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Joe Tradly

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Come one, come all Trads:

Welcome to the Unofficial Ask Andy About Trad Informal Thrift Store Exchange thread.

Here's how it works. Post a reply to this thread if you are interested in informally being a part of the exchange, that is, you occasionally stop by thrift stores, are willing to buy Trad items to exchange with Trad brethren, and you are willing to wear thrift store finds.

In your post, tell us your "measurements" and what items you might be looking for. At any time, you can edit your post to alter a size (yes, we all do gain and sometimes lose weight), or change what you're looking for. Some participants may wish to post pictures of items they've found. Please, if you do this, pull the pictures down when the deal's been made.

Deals should be made by private message only, and we will operate under the honor system. Since thrift store items tend to be cheap, you won't be out tons of cash, but it's easier if we all agree to agree up front. You set the price, but try not to gouge your fellow Trad. We can agree to do this because those of us who have been to a thrift store have all felt the abject pain of finding the perfect sack tweed in a 38L. Well, someone's bound to be a 38L around here.

Finally: I think this lives on the Trad Forum because I believe we need to limit ourselves to truly Trad items, or the profoundly exceptional non-trad items (a darted odd seersucker jacket with embroidered lobsters, for instance). Sack suits especially are so hard to come by that when we find them in vintage shops and in good condition, we need to share them with each other.

Now, I have Golden Fleece three-piece sack suit that I need to measure and take some photos of...just you wait until you see this beauty.

PM me if you think I need to edit this post in anyway.

Thanks gents,
JB
 

Joe Tradly

Advanced Member
Oh, yeah:

44R jacket
38 waist

Looking for just about anything in a sack cut, suit or odd jacket, especially tweeds.

JB
 

tripreed

Advanced Member
Of course I'm in.

I am a 44 short jacket, 38 waist, although I can usually wear a 42 sack, and sometime I can wear shorter regulars. I wear a size 9 1/2 or 9 wide shoe.

I am on the look out for about anything in a sack (like Joe), also for a polo coat, and nice penny loafers or Alden-style tassel loafers.
 

abc123

Super Member
Joe,

Thanks for getting this started, should be fun! If that GF is near a 38, you may be hearing from me:icon_smile:

For me:

37-39 for jackets (or the generic "small"). A "short" or "regular" are both fine.
32-33 for pants
Size 11, preferably wide width

Looking for anything similar to the following:
-Tweed overcoat, odd jacket, or vest
-Duffel coat, in navy or perhaps camel colored
-Any trad suits (especially solid navy, grey, and anything three piece)
-Suede or cordovan tasels or penny loafers
 
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tweedchap

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
Hurrah! Thanks, Joe!

I'm a 48L (but regular can be OK), and 38 waist and 34 leg.

Would love to hear about trad. suits, Harris or Donegal tweeds (anything! coats, jackets, trousers, unused underwear...), and dark wool trousers. Thanks, chaps!
 

AlanC

Sartorial Sultan<br> Moderator, Trad Forum
Okay, it's pinned to the top by popular request. We'll see how it works. Just a reminder, this is to facilitate private exchanges and AAAC can assume no responsibility for problems, blah, blah.

I'm a 40/41R, 34 waist, ~30" inseam (32 in some khakis, etc.)

16 x 34 in shirts

Medium in sweaters

I'd be very interested in good condition Brooks (or Press) OCBDs in my size, particularly blue, pink and yellow, also sweaters. Suits and sportcoats, too, of course. As I'm fairly ecumenical with my wardrobe (ie, not dart-phobic) if you happen to run across anything high end in my size, I'd likely be interested.
 

vwguy

Honors Member
Way to go Joe! I am a 44L and am looking for:
a herringbone Harris tweed in either dark brown, black or olive, I'd prefer them to be fully lined.

Brian
 
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familyman

Super Member
I don't thrift much anymore but I am interested in the recieving end of the exchange. I'm a 38R and very interested in finding a tweed sack. Whenever you guys think to yourselves 'bugger! this is too small!' think of me. :)
 

knickerbacker

Senior Member
Joe,
This is a grand idea: thank you. I recently posted a request for a separate trad sales forum and I think that this does quite nicely.

