Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Best Thing I Sold On Ebay ~ #5 Birkenstock Leather Shoes

It is always fun to go thrifting and find great inexpensive treasures.  About two weeks ago, I visited one of my favorite thrift stores and found a couple of great items for resale.  While mom is still recovering and I am not currently working I decided to start listing a few items at a time on Ebay.  Again.   Ebay is like a drug!  I try to walk away, but it keeps luring me back. 

Recently I came across a great new blog, "Goodwill Haunting". She highlights some of her great finds that have really been money makers for her.  My husband and I have also come across some great finds too and we wanted to share them with you.

      Auction Price $34.99                                          Sold for $34.99
                              Paid:  $4.00                                                            Found:  Thrift Store                
                Ended: March 2012                                             Buyer:  Pennsylvania

This is not the best picture I have ever taken, but it must have done the trick.  I found these shoes on the rack for $4.00 and after a little research on my phone I picked them up and put them in my cart..  The thrift store had already cleaned them and polished the leather.  Don't you know that now every thrift store I go into I am digging deep into the shoe racks! 

A little history on Birkenstocks: 

1774: In a small German village, Johann Adam Birkenstock is registered as "subject and shoemaker" in the church archives.
1897: Johann's grandson, Konrad Birkenstock, develops a concept that would literally change the shape of footwear. Although the soles of our feet are curved, shoes had always been flat inside. Konrad theorized that if the shape of the shoes reflected the shape of the feet, greater comfort would be possible. Soon he designed the first shoe with a contoured insole to be used by shoemakers in the production of custom footwear.
1902: Konrad Birkenstock develops the first flexible arch support, to be inserted in the factory-made shoes that have become widely distributed in Germany.
1925: Carl Birkenstock joins the company. Birkenstock arch supports are now being exported to Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Holland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
1932: Birkenstock training seminars and lectures become well known in most European countries. Leading medical specialists support the seminars and the Birkenstock system.
1964: Carl Birkenstock's son, Karl, takes his grandfather's contoured arch support concept one step further -- as a shoe. The Birkenstock sandal is born.

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4 comments:

Jeanne said...

That is a really nice turnaround! Awesome!

Liberty said...

a friend gave me a pair of chaenl loafers - found at a thrift store for $! - I sld them on ebay for $74.99!!
blessings
lib
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Kristen said...

Great flip! Who knew you could do so well with used shoes, right?!

Lisa said...

Hi Jeanne! Thanks!

Hi Liberty,
You did awesome!!

Hi Kristen,
I am always surprised at what sells on Ebay!