Originally Posted by pejsek
Passed on a superb pair of bespoke ladies golf shoes from Henry Maxwell--white suede with a navy wing cap, a product of the Dover St years; as usual the punching was completely assured and perfectly executed. I don't think anyone (possibly excepting Koji Suzuki) does brogueing on this level anymore. Anyway, I have too many bespoke shoes I can't wear and I don't know any women who golf who would be into this kind of thing. A gift of two-toned vintage golf shoes could be so easily misunderstood. So I left them on the shelf along with a pair of pointy-toed Lambertson-Truex white bucks (nice suede but already becoming unglued). A couple of stops later my patience was rewarded with two pairs of Borrelli pants--flat front off-white fine wale cords and a sort of olive tweed with two inch cuffs ($5.49 each). Very little is going on these days. Like Nataku I'm seeing a whole lot less stuff out on the floor, especially at the big stores. Goodwill and SA have probably cut their floor inventory in half over the past year. Even though times are tough I suspect some major skimming is going on. The only bright spots for me are some of the smaller more independent stores with stable personnel and unpredictable schedules for putting stuff out. The main Goodwill store here in SF is especially grim in the morning as ebay flippers pace hungrily in front of the stock room door waiting for new things to keep them alive. I mostly skip that scene now. Too depressing. But I'm a dilettante.
Nice score on the Borrelli pants. I found 4 pairs at one stop several months ago and they are among my favorite trousers. As I mentioned a week or so ago, I'm seeing the opposite. The stores I go to are packed with donations... trouble is, it's mostly crap. I haven't picked up anything hardly. It's getting to the point where I don't even bother with the clothes anymore, and head straight to the electronics, music/books, housewares. I've just lost patience with scouring through mounds of junk. I try to keep telling myself it's worth it as there's sure to be treasure in there. But I haven't hit paydirt lately to rekindle the drive. That said, the other day I found a great pair of charcoal flannel Black Fleece trousers ($7) and a nice Brioni shirt ($10). But still, that's all I've found for clothes in the last couple weeks in spite of heavy thrifting.... But, I did make a super score of another kind. I stumbled across what must have been someone's entire jazz cassette collection. I found 82 classic jazz albums on cassette, mostly 'blue note' and 'classic series jazz' albums. I think there were even more that I didn't get to because the store was closing. Tapes are usually $.50 at this store, but I talked them into only charging me for 50 of them. So I got 82 great jazz albums for $25. Artists like Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, Thelonius, Johnny Griffin, Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, etc. etc. Just an outstanding collection. And so far, they're all sounding magnificent on that Nakamichi cassette deck I thrifed about a month ago... BTW, if those ladies golf shoes are a size 7, would you proxy for me? I'm trying to get my wife into the game...