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    Posted: 10 Jan 2013 at 2:27am
Following on from a comment in the LVC thread,

What items of clothing do you most regret either not buying, keeping or perhaps losing. What are you still kicking yourself over?

Obviously I realise these are all just possessions in the great scheme of things and wouldn't have made me a better or richer (in the true sense) person, but the bitterness is still there Wink

3 that still stick in my mind even though they were mostly many years back are as follows:

1: A pair of 1930's buckleback levis. These were on sale in Camden market many years ago mixed in with a pile of standard (probably) 60's big E's at £50 each. The girl selling them clearly didn't know the true value of them. At this time they'd probably have been worth a few 100 £'s rather than the 1,000's they go for now. I was a poor student at the time and £50 was quite alot of money to me so i passed up on them. I looked back a few days later but of course they were gone :(

2. I was given an immaculate heavy suede with leather collar type 3. Think it had a black/gold tag but it was a long time back. My cousin was over in San Fran in the early 60's. He wasn't a cool dude or anything like that so it's lucky he picked up something so good. Anyway- he must have only worn it a couple of times and then it stayed in his wardrobe for 20 or so years and kindly passed it on to me when I was a teenager. It was a little too big for me at the time and (again) I was a poor student so I decided to sell it to American classics who offered me £35 for it. That would have lasted me a good few weeks at the time so sadly I sold it. It would have fitted me perfectly now, and probably be worth a decent amount.

3. there was a pair of trickers Golosh brogues on Ebay. That model was, and I think still is for the japanese market only. They were new, my size and up for £120. Set my sniper but as i'd changed one of my passwords recently the sniper didn't sync properly with Ebay and they went for well below my upper limit Cry


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I regret not buying the MF N-1 Troy deck jacket...I feel sick every time I see one. Anyone have a size 42 they would like to sell/trade???!!! 
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I find it helps if you talk about it. We can have a mass group hug at the end of it.
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I sold a half-selvage pair of what I assume must have been 60s Lee Riders to cheepmofo on Sufu for less than 50$ (shipped).
 
 
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I think you're right, it definitely does help.
 
My biggest regret was passing on a pair of blue tag Red Wing engineer boots a few years back. At the time I was short on cash (school seems to be a recurring cause of regret) and the seller wanted around $150-200 ish for them.
 
They are currently worth much more than that, but I likely never would have sold them. I regret it because they were my size and I would have cherished them for years.
 
Some others: 
 
- not buying a second pair of Roys when he was first offering them in the pre-Self Edge days. I still have my original pair but they are a bit big in the waist and don't get as much wear as they should.
 
- Rivet's regret resonates quite a bit with me. I think I have at least a little regret for not buying almost every MF piece that I do not have. Especially the Ranch Hand and Midnight Pea coat.
 
 
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Let it out man. We hear ya!!
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Mine are always more about passing up on stuff that fits and then never finding similar said item again:

RRL had women's black suede skinny pants that had perfect western detailing and fit like a dream. They were $1400, so $700 with my boyfriend's discount. I tried to wait until they went on sale so he'd get them for less than $300 but alas, they are now sold out in my size.  I have been searching Etsy every day in hopes of finding something similar.

I know this is kind of like a 'eyeroll who cares' situation, but finding a pair of suede pants that fit like a dream is RARE, my friends. I seriously felt like Britney Spears in the toxic music video in those things.


Also finding the perfect-fitting 1940s overalls, with patching for $75 and hiding them within the piles at my fav vintage shop. Came back a week later when I had the money and they were gone. They were the only awesome overalls I've ever tried on that didn't make me look like I was wearing an adult diaper.

I sound like a bratty 15 year old at the mall.




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We share your pain, Sister!
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i hear you about those overalls proulxsie, i love overalls but the fit is always so baggy in the butt area............yup, we sold an 1870 full pair of Kraus pants probably worth 10grand for 20 dollars on ebay.......the guy won the bid, and we were like oh my god, can we cancel?? well we were new to ebay (might have been the first thing we had ever sold) and upheld our end of the bargain. michael still cringes when we talk about it......all we have left is pictures of them.
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Great idea for a thread!
Like Mr.Black, I was thrifting in London in the mid to late 80's and came across various items of clothing which I now regret not buying. I'd quite often come across post-war Levis in my size, but passed on them due to twisted leg seams or crinkly leather waistband patches or missing arcs... etc.
I would come up every few weeks to Kenny market, Camden or the Kings road, sometimes visiting a friends store in The Garage or Portabello to see what he had found amongst the rails and bales of denim. By 1988, I was a keen EAGLE-EYE'd denim spotter, but unfortunately also a poor student. So buying a second-hand pair of big E's for twenty quid was fine, but anything above that - forget it! Unfortunately around this time the 'denim-craze' was beginning to get into full swing, and the Japanese pickers were paying top whack.
My biggest regrets -

1. A 1945/6 Lee 101J 'Riders' jacket with the cowboy buttons. Dark, and in my size (cost £100 - but who in their right mind would pay THAT for an old denim jacket!?) from Portabello market.

2. WW2 Levi's (long cut-offs as opposed to shorts) for £90 ("ditto" above) from Classics.

3. Lastly (and this is only a part-regret) - my pre-war 506xx, not dark, but it had copper-back buttons, yellow stitching and was a size 46/48 and had that lovely back seam down the middle - sold after my marriage fell apart three years ago (and I don't have a single photo of me wearing it )
But, here is the good part - with some of the money I had left over, I put it towards my Goodwear Monarch M-422 (glad now as they are nearly £200 more expensive)

Now can I have a hug??

Edited by Dr_Heech - 10 Jan 2013 at 12:22pm
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