Rag & Bone - BOLO Brand

BOLO stands for Be On the LookOut, and this month’s BOLO is Rag & Bone.

Rag & Bone is a New York based clothing brand for both men and women that focuses on making high quality, well tailored wearable pieces. The brand itself is not yet vintage, as they were founded in 2002. They make everyday wear, and by everyday, I mean tee shirts, jeans, shorts, skirts, and shoes. Nothing really sets their pieces a part from any basic mall brand at passing glance, but once you see a piece of Rag & Bone clothing up close, feel it and wear it for yourself, you will understand it’s a bit more special. They make their garments from incredible fabrics, and the stitching is impeccable for even the most basic tees.

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What does this mean for reselling? Why is Rag & Bone a BOLO brand?

Money. This brand is expensive. Hype beast, Supreme expensive. A basic graphic tee that has Love is the Answer on it, retails for $125.00. However, unlike Supreme, no one is faking it, and most thrift stores don’t know about it, so you can get it for a steal. Take for example this pair of Rag & Bone men’s plaid shorts. I bought these from a CHKD for $3.98, after squeeing for a solid five minutes, because I found it in my hometown in Gloucester, Virgina while visiting my parents. I sold this pair of shorts for $34.97 on eBay. After fees of $5.25, $3.97 first class shipping, and initial purchase price of $4.22, I made $21.53 off of one pair of plaid shorts.

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Finding this brand in the wild is very rare, not only at thrift stores, but also retail. Sometimes you can find pieces in TJ Maxx or Marshall’s. This dagger scarf I found in Marshall’s for $29.99. Now I know that may seem like a lot for some of you, but it’s new with tags, and if you zoom in to see the original price, $30.00 is a steal. I sold this piece for $65.97, the day after I listed it. After $9.90 fees, $3.20 to ship it, and $31.79 purchase price, I still made $21.08 and it was a quick flip. If I had found it in the black or gray colorway, I would have kept it, because it was probably the nicest, softest piece of fabric I have ever touched in my life.

If you come across a piece of Rag & Bone either thrifting or in the shops, grab it, because it is a BOLO brand.

Jasco Ceramic Mallard Duck Lint Remover Brush

I am fortunate to have multiple thrift stores not only near where I live, but also near where I work. Where I work happens to have the perfect juxtaposition for resell thrift: affluence, retirement communities, outlet mall, and yuppie/hipster college town. Finding high end brands thrifting here is common,many new with tags. Finding vintage items and antiques is common, because of a loved one doesn’t want to deal with the estate of their passed relative. Best of all, having a glut of mall brands is low, due to the college kids picking them up for their own wardrobe. A perfect reseller storm of conditions. It’s for this reason I make it a point to go thrifting at least twice a week, during lunch or after work, once on Monday, and another time midweek.

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It was on one of these midweek trips I found this little ducky. At first, I thought it was just a well loved ceramic with a sizable felted bottom to protect both the ceramic duck and any surface it rested on from scratching each other. However, once I picked it up and felt the texture of the bottom, I knew that was not the case. It felt almost like a hairbrush. I decided at half off of $2.25 ($1.25 with discount and sales tax), it was worth picking up and doing a little research.

At first I reverse image searched on Google, and that was no help. As pretty as mallard ducks are, live birds were not going to help me identify my ceramic ducky’s purpose. Then I did a reverse image look up on eBay. Lo and behold, I found a ton of similar fuzzy bottomed duckies on eBay. My $1.18 duck, was a vintage Jasco Ceramic Mallard Duck Lint Remover Brush from the 1980s. Given the muted colors, the brush material and the trim on the wood that fit the time frame perfectly. I also saw they went for around $14-$15 with free shipping on eBay.

So that’s what I list it for, but on Etsy.

I listed it on Etsy, because there were so many listings on eBay I thought mine might get lost. Since it was a vintage piece, I could list it on Etsy and did. It was a good choice, as it sold six days after listing it for $14 with free shipping. At $14 sale price, I paid $1.41 in Etsy fees, $4.33 to ship it all the way to Washington state, first class USPS, and my original price of $1.25, I made $7.01 off a $1.25 ducky I found on my lunch break at GoodWill.