Today is going to be a serious topic. Seriously hysterical – vintage men’s underwear. Get comfortable with it now, because we’re going to get down and dirty (gross), and I’ll try not to be too brief.
First and foremost – I’m not talking about used underwear. That’s a whole ‘nother topic that I’m not going to get into. eBay does have an “adult” side, but let’s leave that for another day. Far in the future. Really far.
Look for the deals under there. Underwear?
I did find a few listings that sold huge lots of men’s underwear that were worn (used, but laundered) that specifically called out that they were thrift store finds, but that’s not for me. Best part is that she listed them as “New with defects”! All the power to anyone who’s willing to dig around in the used underwear at the thrift store, but that’s where I draw the line!
So, the reason I brought this up is that I’d known for a while that vintage men’s underwear can be worth a ton. I’d sold some long underwear that were new in the package for $30 before (and that was just the shirt). When I was at a garage sale and found some vintage ladies’ underwear still in the package, I thought I hit the jackpot!
Turns out that women don’t seem to be into the old underwear like the guys are. These are only listed for $22.99 and have been listed for a month or so with no watchers. I’m OK with this because I got a TON of inventory from the lady who sold me these. I got a lot of other things all for $75 at her garage sale. Thinking back, I’m sure that she thought I was a weirdo buying vintage ladies’ underwear. Eh, I’ll probably never see her again! … RIGHT?
It turns out I wasn’t right. I’ve actually been at this specific garage sale 3 times! First time was last year, and then twice this year. She had boxes and boxes of clothes. And the icing on the cake? Her family got seated at the table next to us at a restaurant shortly after. She most likely was making fun of me in Vietnamese. Eh, I’ll probably never see her again! (Déjà vu?)
But really, what is up with guys loving old underwear? My generation hasn’t even worn briefs since the 90s. Underwear from the 70’s and 80’s can bring in some serious dough. Running shorts and swimming trunks didn’t have any of the mesh support. Instead, the users would buy one of these bad boys.
What types of Vintage Men’s Underwear to Look for?
First, I was going to include “style” but really there are only three that seem to be popular: briefs, thongs, and jock straps. Once again, I really hope that no one is trying to eat breakfast while reading this.
Country of Manufacture
Like most older clothing, your first thing to look for (other than a date on the package – LOL package) is the country it was manufactured. Underwear made in the USA is the oldest, but after that Taiwan and Hong Kong would bring you into the 90s and still have re-sale value. If it says Made in China, it’s probably not worth it.
If it’s older, then you can buy them for $1 without breaking a sweat. I knew my ladies’ underwear would sell eventually, and the best part is that you can just throw them in a poly bag. I might ship an expensive pair Priority just for the extra insurance coverage, but still not too shabby!
If you don’t feel like looking at the completed listings on eBay for vintage men’s underwear (do I really need to see that many zoomed in crotch shots?), here’s the brands that you’re going to want to keep an eye out for:
- Bike (Jock Strap)
- Fruit of the Loom (Golden Waistband sell for more)
- Really, anything from the mid 90’s and earlier that’s still in the package – one pack of 7 from 1995 sold for $75.
After all of this, I began to think about what I wear. I get mine at Target, and they’re about $20-25. That’s ~$5 a pair. So are these guys buying a 7 pack for $75 that crazy?
Maybe the tighty whities make them look really, really good?
Have you sold underwear on eBay? Was it new or used?
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P.S. I’m into my last week of the #NoNoiseNovember Challenge. Almost there! The long car ride will be a good test!