Ok gents, I just returned from an epic thrifting adventure today. This was the most "expensive" one yet, but the final take was worth it.
[Edit: I recently discovered my last thrifting adventure was much more lucrative than I could ever have imagined. Read more at “Steal of the Month” below].
Feast upon the fruits of my thrifting:Steal of the Day
Aris 113-C valet stand with coin and accessories holder, extendable tie/hangar holders, and pants holder. Made in Italy; retails for $500. Cost to me: $4.94. I have wanted one of these for the longest time, but couldn't bring myself to pay the ludicrous prices to get one. I mean, if I had a workshop, I'd make my own! Mine is missing the back stand and hangar but I'll find a way to craft my own. Original product here: http://www.nameeks.com/product/Valet-Stand/Aris-113-C.html
.Steal of the Month
Last time I picked up a 1969 hardback edition of “The Godfather” by Mario Puzo. I was trawling eBay just seeing what it might be worth, and I found that I might have picked up no less than a first edition copy
. No ISBN, no other copyright but the 1969 one.
Condition: No dust jacket, but it’s in great condition. Small loss of color on edges and a small amount of corner bending, but similar books have gone anywhere from $100 to $300. I was floored. A pristine, dustjacketed copy is going for $1650 at Manhattan Rare Books.Suits
Long Sleeve Button Down Shirts
- Yves Saint Laurent navy fine brushed twill suit. Made in France. Fits like a 40L, 34/32 pants – definitely a keeper after tailoring. Condition: Has some gunk on it, but I’m confident that my tailor can get these superficial things out.
- Kingsridge (which has been around for a while- http://bit.ly/MDRyxh) quarter lined wool (blend?) navy blazer with brass buttons (heavy!) sold through the now defunct Muse’s Clothing Company in Atlanta, Georgia. The brass buttons feature a Latin motto, “Quo Fata Ferunt”, which means “Whither the Fates Carry Us”. The blazer was worth it, if only for the buttons! The blazer needs to be taken in a bit, and the armhole could be raised. Otherwise in pristine condition. Looks just like this one: http://bit.ly/S5HP54. Historical Tidbit: The George Muse Clothing Company building was a department store (until 1992) at 52 Peachtree Street NE. The building, which was converted to lofts in the mid 1990's, was the site of a Confederate Arsenal during the Civil War. Link: http://atlantatimemachine.com/downtown/pch052a.htm.
- Early Chaps by Ralph Lauren sold through Nordstrom (according to tags) wool pinstripe suit. Has a lower gorge than modern suits and requires hemming to the jacket and pants, but it’s the right size otherwise and has a nice shape. Inner right arm lining needs repair, but not too hard. Not necessarily SF approved, but a solid cheap suit.
- T.M. Lewin Jermyn Street Two-Fold Cotton Lewin 100 Slim Fit point collar light blue micro gingham shirt. In 16.5 x 34.5. Fits like a comfortable 15.5 x 33. Take in the sides a little and I’m in business.
- Knockaround shirts
- Land's End trim fit blue oxford collar button down (OCBD) 14.5 by 32. Good stuff. Now I know I'm a small. Feels like true oxford cloth in a rich blue color. Made in Hong Kong.
- Land's End trim fit blue oxford collar button down (OCBD) 15.5 by 32. Regular “business shirt blue” cotton made in Costa Rica.
- Nordstrom SMARTCare Non-wrinkle 100% Cotton blue and white micro check shirt. My first Nordstrom shirt ever, and I got it for a song. Need to take in sides slightly, but otherwise amazing. This thing was clearly dry cleaned since the collar is very starched (but in a nice way) and it’s very smooth. I personally prefer the natural feel of non-non-wrinkle (uh, oxford cloth) cotton, but the texture of this shirt is not unpleasant.
- Brooks Brothers OCBD. 15.5 x 34. If I keep it, I'll need to hem the sleeves about an inch, take in the sleeves, and take in the sides.
I’ve been looking for a nice red buffalo check shirt for the fall and got lucky with not 1, but 2 shirts.
Shorts and Pants
- Windridge camp shirt with buttoned chest patch pockets. Made in South Korea. Small. Fits like a trim fit medium.
- Briggs Sierra Made shirt Made in South Korea. Says XL but fits like a L. Intersting soft nylon interior collar and sleeve cuff interiors. 85% Wool 15% Nylon.
To the 'Bay
- Ralph Lauren Prospect Shorts in navy. Approximate model here for $69.50; cost to me: $2.92. (http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3580806).
- Izod surplus cotton chinos with reinforced crotch. Great sail-cloth look contrast stitching. Condition: Has a red spot (likely paint) near side seam on right leg, but a little bleach should work. If not, I’m not bothered by it. I can always make shorts out of them if need be.
- Carhartt duck cotton canvas carpenter jeans - W31/L32. Really nice feel to it, in pristine condition.
- Eddie Bauer linen shirt- Medium but fits like a L. Nice material, but too billowy for me.
- Unbranded brown leather belt with bronze/gold roller buckle. It’s full grain probably, maybe bridle leather. My cost: $3.50. Supple leather and fits perfectly. I love that it’s already developed a nice patina! Looks exactly like the Filson 1" belt down to stud placement (http://www.filson.com/products/1-leather-belt.63204.html).
- Hogan's Alley for NES- because I could. Ah memories...
- Picked up a few DVD’s and books (as usual).
Thrifting: For those who want to pay bottom dollar for top deals!