Hello! Before I get into today’s post, I wanted to update everyone on a recent development.
Straight out of the could-only-happen-in-the-digital-age files, the owner of a local consignment store contacted me over Instagram, asking if I’d be interested in taking pictures of items she wants to list on eBay. I thought this would be a great opportunity to hone my photography skills and to make a little extra cash, so I gladly accepted! I’ll be saving most of what I make to help pay for a trip to New Orleans for a friend’s wedding later this year. (Fun fact: We honeymooned in NOLA, so I’m thrilled to go back!) Anyway, all that Instagramming has not been a waste of time!
I photographed a whopping 80+ items this week, which has taken a lot of my blogging time. However, I think I’ve really streamlined the process, so I should be able to finish my next batch much more quickly.
Okay, so back to the BOLO!
Have you all ever heard of Madewell? Nashville just got a store late last year, but I’ve been finding Madewell pieces fairly often over the past year and a half. They don’t make a gigantic profit, but for me, they’ve been reliable sellers, and I make enough of a profit for Madewell to fall under my “always buy” list, provided whatever piece I’m considering is in good condition and is fairly current.
Madewell was founded during the Depression Era and lasted for several decades before closing down. J.Crew bought the company in 2006, and re-introduced it as a “a modern-day interpretation of an American denim label founded in 1937” (from Wikipedia). The whole story of Madewell and its acquisition is pretty interesting and rather sordid, if you have time to read about it–found here.
Among other things, Madewell carries lots of denim. A search for completed listings for “Madewell skinny jeans” shows prices from the mid-$20s all the way up over $80.
Like Anthropologie, Madewell carries several in-house labels, so not everything from the store has a tag that says “Madewell”. If you don’t know those labels, you’ll likely pass up items that could make you money! Below are a few of the most common Madewell labels.
Broadway & Broome
- Hi-Line tends to be on the cheaper side, so it generally doesn’t sell on eBay as well as the other labels. I would be careful about checking completed listings if you find a Hi-Line item.
Keep your eyes out for Madewell next time you’re thrifting!