Scored a gorgeous, shredded Lee Denim Jacket the other day for $10. It was one of those days when you find something you just don’t expect. I was waiting for someone and decided to pop into an old vintage boutique in a basement that does wholesale vintage. The average age in there was about 18 and the music was blaring.
I don’t typically hunt in these types of places because they’re obnoxious and full of old shirts with new silkscreens, or hipster grunge-wear, there’s nothing really with any history. Having scoured the majority of the racks however, I came across a vintage denim section and began to flip through hangers when something caught my eye. I recently purchased a Penny’s Pay Day workwear jacket from the 40s for $100 which is a huge find. Turned out it was a knockoff. At this point most people would leave.
After getting my heartrate up for nothing I started to flip faster – a real vintage denim hunter never leaves, even at the worst of times, they keep digging until the last coat hanger! And boy am I glad I did because I discovered a late 1960s Union Made Sanforized Lee Denim Jacket, with corduroy collar for $10. It even had the name “EVERET” penned in the inside of the collar.
Sure the sleeves are a bit torched but it fits well and has some nice worn-in details, and history. Not to mention it’s a perfect everyday jacket for fall. The lesson I learned was, when the going gets tough persist, turn over every stone, it pays off.
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