THERE’S NO DENYING IT: thrift stores can be a little intimidating. They’re grimy and musty and smell like that homeless dude on the subway—who, coincidentally, is probably there trying on a sweater. The employees are often cantankerous and uncooperative. Migraine-inducing fluorescent lights flicker from above, and awful smooth jazz pumps deliriously from the speakers. And, of course, there are racks upon racks of pit-stained, moth-holed clothes that look like they came straight from the set of Oliver Twist.
But hidden deep amongst all the dregs and rubbish are spectacular vintage gems at heart-stoppingly low prices: Harris Tweed sport coats and preppy madras pants; silk knit ties and handmade English brogues; hardy Woolrich flannels and lavish cashmere sweaters. If you can overlook the rather squalid ambience and take the time to dig, you’ll quickly discover there is simply no better way for budget-conscious guys to add well-made, beautiful items to their wardrobe.
To aid in your pursuit of secondhand sartorial glory, we’ve enlisted an all-star squad of vintage connoisseurs and had them spill the beans on their hard-earned techniques for uncovering thrift store gold.