It all started a while back while I was in a great little thrift shop and I ran across a nice looking Red striped tie. I threw it in the cart thinking I’d wear it myself and paying no attention to brand name or anything else. I mean, it was only $.50.
When I got home, I put all of my merch into my typical processing funnel, and completely forgot to pull the tie out. Fast forward a few weeks later and I was sorting the clothing and valuing everything and I came back across the tie. So, just for shits and giggles I looked it up on eBay. Remember, I paid only $.50 for it, but when I looked it up on the good ole’ eBay, the thing was selling for $67.50!
Surely it was a fluke… I just got lucky, right? Well, yes… but rather than let it be just a one time thing, I took to the interwebs and put together a quick study on what to look for when buying ties. And with profit margins like that, you can bet your ass that I’ve added neck ties to my buying repertoire!
What to Look For When Buying A Tie
Size – Most trendy ties are going to be in the 3″ range in width. Some a little less, some a little more. I’d steer clear of anything that’s any more than about 4″ wide at the largest point… This isn’t the 60’s, ya know. Most ties should be between 52″ – 60″ in length unless it’s an extra long tie. XL ties are made for people over 6’1″ tall, so it limits your market a little, but they’re still worth picking up. Big people need ties too… haha.
Patterns and Solids – Keep an eye out for high tech colors and attractive patterns. You can go anywhere from classic repp stripe material to a solid Red, as long as it’s attractive and doesn’t look like a baby barfed on it.
Material – You can almost never go wrong with 100% silk, so long as it’s by a reputable brand, which we’ll get to next..
Expensive Tie Brands
- Carlo Franco
- Sam Hober
- Brooks Brothers
Just to name a few. That is by no means a complete, end all, be all, list though. Do some research on eBay and find the brands that are selling the hottest and keep a little list on your phone. 🙂
Best Way To Sell a Neck Tie
In my experience, and backed up by a quick peruse of eBay, it appears that the best way to sell a neck tie is to do it in bulk lots. Some of the lots of neck ties are bringing in beaucoup bucks! There are auctions ending in the $1000 range for lots of ~50 ties. That’s a pretty good ROI if you’re getting them at a buck or two each! I might recommend doing smaller lots than 50, maybe in the 20 ties range.. but either way, you seem to get a little better money when you sell them in lots. Plus, it gives you a way to pad your “loser” ties in with the huge winners so you can get rid of all of your inventory and not have a bunch of furry kitten ties laying around when the dust settles… You shouldn’t be buying furry kitten ties anyway..
So, go on, go out and buy some ties and make some cash! Comment below and let me know what brands I missed!
Comment Question Of The Day
What’s your favorite brand of tie?