As a savvy shopper, I rarely buy anything at full retail price. I’m also not a ‘trendy’ person, so I buy things that will last for years, focusing instead on style and construction. Add those two together, and there are some excellent online deals to be found on Ebay, Etsy, and at second-hand stores.
Want icing on the cake? Look for items that are out of season. Ebay remains the premier online marketplace for secondhand goods, although there are other sites that are nipping at it’s heels. Ebay doesn’t know any seasons, so take advantage. Here are a few finds that I’ve been watching, and the price when I pulled them for this post.
Ralph Lauren Wool Pheasant Packer Coat – this bad boy is only $119 or best offer. Seems like a great alternative to a heavy winter overcoat. Stay sporty, even in formal situations…
I absolutely love the Viyella wool/cotton tartans. What I’m not a huge fan of are the brown buttons. I’ll tell you what, $16 with free shipping works well for me. I’m happy to update the buttons myself on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
As #MrsRCS says: ‘cashmere makes everything better’. And a $12.50 buy-it-now price tag on this J. Kilburn grey v-neck sweater hammers home the point. Can you really have too much cashmere?
I’ve been killing it on the secondhand market (Ebay is a huge part), stocking up on hunting and fishing gear. This Orvis Trout Bum half zip fleece is a prime example of what our mailman is dropping off. This one is on the market for $8.87. Can’t beat that with a stick.
Red Wing boots are a must-have for any guy. Use them for a day working in the yard, hose them off, and polish them up for a date. These Pecos are on the market for $49.99 with zero bids and ten hours left (when I pulled it for the post). Talk about a great deal…
Buying on Ebay is not for everyone – I’m the first to admit it. For those that are good with it, here are a few pre-buy and post-buy tips:
Don’t buy anything without good pictures.
Make sure the seller is reputable – check the feedback.
Always check the measurements – if they aren’t there, ask for them.
Make sure every question that you have is answered. Fit/condition/history/etc. Spend your money well.
Always wash, clean, condition whatever you buy. This should go without saying.
Fix what needs fixing. Replacing buttons, shoelaces, or a polish makes a huge difference and ensures that you will enjoy your purchase.
Find a good tailor. You should have one anyway.
There you have it. What do you look for in the off season?