Value Village Report

Whenever I enter a thrift store I literally always start with the Menswear section and work myself around to vests and long-sleeve shirts. I don’t really know why I bother though – perhaps out of habit ? Because it’s absurdly rare that I ever find anything of substance in these sections. 

Take it from me: As any devotee of the extravagant arts will tell you, the real luxury lies in the section  WOMEN’S JACKETS. 

The other night, after a crushing defeat on the second floor of Value Village in Capitol Hill, I slumped down the stairs empty handed and a little dejected. I was killing time at the store, waiting around for some friends. But I got bored quickly, because I simply couldn’t find one thing worth even picking off the rack on the entire floor devoted to ‘Men’. 

Depressed, I decided to mill about the rows and rows of Women’s garments and lo and behold! – SO MANY JACKPOTS!!!!

Big fan of the striped elbow patches!


Lime green jacket! Although Amber thinks the fringe kills the look, plus she says it’s oversized. But whatever, I’m getting a little tired of having to tell her “Um, excuse me, which one of us runs – arguably – Seattle’s most successful fashion blog ?” Plus, the oversized look kinda reminds me of  David Byrne / Talking Heads  – you going to tell me those folks aren’t stylish? 

I wasn’t the only dude who found something special in the jackets supposedly reserved for ‘Women’. Here’s a picture of Dizzy Giggleflix & Kate – a chic duo walking the same aisles I was in. Dizzy had just found this Celtic inspired trenchcoat and it’s a real gem.

I am now convinced there is no reason to even venture into the Men’s section at thrift stores anymore. It’s always a let down. And this experiment help proves that there are plenty of garments for those who identify as men; in fact, I’m pretty sure that these clothing aisles distinctions between ‘Mens/Women’s’ are really just a way to separate ‘dull, tired, browns/khakis and cargo shorts’ from everything bright, elegant and fucking fantastic!

Behold! A versatile sequin toque!

Of course we need to start this fashion blog off right and get straight to those little glittery spangles. This particular bedazzled hat came as a Christmas gift for my wife from a one, Aunt Theresa. It never felt quite right on my partner, but as soon as I donned it on my noggin it was clear that it had a higher purpose in the fashion world.

According to Wikipedia: “Evidence exists that gold sequins were being used as decoration on clothing or paraphernalia in the Indus Valley as early as 2500BC.

This comes as no surprise – will there ever be a time when these ingenious glitter disks won’t be used to spruce up a garmet? Notice from the pictures how the hat can shimmer in both the Seattle street sunshine or the depths of the Westlake bus tunnel escalator.

Originally this item came in a strong gold color that some would say has “faded with time”. Instead, I prefer to look at this treasure as having achieved a high-end “washing machine influenced” patina; a sheen of loving wear that only those who’ve rocked this style for many years can appreciate.