Sometimes, you find a place that is a treasure trove of items. There’s a barn by me that has sales throughout the nicer weather months. It’s only open on Saturday’s, and per the owner, “it’s too much hassle and not worth the time to be open any other day”. I like this lady, and I like the clogs I found in a random pile.
When I go to this barn, I feel a bit overwhelmed. There are just so many cool things to buy here. I want to buy every single thing, but then again, I don’t want to have a barn myself!
The owner buys most of her things at auctions. She said that she keeps the cool things she’s interested in and stuffs the barn otherwise. I can’t believe how much she has and how I can find a little nugget every time I visit. The prices are reasonable too.
You can imagine walking into a dark, dusty barn and seeing these shoes pop out at you. I had to check them out!
The color of the clogs and the plaid insert are what piqued my interest. As I inspected the shoes further, I realized that they weren’t just ornamental. They had the size (8.5) stamped on the bottom, a brand name (Jollys), were made of a yellow rubber/plastic, and were marked “Made in West Germany”. This last detail was helpful for describing the clogs.
Made in West Germany
Seeing a Made in West Germany mark on an item helps you date it. The Berlin Wall came down in 1990, so your item is vintage just by having this mark. Anyone arguing that the 80’s or 90’s isn’t vintage needs to realize that 30 years ago is vintage! 😛
East Germany was a country between 1949 and 1990. The courts decided in 1973 that there was a required distinction between East and West Germany. By seeing “Made in W. Germany”, you can date your item between the 50’s through the 80’s, with it most likely being part of the later decades.
Clogs – Flip Details
- Purchase price – $3.00
- End Selling Price – $49.99
- Fees and Shipping/Handling – $10.70 (3.60 eBay + 1.75 PayPal + 5.35 S/H)
Total Profit: $36.29
There were three things I love about this flip.
- The clogs sold within a month. I listed them in September, and they sold in early October. There’s a 90% chance that these were part of a Halloween costume.
- The clogs fit in a Padded Flat Rate Mailer. I didn’t have to pay for the shipping container, and I could just drop it in a blue box. Easy peasy.
- The profit was nice. In researching this post, I found a sold listing for an identical pair of clogs on Etsy. I don’t know what I did differently (other than list them higher), but these clogs only sold for $8 plus S/H. Let’s just assume $20 total, and I still knocked my sale out of the park! $30 extra on a sale is huge. To find the sold price on an Etsy item, I use this search on FlipperTools.com.
So there you have it. These clogs were a cinch, and the vintage items are always popular during the months and weeks before Halloween. If you see something that could be part of a costume, definitely pick it up. There are a lot of people who want to wear authentic items, and I don’t mind helping them out.
Have you sold vintage shoes?