drpeter

Senior Member
It turns it that the situation isn't as bad as I thought. Later in the evening I checked Goodwill's website and found that the first store that I went to, my usual one, had closed and is moving to a new location which is the second store I went to. Apparently it hasn't opened yet but is much closer to home and in a safer neighborhood.
Splendid. All is not lost. You happened to catch them within the space of a move. Let's hope you find the shoes and clothes you desire in the new shop. Good hunting!
 

Mr. B. Scott Robinson

Advanced Member
With the upsurge in Covid in Georgia, coupled with my son temporarily moving back home, I have curtailed my thrifting activities until things significantly improve.

This past week shows modest improvement, so I might be back in the trenches prior to October.

Cheers,

BSR
 

drpeter

Senior Member
A nice find today at Goodwill: A Bloomingdale's house brand sports jacket (Joseph & Lyman). It is US made, and in a light beige or oatmeal colour, 100% cashmere. It is a heavier wool, and fully lined, with a two-button darted front and medium lapels. It fits me well, no alterations needed. The one concern I have is with the combination of colour and weight. It is definitely not for summer, but for early Fall or Spring. The colour is too light for winter wear. It feels luxurious and it is very comfortable. With a pair of dark wool trousers, and a bright regimental rep tie, it should look nice. Total cost: $9.99 plus tax.
 
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drpeter

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Another fine set of purchases from Goodwill and another thrift shop: A couple of Brooks Brothers broadcloth shirts, one white, the other red and beige stripes on white (both Malaysian-made, which I find reasonably well-constructed), six ties, silk as well as three wool or wool/cotton blends, including a classic black knitted tie (Wembley Woolcrofters), and a nice Apocalypse Now Dossier Version 2- DVD set (with the 1979 Original and the 2001 Redux versions). Total outlay: $30.
 

drpeter

Senior Member
Today's find at a Goodwill shop in the next town, Wausau, about 30 miles from here.

A Kenneth Roberts tweed sportcoat in dark brown small herringbone weave, US-made, with a faint windowpane of dusty red and turquoise, a nice effect. Two button darted front medium lapels, quite traditional looking, and made out of a 50-50 mix of lambswool and virgin wool.

An almost perfect fit for me, except for a slight snugness around the waist, which can be adjusted -- not sure if I want to bother, since it is unlikely that I will ever wear this jacket buttoned.

It will be great with khakis or grey flannels, informal and casual for lunch, or a trip to Madison. The jacket is new and had five different tags including two of those stitched-in cloth labels on the cuff, a bit of a drag to remove.

The original price was $165. I got it, along with an additional Goodwill discount of 50% from its $5.99 tag, for the marvelous sum of $2.99. Plus tax, of course. Not too shabby, as they say.
 
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drpeter

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The saga continues. Two sport coats today at St Vinnie's in Marshfield, a nearby town.

One: A beautiful 100% wool plaid jacket in rich autumn colours, USA-made, a jacket put out by JC Penney's in a line called called Stafford. I examined it carefully and it is very well put-together for a department store house brand: Half-canvassed, high-density stitching, sturdy buttons and nicely constructed button holes, and very nice line and drape. It has a two-button darted front, and a single back vent. Excellent fit, so no alterations needed.

Two: A gray herringbone with faint red stripes by Oakmont , 100% wool, USA-made (not sure if this is also a department store brand). This too is nicely constructed with details quite similar to the Stafford jacket. Again, the fit is just fine.

Both jackets look barely worn and have that "bouncy" hand of brand new wool sports jackets. And the price was really right. Goodwill had initially priced these jackets at $9.99 each, and then placed them on the clearance rack at an astonishing $1.99 each! So I bought both. I've never owned either brand, and this was a great chance to test them out. I read some remarks by our forum members here on Stafford blazers and sport coats, and they seem moderately to highly positive. So far I like them both, and we'll see how they wear in the coming months. They'll pair well with a range of trousers -- flannels, khakis, cords and even denim.

I also found an absolutely lovely pair of rich, mottled brown, thick flannel trousers, 100% wool and USA-made. They are by Arthur Winer for Marshall Fields. I like these types of odd trousers for fall wear with tattersall shirts and tweed jackets. They are well-cut and comfortable, with double reverse (American style) pleats and plain bottoms. These too look barely worn, so I am very pleased. My cost: A mere $3.50.

So I hope you agree that it's been another good day for thrifting!
 
