On the Topic Of Shirts

Yeah, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted any thoughts and ramblings here… I’ve been busy: between looking for a proper job, selling stuff on Ebay, and training for stupid-long endurance stuff; life has been full.

Tonight, I’m going to discuss shirts: dress shirts, sport shirts, athletic shirts, women’s shirts, cycling jerseys, etc…

After ties, shirts are my favorite go to items for making a few quick bucks on Ebay. Knowing the makers to look for, and then finding them in the sea of shirts by lesser makers can help turn a profit in a hurry.

For dress and sport shirts, look for shirts that retail for north of $150 and are in excellent condition. People that wear these kinds of shirts aren’t as willing to spend money on used clothing as outdoorsy people (I’ve occasionally sold used cycling jerseys for 70-80% of retail!). You’ll be hard-pressed to get more than $40 for a shirt unless it’s incredibly high-end and like-new (Kiton, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, etc…) or made by Robert Graham. For whatever reason, RG shirts are insanely popular, and tend to do pretty well on Ebay (I average about $70 per shirt, one sold for $110!).

Ermenegildo Zegna shirts do reasonably well, as do shirts by Orvis and Filson (two high-end outdoors sportswear (towards the fly fishing end of the spectrum) makers), Luciano Barbera and Salvatore Ferragamo. In fact, I have a Luciano Barbera shirt sitting next to me that is destined for greatness on Ebay. It’s a really cool shirt made of 100% linen. Barbera is a high-end boutique manufacturer based in Milan, Italy. This shirt apparently retails for about $400! Given that I paid $6 for it this afternoon, I hope to turn that into some coin quick. ‘Tis the season to wear linen shirts!

A quick survey of my Ebay store returns 20 results for men’s shirts (and one womens shirt by Thomas Pink): Orvis, Hickey Freeman, Canali, Banana Republic, Thomas Pink, Hookano, Etro, Ermenegildo Zegna, John Varvatos, Pendleton (I forgot about these, these might as well be gold on the shirt rack if they are free of moth damage!), Robert Graham, R&G (a diffusion line by Robert Graham), Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry London, Paradise Found, and Reyn Spooner (Hawaiian shirts deserve their own blog entry…).

Of course, bike jerseys do well too. I recently sold a team jersey from the Jelly Belly/Sport Beans pro cycling team for $40 for which I paid $2! That’s profit…

Anyways, I’ll try to post more often.


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