38-year old Brit Eaton has a particular interest in denim workwear from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His company’s name is Carpe Denim, and he sells his finds to clients, including Hollywood wardrobe departments, private collectors, and companies like Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, the Gap, and Dickies.
For the last decade, he has found thousands of vintage clothing items, and in particular, vintage jeans. He once sold a pair of pants with links to a soldier from the Spanish-American War to a collector for $12,000, his personal record for a single piece, and he’s discovered as much as $50,000 worth of clothes in a single day. In 2008, an eBay seller auctioned a pair of circa-1890s, candle-wax-encrusted Levi’s that he claimed were found in a mine in California’s Mojave Desert. On July 30, the bidding closed at $36,099. In 2001, an anonymous person sold a pair of 100-plus-year-old jeans, discovered in a Nevada mining town, on eBay through Butterfields, a San Francisco-based auction house. The jeans were purchased by their original manufacturer, Levi Strauss & Co., for $46,532.
And you thought your jeans were expensive! Check out more of Eaton’s finds on his website – some of which are for sale fairly inexpensively. Grab a piece of history if you like vintage finds! (Source: Outside Online).