On the Road – Las Vegas 2

Saturday was a new record for me. 20 thrift shops in a day. In Las Vegas, they’re mostly grocery store sized, so where I’m used to a half dozen racks of men’s stuff, these came through with aisle after aisle. Hundreds of suits and jackets all in one place, shirts as far as the eye can see, and decent prices for the large part. I realize Las Vegas is a relatively new town with a transient population, but I hoped it would be a numbers game- 20 shops, thousands of things at each of them, bound to be some vintage in there somewhere. It turned out I was half right. There was no shortage of early ’60s overcoats, tweeds, plaid cotton, largely small collared, fly fronted and raglan sleeved. One or two in nearly every store. Unfortunately, many were stained or moth damaged, and most of the stores were asking $20-$30 for them. This may not seem like much, but the current overcoat market is bad. I could put one of those in the eBay store at $10 and it would probably go unsold for a year. The local vintage shops won’t touch them at any price. Usually it stands that where there is one piece of vintage, more are lurking, waiting to be found. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case, and my entire sellable haul from the day’s thrifting was a single necktie, which goodwill had priced at $4, about eight times what I’m used to paying for thrift shop ties.
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After picking Alex up from the photo conference, we met up with Jason T. Smith, star of Spike TV’s “Thrift Hunters”, “Thrifty Business with Jay and Nay”, “Thrifting With the Boys”, etc. at Frankie’s Tiki Room. I compared my experience with my aborted vintage-picking TV show with his two seasons in reality TV, we talked the state of thrifting, eBay sales and how people like us have ruined thrifting for everyone by divulging its mysterious ways. You couldn’t hope to meet nicer people than he and his wife.
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So far, the haul stands at a ’40s English summer suit, a turn of the century sack suit, Hollyvogue tie, vintage Notre Dame Athletics shirt, pair of vintage eyeglasses and a vintage patch.
We made it into Salt Lake City last night only to find we’re due to catch the edge of a potentially 3 foot snowfall. We’ll try to keep it brief here and head west before things hit.

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1920s Red Head Brand hunting vest

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This vintage vest was made by Red Head Brand in the 1920s, using their early large label where the D of “Brand” is to the right of the duck’s head. This one has a high neck closure and closed bottomed shotgun shell pockets completely encircling the waist.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Length (base of collar to hem): 20″

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Reproduction double breasted mackinaw

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This mackinaw coat was made recently, with a design taken from work mackinaws of the 1930s, with a belted, pleated back, handwarmer pockets, a double breasted front and flapped cargo pockets.  It is made from lighter weight, softer material than the originals and is lined.
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 32″

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Eddie Bauer half-belt jacket

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This jacket was made recently by Eddie Bauer, drawing influence from 1930s work jackets (the overall cut, belt back, throat latch, unlined construction) and from Air Force Nomex flight jackets (the pocket design, style of zipper).   It makes for a very rugged, outdoorsy lightweight jacket with a great vintage feel to it.
Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″ (doubled = 45″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″

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1950s Woolrich 503 hunting coat

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This vintage hunting jacket was made by the Woolrich Woolen Mills in the mid-late 1940s.  It has their wartime style pre (R) label, with the Woolrich branded snaps and asymmetrical breast pockets, helping to narrow down the dating to around 1946-48.
 
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 30″

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Mossimo shawl collar cardigan

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This sweatshirt was made around 2009 and was sold by Target under their Mossimo label, with a design influenced by salt and pepper cardigans of the 1920s-1930s.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″

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Avirex M-421a flight jacket repro

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This jacket was made in the USA by Avirex Ltd. based upon the 1940s M-421a cotton flight jacket. It has the distinctive diamond shaped reinforcements on the sleeves, belt back and patch pockets.  The unbranded bell shaped zipper is a decent approximation of the original, which wouldn’t be fully reproduced for years after the production run of this jacket. The jacket is, like the original, unlined, with an inside pocket.
Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 21-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25-1/4″

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1930s leather half-belt jacket

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This vintage leather jacket was made in the late 1930s-early 1940s.  It has a pleated half-belt back, a Talon zipper front with sunburst stopbox and a zipper on the breast pocket which I have never seen before. The pockets are flapped and it has button cuffs.
Chest (pit to pit): 23-1/2″ (doubled = 47″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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1940s capeskin leather half-belt jacket

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This vintage leather jacket was made in the mid to late 1940s.  It has a yoked front and back with double breast pockets, button adjuster cuff straps, a belted back and a Talon zipper front. It has a quilted lining.
Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″

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