A.M. Kroop & sons equestrian riding boots, $40.

Items related to horses and equestrians, like saddles, boots, helmets, and the like, can provide you with some great opportunities - as long as you've taken a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this area.

A. M. Kroop & Sons has been making riding boots and shoes for jockeys and equestrians for over 75 years. Having been in the business for so long, it only stands to reason that their goods are well known among horse riders the world over. I'll admit that what attracted me to these boots was the fact that they literally ooze quality.

When I first saw these boots, all I could tell about them was that they were high quality and made right here in the U.S. They were in great, lightly used condition, and looked like they were pricey items when new. The owner told me she had paid almost $200 for them, back in 1984. The folks at Kroop later told me that these same boots sell for a little over $400 today.

Have you ever heard the old saying, 'They don't make things like they used to'? Well, all things equal, many people find older items to be more desirable than their newer counterparts, especially where American-made goods are concerned. They consider age a positive thing, equating it with better quality, and may feel that the Kroop boots of twenty or thirty years ago were made from better materials and with better workmanship than the new ones. Just a little something to keep in mind.

The only drawback I could find with these boots is that the previous owner had written her name inside with a ballpoint pen. This apparently didn't matter too much to the bidders, because these vintage A.M Kroop equestrian boots ended up selling on eBay for $138.

Photo of vintage A. M. Kroop & sons equestrian riding boots