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Found a Stubben saddle at the thrift store today...

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  • Found a Stubben saddle at the thrift store today...

    Should have I bought it?

    I don't know much about Stubbens, but what I could read, it was one made in Germany, definitely older, but couldn't find a year, or serial number on it, anything there was was pretty worn off.

    It also had some mold spots on it, how hard is it to get mold off?

    I'm thinking for resale. I don't really need it, but would be a fun investment?

    I was strolling through the thrift store with my beloved, and we saw it, we also some some Professional's Choice SMBII there for $20

    I never thought I would see such cool horse stuff at a thrift store!

  • #2
    Mold is easy to remove with an ammonia-water solution. What model is it? If you post a picture, we can probably tell you. Most likely it is a Siegfried since this has been Stubben's most popular model for years.

    The tree width is usually stamped on the right-hand billet guard under the serial number. The silver buttons often give a clue as to the saddle's age. I am posting a link to help you determine how old it is.


    If it is really cheap--like under $100--it might be worth cleaning up for resale. That depends on its condition. You'll have to make sure the tree is sound, and if it is old, it might need new billets--not a cheap repair.

    The resale value depends on the model and the appearance of the saddle. Look on ebay and see what they are going for.
    I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


    • #3
      .... my kids shop the thrift stores for treasure... best find to date is the specialized camera lens my son found for $25.00 that he resold for $2500.00


      • #4
        Do your best to be sure the tree isn't broken, the panels not rotted, super hard or falling off, and the billets not dry rotted or coming off.

        Would be a real shame to bring it home only to discover its no more good than a paperweight.

        And it would be doubly a shame to clean it up and sell it on and a rider or horse gets hurt because there's something wrong with it.
        Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


        • #5
          Where are the thrift stores you all are shopping at? I sure don't find things like that at mine.

          As far as the saddle, look it over good, is the flocking still good, check the tree to see if it's obviously broken, billets still good? If it looks serviceable but just needs a good cleaning and it was dirt cheap you could get it and try to resell it but old used Stubbens are probably not going to make your very much.
          "My treasures do not chink or gleam, they glitter in the sun and neigh at night."


          • #6
            Ahhh, thrift stores:


            [salty language alert - don't play if you don't like it]


            • #7
              This is good advice.

              If you don't know how to identify a broken tree here's a thread that already addressed it.


              Other things to avoid are excessive wear to the seat (it's a very expensive repair) and wear/repairs in the panels.

              Mold wouldn't bother me that much but I would want to check to see the panels don't have a lot of cracking and that the stitching isn't too loose. Cleaned up, the saddle is probably worth about $250 so keep that in mind.

              As from the SMB? You can find them used for $20 in lots of places. Not an incredible deal. I had a pair that I sold for about that much on eBay and they had only been used a few times.

              Originally posted by buck22 View Post
              Do your best to be sure the tree isn't broken, the panels not rotted, super hard or falling off, and the billets not dry rotted or coming off.

              Would be a real shame to bring it home only to discover its no more good than a paperweight.

              And it would be doubly a shame to clean it up and sell it on and a rider or horse gets hurt because there's something wrong with it.
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