Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter sale on Uggs, Under Armour & The North Face gear !

You don't have to watch the Weather Channel to know it's been freezing in many parts of the country. While my local area hasn't been buried in snow like Boston, it's still been pretty bad with temperatures hovering at zero and repeated snowfalls causing messy driving conditions. This Artic weather hasn't slowed down me or my fellow thrift store shoppers though. A few days ago, I decided to brave the deep freeze and head down to the local Goodwill Store. With the brutally cold weather, I foolishly thought shoppers would stay home, leaving me to have the whole store to myself. Not a chance! In fact, I've never seen the store more packed with shoppers! Naturally my first thought was, "What is wrong with these people?" But that's like the pot calling the kettle black. After all, I was there too. So I guess not even Artic temperatures can slow down thrift store shoppers. This cold weather isn't slowing down my eBay sales either. Over the past month, I've been making some nice bucks selling winter season items. Here's a few samples of my cold weather flips...

The North Face Steep Tech
Obviously, the most essential clothing item a person needs in the cold weather is a coat. In keeping with that, check out this awesome North Face coat I picked up at the Goodwill store. I bought the coat back in September and stored it away until winter rolled around. This isn't just your average North Face. This North Face is called "Steep Tech" and is designed for those hardy, winter outdoorsy types. They're heavily insulated and have lots of zippered pockets to hold your gear when hiking, skiing and I guess, climbing Mount Everest? You pay dearly for all those extras too. Brand new, Steep Tech coats sell for as much as $350 dollars! Fortunately, my Steep Tech coat was a little less money...just ten bucks! I posted the coat right after the holidays. It was an ideal time, as the weather was really starting to turn cold. As I've pointed out in past blogs, selling anything with the North Face logo on it is pretty much guaranteed money. My North Face Steep Tech proved this once again, selling for $75 dollars! A sweet profit that gave me a nice warm feeling inside!


Equal to North Face in selling power and popularity is Under Armour. These two companies market to a slightly different buyer. North Face is associated with the outdoorsy type, while Under Armour is marketed towards the athlete and the wannabe jocks. Although each company has a different type of buyer, both share one thing in common-they sell like gangbusters! I recently scored this great looking Under Armour "Coldgear" pullover jacket at Goodwill, paying only four bucks. (If it had been my size, I think I would have kept it for myself.) Just like the name implies, Coldgear is for cold weather wear. It's designed to retain body heat, while at the same time, vent away perspiration. Does it work? Beats me, but I know one thing for sure; buyers love the stuff! That, combined with listing it during winter, told me I had another easy sale on my hands. Sure enough, the cold weather pullover sold for $28 dollars!


Missing a button but who cares?
Lastly, you need nice, warm fuzzy boots before going out into the cold weather, right? If you're going to be in style, you just know they have to be Uggs. Here's a pair of Uggs I stumbled across at Goodwill. They were marked at the low, low price of only eight dollars. Like the North Face coat, I found these boots months earlier, but patiently waited for Old Man Winter to blow in before selling them. I really lucked into these boots. I am not exactly searching for Uggs in the thrift store. Most of the time, I am over in the Men's section, so I don't see much in the way of women's stuff. But as I was zipping through the men's shirts, I happened to look up at a shoe shelf above the racks. Mixed in with crummy sneakers and old slippers were a pair of Uggs! Lucky for me, the weird turquoise color and fur lining caught my eye. I picked them up and immediately looked on the back heel for the little Uggs tag. I was fully expecting them to be a cheap knock-off, but to my surprise, they were the real deal! The right boot was missing a wood button, but other then that, these boots were in great shape. Bidders seemed to like them too. The Aqua Uggs ended up selling for $47 dollars! Almost fifty big ones for boots mixed in with the smelly old shoes and sneakers-another amazing Goodwill find!

So that's how I roll this time of year. Ugg Boots, North Face coats and Under Armour jackets...give the people what they want and they will reward you! How's your winter sales going? Share some of your cold weather flips in the comment section below....  




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8 comments:

  1. Great flips!! My GW would take those brands and put them in their boutique area marked way up. I have been able to find some of those brands (Under Armour and Northface) at my Salvation Army store for reasonable prices and been able to make a tidy profit, though :)

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! I was checking out your website, you're doing great too! I see plush Barneys a lot, may have to think about flipping a few.

      In my area I have many more Goodwill, then Salvation Army stores. So GW is my go-to......Dude!

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  2. Unfortunately the few times I've found North Face it was in my girlfriend's size so she took it before I could sell it, ha. I guess it saved me money that I'd have spent buying her one at retail.

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    1. Trey- I hear you. My daughter has confiscated a few of my finds too! I tell her she's cutting into my profits-Ha! I shouldn't talk though, I've come home with some nice stuff and when I realized it was my size, I keep it. Got a great looking Under Armour black jacket that way. I get a lot of compliments on it. People think I have style when I really just have a good thrift store sense - lol!

      Thanks for checking in...Dude!

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  3. i found a pair of slightly beat up leather and suede uggs in my little gem of a thrift store. they were 10 bucks but got em 20 % off. totally underpriced them at 25 bucks on one of the Facebook yard sale sites. 10 people inline to buy em. I'm stilllllll kicking myself. I know they are worth more. You yourself have posted in the past about selling beat up uggs for good money. Ah well, lesson learned.

    dana

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    1. Dana - Uggs are always popping up in my local FB yard sale group. But it seems like the seller always lists them high. Bummer! If you come across another pair, I would definitely sell them using eBay rather then FB. More people will see them, which means more bids!

      Thanks for writing in and sharing your Uggs story ...Dude!

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  4. I have yet to find Uggs or North Face at my thrifts. They must be snatched up before I get there! LOL

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    1. Margaret - It's always the ones that got away, right? But just like everything else in the thrift sore or a yard sale, just have to be in the right place at the right time. Hope you find a few...thanks for writing in...Dude!

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