Every now and then in a man's shopping life there comes a time when although he was on the hunt for something specific -- a cardigan, a cashmere blazer, or whatever else your imagination can conjure -- he will inevitably run into something he was neither looking for nor ever thought he would find if he was. This all too rare occasion is what we like to call "The Find", and I recently had two fantastic finds. I happened to be perusing a local thrift shop where I've found many treasures in the past. I wasn't looking for anything in particular that day, but while rummaging through the men's shirt racks I turned around and there it was. A solid white Brooks Brothers oxford, non-iron, semi-spread collar, pocketless, square french cuff dress shirt. I nearly jumped at it. I inspected it for quality and authenticity (the brand name was blotted out but still visible) and it was flawless. I tried it on and the fit was just right although the "regular fit" version is a bit large in the sides which I'll have my tailor dart for a slimmer fit. The best part about this particular find was the price. A whopping $6, which I negotiated down to $5. Having cash on hand is always important in negotiating.
The second find came in the same day which is extremely rare. I stopped into another thrift store in town. I had heard this place was good but never had the chance to visit. The shop has over 20 rooms and 3 floors of vintage clothes, antiques and more. I finally located the men's vintage room and on my first pass through the coat section there it was. A vintage 1960's double breasted, knee length, navy blue, reversible collar, double vented, 100% Mongolian cashmere topcoat. My jaw nearly dropped. It looked about my size on the rack and when I tried it on it was as if it were custom made for me. Ironically, it was custom made and still had the name of the former owner inside the breast pocket. It was luxurious to say the least. It needed a nip in the waist but otherwise it was perfect. At $140 it was steal. Better yet it was 20% off that day bringing it to $112. There was also a button missing (also navy blue cashmere) which warranted another discount from the owners. I could have had a beautiful cashmere topcoat for a mere $100 but my discipline took over and I did not make the purchase that day. I'll have to return another time. Meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy the experience of "The Find" in the near future.