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:
- Purchase item
- Research/Prep Item
- Measure, Photograph, and Store item
- Clean up Photos/List Item (Sometimes this is broken into two parts depending on the number of photographs)
- 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!
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.
Edit: I forgot to add the tag! Here it is. 🙂
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!