My first Coach find happened earlier this summer. Amazingly, it was at a garage sale that I didn't get to until after 9:00 AM. The yard sale had been running for at least an hour, so there were plenty of buyers who missed this great find. At first glance, the sale looked so-so. But walking around the driveway, I spotted a colorful pair of shoes. The multi-color pattern really got my attention. But more importantly, it was what was on the shoe's insole-the famous Coach logo. This may come as a complete shock, but the Dude is no expert when it comes to high-end fashion. But having bought Mrs. Dude a Coach purse at the Coach factory outlet store a few year ago, I knew one thing for sure...Coach stuff is expensive!
|Coach flats: Cheaper then Coach Factory Outlet Store|
The fun really started when I arrived home. Since Mrs. Dude was familiar with Coach, I wanted to get her opinion on the flats. I instantly regretted my decision. Waving Coach shoes in front of Mrs. Dude, is similar to opening a can of Bumble Bee tuna in front of our cat! Both go nuts! Snatching the shoes from my hands, Mrs. Dude demanded to know the size? Shoe size was not particularly important to me when I bought them, so I really had no idea. However, this little bit of information became very important to the crazy lady standing in front of me! Mrs. Dude was nearly hyperventilating! Her eyes widened as she peered inside each shoe, searching desperately for the shoe size. Unable to see any print inside, she threw caution to the wind and thrust her feet into the shoes! To her disappointment (and my relief) they were a half size too small. But like any women who loves her Coach, this didn't stop Mrs. Dude. She tried to force the shoes into fitting! Like the stepsisters in Cinderella, she jammed her feet into the shoes over and over again. Although struggling with the flats, she continued to gush on, describing how the multi-color pattern was perfect for the summer and would go with most of her clothes. (I later incorporated her effusive comments into my auction description.) As the foot jamming continued, I tried to keep from smirking. Mrs. Dude tossed out a few "damns" in frustration, as she slowly came to the realization that no matter how hard she tried, the Coach shoes were not going to fit her! Like a good husband I feigned sympathy, but I knew that Mrs. Dude needed another pair of shoes like I need a second pickup truck. (Actually...not bad idea.)
The wrestling match now over, Mrs. Dude handed me back the shoes in defeat. I immediately went about posting the flats on eBay. (I worried that if I didn't post them quickly, she might cut holes in the toes and turn them into sandals!) Due to Mrs. Dude's enthusiastic reaction to the shoes, I knew I had a winner. It also helped that I was selling the shoes during the summer. As Mrs. Dude pointed out, they were a great pair of flats for summer wear. And imagine what they would cost at the Coach factory outlet store? Bidders agreed. My three dollar purchase ended up selling for $44 dollars on eBay! For my first Coach find, I was pretty happy with the outcome. I can't say that Mrs. Dude felt the same way though.
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