At The Nearly New Shop in Greenville, SC last week, I found a very comfortable Madras plaid short sleeve button down shirt from Gant. I combined that with a pair of Merona all cotton plain front khaki shorts that I bought last spring at Unique Thrift Store in Riverdale, NY. The Bass Weejuns were a recent find as well at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Greenville. The leather leather belt is about 10 years old, and I don’t remember where I got it.
Today at the Nearly New Shop in Greenville, SC, I found a great bleeding India Madras, patchwork plaid, short-sleeve button down shirt for $8.00. It was made for Rush Wilson Limited, an exclusive men’s store that has been in business in town since 1959.
The label inside the shirt indicates that the Madras was “hand loomed” and features irregularities in the weave that are actually a sign of authenticity. The dyes used in hand loomed shirts are natural and not synthetic and bleed when washed. Over time, the bleeding produces a wonderful faded look. I’d guess this particular shirt might be 20 years old, judging from the fade of the colors and the softness of the cotton. Madras is a key summer fabric for preppies and is essential in the hot and humid climate of the South.
The Nearly New Shop is run by the Junior League of Greenville. Store details:
118 Greenacre Road
Greenville, South Carolina 29607
Nearly New Shop Collection Hotline: (864) 232-1091
Monday through Saturday
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
On a recent trip to Greenville, SC to visit family, I had a chance to scout some of the local thrift stores there. The best one by far was The Nearly New Shop run by The Junior League. Lots khakis and button downs (pinpoint and oxford cloth), silk ties by well known makers, great suits and sport coats and lots of items from Rush Wilson, Ltd., a traditional clothier in town, where I started shopping as a teenager. The find of the day was a pair of Ralph Lauren 100% cotton khakis with a plain front – never buy pleated – and embroidered with tennis racquets. They were a perfect fit in the waist and inseam and needed no tailoring. The bottom of the khakis just touches the top of my penny loafers. I wear my pants with little or no break. The price: $8.00!! (Retail price at Ralph Lauren is about $79.50). My only regret about these pants is that they weren’t cuffed, but they were still a great find.