I’m always stressing the importance of expanding your brand knowledge. If you just can’t seem to find anything at the thrift stores or if you’re eBay sales have slowed, then one of the best ways to break out of this rut and increase your sales is by expanding and widening your search during your treasure-hunts.
A few weeks ago I shared one of my favorite brands of dress shoes to look and it was great to hear that many of you have found and sold your own pair since then!
One that note, I want to share another valuable thrift store item that you should definitely be on the lookout for. They’re worth a lot of money, but – and this should come as no surprise – you need to put in some work to find them. Luckily, we thrifters are no stranger to that
It’s All Because of Running
Running has become somewhat of an obsession of mine for over a year now. And if you’ve been following this blog then you know that I ran my very 1st Marathon in December 2013 (the Honolulu Marathon), I’m even more obsessed with running shoes than I am with basketball shoes (my running brand of choice is Skechers, which I find interesting since I always assumed it would be Nike or Asics), and I got into the habit of running 2-3 miles, 6 times a week (resting on Sundays).
So what that this have to do with finding a $100 Nike T-Shirt at the thrift stores? A lot, actually.
You see, before Nike became the brand that Michael Jordan (and other elite athletes) have built, it was primarily a running and track & field company. That was their primary focus. It seems strange to think of that way because Nike has been an athlete-driven company (as oppose to a sport-driven company) for as long as I can remember.
These shirts are a reminder of that long-forgotten time in the company’s history so if you’re lucky enough to find a shirt from this pre-Air Jordan era than it could potentially be worth a lot of money eBay.
A Word of Warning
So why the heck did this plain looking shirt sell for a $100 recently?!
That’s a great question.
But before I share with you how to spot these valuable t-shirts, I think it’s worth mentioning this important point one last time: it’s not going to be easy!
It’s not that they super-duper rare or anything (I actually found several of these vintage t-shirts already), it’s because it’s going to take a lot of time and effort to peruse through a rack of shirts.
By comparison, looking through jackets and shoes is a walk in the park because they’re typically spaced out enough that you can just “eyeball” it and still manage to spot a find or two.
But t-shirts, on the other hand, are a different story. They’re packed together so tightly that you’re almost required to (painfully) look through each individual one if you want to find one of these items.
I’m just letting you know ahead of time that it might take some effort. But on the bright side, if you’re willing to put in the work then you also stand to reap the benefits!
Tag Your It!
The key to finding to finding these vintage T-shirts is the dark blue size tag that Nike used on all their items during this era (hence the name “Nike Blue Tag Shirts”). Here’s a close-up of what they look like:
And here’s are several auctions that recently ended:
Runners and track & field athletes go crazy over these shirts and they’re worth a lot of money (depending on the condition and graphics on the shirt). Nike even used these blue labels on several Air Jordan gear before he became a brand himself, and those are worth some good money on the resale market as well.
Here’s a recent shirt that sold for $300!
So what’s the secret to finding these?
Well, it’s the “secret” to success in just about any endeavor: hard-work and perseverance. If you’re willing to put in the time to look through the t-shirts at your local thrift store then you may just be rewarded with a $100 sale on eBay. I hope you’re up for it!
Good luck and please let me know if you come across any of these shirts at your local thrift stores - I’d love to hear about it!