Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to Me

Brooks Sea Island Cotton - $17
Polo cotton/cashmere - $20
Allen Edmonds Walden loafer - $23

Polo cashmere cable knit - $38
Polo Richmond quilted jacket - $91
Polo cashmere cable knit - $32

Polo cotton/linen cricket cable - $19
Merona merino wool Fair Isle - $12
Lilly Pulitzer cotton square - $6

Robert Talbott silk patchwork - $10
Polo cashmere cricket cable - $31
Polo cotton cable vest - $14

Polo cashmere/wool Fair Isle - $29
Lands' End woven silk - $6
Polo corduroy blazer - $58

Robert Talbott rough silk - $6
Polo wool blend Fair Isle vest - $32
Rooster Irish linen - $6

Christmas shopping on eBay - Priceless

Growing evermore selective of my sartorial choices, I generally ask for cash each Christmas to buy exactly what I like. This year I received an early gift, and $420 later I have these eighteen pieces from eBay. 

As I said several posts ago, I'll be getting back to this whole style on a budget thing. Were I to pay retail for only one of the cashmere sweaters I purchased, I'd be out about the same amount. With a conservative retail estimate of $4300, I've managed to save around ninety percent. This is also an average of $23 an item, seven dollars cheaper than the Merona Fair Isle sweater originally cost and $370 less than one of the cashmere sweaters.

Now is the perfect time to hit the thrift shops, as stock rooms are being cleared before Christmas and plenty of bargains are to be found. Also, eBay is worth browsing on Christmas if you have the time. You can expect fewer people to be watching closing auctions throughout the day, giving you far less competition to clinch a winning bid.

Merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah!


  1. Merry Christmas, Festivus, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever holiday you may or may not wish to celebrate.

  2. I was about 2 hours away from buying that Robert Talbott tie on eBay, before someone else scooped it up. I was wondering who in the world would want that tie besides me. I guess I have my answer. Enjoy. Happy holidays.