Italian Dress eBay Research Green Ladies

Research Your Item – eBay Process

Dollar Flipper Ask the Reader, Clothing, Process

I kind of have an ulterior motive here. I have no idea what to do with this dress, so I need your help with the research. I think I could list it for $29.99 and sell it, but on the off chance it’s unique, I don’t want to waste the opportunity! So I figured that I could use this time to go over my whole eBay process, and you can see if any of this helps with a final sale!

Here’s an overview of my eBay process:

  1. Purchase item
  2. Research/Prep Item
  3. Measure, Photograph, and Store item
  4. Clean up Photos/List Item (Sometimes this is broken into two parts depending on the number of photographs)
  5. Pack/Ship Sold item

The process people will be aghast with that many “touch points” for one item. The worst part is that there’s a chance that I move it around a few more times in between 1 and 2. Maybe there should be a “Put bag full of items on spot A, move to spot B, bring 3 bags into the house, don’t touch for a week, and then finally move to #2” in between?

Either way, this process works well enough for me.

I like the fact that in combination with Beeminder, which keeps me churning through items, I get to do varied things. I’m sure that I could be more efficient sometimes. This process lets me break the steps up into blocks and work on similar tasks (research a bunch of items all at once). I am basically the slowest moving assembly line ever. I do all the steps above in chunks over different days. Sometimes, I’ll be photographing for 3 days in a row, but then that lets me list for 3 days in a row.

I found that all 5 of these steps can be bottlenecks. I tell myself that step 1, purchasing inventory, could be a bottleneck we all know that it’s not true.

For this series, I’m stuck on step #2. I bought a dress for a $1 at some garage sale, and I have no idea what to do about it. I’ve posted on a few forums for help and haven’t gotten any. I figured that my readers might be able to help!

Italian Dress eBay Research Green Ladies

I’ll take better photos when I list it!

Research Questions that I’m hoping to Answer

I have a bunch of questions about this dress, and they’re all in the captions below the following pictures.

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Are the numbers dates? They seem like they are a little old for something made in the 70s/80s.


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What is the random “e” and “a” doing?

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These girls remind me of Bond girls. Any idea on who they can be? La “Fatalisima” – Female serial killers?

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What is with all the sayings? I think this is in Italian, but I can’t be sure. I’ve googled all of the sayings individually and haven’t come up with anything.

Edit: I forgot to add the tag! Here it is. 🙂

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Tag may be important to add…



And that’s where I’m at. As I said above, I think I can get $29.99 pretty easily for this dress.

When I first bought the dress, I thought it was homemade. After I paid attention to the tag, I realized I was wrong with that assumption. The town is in Hong Kong. In general, that dates it as 80s-90s, but it definitely has a 70s feel to it.

This area of Hong Kong (Granville Road in Tsim Shat Sui) is known for its fashion. There’s the off chance that a legitimate designer made this dress. On that alone, I’d rather wait before listing. Most likely, it’s not worth a lot but I’d still like to know what I had in my hands.

I’d love it if you could help me out here and try to help me figure out where this dress came from! Once we have a better idea, I’ll document the rest of my process with this item!