I wear a 43 R, 36-7 waist around a 29.5" inseam. As clothing styling and sizing have changed over the years, I find that in an older suit I'm a 44 and in a newer blazer and sometimes suit I'm a 42.
Shoes are US 9 or 9.5 D. UK 8 or 8.5E.
Shirt size 16 / 16.5 33
 

zignatius

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
great idea. although i can't say i regularly visit the thrift stores, i'm at least happy to post my size: 42L or 43R, 34 or 35 in the waste, 30-31" inseam. (fortunately and unfortunately, it's probably the most common size on the continent.)
 

EastVillageTrad

Super Member
Cord sportcoat

In the market for a tan/beige corduroy sportcoat, 3 or 2 button sack, undarted.

39-41R, 33 sleeve.

If there is anything out there let me know....
 

Patrick06790

Connoisseur
Another 42 R here, 16.5 x 33. 36 x 29. AE shoe size 10C (usually).

Not dart-phobic either, but more interested in sacks, esp. tweeds.

Esp. interested in a medium grey solid sack suit.

I make the rounds regularly so I'll jot a few things down from the posts here and with luck remember to consult my notes.
 

tripreed

Advanced Member
I found a Corbin suit at thrift store yesterday, I think it was in some kind of a light gray pattern. I believe it was around a size 42 jacket. While the jacket was undarted and was a 3/2, the pants were pleated, and because of this I hesitated and left it there. If someone is interested, I could go back and pick it up today, or possibly take a camera and take a picture, and maybe take some measurement. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, drop me a PM.
 

vwguy

Honors Member
I found a 44L Brooksease navy blazer tonite for $8.99, I did not pick it up, but if someone wants it I can go back for it.

Brian
 

tripreed

Advanced Member
Sack blazers for sale

I have a Brooksease navy sack blazer in a size 39 short, and a Southwick Douglas model blazer that is probably around a 38 regular (I will remeasure it again this evening or tomorrow) and is, I believe, doeskin. The Southwick, however, has no buttons because I took them off to put on my blazer (which was missing one). I am asking $20 for each (OBO), plus shipping. PM me if you are interested.
 

3button Max

Senior Member
Oh, yeah:

44R jacket
38 waist

Looking for just about anything in a sack cut, suit or odd jacket, especially tweeds.

JB
ditto on size re Bondi- I would add Brooks Brothers 17.5 34 shirt real pre "non-iron" period....(assuming shirt has been washed and dried and shrunk a bit-which is how one finds used things-
I may hit used store during lunch break this week I know family wears a 38- a more common size than you might think-I guess especially if you are looking for a 44!
keep me in the loop and we can all bird dog for each other
Max
 

Markus

Senior Member
Measurement and Descriptive Practices--We Need Some Standard Methods

Several thoughts here on this topic and some elements which would help us all work towards consistent standards as we post measurements, descriptions of condition, etc.

1. I know there are folks on this board who know how to take measurements. Could one of you be so kind as to post a description here about how to accurately take measurements and how to translate those measurements into sizes? Shirts, properly tagged, are not problem. Brooks brothers suits and jackets, with the inside pocket size tag still intact are also fairly easy to do. But without tags, I'm left at guessing the size of things. A diagram with instructions about where to measure and how to measure, with a table that translates that information into estimates of size would be most helpful.

Along these lines I think it is also essential that we differentiate between short, medium and long rise with respect to pants.

2. I humbly suggest that we develop some kind of standard for describing condition. Here are a couple of thoughts--cotton shirts, for example, BB OCBD's seem particularly robust. When I see them in the thrifts, they are sometimes even still fresh from laundry. And, if the cuffs or collar aren't frayed, and there are not spots or stains, and no elbow blow-outs, then they're good to go and they basically look the same as what I already have hanging in my closet. But wool, especially, say, a flannel chalk-stripe from Press, is more difficult. Tweeds also are difficult. It seems we need to develop some common terms. And also I suggest we post here what condition we'd be willing to accept a garment in. I'd be interested to hear the thoughts of others who have bought used wool garments over the internet about their experiences.

3. I'm kind of wondering if, once we develop some kind of descriptive standards and measurement practices, whether it might be useful to have such a thread posted seperately from this one, rather than have the info buried in this thread.

I presently don't know if I'll be posting my size and wants here on this thread, though I might eventually supply some things to others. I think I might just be a bit too particular, but I do run across some very nice stuff that doesn't fit me. Yesterday I ran across a Press grey chalk-stripe suit in superb condition and a two button sack checked jacket from the Andover that was simply huge.

Ok, enough for now.

Markus
 
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