15 June 2011

Off Season

I've said it before, but it bears no end of repeating: A successful cheapskate knows how to take what he can get when he can get it. It may be June and all, but that's never a good reason to pass up a fine tweed should one turn up in the dirt:
A beautiful number in the perfect shade of medium brown, hard wearing but butter soft, and just my size to boot, no alterations necessary, turned up just the other day. An upgrade, much better than my present piece of brown tweed. Jeans, flannels, khakis...this jacket can take it all.

The herringbone pattern is prominent, but nicely understated. The construction is top notch. Dated 1987, but may as well be brand new.

Sartorial gold from the Andover Shop, and a hell of a score for $11.99.

Take what you can when you can, Thrift shopping is no time to think seasonally.

p.s. ulterior motive: new stuff up in the shop today, including some really glorious tweeds I could neither pass up nor hold onto until the Fall. See theme, along with new Spring/Summer goods, shoes and neckties here.


7 comments:

Roger said...

I'm quite jealous of course, a fine piece of tweed that is. And true to your prescription I am shopping with other seasons in mind and gladly snapping up coats and trousers people are ignoring while the sun is shining.

Sean said...

The more successful cheapskate lurks on this site and waits for the blogger to put clothes up for sale.

Anonymous said...

May be somewhat off topic but has anyone found thrift prices particularly strong lately?

On the Philadelphia Main Line prices have recently increased 30% across the board. Paul Stuart or Barney's NY shirts that were $4.90 and 1/3 off on Sunday's have gone to $7.90 and no discount until Monday.

Anonymous said...

I, too, have had a hot streak on clothes for frigid weather. An LL Bean goose down parka with coyote fur trim, a bullet-proof English made Harris Tweed gun check sport coat, a pair of Sorel snow boots, a pair of Woolrich super-heavy charcoal herringbone tweed trousers, a Zegna cashmere-wood blend sport coat, a Lands End old-school grey herringbone tweed. Everything in spectacular condition (save the HT coat, which I found out too late is missing a button, but easily fixable) and nothing more than $5. Come Labor Day, I'll flip what doesn't fit and spend the proceeds on, well, more clothes, I suppose...

Anonymous said...

The jacket conjures up images of...Adam West as Bruce Wayne. Otherwise, a great score to tuck away!

NCJack said...

Almost out the door of my fave thrift today (no patch pocket summer coats, only a couple of okay books) when I recalled this blog. Went back and found a really handsome pair of E. Zegna flannels that fit great. Thanx (again)

maria said...

its too middle aged.