Mrs. G. and I have been quite busy and haven't been off to the thrifts much lately. But today we managed to make the trip, which resulted in some really choice new acquisitions in both the menswear and music departments.
To start with, I've been known to say that in Massachusetts, one really can't own too much nautically themed stuff. So this dashing tie is a welcome addition to the Affordable Wardrobe:
from none other that the Brothers Brooks.It's funny. This tie cost me $3.99. I've actually reached the point of considering that pricey for a necktie. I've gotten so many good ties for a dollar that paying four times as much seems a bit outrageous to me. But you must admit, this tie is pretty special...its not just embroidered with mere whales, but with weather vanes with whales on them. A true New England double shot! I'll bet this tie originally sold better in Boston than at the New York flagship.
Up next, a nice shirt with a button down collar in blue and black tattersall check:Nothing much to say about it...just a good shirt for $5.99.
But clothes are not the only thing to be had at the thrifts. There are also the records. It's getting harder to find really good ones at these places, but they turn up enough that its always worth sorting through the piles if you're hopelessly vinyl obsessed. Today we scored a couple of points for the Italian team:A young and beardless Luciano Pavarotti, singing his ass off and looking sharp in a striped tie and narrow collar. Can't go wrong there.
And of course, Frankie's somewhat weird record "Cycles" :Which not only features a strange version of By The Time I Get to Phoenix (strange mostly because Isaac Hayes owns that jam), but also bears this photo on the back sleeve:
This post may be somewhat odd and disjointed, but so is thrift shopping. Ain't that the fun in it?
p.s. I couldn't find Isaac Hayes doing "Phoenix", but watch this anyway...just because its the jams....
seriously, was there a time when this was on t.v.? Who designed that stage set? Who else do you know who can start out with a Brooks Brothers tie and wind up here?