Day #4 of my clothing series and the #YourTurnChallenge. I’m beginning to regret this because of the stuff going on this week. If I keep going down this road, I’ll break my no whining policy on the blog.
I’m going stick with it. Just be prepared for my quality to take a hit – this is quantity over quality week at Flipping a Dollar! Here are links to the previous posts in the series so far: #1, #2, and #3.
With post #4 in this series, we’re going to discuss an American classic brand, L.L. Bean.
L.L. Bean is a northeast American company started by Leon Leonwood Bean (that poor kid overcame some name adversity) in 1912. It’s known for it’s rugged outdoor wear. This stuff is made to last.
For example, here’s an article about how the L.L. Bean factories can’t keep up with the demand on their duck boots.
Be wary though, you won’t want to go out and buy anything with the L.L Bean name on it.
It’s not all good!
For a change, we’ll start with what to avoid:
I made a mistake early on by grabbing a bunch of St. John’s Bay and L.L Bean flannels in a fill a bag sale. I still made a profit that day, but it was when I was just starting out with clothes and didn’t know any better. Now, I’d be able to parse through them a lot quicker without the lesson of low profits!
There’s just not a lot of profit in them. I might get them if I could get ~5 in a lot for really cheap.
Heavy/fleece lined flannels will sell for $30+. Pick those up!
I sold a ladies shirt for $20. I don’t think I paid more than $1 for it from a garage sale, but again, it’s not in my target margin area. Again, it might be worth your while if you could get a lot of 3 or 4 workout shirts to lot together.
L.L. Bean – The items to look for
I already talked about how the new duck boots are backlogged, but this provides a market opportunity for eBay resellers. Some college student can settle for a used pair to fit in with the hip crowd. I won’t lose sleep over helping someone be cool!
These vintage boots sell for $40 plus S/H on a regular basis. Just make sure to check the sole and interior for any signs of major wear.
100% Wool Sweaters
I will sell these all day. Assuming they’re in good condition, they’re basically a $30 sweater at a minimum.
This is a sweater I currently have listed for $39.99 and will accept a B/O automatically at $35 (3 watchers after having listed it this week). I bought it for $2.50!
I think I’m beginning to repeat myself here with each post, but this Aztec pattern sweater sold for $40! We all know that I love my Aztec sweaters!
Big and Tall Sizes
Anything above an XL will sell at a premium. This fleece wasn’t only XXL, it was also Tall! The bigger the better! Plus it was made in the USA! Win-win-win!
So, there you have it. I try to stick to the vintage L.L Bean items as a really lose rule of thumb, and I find the brand more in the sweater section.
As warmer weather is around the corner, you may be able to grab some great sales on the winter stuff at your local thrift stores! Take advantage of it if you can.
When listing L.L. Bean, I don’t include the “.” after either L unless I don’t have any extra keywords. It just looks like LL Bean. This gives me 2 additional characters in my listing, and the eBay search algorithm (mostly) ignores the periods anyways. If you try it out and search for both, you’ll find a few thousand more results when the periods are included, but when you’re looking at ~30,000 results, the few thousand probably doesn’t really matter.
Tomorrow we’ll have post #5 in my 7 day clothing series. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!