Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Great deals on The North Face

Around my neck of the woods, we've put away the snow shovels and gassed up the lawn mowers. Spring is here! After a slow start, the garage sales are finally starting to pick up, turning my Saturday mornings back into a spring marathon. With the cold weather now behind us, most folks would just assume forget about the brutal winter. But I'll say one positive thing about it. The winter sure was great for coat sales! This observation comes from a dude who doesn't sell many coats on eBay. But after I tell you about this flip, you'll wonder why I don't try to sell more? Check out the story....

Back in early March, I was perusing a local Goodwill and decided to take a quick looksie through the men's coat section. Not expecting to find much, I was flying through the coats when I came to a screeching halt. Hidden between a couple of ratty old raincoats that Columbo might have worn, was a beautiful North Face coat! Because the color was close to fire engine red, the coat would have been hard for me to miss. Pulling it from the rack, I looked it over and discovered it was a Youth Extra Large. In my mind, this was even better. As I discussed in a previous blog, kids love The North Face. If you need proof, just take a stroll through your local mall or movie theatre lobby during winter. You'll see The North face logo everywhere!

Needless to say, I was tickled pink that I'd found a North Face coat at the Goodwill store. To me, it's like finding an expensive diamond ring in the costume jewelry section of Sears. It's not something you're expecting! The coat was priced at five dollars. Think for a moment how crazy that is! Five dollars for a North Face parka coat? Really? I felt like I'd just hit the jackpot! But as I headed to the cashier to pay for it, I knew one thing for sure. Since it was now the beginning of March, the time to sell winter coats on eBay was quickly slipping away. I had to get this North Face parka up on eBay immediately!

The North Face sells!
Once home at the MoneyintheGarage studios, I got busy taking photos of my North Face coat. Among the many shots, I especially like to take a few close-ups of the The North Face logo on the front of the coat. When you get right down to it, the main reason people buy North Face is so they can proudly show off that famous logo on their chest. Very few people are actually scaling the "North Faceof a mountain in these coats. It's all about what's hot in fashion-not what's going to keep you warm as you reach the peak of Mount Everest. For now, it's definitely North Face. With that in mind, I enticed bidders with a close-up shot of the logo. During the photo session, I also came across an additional piece of good fortune with the coat. I discovered it had a fleece liner which could be removed and worn as a separate jacket. Whoo-hoo.....bonus points! I now had two coats in one. An important and very practical feature I bragged about in the auction description!

The North Face coat was posted less then 24 hours after I purchased it. While I would have preferred to post the coat in January, early March still brings with it plenty of cold weather. In fact, I may have over analyzed the timing of my auction because bidders didn't seem to care. My North Face coat sold for $85 dollars. No matter what time of year, that's some cold hard cash!

As great as that flip was, I am actually hoping to duplicate it. I recently found another North Face coat at Goodwill. But I am not taking any chances. The coat is going into storage until next winter. Hopefully, it will be something to blog about next year! How'd you do with cold weather sales? Sell any North Face or other coats you found in a thrift store? Share your flip in the comment section below....  




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27 comments:

  1. I sold three coats this season I believe. The first was a Pendleton coat I bought off Ebay for myself for $25 It was too tight in the shoulders and instead of being "one of those buyers" I decided to resell it and not return it. Sold it for $49.99

    A military raincoat at auction for $29.99 (I could have got more if I had done a BIN)

    and a damaged Eddie Bauer barn coat for $25

    Most of the thrifts around here know the value of North face and yours would have been at least $25 On my fb garage sale site, people sell them for $50+ Good job on finding them

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    1. Nice clothing flips. I've sold a few Pendleton wool shirts, did okay with them. I noticed you have to look them over carefully in the store, They tend to get those moth holes in them. I like your military trench coat flip. May have to lean towards the military stuff more often. Also remember your Bulls jacket story from your blog. That tariff thing would have ticked me off too. But overall, you gotta love those overseas sales-they've done me well a few times.

      Thanks for checking in.......Dude!

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  2. I alos sold a youth xl Chicago Bulls jacket for $57.99 and a large for $71.99 The large coat went to London and the buyer wanted me to pay $26 in custom fees because he thought that was included in shipping. I told him no I wasnt going to pay a tax on something his country charges. He asked again and I referred him to Ebay where it states when they check out that they are responsible for all custom fees and taxes their country charges. thankfully he eventually picked it up

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  3. I've not been blessed with a North Face find yet, but I'm just beginning to look more at clothes, coats, and accessories. I've dabbled in it here and there, but since it's usually so cheap and easy to ship, I think I'm going to start looking at those racks a little more closely. Congrats on the great finds and awesome flip!

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    1. Kimberly- Thats what love about selling clothing. Easy to pack, it can't be broken by the postal service and postage is relatively cheap. And I am sure in all those racks hanging in the Women's section of Goodwill, there's plenty of money to be made.

