On a Saturday afternoon thrift expedition last summer, my wife and I stopped at The Salvation Army in Danbury, CT. Their store occupies two floors of a building (several thousand square feet) in the downtown area. It is a gigantic warehouse full of amazing clothes, and if you ever go there, you should be prepared to spend several hours if you want to find the really good stuff. It takes time to weed out all of the clothes that just don’t cut it (that’s code for clothes that contain acrylic, polyester or poly/cotton blends).
I had several good finds on this trip, but the best deal was a 2-botton tweed Burberrys’ sport coat for $9.99. It’s actually a Burberry knock off. The lapels are 3.5 inches at the widest point. I also found a slate blue 100% cotton Land’s End turtleneck for $4.99, which I paired with the Burberry, khaki pants and penny loafers this afternoon. The pattern on the sport coat has several colors running through it: slate, navy and maroon. The turtleneck really picks up the slate blue stripe of the sport coat.
I had to have two alterations done: the sleeves had to be shortened so that I could show 1/4 inch of cuffs when wearing a button down, and a slight ridge appeared below the collar, which my tailor took out (a task he calls “lowering the collar”).
Another find that day was a 3-button Corbin sport coat for $9.99, which I’ll post about some other time. It was english style, double vented in the back and with two pockets on the right side – a smaller one on top. I also bought an Oleg Cassini 2-button sport coat with a small houndstooth pattern of maroon and navy over a dark brown background. The magic price for that one: also $9.99. Rounding out the haul were two Land’s End button downs (pink and white) at $4.99 each and an assortment of wool sweaters none of which cost more than $5.00. The Oleg Cassini looks amazing with the pink button down, by the way.
As a general rule, I prefer a 3-button, natural shoulder, sack cut sport coat over any other kind, but I will occasionally buy a 2-button model if I really like the pattern. Some exceptions are necessary, I suppose. All in all, this was a good day of thrifting, costing less than $50.00. If I’d bought everything new, I conservatively estimate that I’d have paid at least $500-$700.