My first real eBay purchase and it is the most perfect vintage Coach backpack!
I have browsed eBay here and there but never found something that I wanted to bid on, I should rephrase that, I have found plenty of furniture on eBay that I would have purchased immediately but were always listings no where near Texas, so this vintage Coach backpack became my first and I am so glad it did. In perfect condition and the right size for everyday use, I really lucked out. I ended up getting this beauty for about $50, which some thrifters may say is a little high. It’s rare though to come upon a coach bag at say a Goodwill, Salvation Army or local thrift shop, let alone one that is in good condition and under $100. So finding one on eBay for this price when majority of vintage coach bags also go for $60-$100 on most reselling platforms, was some what of a steal/good deal.
To help you all (if you need it) find that vintage piece you’ve been longing for, here are some places to look and some tips to keep in mind while hunting.
1. Still browse at those Goodwill’s and local thrift stores. Most of the time these higher equality pieces will be displayed and locked up in a case. Don’t let that scare you, still ask to check the price, you may be pleasantly surprised.
2. Get online and endlessly search on eBay, Poshmark, Etsy and any online reselling platforms you like to shop on.
3. Like and save items that you may want to come back to and look over.
4. If you have found something you like, search for damage. Is it just too horrible to even consider purchasing or is the wear and tear very middle and is just a flaw that shows a little age? You be the judge.
5. Ask the seller questions. Don’t feel like a nag, most sellers will comply and are willing to work with you to make a good sale. I usually ask questions when measurements aren’t given or there is very vague descriptions.
6. After finding the style and color combo I am wanting, I check for other listings with that same piece. I always want to make sure there isn’t a better deal out there before making a commitment.
7. Bid and offer. This can be a process that is either successful or not, it all depends on your bidding skills and if your seller is willing to let go of their item at a lower price. eBay is somewhat fun to bid on even if it’s successful or not. I know I got a little high (that sounds horrible) out bidding other buyers on this vintage Coach backpack. Finding this beauty an hour before closing, I put in an offer higher than the last and just sat and watched. Of course 5 to 10 minutes before closing, bidders started to roll in and the price started to rise, but with only seconds left I put in an offer that ended up out bidding and winning. It was probably a move most “ebayers” would be cursing at (sorry) but it worked.
8. Patience. If you aren’t finding the “one” at a great price point and in good condition, don’t give up. Before I found this vintage backpack I was on the hunt for a little white vintage Coach cross body. I found plenty on Poshmark, eBay and even Etsy but all over $100, a price that was a little more than what I wanted to pay. I searched and searched for that piece for a good price and with no luck for weeks I went on to hunt for a vintage backpack, which clearly I successfully got my hands on. Weeks later though I have found that little white vintage cross body. I searched yesterday and a listing popped up on Poshmark for 30 freaking dollars, I was completely shocked considering that same bag is going for $450 on another listing. It does look like it’s in pretty good condition and I am hoping when it arrives, I love it even more. A true story of “patience” working in my favor and how you sometimes have the right timing and luck.
So here’s to you and the beginning of your hunt!
Good luck and leave questions in the comments if you have any,
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