The eBay Search Terms That Dig Up Gold

Any fashion lover or collector will tell you that one of the trickiest territories to navigate is eBay. Yes, the online auction site can be a gold mine, but more often than not, it's a gold mine cluttered with questionable pictures, confusing descriptions, and hours worth of scrolling. So, while the art of the eBay hunt may take time to master, we started at the very basics: the search term.
Our own editor-in-chief — and Olympian-level vintage collector — Christene Barberich pointed us in the right direction. Actually, make that five right directions. As our in-house eBay whiz, Christene spilled on the five best search terms that are sure to dig up gold on the site. Our challenge? The digging.
Ahead, we rounded up our EIC's tips and a few of our own recent findings available to buy or bid on right now. And, the best part is, unlike the products, these search terms don't expire. Commit them to memory, and keep checking to see when more amazing, vintage merch pops up.
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The Tip: "Cheeky, vintage, embroidered sweatshirts. Inspired by the technicolor Kenzo phenomenon, the results will turn up some cool — albeit totally weird — finds."

The Finds: While there was vintage, embroidered sports memorabilia aplenty, we were also able to track down some old-fashioned logo sweats that we wouldn't mind sporting in the modern day. After all, Mickey Mouse is timeless, no?

Vintage Coca Cola Sweatshirt, $28.01, available at eBay.

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Gucci Vintage Flag Embroidered White Cotton Knit Sweatshirt, $198, available at eBay.

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Vintage Mickey Mouse Colorblock Embroidered Sweatshirt Jumper, $29.99, available at eBay.

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The Tip: "Vintage rhinestone necklaces — from the likes of Weiss and Schiaparelli. You can discover some major finds in this search pile if you have the patience to wade through all the fakes."

The Finds: Sparkle, and LOTS of it. While some of these sets may run you a pretty penny, these Weiss and Schaparelli finds could also become a truly cherished piece for your collection. Just be sure to read each seller's review before placing your bid.

Weiss Vintage Signed Baguette & Clear Rhinestone Clip Earring & Necklace Set, $68, available at eBay.

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Schiaparelli Vintage Blackened Green Pear Rhinestone & Crystal AB Necklace, $780, available at eBay.

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Schiaparelli Purple Stones & Pearls Necklace Vintage, $499, available at eBay.

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The Tip: "Vintage Oscar de la Renta. He wrote the book on vivacious ball skirts. If you can manage to snag a one-of-a-kind find, your New Year's look is set."

The Finds: Of course, finding a one-of-a-kind gem can be like locating a needle in a haystack. While we were able to come up with a dance-floor-ready full skirt as well as a few other vintage ODLR buys we'd be proud to own, we think this search is worth a bookmark and a consistent refresh on the page. We have no doubt you'll eventually find The One.

Oscar de la Renta Skirt Midnight Silk-Taffetta and Tulle Skirt, $424.95, available at eBay.

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Oscar de la Renta Vintage Embroidered Burgundy Velvet Skirt Suit, $398, available at eBay.

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Oscar de la Renta Vintage Gown Dress Gold Marigold Couture Lame Silk, $899, available at eBay.

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The Tip: "Vintage Wranglers. These are, by far, the best fitting, best worn-out shade of blue you'll ever find. And, for $25 and under, you can afford to splurge on a bunch."

The Finds: In addition to scoping out the awesome vintage pairs, we also really appreciated seeing some deadstock options. We'll admit: Not every pair available now — at least, not the ones with the most attractive photographs — were exactly under $25, but we think each of these is a steal.

Wrangler Vintage Original Denim Jeans Deadstock Student Boot Flare, $35, available at eBay.

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Wrangler '70s Vintage High Waisted Denim Blue Jeans, $32, available at eBay.

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Wrangler Vintage '80s High Waist Skinny Jeans, $24.65, available at eBay.

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The Tip: "Vintage Max Mara coats — especially from the '80s and '90s. This label turned out some of the finest and most timeless boxy overcoats ever...classic camel being the MM holy grail."

The Finds: At the moment, there seem to be more Max Mara options from the '50s and '60s than the '90s, so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for more Gen Y camel coats come 2014. In the meantime, we were able to track down a few boxy, oversized options that were too good to pass up.

Max Mara Trench Coat Belted Faux Fur Brown 100% Virgin Wool, $98.95, available at eBay.

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Max Mara 1960's Vintage Couture Embossed Wool Coat, $129.95, available at eBay.

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Max Mara Coat Jacket Mint '50s/'60s Rare Womens Tweed Wool A-line, $800, available at eBay.

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