      Thanks for the congrats and for writing in....Dude!

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  4. I sold a Mens Vintage Rainfair coat with removable lining. New with tags. Paid $7 and it sold for $40. Good enough!

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    1. Nancy-Those "New-Old stock" type finds are the best. Because they're rare, it makes it all the more exciting when you find them. And a $33 dollar profit is a winner!

      Thank for sharing the story...Dude!

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  5. You made me nervous reading this post at what I may have just passed on this weekend. I passed up a North Face jacket similar to yours at Goodwill. It was $12.99, mens size small, but it was missing the inner liner. I would have loved to find it complete and probably not flipped it but given it to my brother.

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    1. At 12.99, I think there may have been some money to be made there. You sometimes can also take advantage of the GW discounts such as seniors, students and military. (Maybe you can go back and still find it-fingers crossed!)

      Like you, I hand out stuff to my family. On Easter Sunday, gave my father-in-law a very nice "J. Crew" flannel shirt. He had no idea about J. Crew, but he loved the shirt! HA!

      Thanks for writing in...Dude!

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  6. No coat sales for me (although I still have a black "not sure if it's actually leather" vest that came in a box lot at an auction that I've been meaning to post (with no real expectations on it). But I have bought a light hooded jacket on eBay as I wanted one that was very similar to the one I had that I wore until it was literally trash.

    In other news, I unfortunately missed the garage sale hunting this weekend, but I was very happy to see that they were going on. Will try to be out this Saturday AM and will hopefully find some nice North Face jackets and Beyblades, along with any other toys I'm looking for!

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    1. Sean-I hear ya. Nothing like a comfortable jacket, especially on those cold Saturday mornings out on the yard sale trail. I like to also keep a cap in my truck, because I sometimes get blinded by the low morning sun and can't see stuff as well. The brim is ridiculously long, but it works!

      The weather looks promising this Saturday for us, so here's hoping for a good morning...Thanks for checking in....Dude!

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    2. It was a good Saturday for me. A couple of inexpensive Lego hauls (which will provide a very nice profit) and two small Beyblades purchases. Some other assorted toy purchases, and I filled the back seat of my car quite nicely.

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  7. found one last spring $15- put it away till November- started the auction at $15 and got a BIN of $90 within a day! Always looking for North Face!

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    1. Holly- I love it. November is a good time to list a North Face. Great score-thanks for sharing....Dude!

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  8. i found a north face fleece for 10 at a yard sale a few weeks ago. I left it because i dont know how much they are worth. But considering the other "name brand" items i bought from that sale are counterfeit kind of glad I did.

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    1. Yeah, I agree, the pullover fleece stuff is not real big, even if it's North Face. Probably a good thing you passed on it.

      Thanks for checking in....Dude!

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  9. At a Florida GW I found this old, but "New with a tag" trench coat. It had a tag from New York City-had to be from the 60's or 70's maybe? I picked it up for $4.99, not knowing a thing about clothes, but went with my gut. I thought someone could wear it if they wanted to look like Sherlock Holmes for Halloween. I sold it within a day to a guy in Canada for $100 who loved it. Always go with your gut feeling!

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    1. It's rare to find vintage clothing with the tag still attached. When you do, it's "Game on" ...right? Great example of what keeps folks like us going back to the thrift shops-love it!

      Thanks for sharing the excellent flip story....Dude!

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  10. Sold a Canada Goose Calgary Down Jacket for over $300 (w/ shipping) just after Christmas. It was picked up at the GW for about $10. Also, a few years back, I picked up a Military Air Crew Jacket from the Salvation Army during a sale for only $2. Sold it for over $383!! Yup, I always look through the coats and jackets.

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    1. Yowza! $300 dollars? That is awesome! Now I am going to have to add the Goodwill coat rack to my "must-look" list when I am in the store. (And I was trying to find ways to save time when I am in there. Oh well!)

      Digging that Air Crew Jacket too. I see a lot of army fatigue/camo jackets and usually ignore them. Maybe, I should be more open minded?

      Thanks for sharing the awesome coat stories....Dude!

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    2. Keep in mind that with camo, your potential buyers include the paintball folks. And there are plenty of them. That said, I've never actually sold camo jackets, so I don't know. But if you find one low priced enough, might be worth an experiment.

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  11. I picked up a down NF jacket at Goodwill and got home and realized the zipper was broken. Not worried because North Face has an excellent (FREE) warranty department. :)

    Suzy

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    1. Suzy - Excellent point... and nice score on the NorthFace coat. Dude!

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    2. Thanks. Hope everyone can use that tip. Most high end jacket companies have great warranty departments. You do have to wash the jacket before you mail them in.

      Suzy

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  13. One Question for you, Do you need to wash the coat or any type of clothing found from Garage sale or GW before you resell them?

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    1. Vicky-I rarely wash them. However, if I spot a stain, I'll use an stain stick and toss it in the washer....Dude!.

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