The “Used Saddle Pick of the Week”
Every week we scour the Internet searching for a particularly juicy bargain on a high quality used western saddle and feature it here on the WSG Saddle Blog. The saddles featured are listed for sale on ebay as of the date of the post.
Checking out our Picks each week will give you some great insight into buying used saddles. Make sure to click through to the actual listing to see all of the photos and description from the seller.
The Western Saddle Guide is not the seller of the saddles featured and does not make any representations about them. We encourage all potential buyers to do their own due diligence on the seller and the saddle before purchasing.
LAST WEEK’S PICK:
Our “Pick” from last week was a 16″ Trail Saddle from Martin Saddlery that is in great condition. The listing is a “Buy it Now” listing rather than an auction, and is still active as of this writing with a price of $1500. As I stated last week, this is a solid saddle that will last a long time. If you’re interested, see if the seller will take a lesser price
THIS WEEK’S PICK:
This week we’re really excited to have found a McCall saddle, our favorite production saddle brand. McCall saddles are very well made, and as close as you can get to the quality of a custom saddle maker from a production maker. Their specialty are Wade saddles, which we’re huge fans of.
McCall is a quality maker, not a quantity maker, so you don’t find many used McCalls for sale. And you find even fewer of their “Lady Wades” for sale. So when you find one, you need to be all over it.
This week’s saddle is a 16″ McCall Lady Wade with very few rides on it, and a real gem. Their Lady models are sized to female proportions (i.e. no ten feet long stirrup leathers!) and are a bit lighter than their regular Wades. McCall Wades, however, are substantial ranch saddles, so even the Lady Wades aren’t light saddles. But if you’re a gal looking for a saddle that will deliver an incredible ride, will position you in the correct riding position, and will last for generations, this is your saddle.
Now, let’s talk price. The McCall Lady Wade model is currently selling for $2800 new. The seller of this saddle has a starting bid of $2000 and a “Buy it Now” price of $2500. She’s dreaming. Just like new cars that lose a big chunk of value the minute you drive them off the lot, a used saddle will sell at a significant discount off the “new’ price. Because used McCalls are hard to come buy and have such a strong reputation, they’ll sell for a smaller discount then most other brands, but this seller is trying to recover almost all of the price she paid for it new. That’s unlikely to happen.
There’s a chance someone might jump at that price, but if you’re interested in this saddle, I’d try finding out if the seller might be interested at the $1800 price range. The listing doesn’t end until November 30th, so you may want to wait until closer to the close when she starts realizing she’s over priced her saddle.
Now, there just happens to be several other Lady McCalls listed for sale on ebay right now – Wades and Pendeltons (a Wade has a slick fork tree and a Pendelton has a swell fork tree) and they’re all priced about the same. Each one is in good shape and is a top notch saddle. So check out all of the Used Lady McCall Saddles for Sale. You won’t typically see so many listed at one time.
We Present the Saddle Blog’s Used Saddle of the Week:
16″ McCall Lady Wade Saddle
Check out other Wade Saddles for sale in our tack shop.