01/16/2019 at 6:52 pm #55290dlvintageParticipant
- Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Okay I thought this might be a fun thread! I never feel awkward about buying things..even though as a 20 something young woman, I will often get looks like “what the hell would you ever want that for???” Idk if it really has to do with my age or gender, but for some reason that’s what it feels like. Like they only expect a middle aged dude to be a picker!!! haha. Anyway, today I had my first awkward or embarrassing purchase…this one thrift store I go to is run by this 92 year old extremely religious and strict woman charlotte. She hated me for YEARS (again I’m pretty sure it was because of my age??) but I finally wore Charlotte down with loads of kindness and donations to her thrift store. Anyway, I showed up at the counter with this number today and she was absolutely horrified!!!! Asking me all kinds of questions about why I would want such a nasty thing!! I told her I was playing a prank on my husband and was gonna serve him coffee in it in the morning as a surprise. She didn’t think that was funny…..lol.
01/17/2019 at 8:11 am #55305JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
I think for male scavengers when they first start, its often embarrassing to buy women’s clothes and shoes. I still get a little embarrassed if I’m just buying one piece of women’s clothing…but then the business side kicks in and it doenst matter. Plus, I feel I would look good in a nice dress.
01/17/2019 at 9:49 am #55320InglewoodParticipant
The craziest stuff I’ve bought (and sold on eBay – still have a few items that I hope go by Valentine’s Day) is a bunch of wild lingerie and shoes.
I work in Niagara Falls, and since the town likes to still think it is the “Honeymoon Capital of the World”, there are a lot of adult themed stores. One of them was closing, and on the final day everything was 90% off. I thought I would go in and buy some stuff if it was cheap. I don’t usually do retail arbitrage, but this time I did. Bought a bunch of lingerie, skimpy/tight dresses, and clear heeled shoes – all were new with tags or boxes.
Did great sales, but when my parents or other family members looked at my eBay account, some of the photos were pretty racy that were on the packaging. I even had to censor a few before posting.
01/17/2019 at 10:03 am #55321Antique FrogParticipant
- Location: Leicester
Something I didn’t buy, but unfortunately took a photo of with my phone, a battery-operated pink rubber toy, 12 inches long and about 3 inches wide at a house clearance sale. Forgot about the photo, and accidentally showed it to a lady when I was showing her some photos of a miniature Schnauzer.
“Oh, that’s his favourite toy- he’s always chewing it.”
01/17/2019 at 11:19 am #55323DoublythumbsParticipant
- Location: Hopedale, OH
LOL! What a great thread! I remember finding a pair of latex breast forms in the Goodwill outlet bins. They were still sealed in the box, so it wasn’t gross. It didn’t dawn on me how weird it was to buy them until I got to the checkout line. Luckily the cashier didn’t open the box to see what was inside.
Those were unfortunately lost in the flood before I had a chance to list them. But apparently they can get some good money on eBay. Steph is a big fan of Rupaul’s Drag Race and she explained that cross dressers will wear them a lot.
01/19/2019 at 1:13 am #55389LizParticipant
HAHA! I almost posted about my own fake boobs-in-a-box story, but I felt a little embarrassed.
My husband, (motorcycle boot wearing, guitar-playing, metal-head dude), sometimes picks after work. He came home with a box of falsies, and I just kinda looked at him, like “Where are you going with this?”
I’m…um, well endowed, so I am unfamiliar with this type of product, lol. And the breast forms were used and did not have sizes marked on them, so I spent a few hours trying to figure out how to size them correctly. Also, there were *three* (3) of them in the box. Not two, not four, but three?
In the end, we sold them to a crossdresser in Thailand.
01/17/2019 at 3:32 pm #55330antarestarParticipant
- Location: Maine
Not awkward but I got a lot of funny looks the day I, a white person, bought a cartload of weaves and wigs.
To me, they were the perfect easy flip. Lightweight (important when you are buying stuff by the pound), lots of multiples, non-breakable/easy to store, and I can toss them in a polymailer to ship.
I probably paid about $5 for 30+ items and have made about $10 per item.
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01/19/2019 at 11:37 pm #55418Mark SParticipant
I went to buy a very nice Womens 1960’s (I think) beautiful Pendleton. This lady at the says to me just before checkout, “You know that is a womens coat, are you sure you want to buy it?”. I said yes. Then she asked me 2 more times. I just kept saying yes… until checkout. They thought it was awesome also and wanted $50. At that point I said no.
01/20/2019 at 11:47 am #55444ice_queenParticipant
well, I didn’t sell it, but the first time I bought a storage unit I found all KINDS of things that embarrassed me. Toys and whips and fake boobs and well…lots of things that made me squirm quite a bit…things I didn’t even know existed. You learn something new everyday, and that day I learned a lot that I would have preferred not to learn. LOL
01/20/2019 at 11:55 am #55446
01/20/2019 at 10:00 pm #55469VintageTreasuresParticipant
I don’t have the photo now but my most embarrasing buy was 20 pairs of vintage sheer nylon granny panties at a nickel each. The estate sale cashier who had to count them all picked up each pair with just the very tips of her fingers and dangled them as far away from her body as possible, as if she were handling a dead rat. I guess someone else had put them all in the box I found them in, because the cashier was absolutely horrified that anyone would would choose to touch, much less buy, someone else’s old panties.
I thought it was pretty hilarious, especially after I sold the first 2 pair I listed for over $100. But I was embarrassed at the time – everyone behind me in line to pay was staring at me and I guess wondering who I was buying panties for, since they were obviously too large for me.
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