Thursday, June 10, 2010

Seriously??!!

Just saw found this on Ebay:

This lovely Kamehameha dress can be yours for the reasonable price of only.....

$849.00!!!!!

Are you kidding me?!?!?!? Where on earth did the seller get this price? I mean the dress is ok. Not the best Kamehameha I've ever seen (I have better ones in my closet if I may say so myself). I like the Japanese crane print. But is it just me or does it look a tad short?


Maybe its just the pictures. Either way, $849 for a cotton dress is insane! Its not even dead stock. Oh yeah! And shipping from California is $14.95, because THATS not a rip off either!

This type of stuff really pisses me off. Its vintage people!! Its USED CLOTHING!! I get that a lot of them are one offs, but a lot of them aren't. I have seen my exact dresses worn by other people or for sale on other sites. I have 4 friends that own the exact same vintage Hawaiian shirt! It can happen! Didn't most of us get into vintage because it was cheap? I know I did. Not that I mind paying a bit extra for certain things, but it just seems like its gotten out of hand. Chances are that if you were crazy enough to pay $849 dollars for a used dress, it will have some stains or holes and will probably need to be hemmed or mended in some way. These aren't museum pieces; they are clothes that we wear.

I know this just me ranting and that some people may disagree, but having collected vintage for 10 years and seeing how much the prices have gone up is just so annoying for me. I'm starting to think that I might as well start buying designer clothes. For $849 I can go to Betsey Johnson and buy this:



And this:


And this:


And still have money left over.

12 comments:

  1. I totally agree with how out of hand some of the pricing has gotten out there. I just can't seem to justify spending over $100 on a cotton house dress, especially since it is used and like you said, probably will need something done to it.

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  2. I agree so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its getting out of hand!!
    like 100.00 for a cotton house dress that will fall apart if u move.. no thanks..

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  3. Amen! It seems like it's getting harder and harder to find affordable vintage clothes these days. It's so frustrating!!

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  4. Yea, Emily! I just said the same thing on your blog about Swirl dresses!

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  5. That dress really looks like it's been shortened. The ratio between the top and the skirt part doesn't look right. Who would actually pay that sum of money for an altered, used garment? I think the biggest problem is that vintage is now fashionable and that's why it keeps getting more and more expensive. I've been collecting and wearing vintage since my early teens (more than 15 years now) and the prices are really getting insane! Now even charity shops are putting crazy prices on clothes that are from the 70's or older... and the prices have nothing to do with the condition or appearance of the clothes. If it's "vintage" it's expensive even if it's not actually wearable, plain ugly, or just full of snags and pulls...

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  6. That is such a crazy price! I agree with Una I think it's a vintage as fashion problem, which really gets me angry!

    I'm quite a bit older than you and have been wearing vintage clothes for over 20 years now, of course it was more affordable back then, and I'm not under any impression it should still be the same now but really some prices I see make me laugh out loud, especially when I think what I have in my closet! It's just the same in the UK, you can still pick some reasonable stuff up but mostly people are charging £75 and upwards for cotton dresses, just stupid!

    Also I agree that dress is not the correct length, probably ok for me as I'm super short, but it's definately been altered, who would pay that for it anyway, but altered? Crazy

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  7. Some sellers make me laugh! There is a lovely bakelite bracelet that has been for sale for weeks on Ebay. How much is it? Well, the seller started off asking a buy it now of £799.00 (about $1200) and its now been reduced to £499.00 ($750). I mean, come on! Its bakelite - not diamonds!! More fool the people who pay these silly prices. I will continue to root out bargains at my local car boot sale and charity shops :)

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  8. Completely over the top pricing! I'm all for paying for quality, but part of the thrill of vintage is too see how thrifty one can be while still looking great! I've noticed the same unfortunate trend with vintage cars... My husband, never being satisfied with what he has, constantly peruses craigslist and ebay to see what car deals there are, and at least once a session he makes a "this guy must be high" comment. And it's the same with clothing...even under the best circumstances buyers have to take into account alterations, upkeep, etc.

    I have friends who live in rural CA (farmland and gangland so not really a huge vintage hotspot) and she finds amazing clothes for a song. I guess we'll have to turn detectives since it's gotten so trendy...we have to go to places where it hasn't caught on yet!

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  9. To everyone-I'm glad we all agree!! I know that the days of finding great vintage dresses for $15 or less are pretty much over, but I refuse to pay exorbitant prices for a freakin cotton dress! I'm all for people who sell on Ebay and Etsy to make extra money, but its the ones who ask ridiculous prices that really make me mad. I would say that dress is worth $150 TOPS. And probably not even that much due to the length. She'll be lucky to get $100 for it IMO. Even though prices have gotten out of hand I have still had luck finding things at a reasonable price. You just have to look. Yes, sometimes I will shell out good money for an item (my max is $150), as I think we all do from time to time. But part of being a vintage girl is finding bargains. Its more that way anyways!!

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  10. Oh yeah. I meant to include the link to the item on Ebay so I will go back and include it in the post if you all would like to look at it!

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  11. This is insane! You said it right when you stated that vintage is "used clothing!" Yes, vintage is my life but vintage still equals "used!" I have no idea what some sellers are thinking! I mean, paying nearly 900 dollars for a dress is beyond crazy. I think some vintage clothing sites, like Posh Girl, that charge an average of 250 bucks for 40s and 50s dresses is ridiculous but that Kamehameha is literally over the top.

    Also, from I have read in the other girls' comments, it seems we all agree that charging super high prices is nuts!

    I know that if I am diligent and patient, I can still find good deals. For example, just this week I bought a 50s cotton circle skirt for $34 and a red leather 50s handbag for $32 (both on Etsy!) I even find good deals on NOS and deadstock!

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  12. At the end of the day people who list stuff like this at opening prices like that clearly are either clueless or extremely hopeful that some fool with too much cash is going to buy on a whim. Either way these sorts of listing make ebay entertaining and give me a laugh. Seriously we all know that no one will bid on this. I just passed it by with a giggle when I saw it listed.Glad to see everyone here is of the same opinion that its pretty laughable to hope for a price like that on a shortened cotton Hawaiian. Make sure you give us an update on where it ends up- anyone want to lay a bet on whether it remains bid-less?? As for high prices in general- look some items serious collectors will pay all sorts of money for- but that's ok it just means those are the ones I pass on and I bid on something else.
    Any other notable ebay auctions anyone has noticed?

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