Vintage Jollys Women's Clogs Closed Heel size 39 8.5 W. Germany Synthetic Yellow

Vintage Jollys Women’s Yellow Clogs

Dollar Flipper Ebay Flip 10 Comments

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!

Vintage Jollys Women's Clogs Closed Heel size 39 8.5 W. Germany Synthetic Yellow

The clogs fit my wife perfectly! They’re obnoxious so we didn’t even think about keeping them.

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! ๐Ÿ˜›

East Germany was a countryย  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 โ€“ $3.00
  • End Selling Price โ€“ $49.99
  • Fees and Shipping/Handling โ€“ $10.70 (3.60 eBay + 1.75 PayPal + 5.35 S/H)

Total Profit:ย  $36.29

There were three things I love about this flip.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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?



Comments 10

  1. And Etsy’s requirement for categorizing an item as vintage is only 20 years old. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      You’re right! I didn’t know that they had a requirement. I think it’s funny that people forget that vintage changes.

      90’s is literally vintage! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. How did you pay such a low ebay fee?
    I am just starting to sell on Ebay and I feel like they charge 10% for the fees. What am I doing wrong?

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      You’re not doing anything wrong! That’s how it starts. There’s an economy of scale though. So, I’m a top rated seller (offer 1 day handling time and returns) and I have a premium store. Both of these provide discounts which get it down as low as it is. Just having TRS would bring your fees down to 9% though.

      Remember though, since I have a store I’m guaranteeing eBay some cash flow regardless of how much I list. I pay $70 a month for my store now, which doesn’t show up on individual sales but does show up in my monthly profit statements.

      As your store grows, these other options can make sense for you. Otherwise, you’ll just have to eat the 10% fees but understand that 10% is well worth the money you get on eBay vs. Craigslist!

  3. Wow, that’s an amazing flip. Good for you. And thanks for the lesson on vintage and West Germany. I had never thought all of that through. I didn’t realize you have a premium store. I have a Basic Store and am wondering if upgrading is a good idea because I only have limited storage space in my home that doesn’t have a basement. I really enjoy your posts!

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      Karen, make sure to do the numbers for you. eBay has a handy calculator which shows you the fees for each option. For me, it makes sense (not a huge difference) to stay with the premium store. For others, it might not!

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