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drpeter

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At Goodwill today, I found a very nice charcoal double-breasted overcoat, 100% thick wool flannel, with an interesting store label: "Made by Ogden and Parke Ltd., for Toepfer and Bellack Inc., Mayfair Shopping Center, Wauwatosa, Wis."

Toepfer and Bellack was a high-end men's shop in the large Mayfair Mall. This mall was first built in 1959 and then expanded in 1973 and 2001.

I don't think the men's shop is in business any more, and I could not find much information about it. The coat has two flap pockets slightly angled, British hacking jacket style, and a deep vent at the back. It is US-made, and looks very much like New Old Stock, hardly worn if ever.
 
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Mr. B. Scott Robinson

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At Goodwill today, I found a very nice charcoal double-breasted overcoat, 100% thick wool flannel, with an interesting store label: "Made by Ogden and Parke Ltd., for Toepfer and Bellack Inc., Mayfair Shopping Center, Wauwatosa, Wis." Toepfer and Bellack was a high-end men's shop in the large Mayfair Mall. This mall was first built in 1959 and then expanded in 1973 and 2001. I don't think the men's shop is in business any more, and I could not find much information about it. The coat has two flap pockets slightly angled, British hacking jacket style, and a deep vent at the back. It is US-made, and looks very much like New Old Stock, hardly worn if ever.
Love your finds. Would enjoy photos!

Cheers,

BSR
 

FiscalDean

Super Member
The saga continues. Two sport coats today at St Vinnie's in Marshfield, a nearby town.

My mother lived in Pittsville and did a lot of thrifting in both Marshfield and Wis. Rapids. There was a women in one of those two towns that was her size and fairly wealthy. Most likely either a physician or the wife of a physician who had excellent taste. My mother build a very nice wardrobe picking up thrifted items previously owned by her.
 

drpeter

Senior Member
That's marvellous! It's a great thing that your Mum and the other lady had excellent taste, and what's more, taste that was similar. This is why, in a big city, thrifting can be much more promising.
 

drpeter

Senior Member
Love your finds. Would enjoy photos!

Cheers,

BSR
I have to use a camera and then transfer that to my computer in order to post photos. I don't have a cell phone that is set up to take and transfer photos. The one I have is strictly for emergencies on the road, and that is by choice -- I don't like those devices! I'll see what I can do.
 

drpeter

Senior Member
Today's surprise discovery at Goodwill was a blazer I had been trying to find for some years!

A dark maroon blazer in the Trad style. This one is made out of 100% medium-weight wool flannel, very rich and with a nice drape. It is half lined, and has a 3-roll-2 button stance. Flat brass buttons without any emblem, medium-width lapels, three patch pockets in the club blazer style with flaps on the bottom two, just two brass buttons on each cuff with a little space between them, and a hook vent in the back.

A perfect fit, fortunately, so no alterations are needed.

The jacket was likely made in the late 1960s. When I tried it on, it felt so comfortable and relaxed, like a favourite sweater. This one is made with the Towncraft label, one of the house labels of JC Penney.

This blazer should be great with a white or cream OCBD shirt, a black knitted tie (or a club tie), grey flannels or navy blue wool trousers, and burgundy loafers. And if I add a brass nameplate and a peaked cap, I could be a railways conductor, chatting up the ladies and threatening ticketless travellers, LOL.

Total cost: $9.99 plus tax.

So along with the Stafford jacket from last week, I have picked up two very good quality sportcoats from the Penney line in four days.
 
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drpeter

Senior Member
This afternoon I picked up two nice items at Goodwill: A US-made pair of trousers by Brooks Brothers, 100% worsted wool, forward pleats, charcoal grey in colour; and a pair of GH Bass boat shoes, dark brown leather trim, lighter khaki suede vamp and sides. The boat shoes were made in the Dominican Republic. They look sturdy and neat, good leather and stitching.

The trousers, on clearance, cost me $1.99 and the shoes $9.99, plus tax for both items.
 

drpeter

Senior Member
Latest thrift acquisitions: Two tweed jackets, US Made, tailored for specific men's shops, 100% wool, two buttons, darted: Of these, one is an oatmeal herringbone tweed with faint red and blue stripes, the other a light brown herringbone pattern. Also a couple of Lauren ties, 100% silk, foulards with small patterns, one with gold ground, the other with maroon. Total cost $32.00.
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
Latest thrift acquisitions: Two tweed jackets, US Made, tailored for specific men's shops, 100% wool, two buttons, darted: Of these, one is an oatmeal herringbone tweed with faint red and blue stripes, the other a light brown herringbone pattern. Also a couple of Lauren ties, 100% silk, foulards with small patterns, one with gold ground, the other with maroon. Total cost $32.00.
You've made some incredible purchases. Those sport coats sound outstanding. I understand your picture situation, but hope you'll eventually be able to post pics as all of these purchases would be fun to see.

