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
Each Monday at Unique Thrift Store in Riverdale, NY is Customer Appreciation Day – all items are 25% off the marked price. On Thursdays, you can get 25% off the marked price by showing a store card, which is easy to sign up for and is also free. The 100% shetland wool argyle sweater vest from L.L. Bean below was $4.99 last Thursday, but I got it for $3.75 with my store card. The online price for this type of sweater at Bean runs $69-$74. This one will be a nice addition for cooler early fall days.