This afternoon at Housing Works on W. 17th Street in Manhattan, I found a vintage Brooks Brothers crew neck Argyle Sweater, which was made in England of 100% Shetland wool. Judging from the label, it is likely from the early 80s. I carefully inspected every inch of the material before buying it. There were no visible signs of wear – no holes or weak spots and no loose stitching at the seams. It was in excellent condition, and I consider it a nice find. Cost: $25.00. While the price was fair, it was a good bit higher than I might have paid in a thrift store outside Manhattan. Located in the fashionable West Side neighborhood of Chelsea, Housing Works commands top dollar among thrift stores. I can’t haggle there like I might at a mom and pop shop. However, it’s still much better than paying retail, and the proceeds go to charity
$25 can be a fortune to us thrifters…but it sounds like you got an amazing deal. I love the colors! And you’re so smart to check for wear and holes etc. Good find 🙂
You’re absolutely right about the price. It is high, and I splurged there, for sure. I think they marked it up a good bit since it’s a vintage item – and because their store is connected with a charity. But in the Bronx, on sale days, I’ve gotten Shetland sweaters from L.L. Bean for as low as $3.99 and from Brooks Brothers for between $7.99 and $9.99.