Got a hall pass from the family (earned the hard way) and drove 2 hours each way to pillage 7 Goodwills in Connecticut (it was Sunday, SA's closed, but this was the day I was available), including the one closest to the ESPN campus (I really just wanted to say I did that here...but I was also curious to see if there were lots of good clothes because those guys get so many outfits given to them by sponsors). More on that below.
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- one store had Air Supply greatest hits on random play. I literally could not take it anymore and fled with what I had.
- would love to have Nataku or one of the pros go with (if you're in Boston or Hartford and have a free day, PM me, we'll do a tour) and decipher some of the unusual brands I see down there as well as give opinions on the custom taliored suits from New Haven...many diff labels for the Ivy League set...I mean, I know the Alex Cannons and J Press and Andover Shop and such...but there's even more I literally only see there. Shirts, ties, coats, mainly.
- so many white v-neck golf sweaters. Like 10 in every store. I had a jantzen for myself but put it back, asking "WTF are you DOING?" before I put my money down.
- despite the time change, there were 10 people waiting at the door of the first one when it opened at 9am. This thrifting stuff is getting intense, more intense than I've noticed before. I think it's a sign this news we're reading about the economic recovery is bulls#it.
- you guys ever been to a Goodwill OUTLET? just rows of blue bins with skanky stuff in there. I'm sure there were some treasures to be rescued but not by me. You get stuff in bags and they charge you by the pound. I fled.
Here's the final lineup of finds...all in my size. No Brioni's or Vicuna or crazy wack rare stuff, but it was worth it to me. The BB shirts, btw...I get because 15-32 fits me, and they are one of the few brands that you see with this exact size (or 15-33 and not the dreaded M/15-15 1/2/32-33 mushed together size that is, in reality none of the above sizes it alleges to average) once in a while. I picked up as many today as I would in a year, typically, because these stores have it going on! Plus, I think BB stores are dumping old stock at a couple of these stores (see the pink shirt pic):
canali blue odd suitcoat that will pass for a blue blazer when I need it, Orvis, BB short sleeve, and a pair of Faconnables
Bluchers Florsheim Imperial...labeling says it happened soon before Florsheim family sold out...and can someone ID the wingtips -- Nataku??? -- O'Sullivan heels and the inside says something barely readable along the lines of "...your walk..." "Made in U.S.A." They are very solidly constructed and will clean up sweet for beaters.
Baby alpaca (the fetish continues) sweater, seemingly never-worn Land's End cords, BB wool pants.
Polo, BB, H-F, Bullock & Jones, Marks & Spencer
BB, Thrwhytt, BB
Robert Graham (gasp!), Eredi Pisano (Nataku, 8 years ago you posted about it
...do you still feel the shirts are nice? I got it because it had French cuffs, was dry cleaned, seemed nice), BB, and a pair of Viyellas.
And here's a damn cautionary tale: This was mint and awesome and $8. Except you couldn't tell in the light there (but here when we get home...it's painful to look at -- can you see it in the pic?) that it was in the window at a BB store and sun bleached to hell. Will never get that $8 back, but serves me right for not being careful enough.
...and for the ESPN Goodwill. Nothing unusual except lots -- lots! -- of nice dress shirts and many pairs of big (40-ish) BB pants. And as one might expect lots of polar fleece tops with sponsors' names embroidered on them, MNF, etc. The coats and suits just sucked. Isn't Canali a big sponsor of one of the football sportscasters (or is that Dan Marino on CBS?)...was glad I went, don't know if I'll go there again, heh.