As a savvy shopper, I rarely buy anything at retail. I’m also not a ‘trendy’ person, so I buy things that will last for years – in terms of style and construction. Add those two together, and there are some excellent deals to be found at Ebay, Etsy, and second-hand stores. Today let’s focus on Ebay. Here are some of my recent finds:
Brooks Brothers Shetland Wool Sweater – I’ve been looking for one in ‘Air Force Blue’ for a while…jackpot.
Murray’s Toggery Shop Heavy Chino Shirt – Great for late-Fall.
Brooks Brothers 3/4 Length Winter Coat – this is perfect for work travel up North in the Fall/Winter months.
The best part – Loro Piana wool.
Each of these cost me well under $20 each shipped. It actually cost me more to have a pocket on the coat repaired ($22) than the coat itself. How did I get such a good deal? – They are all off-season. For all the Ebay-ers out there, now is the time to look for cold-weather gear. Even though cold weather is the farthest thing from your mind, there are some steals to be found. I got a mint condition Barbour Beaufort last summer for under $100. Here is another example of that, and a few others along with their price at the time of posting:
Harris Tweed Jacket – $9.99
Red Wing Pecos 1155s – BIN @ $79.99. The best boots I have ever owned at less than half of retail.
LL Bean Original Norwegian Sweater – BIN @ $33.58
Buying on Ebay is not for everyone – I’m the first to admit it. For those that are good with it, here are a few pre-buy and post-buy tips:
Don’t buy anything without good pictures.
Make sure the seller is reputable – check the feedback.
Always check the measurements – if they aren’t there, ask for them.
Make sure every question that you have is answered. Fit/condition/history/etc. Spend your money well.
Always wash, clean, condition whatever you buy. This should go without saying.
Fix what needs fixing. Replacing buttons, shoelaces, or a polish makes a huge difference.
Find a good tailor. You should have one anyway.
Good? No good? What are some of your greatest finds?