Speaking Of NorthFace, was gassing up my truckster at the local gas station this afternoon. The kid pumping gas was wearing a NorthFace! Seems to me that NorthFace jackets cost a lot of money, don't know if I'd want my kid wearing his nice expensive coat while working at a gas station. But maybe that's just me-Ha! But once again...they're everywhere!

    Thanks for writing in and appreciating the blog...Dude!

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  4. I have noticed the same thing. I haven't been able to find any NorthFace items yet in the thrift stores though. I did find a Columbia coat, but my son wanted that, so it didn't go on ebay. Columbia items go well also!

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    1. CindyLou - Absolutely, Columbia is nice too. Sort of from the same genre along with LL Bean, Orvis, REI and the other outdoor clothing lines. Hope you find some NorthFace, they definitely are not easy to come by.

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  5. I have found and sold a decent amount of North Face Jackets. Most come from the Goodwill Outlet..so I only have a $1 or so invested. Found a kids one this week at a thrif store for $3. However, this week there is someone on a FB group selling "designer inspired" jackets. I've heard that this is a highly "faked" brand, but never personally seen it. The fakes were decent, but I could tell a few things were off. But, only because I've sold them in the past. Now I'm really leary :/ They are however a great sale and a wonderful brand. I love my personal North Face stuff.

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    1. Kim-A dollar for anything NorthFace is a steal! That's awesome. Finding them in the thrift stores around her is somewhat of a rarity, but there's always the garage sales.

      Thanks for checking in...Dude!

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  6. Dude,
    Your comment about wondering what your daughter's jacket would sell for on Ebay made me laugh. I do the same thing with my daughter! I tell her don't scuff those Stride Rites up, that's big money on Ebay! Since I mainly sell shoes on Ebay, I catch myself staring at everyone's shoes all the time. I will have to start looking for North Face stuff when I am thrifting too.

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    1. Gail-Ha! I am glad to hear I am not the only one! About two years ago I wrote a piece about my Princess throwing her used Uggs in the trash! I was like...what?!? I retrieved them and sold them for around $35 bucks.

      For sure, watch out for that NorthFace and thanks for writing in...Dude!

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  7. A panhandler wearing a brand new looking North Face jacket and Nike shoes approached me recently and all I could do was say,"Are you kidding me?Your jacket is nicer than mine."

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    1. Spymay-Ha! That's crazy, right? Styling panhandler....Too funny!

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  8. The Goodwill where I shop knows that North face isa great brand and price accordingly. I have yet to find any at the thrift stores. I'm also keeping my eyes out for Miss Me jeans and also NYDJ (not your daughters jeans

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  9. beckyp- I hate when they jack up the prices for a name brand. Along those same lines, one of the GW stores in my area segregate out the "new with tags" shirts on a separate rack and charge more for them! Annoying,because the other GWs in my are don't bother to do that.

    NYDJ too? Hmmm, okay thanks for the tip....Dude!

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  10. Being from Seattle, The North Face is very prominent up here because of well the rain but also the snow sports in the area. I find it ALOT at thrift stores but my stores know what they have and usually want about $30-50 for their jackets (yeah ridiculous for a thrift store!) But every now and then I get a good yard sale find or a 1/2 price day at the thrifts. I don't even have to eBay them, they sell on CL within days for $50-80; I've sold 3 of the "Denali" jackets this winter already! Anything North Face is gold! Also be on the lookout for the other "REI" brands like: Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot & prAna (not to be confused with Prada!)

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    1. Samantha-Don't ya hate when the thrift stores hike up their prices on name brand stuff? They take the "thrift" out of it when they do that! Very frustrating! But great idea selling on CL instead of eBAy...no fees or shipping, nice!

      Thanks for writing and for the tips on REI and related gear...Dude!

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