Bryan Goodman and Jason T. Smith go with WorthPoint like peanut butter & jelly.
Back in early 2013, Bryan Goodman & Jason T. Smith of Thrifting With The Boys started filming Season One of their new TV show, “Thrift Hunters” (Spike 9:30 p.m. EST/PST Saturdays). The first week of filming was thrifting at their favorite spots all around Las Vegas. They shopped many thrift stores, a warehouse sale, some antique malls and an estate sale. Numerous wonderful, rare and weird items were purchased—a 20-piece, homemade wooden village, a giant prop brain, Polaroid flash bars, vintage Smith-Corona typewriter, a varsity Star Wars jacket, vintage tiki mugs and a couple hundred other items.
Goodman, Smith and the production company wanted to make a no-B.S., true-to-life TV show about thrifting and selling the finds online (mainly eBay). They developed a concept to show real purchases, real research and real sales. The goal was to take a page out of The Boys’ actual day and make it into an entertaining television show. When it came time to do the research on these rare items, it became apparent the two-week window of completed sales available on eBay wouldn’t be enough.
“We quickly came to the conclusion that WorthPoint was the only way to thoroughly do research and analyze some of the rarer items and to help determine selling prices,” said Smith, who added that when shooting resumed for the research/selling sequences, “it was a must to use WorthPoint to show how easy it is to do research on even the rarest of items.”
Goodman likened the arrangement as such: “Like peanut butter and jelly, WorthPoint and Thrift Hunters are a winning combination.”
Together, Bryan and Jason purchased more than 1,700 items through eight episodes. Some were easy to price and sell and others required the ability to go back years to find comparables.
The following are some highlights from the first half of season one and how WorthPoint helped:
Episode – ‘The Good, The Rad & The Ugly:’
Jason finds a crew jacket from the 1980s cult hit movie, “Rad.” He knew it was a rare find; so rare that it was impossible to find the sale of another Rad jacket. Using WorthPoint, he discovered the movie soundtrack on LP was consistently selling in the $100 range and the cassette soundtrack in the $50-60 range. This price range never changed over the past seven years, telling us that the demand for items from this movie was high. Based on this knowledge, the price of the jacket was set at $1,000 or best offer and an offer of $700 was quickly, and happily, accepted.
Bryan discovers a Mickey Mouse jacket and noticed it looked unusual, as it was not a modern label or feel. A little research on WorthPoint revealed the age to be late ’70s or early ’80s, based on jackets shown by JG Hook, which was licensed to produce this one. Though an exact jacket was not found, similar ones with Mickey Mouse from that era were selling in the $50-and-up range. By offering it at $70, the jacket was snapped right up.
Jason hits the jackpot: a jacket from the 1980s movie “Rad,” which he sold for $700.
Episode – ‘What’s The Skinny:’
Bryan and Jason find a rare toy made by the Marx Company called Skinny Bones. It’s a three-foot-tall doll, made essentially with a bunch of blue PVC piping, along with a plastic head, hands and feet. In the day and age of Wii and Xbox, it is crazy to think that this once counted as a toy.
The toy was found complete, in the original box, including instructions. The Boys saw on WorthPoint that an empty box of Skinny Bones sold for $7. Armed with that information they have priced him at $350. Skinny hasn’t sold yet, but he can be yours if you just follow this link. During the episode, The Boys called the Marx Toy Museum in West Virginia and discovered it didn’t even have one in its collection. Definitely a rare toy.
Episode – ‘It Takes a Village:’
Jason and Bryan attend an estate sale on the last day. Most all the better stuff is gone, but no matter when you go, there may still be good things to be found. Jason buys a Star Wars varsity jacket. Looking at the sales history of this kind of jacket on WorthPoint, they discover the price range is wide and inconsistent. One sold for $127 while another sold for $20. As usual, Jason shoots for the high end and sells the jacket for $125.
Bryan purchases a folk art-style 20-piece wooden village. Since it is homemade, it is impossible to find info on it, like the mass produced Star Wars jacket.
Episode – ‘Black Velvet If You Please:’
Jason finds a Longchamp purse and, if you’ve seen the episode, it is readily apparent that Jason has never heard of this brand before. But he could tell it was quality leather and at $3, there was no real gamble in purchasing it. The WorthPoint research showed this purse was always in the $65 range and Jason sold it for $70, so right on the money.
Bryan purchased three pairs of Tony Lama cowboy boots at $20 a pair and with nearly 2,000 entries on WorthPoint for that brand of boots, it was easy to discover that these were not vintage pairs worth thousands, but rather some nice ordinary boots that could easily be sold for under $100. Two pair sold for $90 and one pair for $70. Research pays off again!
These were some of the highlights from the first half of their first season. Look for a companion piece to feature more cool stuff from the last four episodes of the first season of “Thrift Hunters” and be sure to check out their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
Gregory Watkins is the executive editor of WorthPoint. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org“>email@example.com.
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