Its jacket time in the Pacific Northwest and if there is one thing I love, its a new jacket. I have quite a collection of jackets and coats, some old, some new. Since my birthday is in late September, often my birthday money goes towards a new coat for Fall. One good thing about my coat collection is that many of them were purchased second-hand for a steal.
Even though I think a good coat is an investment that you can use for years to come, I wanted to show you that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a good Fall/Winter coat! Many of these are jackets I have stumbled upon when I was not particularly looking for a coat. Keep your eyes peeled at thrift and consignment shops. You may not find exactly what you are looking for on your first stop but if you are patient, you just might score a winner.
LEATHER MOTORCYCLE VEST: $4.00
If any of my second-hand jackets have a story, I think this leather vest might take the cake. This little gem was found at God’s Provision Thrift Shop (no, I could not make that up) in Priest River, ID. I snapped it up without a price tag and when I went to the counter the sweet little old lady that checked out my purchase was somewhat apologetic for charging me $4. It wasn’t until I got it home and started to clean it up a bit that I thought about the man that likely wore this motorcycle vest and how, when, and where it was worn. Sometimes it is best not to over think these things and just go ahead and wear it anyways.
BANANA REPUBLIC TRENCH COAT: $35.00
I purchased this trench coat at the Buffalo Exchange on University Avenue, in Seattle, several years ago for $35. Although I wish I could say I got it for $10 or $15, I think I still got a great deal for a Banana Republic trench coat. It has gotten a ton of use and is wearable year around for the most part.
ARMY JACKET: $5.00
This Army jacket was purchased for $5 at the Panhandle Animal Shelter Thrift Shop in Sandpoint, ID. It’s a legitimate Army jacket so it is a little boxy and doesn’t have the nice shape you would get out of a Gap/Jcrew/Madewell Army jacket. But I would imagine this one had a more exciting life than one of those wannabe Army jackets, it just might hold up better as well.
Now get out there and find yourself a new Fall coat. If you see something with good material or print but looks like an odd fit on the hanger or perhaps its a little out there for your style, try it on! You might be surprised. I have a few more thrifted jackets to show you, so stay tuned in the next month or so.
My changing room and photographer captured below. Thanks to Elias for the photos.