Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cheaper then the Coach Factory Outlet Store

How often do you think I find Coach products at a garage sale? Since I yard sale pick in some high-end neighborhoods, you may think I find it all the time. I am sure many of these folks shop at Coach stores for their handbags and purses. In reality, I rarely come across any Coach. That was, until this summer, when my Coach drought ended with a great find. Although the story had a happy ending for me, Mrs. Dude felt differently.

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
Picking up the pair, I asked the women running the sale if the shoes were the real deal? Although I think she was a little insulted, it was a fair question. Just go to any flea market and you'll find plenty of counterfeit Coach bags and shoes for sale. Despite my skepticism, the lady assured me these flats were no knock-offs, they were genuine Coach. She had the shoes priced at five dollars, a very un-Coach like number to say the least. As I checked the soles for wear, I asked if she'd take three dollars for them? I am surprised she didn't throw something at me! I'd already insulted the women by asking if the shoes were real. Now I was following up with a low-ball offer on an expensive pair of shoes. Judging from her exasperated look, I was quickly wearing out my welcome with the lady! Despite the sharp look on her face, she actually accepted my ridiculous offer. I handed over three bills and grabbed the shoes.

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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15 comments:

  1. I find coach on a regular basis....and no one has been offended when I ask about authenticity (in fact if there is a pile they point out the real from the fake) shoes don't sell as well as purses I got a pr of sandals last year for $2 and sold them for 25 (not bad i know but I woulda liked more) i stopped selling coach since I'm not an expert many of my customers are stupidly picky (most dont know what dirty means) i did pick up a pr of Vera Bradley slippers at thrift last week hoping those go well. If you pick up coach even once in a while buy a bottle of their fabric cleaner....it's 10.00 but so wort it. I couldn't sell a wallet dirty for 25 so got the cleaner and relisted and it sold in a day for 40 :) doing TLC on the coach can add significant value (maybe mrs dude would do it lol) good luck and keep us posted I'm curious to know the selling price!

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  2. You find Coach often? Maybe then people are beating me to the Coach stuff! It's easy to spot with that logo. Thanks for the tips on cleaning, amazing what a little elbow grease can do for a sale.

    The flats sold for $44 dollars-I'll take that every day and twice on hump day.(today)

    Thanks for writing in...Dude!

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  3. I found a practically brand new Coach dog collar at a yard sale. She wanted $35.00 for it. I offered $25.00 and she accepted. I sold it on Ebay for $90.00 as a BIN.

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    1. A Coach dog collar? I didn't know that they made dog collars, but I guess I am not surprised. That is an outstanding flip! Easy to ship too-so bonus points on that!

      Thanks for sharing the story...Dude!

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  4. I found a pair of Coach clogs but have not been able to sell them. I got an offer for $25 awhile back Maybe I should have accepted that

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    1. Sounds to me like you can do pretty well with them. MAybe $25 is a lowball price...worth looking up and seeing what's the most you could get.

      Good luck with them and thanks for sharing your story...Dude!

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  5. Tell Mrs. Dude that I totally sympathize with her :)
    I've only come across one item that I thought was Coach. It was a new with tags purse at a garage sale. They were asking $10. I paid $7. When I got home and checked online to figure out how to identify a fake, I learned quickly that this was definitely not the real thing. However, the purse was still cute, and I used it all summer and received numerous compliments on my "Coach" purse :)

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    1. I love it! If people like your "Coach" purse...then I say it's a Coach! It's all in the eye of the beholder!

      I will pass along your sympathies to Mrs. Dude-she's still bummed out about those shoes!

      Thanks for sharing our Coach story...Dude!

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  6. I find Coach ALL the time. And the women swear they are always real but I have found in a lot of cases that isn't true. I know enough about Coach to be able to pick out fake ones.

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    1. Lucky! Maybe I am just getting beaten to the deal...Hopefully I'll find more. Thanks for writing in...Dude!

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  7. I live in a very small and very affluent New England town. Our transfer station has a swap shed, where I've found two Coach leather pocketbooks in wonderful condition! I can't believe the "treasures" I've found there, it's better than any garage sale I've ever been to!

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    1. Nice! Sounds like you have a "honey hole" as they say on American Pickers. I need one of those swap sheds-Ha!

      Thanks for sharing your story...Dude!

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  8. I passed on a coach purse a few weeks ago. She wanted 50 and that was basically my garage sale budget or at least all the cash i had on me that friday morning. bad move on my part.Went home that day and looked up that particular coach purse. it was called a coach poppy. sells used for 5-600.00. yes i was kinda sick for a few hours thinking what i could have spent that money on. live and learn. yes it was real.

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  9. Funny. I just mailed out a pair of brand new coach winter boots today. I picked them up in a rural area and they still had Ross tags for $79 (originally retail $100+) Anyway, I bought them for $15 and just sold them to Canada for $85!! I'm still not sure why the original owner didn't take them back to Ross. I had free shipping on them to US, so I saved on shipping fees. Yeah for probably the only coach item I will ever own or sell! I'm too country for coach items!

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