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Old 09-22-12, 11:49 AM   #1
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Time again to raid the used clothing stores

I stopped by Value Village today and made off with some nice finds, nothing more than $9.

A 30% alpaca sweater which will make a nice outer layer for -15C weather. A Polo Ralph Lauren 100% cashmere top. And several more extra fine merino pullovers. Including one nearly identical to my favorite find from last year that my mother proclaimed was "too nice to wear cycling".

Full zip wool remains elusive, pullovers make mid-ride adjustments tricky.
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Old 09-22-12, 04:39 PM   #2
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I got myself barred from driving a car until the end of the year after a severe eye injury (I walked into a door frame. I are smart.). So I've been hitting the junk/thrift stores to find cold weather cycling gear. A friend and I decided to set a limit of twenty dollars and see what I could come up with. So far I've found a good heavy shirt and light sweater for a dollar each, an almost new sweatshirt for two dollars, and a good White Sierra brand outer coat (missing the inner zip out lining) for six dollars. That comes to $10.66 when you include tax and leaves me with $9.34 to finish it out. Here's an image of the coat. It's nice and roomy and should work great.
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Old 09-23-12, 05:48 PM   #3
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Okay, you guys have me wanting to give the Value Village here a retry. I hadn't been to one of these in many years, and I had to scratch my head the last time I went to the one around here, with $12+ very average-looking blankets and lots of other stuff that I thought was a bit overpriced for what it was. I went in looking to pick up some cheap cloth to cut up and use for cleaning, and I came away with a $19.25 1990(?) Specialized Hardrock in decent shape. That's what happens sometimes.

Also, I have no idea if it's a problem in any of your areas, I was reminded of the potential nightmare of bed bugs by overhearing somebody talking about them in the store while they were considering buying an upholstered chair. This of course can be a riskier buy than a sweater because furniture probably doesn't get much more than a cosmetic cleaning in a thrift store. I really don't know for sure, though, what it gets. Clothes are washed first, as far as I know, but if you are worried about bed bugs, bag your clothes in plastic and run them in a hot dryer (I'd recommend a laundromat dryer because of how much hotter they tend to run than non-commercial dryers) for awhile. I think the freezer works too, but it's slower from what I've read.

ETA: I should have said to take the clothes out of the plastic bag before putting them in a hot dryer
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ETA: I should have said to take the clothes out of the plastic bag before putting them in a hot dryer
I thought that leaving them in the plastic and tossing them in the dryer was how DIY waterproofing should be achieved?!? I think Sheldonbrown had a whole page dedicated to it, it was right next to the Product W page


Seriously though the thrift stores can be a great deal sometimes, but I find the ones on busy roads to have the better stuff as the ones in downtown areas that are easy to walk to have a bunch of old ladies sit around all day and buy everything that is of any quality if they need it or not. I'm going to need to stop by a few to pick up some boots and winter pants for snow cycling!
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stopped by goodwill this weekend and found a number of wool sweaters, but pants are another story. To find wool pants, you mostly have to go to the dress clothes section and most of those are tailored so finding the right size without trying them on is nearly impossible.
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[QUOTE=Agent 9;14766864]I thought that leaving them in the plastic and tossing them in the dryer was how DIY waterproofing should be achieved?!? I think Sheldonbrown had a whole page dedicated to it, it was right next to the Product W page

I'm sure the laundromat workers would appreciate it

I think I'm going to have to make a weekend trip to the D.C. suburbs to hit their thrift stores. I've had great luck with these in the past, but not so much here in Baltimore. I have a Goodwill right up the road, and it was the most useless one I've ever been to (it's on a main road, too). The only things that would have been useful were the whole racks of those no-longer-fashionable huge white t-shirts that the kids were wearing a few years ago--I'm short enough that they'd make great sleep shirts. I bet you're right about the old ladies snagging all the good stuff by hanging around all the time.
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stopped by goodwill this weekend and found a number of wool sweaters, but pants are another story. To find wool pants, you mostly have to go to the dress clothes section and most of those are tailored so finding the right size without trying them on is nearly impossible.
Don't forget about military surplus stores! They are a great source for heavy wool pants. Got myself a pair of Swedish (I believe) wool pants several years ago that I had converted into knickers. They work great. The only drawback is color selection is limited: shades of grey, brown, or green.
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