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You never know what you might find...

Postby Igor » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:35 pm

I admit to be a frequenter of "Op Shops" as we call them in Australia - Opportunity Shops I suppose: church or charity shops where you can pick up donated clothes and other stuff for a few dollars. Sometimes you might go in looking for something in particular, recently I've been looking for a trench coat and newsboys cap for my son, but you never know what you might find.

Take today for example. No caps... no trench coats... hmmm we need some leather for a couple of DIY projects, I'll see if there are any cheap leather jackets that we can strip apart for the leather... OMG!!!!

[img=http://picasaweb.google.com.au/lh/photo/_iUf3Y_aQn1zcUYN0QBuaw?feat=directlink]http://picasaweb.google.com.au/lh/photo/_iUf3Y_aQn1zcUYN0QBuaw?feat=directlink[/img]

I'm no expert but if this isn't an authentic Type A-2 US Army Air Force flight jacket its such a good imitation that whoever made it is an artist! The leather is worn, the lining (a map of western Europe!) has a tiny tear where it has been hung on too many hooks and it was $50 Aus!

I will never walk past an Op shop again!

Igor

Edit - The image doesn't seem to want to come through, this a link

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Re: You never know what you might find...

Postby Thom » Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:05 pm

It does appear to be a USAAF Flight Jacket.

I think I fixed the link.

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Re: You never know what you might find...

Postby Jerba » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:25 pm

Nice find! Thats a nice looking jacket.

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Re: You never know what you might find...

Postby Igor » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:44 pm

Jerba wroteColonNice find! Thats a nice looking jacket.

Just need to get a good leather treatment for it now

Igor

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Re: You never know what you might find...

Postby Grant » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:33 pm

Awesome find!

I keep an eye out, but haven't seen any good reproductions around here for sale. One, but it was pretty poorly "made in China", repro for $400....


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