Before the list of finds, a story. I'm a fairly regular donor to my local thrift store. I had donated some clothes, including a Banana Republic wool/rayon long sleeve plaid shirt cut in a 1950s style--one of my favorite shirts because of the styling, but that had seen better days. About a month later I'm walking through the thrift store and I see my shirt on the end of a rack. I walk over to look at it, because I'm interested to see the condition of the shirt which would give me some idea of the cleaning process it went through before being sold. I then started looking through the suit/jacket rack, which runs perpendicular to the rack where my old shirt was. Directly, and I mean directly, across from my old shirt was a Gianluca Isaia jacket from Louis, Boston in my size, in brand new condition, with working buttonholes on the sleeves. At this particular store all jackets are $4.99. I pick it up, try it on, and fits perfectly in the body. The sleeves were a little short which was easy enough to fix. I walked up to the register and the cashier rang up the jacket for $1. I asked why, and she said "All blue tag items are $1 today." I suppose there is something about casting one's bread upon the waters to be learned here. Here is the Isaia jacket:
I've also found a Turnbull and Asser (Chester Barrie) pinstripe suit ($10), a bespoke Chipp jacket from 1968 ($1) single breasted two button, peak lapels, ticket pocket, working buttonholes, and a crazy yellow paisley silk lining.
a few Huntsman jackets for $5 including,
note: sleeves now altered back to proper length/balance a $5 bespoke jacket by an NYC tailor with a ticket pocket, Holland and Sherry buttons, and working buttonholes in a plaid cashmere that would make Les Nessman jump for joy. My favorite is the c. 1968 bespoke overcoat by Bernard Weatherill with a ticket pocket and working sleeve buttons in a gray nailhead. It was fifteen bucks. The key to good luck at a thrift store is to look at everything. I've found some interesting items that I wouldn't have noticed at first glance--a polo shirt by Bowring Arundel, some great 1960s sweater vests made in Scotland, 1950s viyella fabric shirts. I've also been known to buy $1 shirts just for the buttons. Regards, Charles