How Old Blues Can Make You Greens

People love their old Levi’s® and collectors will pay top dollar to get them.  But why are they so valuable and where can you find them?

Guess how much these Vintage Levi’s® jeans sold for in 2001?

Levi’s® are in our genes.  They are passed down from our parents, grandparents, and even great-great grandparents. When the waist gets a little tight or the fly doesn’t stayed closed we pass them down to our children.  Wearing an old pair of Levi’s® jeans reminds us of a feeling or evokes a memory.  We see them in old photographs and try to remember how we ripped the knee or whose initials we wrote in the ink heart. They become an imprint on our lives. If you are lucky enough to find a vintage pair they can be worth their weight in gold.

My blog will be discussing many topics about the after market for Levi’s® products including:

  • where to find vintage Levi’s® garments
  • pictures of recycled & modified products
  • concepts of denim artwork, memorabilia, collectibles, and
  • interesting factoids about Levi Strauss & Co.

The next issue of Vintage & Collectible Levi’s® , They’re real and they’re spectacular, will discuss how to identify an authentic Levi’s® Jean (pre-1971).

This will give you a head start in identifying then characteristics of  vintage, collectible, and rare Levi’s ® products. A Timeline of Levi Strauss & Co. and  the History of the Levi’s® 501 Jeans.

Did you know? In 2001, Levi Strauss & Co. purchased a pair of jeans (“Nevada”) from the late 1870’s for $46,532.

We would love to hear from you. Send in pictures of your vintage, collectible, or Levi’s®  memorabilia. Who knows you could be the next person to make big money by selling them to the company.


15 Responses to “How Old Blues Can Make You Greens”

  1. 1 Kelly Stride February 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I have a pair of Levi’s I bought 35 years ago. They are a 76″ Waist and a 45″ leg. 501’s How can I find colectors who’d be interested in buying these?

  2. 2 Rebecca Pitcher December 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I have a Levis shirt And jackit old are thay colectible also ?

  3. 3 The Deminator December 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Rebecca – old doesn’t mean collectible. What are they? What year are they from?

  4. 4 Barnie Frazier March 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    i hAVE 2 PAIR OF 501 levi strauss & CO. I beleave 1940s
    They have butting fly with red tag W42x34 l4169 two hourse lable
    They came from a movie wordrive

  5. 5 The Deminator March 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Barnie – I can contact my friend at Levi’s to see if they are
    interested in learning more about the jeans. Can you take any photo’s
    of them?


  6. 6 Todd April 3, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Hi, I recently ran across a lot of 20 or so original illustrations showing what I think are concept designs for Levis and Lee wrist watches with denim bands. These are quite professionally done and date from February of 1974. They are signed by the artist, whose first name is Tom, but I can’t make out the last name. Some of them also have the name “Bette” in lower left corner. They were drawn on illustration board measuring approximately 14 by 17 inches. I have no idea what they would be worth. They are obviously one of a kind. Some are drawn using colored pencil, and some are black and white sketches, while others are a combination of both. I wish I could verify if the artist was a designer for Levi Strauss in 1974. If so, I would assume the drawings would hold some value. Thank you!

  7. 7 The Deminator April 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Todd

    I have forwarded your note to my contact at Levi’s. I’ll let you know if they
    have any interes. The will most likely request a photo. Can you email me
    a couple of the Levi’s drawings? I am not sure that this is an item that they
    would be interested in owning but we will find out.

    Thank you

  8. 8 Barnie Frazier April 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    The Levi,s have the small e plassing them in the 1970 or so.
    If you wish I would haft to re take the photes
    Thank you

  9. 9 The Deminator April 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm


    The small “e” on the red tabs are from jeans made beginning in the 1970’s. They are not interested in newer jeans. I’m very sorry.

  10. 10 Rachel April 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I have a “thing” I’m trying to identify. It’s a Levi’s “sign” (for lack of better word) that has an adhesive strip on the back. It appears to be ceramic… and almost like it was meant to be put on a sign. It’s just the logo… red with the scallops at the bottom and white raised lettering. Where in the world do I start researching this to figure out a.) what it is and b.) if it’s worth anything. Thanks for any advice you can give!!!!!

  11. 11 The Deminator April 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Rachel. Sounds like something that could have been used for a display in a retail store. Do you can to email me a picture?
    Send it to:

  12. 12 velda August 27, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Hi my name is Vee i have a pair of levi’s i don’t know the year or if it is vintage but will like to know you take on it. i will forward you some photos

  13. 13 The Deminator August 27, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Hi Vee,

    How old is vintage? Over 100 years? Levi’s isn’t purchasing products at the moment but if it’s something
    very rare I will contact them on your behalf. Thank you

  14. 14 Jon February 20, 2014 at 4:40 am

    I have found an old Levi belt buckle, I would like to know more about it if possible. it is oval with a man carrying a saddle and standing on a sign that spells Levi. It has some rust on back side and front too but in good shape other wise. Thanks for any info. Jon

  15. 15 The Deminator February 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Jon,

    My contact at Levi’s is not currently purchasing items. I will reach out to the historian to see if they can provide any information.

    Thank you.

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