I went to the holy land of Wisconsin in search for some shoes. I hit about 7 stores all within an hour of the AE factory. Some stores knew what they had. I wasn't about to pay $30 for size 14 A Manchesters. I think I did alright though. Everything is available unless noted.
You guys ever find shoes with mold on them? These had to have been sitting in someone's basement for decades. Hardly worn really. Spoilered because it's actually disgusting.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
They cleaned up alright though. Saphir never ceases to amaze me. The basement patina looks surprisingly great. They're J&M Aristocrafts. Size 9.5 C/A
AE Auburn 8 EE
AE Wingham 8 D
AE Grayson 9 C
AE Dickson 12 C These are late 60's or early 70's (thanks Wes). I think they look much better than the more recent version.
AE Cameron N/A
AE Walden 11.5 D
My first shells! J&M Aristocraft 9.5 C/A
AE Cody N/A
Some shirts as well:
Takumi Japan M I had never heard of this brand before but it was darted and had some other cool details so I googled it in the store. Found one website that had one of their shirts retail for $220 so I picked it up. It fits me but I don't know if I can pull it off. Anyone know anything about this brand?
BB Madras SS M
Polo script label FC shirt with MOPs N/A
Working compass cufflinks to go with it.
Non Clothing Finds
I bought this broken guitar for $30 thinking that a ~$10 fix could net me $100 profit. (Or I could just add to my collection.) I've spoiled some pictures of the frustrating restoration process if anyone is interested.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Missing the nut and strings.
Ordered a replacement nut on eBay. It didn't fit at first. Had to file the wood down to get it into place.
Other than that there are a few scratches and dings, but nothing major. The electronics were all tangled up but that was an easy fix. What I didn't anticipate in the store was that one of the tuning machines ended up being broken. The wood is stripped where it connects on the back so the post won't turn after a certain amount of pressure from when the string is applied. The whole post starts to come out when you turn it enough. Not sure what I'm going to do about it yet.
You guys post your Jazz records finds sometimes. I like my vinyl modern, limited edition, blue, and with a free t-shirt. I'm thinking next year they'll do some sort of 10th anniversary for it and this will be worth a lot more. Already go between $60-80 on the bay.
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Sorry for such a long post!