I’m sporting my newly-found LL Bean cardigan today. I can’t help but call it my “old man sweater.” It’s super thin but warmer than I expected. It’s a good thing I like wearing sweaters because the frigid temperatures in my office require it nearly every day. I can’t wait to try out this sweater under a blazer or sport coat.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
First up we have a pair of nearly-new bucks from GH Bass. The doozie here is that as new as they look they are, in fact, old school USA-made bucks. These are a great find because they actually happened to be on my "to thrift" list -- just like the Bean Boots I found last time I walked into this same store. These fine shoes came home with me today for $4.99.
Next up is a very interesting vintage piece from Woolrich Woolen Mills. I suspect it's a shooting jacket of some sort. The bellows pockets on the chest definitely seem made for holding shotgun shells. There are some loops on each side that are too high up to be belt loops so I figure they have something to do with holding a gun. Maybe?
It is made of heavy, heavy wool with a plush body lining and quilted sleeve lining. It's insanely warm. It wasn't very cold here today, about 45F, and it was almost too warm to wear. I wish I could figure out how old it is. I thought about trying to hide it and picking it up during the upcoming half off sale, but for $4.99 I couldn't pass up taking it home today.
After I found those first two items I almost called it quits, but I decided to check out the sweaters, hoping to find a cable-knit Aran sweater or an LLB Norwegian. Instead, I found the ultimate old man sweater -- a made-in-Scotland lambswool cardigan from LL Bean. It had a small stain on it that my lovely wife seemed certain she could get out. Heck, at $1.99 it was worth the gamble. When we got home tonight I went to work on the stain. Sure enough, the stain came out and I have a new sweater to wear tomorrow.
Here's the find that really caught me off guard. For the minuscule price of $6.99, I brought home a vintage charcoal single-breasted overcoat from Brooks Brothers. I have no idea how old this thing is, but what I can tell you is that it's heavy. So heavy, in fact, that when you have it on, you can feel it kind of weighing your shoulders down. You can't tell in the photo, but it's a long overcoat, something to wear over a suit or jacket & tie for church on Sunday. I look forward to wearing it as we charge full steam ahead into the end of January and beginning of February -- the worst part of the year for snow and slush and nastiness here in central Ohio.
Whoever owned this coat wore the hell out of it. The lining is a bit of a mess. It has a few rips, which my dear mother can repair, but there are some places where the lining is worn through. It doesn't strike me as mistreated -- it strikes me as if somebody owned this coat, and wore it all winter, every winter, for 20 or 30 years. The fantastic part, though, is that despite the signs of age in the lining, the wool exterior is absolutely flawless. The fabric is a herringbone wool that almost feels like a tweed so it has worn like iron. I suppose that's why Brooks can get away with charging $1,000 and up for garments like this. Quality. Thirty years from now the coat will probably still look as good when I pass it on to one of my dear sons.
Okay, it's time for bed. Tomorrow is my dear son's 3rd birthday party and we have to get up early and frost his homemade vegan chocolate "dirt cake." Buenas noches!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Speaking of dressing up for church; this was my ensemble this past Sunday. We celebrated the Great Blessing of the Waters, in preparation for the upcoming Feast of Theophany.
I’m wearing a lamb’s wool sport coat that I picked up a few years at Belk’s in
I paired the jacket with my newly thrifted, green oxford cloth button-down and a recently eBay’d vintage
I visited the local thrift shop on my lunch hour today. It's a very small one, but I always manage to walk out with something. I got my dear son his first pair of Adidas soccer cleats. He'll need them come summertime! They were $1.99 and are in pretty good shape. They just need the dirt knocked off of them.
I also stumbled upon this Brooks Brothers tie for a mere $0.99. It was a perfect find because I don't have any green ties in my collection. I wish that our dress code here at work was friendlier to those who like to dress nicer. I mean, I could come into work in a jacket and tie but I’d be “that guy,” and I already suspect I’m “that guy,” for other reasons. Good thing I’ve started dressing like a grown-up for church. J
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
But you already knew that, right? This one’s from the big Ohio Thrift haul that we brought home last month. It was $1.99 or something like that. It’s 100% cotton – and a very hefty cotton at that. Unfortunately, it’s not USA-made, but you can’t win them all. I’ve wanted a green OCBD in my collection so this was a perfect find. Now, I just need to find a pink one and I’ll be all set. Pink uni-stripe would be bonus.
My closet runneth over…
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
The flannel shirt is from Lands' End, too, and also from Ohio Thrift. I think it was $3.99 or something close to it. They make great flannel shirts but I wear them so often in the winter that I'm pretty hard on them. I guess the bright side is that if it falls apart it was just a thrift store find.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
My mom sent me a little care package recently and in it were a few shirts she picked up at a Goodwill store near
It’s quite appropriate for today since we celebrate Nativity (Christmas) today. Yes, I know it’s January 7th.
