I always have my eyes open for a particularly good deal on FB groups and Ebay, and this week I've gotten particularly lucky with what I've found.
I got a Vespucci Dressage Bridle (retail: $260) for $35 including shipping...the previous owner over-conditioned it, leading it to mildew and develop some cracking...I cannot tell you how disgusting this bridle was to pull it out of the box it came it. I have never felt such a wet, grimey bridle:
Lucky for me, the cracking was just on the surface, where the over-conditioned wet leather was flaking off in some places:
After cleaning up the mildew and helping reverse the over-conditioning with vinegar, I've got to say, the bridle was a dang good find! I already own a Vespucci jumper bridle that I've used often for the past 6 years, so not having to pay the brand new price for a dressage version was great!
On the same day I also found a Rembrandt dressage saddle for $350 including shipping, that also came with irons, leathers, girth, and a pad. All of the similar saddles were going for $500-700 on Ebay, so I jumped on it, hoping it wasn't too good to be true. It arrived and fit Minnie like a glove, plus it was in great condition! Also, it was recently re-flocked, so I don't have to worry about that for a while!
What good tack finds have you found, whether they were online or at a tack sale?