How to Save on Vintage Patagonia Fleece Jackets

Thrift stores, flea markets, and estate sales can be overwhelming. With the sheer volume of stuff, how do you know where to start? How do you find the gems in all the… well, garbage?

As a professional reseller who has been combing thrift stores for 30 years, I can help. If you’re ready to cut your shopping time in half, score bigger deals, or walk away with brag-worthy finds you can buy for cash, read on.

From distressed household items to resale money makers, everything featured in my Thrift Shop Like a Pro series qualifies as a BOLO (Look Out) item. When you find it, buy it.

Recommended finding: Vintage Patagonia Fleece Jackets

Fall is the perfect time to talk about fleece jackets, and Patagonia makes some of the best. The company’s growing popularity in the retail market has sparked a buying frenzy in the resale world.

Founded in 1965 by rock climbing enthusiast Yvonne Chouinard, the company began forging metal climbing equipment. Gradually, the focus shifted from climbing equipment to clothing.

Today, Patagonia is synonymous with high quality outdoor clothing, accessories and gear.

Since its inception, Patagonia has shown that purpose and profit can work hand in hand. A clear set of values ​​guides Patagonia’s culture. Social responsibility, environmental protection and tireless support of grassroots organizations set the company apart. The company even launched a Worn Wear service that refurbishes and sells used Patagonia products.

But the biggest corporate news came in September 2022, when Chouinard transferred corporate control of Patagonia to a trust and environmental nonprofit. This step ensures that Patagonia will forever remain a positive force for climate action.

Why buy it?

In my experience, Patagonia clothing is incredibly well made. The company has been able to embrace its growing popularity without taking shortcuts. Patagonia clothing is new or used, and even the “very vintage” pieces are retro and hip rather than dated.

If you’re interested in reselling for a profit, Patagonia should already be on your shopping list, but pay special attention to wool. Resale values ​​for some pieces can be staggering. While traveling in Vermont in 2021, I found two wool pullovers for $8 each. I flipped one for $180 and the other for $110.

However, resale prices have risen sharply recently. On eBay, this vintage fleece from Patagonia’s Rhythm line sold for $950, and this tribal-inspired pullover, part of the company’s Synchilla line, sold for $399. On Etsy, this Patagonia Glissade zip-up is listed for $600, and this well-worn fleece is available for $798.

See also: “Make a Small Fortune Selling Used Clothes from These 10 Brands”

What to look for?

You’ll find the Patagonia label inside the garment or on the outer left chest. The most common logo features a lowercase “patagonia” against a mountain range. Some early versions of the logo included “Ventura, California” below the wordmark.

If you are buying vintage wool to resell, pay special attention to:

  • The condition. While condition is always important when it comes to clothing, a little wear and tear doesn’t seem to faze Patagonia fans. However, check to make sure the snaps and zippers work and the fabric isn’t damaged.
  • Popular lines. Finding used Patagonia clothing online can be difficult. Specific line names are usually only printed on retail labels. After a little research and a few sales, finding the different styles becomes easier. Bestselling lines on the second-hand market include Synchilla (both fabric and product line), MARS, Glissade, Rhythm and Minnehaha.
  • Pattern and color. Don’t be afraid to buy the loudest fleece on the shelf. Compared to solid neutrals, bold patterns and bright colors sell at a premium.

See also: “11 Secrets to Finding Quality Clothes at Thrift Stores”

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