Now, back to my hot chocolate and watching the snow fall.
So far, so good. The lovely wife didn’t kill me for bringing home another blazer yesterday. I tried them both on and the new one clearly fits me better than the old one. I think the sack blazer is a size too small – never noticed the way the vent in the back opened up. No es bueno.
Now I just need to make a trip to the cleaners in case I brought home any jacket-eating moths…
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
But then I found one a few days later for $4.99 at Ohio Thrift. I don’t know that I’d ever be interested in these jackets if my little 2 year old son hadn’t gotten a matching one from his grandma, same color and everything – thrifted, of course. My mom is a master at getting good stuff at yard sales. I suppose I inherited my thrifting powers from her?
PRL “Big Shirt” – My size, I just didn’t feel like paying $3.69 for it. My closet’s about to explode. Nice shirt from Pendleton, but when did they start making clothes in
Dear Lovely Wife,
Please don’t kill me for buying another jacket. It’s a blue hopsack blazer. Two-button, darted, fully lined. Fits me much better than the other one I bought at Goodwill. $4.99. I promise I won’t by any more sport coats or blazers for a long, long time (unless I find a blue flannel blazer that fits me). Love, The Husband.
(I’d rather find another sack blazer instead of a darted one, but who are we kidding? On my frame, darts aren’t so bad, plus the shoulders are pretty natural. I’m not sure if it’s a wool-blend or straight up poly. There’s no tag with the materials on it, so I can maintain plausible deniability. Either way, it looks pretty sharp, and I’m more likely to wear it than my other one, so I believe that qualifies it as a good purchase.)
I love winter. I love snow. I don’t necessarily love the frigid temperatures we get here in central
I’ve got a black pea coat (I now wish it was navy), a vintage army parka (a nod to my scootering pastime), an olive drab MA-1 flight jacket, a vintage USA-made Lands’ End “Squall” jacket (thrifted for $4.99!), a much-loved Old Navy jean jacket, a Columbus Crew rain jacket, and more that I just can’t think of right now. Of course, I have a few blazers and sport coats. Our coat closet is jam packed and the coat rack is overloaded. Always.
Still, I find myself always on the lookout for new (old) outerwear. Right now I’m hoping the thrift stores shine upon me a Barbour coat. My luck will most certainly be that I find one that is either the wrong size, or just too beat up to pay money for.
Along with my love for jackets, I just can’t have enough scarves. I have at least 4 or 5, and that doesn’t count my collection of football* scarves. My lovely wife gave me my first cashmere scarf a few years ago. I love it but I’m always afraid my stubble is going to tear it to shreds – you should see what it does to my shirt collars.
My newest scarf acquisition wasn’t thrifted but it is pre-owned. My mom gave me a scarf for Christmas that belonged to my grandfather. It’s all-wool, burgundy with a golden windowpane pattern and best of all, it’s made in
* By football, I mean soccer.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
This is my view of the world for 10 hours a day. I really need something thrifted to spruce it up. A vintage Panasonic table radio would be just the thing, wouldn’t it?
Items of note:
- Sharpie Accent Highlighters,
- Wall calendar from Holy Cross Russian Orthodox Monastery.
- Red plastic pencil cup from Ikea. Uber-modern, but I love it.
- C.O. Bigelow Chapped Hands Remedy. A stocking stuffer from the lovely wife.
Ok, I know I already showed off the gumshoes when I bought them, but I just wanted to share with you my favorite socks for wintertime. Red, fuzzy, acrylic socks from the Gap. I got them at the outlet store in
Both came from Ohio Thrift. I can’t say enough about that place.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Eddie Bauer flannel shirt from Ohio Thrift Store. I don’t remember what I paid for it -- $3.99 or something like that. It’s definitely one of my winter favorites. Once it starts getting below freezing on a daily basis, I wear flannel pretty much every day.
Also seen in the photo is my shiny new Timex with a grosgrain watchband from Brooks Brothers. I grabbed a couple watchbands at Brooks because they had 25% off of all accessories. They are nicer than I expected, but a 1mm too narrow for the watch itself. Oh well, I suppose I’ll survive.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Vintage USA-made Lands' End tie. This yellow tie instantly became my favorite and most-worn tie in my collection. I think it was $2.00 at America's Thrift in Chattanooga.
This picture is from Palm Sunday 2009. That was my Lenten beard. I rather miss the beard, but it was itchy and the lovely wife didn't much care for it.
Eddie Bauer tartan shirt -- $3.99 (it wasn’t half-off day)
The jacket is fantastic. I think it fits me better than jackets and suits I’ve bought off-the-rack at department stores. I saw quite a few blue flannel blazers. They were lovely and I wanted one real bad, but none of them were my size. This, however, was a gem I couldn’t pass up!