Monday, September 15, 2014

Medal Monday

Lately, I've been trolling eBay. You see, last year I found these amazing casual boots through an online saddle shop and I love them. Mainly because they fit. I'm a short person with giant calves, so tall boots of any kind are really hard for me to find. You don't even want to know what my custom riding boots cost me. Trust me, I nearly choke when I think about it.

Now imagine these babies in black.

Anyway, I bought these boots in brown, but at the time, I really wished they were black, because black is my favorite color to wear. They actually fit, thanks to the adjustable straps and they are comfortable to wear all day long. The saddle shop I ordered them from only offered brown, so it didn't occur to me that they might come in black.

I happened to look at the inside of the boot and realized that they are made by a completely different company than is advertised by the tack store. So I hopped online and found similar boots by that company on eBay. I held out and kept looking for the specific boot and finally the heavens opened up, rainbows appeared, angels sang and those very same boots appeared in black. It was like I won the lottery. (I believe in having low expections in life.)

Anyway, of course I bought them. And they cost less than my original pair. Score! They have yet to arrive, or even actually ship from the seller even though I ordered them 8 days ago (but who's counting, right?) but I'm waiting on pins and needles for them to show up.

And thus, an addiction to eBay was born. You can find all sorts of random shit on there. It's fun to shop around. So, of course, I searched marathon medals.

Now, I don't really care if people want to sell their medals, to be honest. Personally, I don't see myself selling mine, but on the other hand, I've raced a lot in the last 4 years, so I have a pretty good collection at this point. I can see why someone might sell theirs. What I am curious about is who would actually buy them?

$50?? Hmmmmm...

Especially if it's from a recent runDisney event. I could understand replacing a lost medal or a damaged one, but I know runDisney is pretty good about helping out their runners. I heard about someone getting their Dopey medals stolen out of their luggage and runDisney replaced them.

$149.99?! Notice the lack of bids?
I definitely couldn't imagine parting with a Boston medal.

I could understand wanting a vintage medal, say from an early Boston Marathon or New York City. Or maybe one of the early Mickey medals.


I do like these old school medals.

The one thing all of these medals up for auction have in common is that they have zero bids. So I guess there's not a huge market for them. Anyway, it's fun to search them out just to see. Last week, I saw a collection of Coast to Coast medals priced at $399. I think there were maybe 7 of them.

In the meantime, I'll just keep trolling eBay for lost treasures.



  1. I have absolutely no idea why people would want to buy a medal unless theirs was stolen. And coast to coast medals....I just do not get it. I spend ages last weekend on ebay looking at Lululemon clothing. That store is obnoxious with their lack of merchandise and it is amazing how many items they have on ebay....guess some people are making a living by reselling hard to get exercise clothes!

    1. I don't get it, either. I have 3 Coast to Coast medals now and I could see selling one. I can not imagine buying one, however.

  2. I don't understand people who sell the medals. I mean..I get that there are hardcore Disney collectors so are they the ones buying? I had heard the Inaugural Tink medals fetched a nice price tag. *shrugs*

    1. There was a time I couldn't imagine selling them, and I still probably wouldn't, but I understand why people do it. If I saw people getting hundreds of dollars for them, I'd reconsider, lol!

  3. I have wondered the exact same thing about those medals. I would never sell mine so it is hard for me to believe others would want to, but I guess they do. I would never want to buy a medal for a race I did not run. However, perhaps someone is making a shadow box or something and they don't want to use their original medal? Maybe? I am actually surprised that that vintage Mickey medal is only going for $9.99, but then again, I guess there isn't that much of aa demand for it..haha. Glad you got a good deal on your boots!

    1. I could understand buying an original Boston medal or something as motivation, but I'd never hang it up as if it were my own. That's really the only scenario where I would buy a medal from a race I didn't run. I could see buying a duplicate for a shadow box, too.


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