Tuesday, May 17, 2016

TMT: The Best Deal Ever

Despite my recent stint of "moderation" and "binge selling" (which we all know was prompted by one thing only), I'm the consummate tack ho, always on the lookout for a deal. I've probably mentioned before how I picked up a $220 Sprenger KK Ultra for $40 on consignment, and I thought that was the deal of the decade.
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And then I don't know if I mentioned when I was bit shopping for my trainer and she wanted this weird giant old eggbutt snaffle made out of some bizarre metal that isn't even manufactured anymore. I found one for her for $10 and when I ran across another one for $10, I snapped it up for me. I dunno what those things originally cost, but I call it the magic contact bit and HOT DAMN am I glad I have one. So that is also a great deal.
also yup
But then Lindsey and Alyssa went to a tack sale/party that I couldn't attend and found not only the deal of the decade, but I venture the deal of the freaking century.

That $220 sprenger I was patting myself on the back for only spending $40 on?

$5.

OH YEAH.
and these ones are all mine
Apparently there were multiples. Now we all have one.

So tell me bloggy-folk, what is your best-ever horse supplies deal?

35 comments:

  1. Well I'm not sure if it's quite the deal of the century, but I did get a Vespucci bridle with purchase of horse... LOL

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  2. I did decently buying and selling old saddles on ebay when I had don.

    I got an ancient bates caprilli for $60 on eBay that I still ride in.

    I won an auction on another nice saddle at one point but the seller messaged me demanding more money because it had sold too low, and I was like "That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works." But sadly there are no eBay police to go sieze my prize, so I got my money back and no saddle.

    I just don't buy like I used to anymore.

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  3. I scored a pair of Ariat field boots for $15 for a friend. :)

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  4. 2 brand new Prestige bridles for about $15....total.
    A full square BARTL sheepskin saddle pad for $16.
    Brand new sweet iron link Stubben loose-ring for about $5.

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    1. Um all I hear is "I have an extra bridle that SB obviously needs".

      Oh wait Alyssa better not see this.

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    2. Extra bridle? What is this thing? Oh wait...is that like this mysterious "leftover wine" that people speak of?

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  5. how are you doing this??

    my best deal was i got a full set of trizone airlite cross country boots for $20. regularly like $220.

    i love them EVEN MORE.

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    1. There's that special ring of "all that and they were a super deal" that makes things EVER BETTER.

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  6. I haven't gotten any scores of the century... though I came close with my FITS Zephyr coat for only $60. I got a virtually new Mattes sheepskin half pad for $60 (shipped). Ultra Thinline quilted half pad for $50 (shipped). Got 2 Sprenger bits for $15 each. Have and use all except the Sprenger bits, which were resold bc princess hates loose ring bits.

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  7. Most of my cool stuff has been gifted to me by cool people who accept the fact that I'm poor and are nice to me. Free things are the best things.

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    1. I am totally ok with being the poor relation who gets free stuff.

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  8. Deals of the century, hmmm...

    1. I had a friend GIVE ME a set of brand new (still on the packaging) Majyk Equipe XC boots. The whole set. Fronts and backs. Whoa.
    2. I've purchased more than 3 saddles for $750 and under and sold 2 of them for more than I originally purchased them for. As in, a couple of hundred dollars of profit on both. Winning!
    3. Bought my Equiline show coat for $150 on sale from Germany.
    4. My double was on clearance at Bobby's for less than the clearanced snaffle bridles. When I sent back the first one for being too big, the second they sent me was actually the higher quality version (and it fit). Winning again.
    5. My Rambo cooler was $50, found at the bottom of the consignment blanket pile in my local tack shop.
    6. Multiple clothing scores from Smartpak for under $10...

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    1. lol I frequently turn a profit on saddles because I'm such a miser about buying them. Now I'm edging up into the saddle bracket where that's less likely, but it's a nice memory.

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  9. I bought a Specialized endurance saddle (based on two lines of text and zero photos) off Craigslist in Florida and had it shipped to me in California for a total of $350. It turned out to be nearly new. Retail: $1800. I figured it would either be one of the best tack decisions I've ever made or I'd be out $350. No regrets!
    My Myler bit was in a pile of free stuff at the barn.
    Woolback barrel/endurance pad was $12 at the kinda-local consignment shop. I went back a few weeks later and found my Coolback pad for $20.

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  10. Oh god I could write a novel hahaha

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  11. Oh man! That time I bought my used (but mint) CWD, sold it, and then bought it back for the same price I had originally paid BUT it was kitted out with a deep condition and flocking from CWD, CWD stirrup leathers, AND Royal Rider stirrups!

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  12. I'm super good at finding deals! A couple favorites though-
    Brand new Pikeur Luganas for $50.
    Brand new Goode Rider show coat for $60.
    HS rubber bit for $5.
    Mattes sheepskin dressage pad for $5.
    My collection of Toklat Classics dressage pads, none of which I paid more than $10 for (all bought on separate occasions).

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    1. Hat off to you. That is quite impressive.

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  13. I got my Ariat field boots brand new for $75, they were on clearance because they were pull-on not zipper!

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  14. I tried a CWD saddle that my trainer's trainer had for sale for $2500 and it miraculously fit my horse. It had a hole rubbed in the leather on the pommel so I low balled him after getting some quotes to fix it and offered $1000, which for some reason he accepted. Also my Ecogold half pad that's $249- found at a tack swap for $40 and it works perfectly for my horse. Love deals!

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  15. I love bit deals! I was pretty psyched at lots of my lucky finds -- the most cost-savings might have been the Stubben dressage bridle that I found for $0, but my deal I got the most mileage of was definitely the lot of 6 pairs of breeches on eBay for $30 total ($5 a pair!) all almost new because someone just had a baby and wasn't exactly my size anymore. :D And that was over 10 years ago & I'm still wearing at least 3 of them!!

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  16. My husband got a $2000+ Freeform saddle for $300 at a used tack sale.

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  17. Most of my insane deals are normal clothing related, as I have a baaadddd habit of that kind of shopping.
    But I did score a full set of Equifit T-Boots for $40, and have found TS Trophy Hunter breeches as low as $15.

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  18. So... what you're saying is... there's a way to actually acquire stuff instead of just adding things to your shopping cart and then quickly closing the browser window before you actually spend all that money? Cause that's what I do.

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  19. I got my Custom for $650! Never going to have another deal like that, it was probably worth at least $2k, possibly more.

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  20. Not the best deal ever, but I did get the Animo jacket of my dreams for 50% off at WEF this year. I also got lots of breeches for 50%-75% off with the tags still on at the best consignment shop in Wellington

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  21. I was going to say I got this great deal on a KK, oh wait you already said that ;) Probably my Devoucoux dressage saddle that is in great shape and a matching girth for $1100!

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  22. I found an Hermes saddle at a 4H sale for $700. About ten years old, perfect condition for its age, just the ugly light brown color. Called a friend and she asked me to grab it for her.

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  23. Wow there are some amazing shoppers here in blogland! I'm like Carly and get my "deals" as free gifts from friends. I also pay it forward the same way when I can :)

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  24. Just popping by late to the party to say that I got a 2003 County Connection dressage saddle for $94 about six weeks ago. It fits me and my horse and has quickly become my favorite saddle.

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