Vintage Brooks Brothers Argyle Sweater

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

Housing Works - Interior View

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2 thoughts on “Vintage Brooks Brothers Argyle Sweater

  1. 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.

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