For example, I spotted and pinned an image of Vogue 7939 because I like the front drape of the bodice and off-center skirt opening. This particular image originated from an Etsy posting where this pattern was being sold for $9.99. Not a bad price, but I wasn't convinced I wanted to pay that, plus shipping, to own it...so I pinned it and waited.
About 5 or 6 years ago, I first saw Vogue 2595 while surfing online. I love asymmetrical and wrap styling and fell IN LOVE with this Albert Nipon pattern. Online searches for this pattern yielded prices ranging from $10.00 to $18.00. I waited.
Imagine my surprise when I spotted both of these patterns within the same pattern lot on eBay. Including shipping, this grouping only cost me $13.00.
This group of patterns was delivered Wednesday.
The two patterns I desired appear to be in good shape and complete. Their sizes are off and will need adjusting to fit me, but that's not a big concern. Very rarely am I able to make a garment straight from the cut pattern pieces without adjusting.
Other patterns included in the package that I like:
Vogue 1834 - love the front bodice and skirt drapes.
Vogue 7639 - I like the double peplum of the jacket, but I'm not a fan of the puffy sleeve caps. Good thing they can be modified.
Vogue 2765 and 8412 - there is something about the design details and shape of both of these dresses I like. I think these will be keepers.
Vogue 8542 and 7745 - this basic skirt is really cute, but it's so similar to other patterns in my stash that I'm not sure I'll keep it...still mulling it over. Same for V-7745 - basic top which will require significant alterations due to the size. Again, mulling over whether they're keepers.
Vogue 1897 and 2065 - while these two include design details I like, I am still weighing whether I want to keep them or relist.
And then, there are the duds...
Vogue 9534 and 8734 - both very basic, and 9534 is so matronly - I can't EVEN!! No doubt, I'll be relisting both of these in hopes someone will find them appealing.
Another pattern I've had hopes of securing was Vogue 9803. I found one available for $7.95 on eBay, but then...
...I spotted it in another pattern lot, being sold with 4 other patterns for $12.95 with free shipping.
These arrived today. My husband brought the mail in the house and when I saw the package in his hand, he said something like, "Here, I know this is for you." I grabbed the Priority Mail package from him and happily ran back to my Sewing Room to tear into it.
Anyway - the keepers...
Of course, Vogue 9803 - I am also a fan of double-breasted styling.
Vogue 7036 - another wrap-dress with long front drape.
Vogue 9789 - I love the classic design of this bias skirt, but it is almost exactly like another skirt pattern I picked up last year in another eBay auction, so I think I will relist this one.
...and the duds are Vogue 9255 and 8168, neither of which really do anything for me and will be relisted.
So, when I do the math, I paid $25.95, received 17 patterns, 8 of which I am definitely keeping at an average price of $3.24. Not bad, and if I am able to sell the ones I'm not so excited about, then there's money coming back to me. Win, Win!