Thursday, September 21, 2006

Alpaca Poncho

A couple weeks ago I posted on Fiber Freaks about an eBay seller, who was selling alpaca ponchos dirt cheap-way dirt cheap. Some were machine knit ones and others were hand crocheted. I couldn't believe the price to I wrote to them-I never got a 100% straight answer about the amount of alpaca in the yarn, but they said it was alpaca. They had very good feedback and lots had been buying the ponchos and leaving rave reviews. My dilemma was this: I hate buying something supposedly handmade for cheap because I know how long and time consuming making handmade items takes-was this made in another country where they could be exploiting workers? Was this made by someone here who wholesaled it out to this company and it is truly "overstocks" like they say? I also know how much alpaca costs and the amount used in making a poncho (even the alpaka brand, which is a blend sold at AC Moore is $6.99 for an 80 yard ball).

I don't usually wear ponchos, but I kept watching and watching all the different listings (this seller had) there is this one and also a cream solid colored one selling for even cheaper $3.99 for BIN) and I decided I had to see this for myself. I bought it-it had a BIN for $5.99 and bid started at $3.99. Shipping was $4.80 for this item and actual cost was $2.42 first class mail. Plain manilla envelope with computer generated return address label. Yes, I "googled" them and came up blank-I will try a reverse directory lookup because I am nosy as heck and want to know if it's a store or a home based business-I just want to know. Edited: Okay, it's a home address, 3 bedroom built in 1996 in Redding, CA-all the info I could get.

Anyway, it came in today. The workmanship was perfect-even the color change was perfect and done well. The little things, like a neck tassel was perfect. I inspected it thoroughly. The yarn was sumptious-definitely alpaca, I can see the little hairs and it's soft as can be and very warm and I believe it's mixed with a cotton. From the looks of the fringe and tassels, it was a fingering weight yarn that they tripled up for the body. Now, again, I am not a poncho wearing gal and yes, I know they are going out or are out, although my mom loves them, so I'll probably give this to her.



  

  

  

Excuse the picture of me-taken by Elena and it came out okay for a six year old kid and only 3 tries-now how I look, no excuse. Anyway, I am not saying, run buy one, it's a deal-it was just something I had to see for myself. See, I did a search because I had a couple kids ponchos I made and decided to sell-I made them for Elena, she never wore them. I did an ebay search to see what handmade items were selling for and what they sold for-let's just say, ebay is not a place to sell handmade items, and stumbled upon this.

8 comments:

Jessica said...

Huh. Interesting!

(You know, I only get your photos about half the time - and not this time, though I'd love to see photos. Have you considered using flickr?)

Wendy said...

That actually looks nice on you! What a deal!

Pink said...

Great picture...I love seeing what everyone looks like! The poncho was a great find as well...

Vik said...

Hi Deneen! The dilemma sounds familiar! Remember what we were talking about last week?
You made me laugh with the 100% Neurotic!

Kimberly said...

I really like that Poncho. I think it looks good on you! But I understand your sentiments on not being a poncho type of person... I can honestly say while I like them I've never worn one.

Great job taking the photo Elena!!

Kari said...

mmmMMMmmm alpaca

busy91 said...

well look at you modeling!

Mimi said...

Its a lovely poncho, I wouldnt wear one too, but this one's nice. Good buy and nice photo!

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