Also, my view of your house is one with many, many closets. :)
 

drpeter

Senior Member
Thank you, Faders! I have indeed found some very fine items of clothing at rock bottom prices, given their condition and quality. I have also not described them often, but the fantastic books (first editions) and DVDs I have found in thrift shops, especially Goodwill, must also be mentioned.

But you've hit on my difficulty -- I live in a flat not a house, and the closets are brimming, so downsizing is imminent. Short of renting another flat, I have to get rid of old clothes to make room for the new acquisitions. I will then take pictures of the new items. And I have to do the same with books, there is no space left to mount a new bookshelf. In fact, friends who drive past the building say it is tilting to one side (LOL, care to guess which side?) with all the books and things.
 

drpeter

Senior Member
Today's best item was a camel-coloured topcoat. The collar and lapels are large, very much like a pea coat, but the garment itself is almost knee-length, somewhat longer than a pea coat. It is made of virgin wool and cashmere in a 70/30 blend, very thick and comfortable. It is double-breasted with three sets of buttons and angled flap pockets. There are straps with buttons on the cuffs. All buttons are leather.

The coat is fully lined, with the top half and sleeves lined in beige satin and the bottom half in a Royal Stewart tartan wool. The coat was made in England, "expressly for Saks Fifth Avenue" as the label says, so it is simply a house brand for that shop. I do like the way it looks on me and it fits perfectly over a jacket or sweater. It is in beautiful condition, and cost me $19.99 plus tax.

I also picked up four sports jackets with varying cloths and patterns, all 100% wool, and made in the US for a shop that used to be very familiar to me, St Clair's in Wausau, Wisconsin. It went out of business a couple of years ago, so these might be the stock from that shop. They all seem either lightly worn or fairly new. All on clearance at $1.99 per coat plus tax -- an amazing bargain!

Also a couple of pairs of flannel and worsted trousers, one an old-style flannel Ralph Lauren Polo, the other a worsted from John Alexander, both US made. and both at $1.99 plus tax each.

I think there are a lot of good quality clothes coming into Goodwill. Perhaps it has something to do with the Covid situation.

Late Edit: I found an image of a camel-coloured topcoat (Todd Snyder) that looks almost identical to the one I picked up recently (see first item above). The only difference is that mine does not have the two hand-warmer pockets. In all other respects it is identical.

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drpeter

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A very fortunate and superb find today from a local thrift shop (former St Vinnie's) which will warm the heart of our Trad friend @TKI67: A gorgeous mid-gray, small herringbone flannel suit, precisely in the sack-cut style and fully lined. Three-roll-two button front, undarted, two spaced buttons on each cuff, hook vent in the back, and flat-front trousers with 1-3/4 " cuffs.

The suit was expressly made in the US for the old MacNeil and Moore shop in Milwaukee by E&J Peake. It could have been made by J Press, the lines are so similar. The suit is in pristine condition, it looks hardly worn. The flannel is of medium weight, but has a nice, slightly heavy drape to it, which is perfect for my taste. The best part is that I have wanted a good flannel herringbone suit in a medium grey for a long time now, not having any herringbone suits in my wardrobe.

I will definitely need alterations, however, so the suit will go to my trusted tailor Mr Vang. The trousers need to be taken in a couple of inches at the waist, and the length needs to be shortened by an inch. The jacket needs the sleeves shortened by an inch, and perhaps the sides should be taken in just a tad, an inch on each side, no more, so that its lines will not be ruined. These are all fairly easy alterations for my tailor, and he has done such things for me dozens of times.

I also picked up a beige Travel Smith blazer from the same shop, with tons of pockets, zippered and otherwise. This was just for a lark, since I had seen them advertised in Orvis catalogues for many years, and thought it would be fun to try one out. Besides, the price for the three items of clothing (the two pieces of the suit and the blazer) was simply a single low price (buy any item of clothing, get two free), so my total outlay for the suit and the travel blazer was an astonishing $2.50. I also picked up a beautiful, handmade cotton blanket/throw in lovely fall colors, made in India, for $5.00.

Not a bad day! This has truly been the summer of bargains for me.
 
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