4. DALE OF NORWAY
Most Common Types of Clothing: Cardigans and pull-over sweaters
What to Look For: Look for wool knit
Christmas-y type patterns. The brighter the colors, the more the sweater is
typically worth. Women’s sweaters are much more common, which means they’re
worth much less. We find a couple women’s sweaters a month, but have only found
a handful of men’s sweaters in years of thrifting. The men’s sweaters sold
almost instantly for over $100 apiece, so we won’t complain too much. But I
sure wouldn’t mind more of them!
The only places we’ve managed to find Dale of Norway pieces are estate sales and thrift stores. Be very aware of flaws, as wool tends to have moth/wear holes which are hard to see. Also be on the lookout for sweaters from Fjallraven, Oleana, and Skjaeveland. L.L. Bean also has a line of sweaters made in Norway which are valuable for resale. Finding out if a sweater is Norwegian wool is simple, as it is a high-end product and is always marked either near the brand tag or materials tag.
The Current Market Outlook: Brands like Dale of Norway can weather any market. They’ve been around for so long and have made a reputation built on quality items, that many people will still pay top dollar for their sweaters – even old ones. While the market has dropped off a little bit for old cardigans, anything that is brightly colored, unusual, or current still sells very well. Most pieces that you find will be vintage and worth around $40.
Resale Value: Medium-High
5. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Most Common Types of Clothing: Dresses, business casual wear
What to Look For: Diane Von Furstenberg is best known for its iconic wrap dress, but creates clothing ranging from business casual, to trendy party dresses, to $1,000 coats and gowns. Their items can really only be found by checking tags, as the style is not easily discernible from dozens of others you’ll find. Dresses usually sell for $100+, but this is heavily influenced by current styles and simply how cute the dress is. Tops generally fall in the $20-40 range in good, pre-owned condition.
The Current Market Outlook: If something is basic and in plentiful supply, you can bet that it isn’t worth much. So, be on the lookout for eye-catching pieces. Diane von Furstenberg pieces in bright colors, good fabrics (such as silk), and more expensive pieces like trench coats and full dresses still do well in the market.
Resale Value: Medium
Most Common Types of Clothing: Leather goods (mostly jackets, but also look for pants, skirts, vests, etc.)
What to Look For: Wilson’s Leather Jackets are probably the most common brand of leather jackets we find at thrift stores. The majority of them are similar, ill-fitting jackets from the early 90’s and have very little resale value. The notable exceptions are jackets of unusual colors or design, and jackets with a history. Fringe, beads, embroidery, and feminine colors all make for winning finds.
The Current Market Outlook: The market will never be saturated with high quality, unusual products. Leave the traditional, boring leather jackets on the rack (since they’re typically overpriced anyway), and keep your eyes open for the gems. When you find something unusual, price it high and content yourself knowing that the right buyer will come along eventually. We just sold a purple Wilson’s jacket for $200 (we paid 6), but it took over a year.
Resale Value: Medium-High
7. RISING INTERNATIONAL
Most Common Types of Clothing: Jackets, purses, dresses, tops
What to Look For: You know the style: purses and jackets that look like they’ve been stitched together by a hippie out of colorful rags. Look for hoodies, jackets, dresses, and bags – the more colorful and distressed the better. Also, 3D embellishments (such as flowers) add value.
The Current Market Outlook: Despite what many low-ballers seem to think, the market for Rising International remains excellent. People routinely price jackets and sweaters under $20, but if you take good pictures and price at $30-$35, as we do, buyers always seem to come. Because every piece is so different, if somebody wants your specific pattern and style, they are willing to pay to get it.
Resale Value: Low-Medium
Most Common Types of Clothing: Full-line of women’s wear with a focus on higher fashion
What to Look For: Keep an eye out for the brand tag that says “Moschino” on it. I wish I could be more helpful here, but the only time we’ve found anything of this brand, it’s because we’ve been checking all the brands on a rack. Pieces are so varied, it’s hard to nail down a style to look for. As far as brand names go, there are three main lines made by Moschino that you could possibly find:
- Moschino – This is the main line of both men’s and women’s clothing. It is the most exclusive and difficult to find.
- Moschino Cheap and Chic – This is a secondary women’s line. It is typically more ready-to-wear fashion at a more accessible price. Post-2014, this line changed to the name Moschino Boutique.
- Love Moschino – This is the diffusion line that makes both men’s and women’s clothes. It is the least valuable line and one that you’ll want to do research on before buying. From 1986-2008 this line was known as Moschino Jeans.
The Current Market Outlook: Moschino items are very difficult to find, and so hold their value very well. We only find a piece every month or two, but when we do, we price it high and wait for the right buyer to come along. Because the items are unusual and are kind of rare at thrift stores, it is unlikely that Moschino will disappear from any What To Sell on eBay lists any time soon. However, the lower-end the line, the less value it holds.
Resale Value: High
Most Common Types of Clothing: Button-downs, jackets, blazers
What to Look For: Everyday vintage Pendleton wear is not of much worth to the everyday reseller. The real money is in Western Wear, colorful sweaters, plaid shirts, and jackets. Keep an eye out for Aztec and Southwestern prints in bright colors. Also, we’ve only ever found them at thrift stores, but Pendleton wool blankets (particularly limited edition runs) can be found at estate sales and antique malls. We don’t bother picking up dated (1980’s-esque) blazers or jackets.
The Current Market Outlook: It used to be that anything with the name Pendleton on it could sell well on eBay. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Pieces that are drab in color and/or are totally out of style are very, very difficult to sell. However, the price for brightly colored and patterned pieces has actually gone up due to the increased brand awareness. Highly desirable period pieces are hard to find, but if you intentionally source for them at antique malls, estate sales, and online, you will find them.
Resale Value: Medium
10. HARLEY DAVIDSON
Most Common Types of Clothing: Jackets, pants, shirts, vests
What to Look For: Vintage and leather. I’ve seen vintage Harley shirts with crass sayings on them go for over $300 on auction – the more offensive the better. If it’s old, someone wants it. If it’s leather, someone wants it whether it’s old or not. We’ve sold leather vests, pants, and jackets. The more valuable ones will have some sort of embroidery, a large logo, or other decoration.
The Current Market Outlook: Not only is Harley Davidson one of the best-known brands on this list, but it is also easily one of the best clothing brands to sell on eBay. Depending on the season, riding gear and lifestyle motorcycle gear is a very hot market. T-shirts don’t hold their value well unless they have great content or are vintage. Riding gear, boots, and other leather items hold their value very well. Its high-quality leather items are usually priced high at thrift stores, but we double or triple our money on leather riding jackets that we find on craigslist all the time. While tripling your money isn’t very exciting when you’re at the Goodwill Bins, when you’re talking about buying a jacket for $100 and selling it for $300, it gets a lot more interesting.
Resale Value: Medium
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