A Wise Investment

This is a story about investing in your future.

And I'm not talking about stocks. Or mutual funds. That's for husbands to do.

I bought this leather jacket at Unique in July on a hot, humid, rainy weekend. I was far from chilly while I was shopping, but no matter the season, I always make sure I peruse the jackets and blazers at the thrift shop. In my humble thrifty opinion, those are the BEST items to thrift. You can find unique pieces and excellent quality for an unbeatable price, and when the time comes to actually wear them, you have a closet full of too many jackets to choose from. In conclusion, pay a little more in July to reap your benefits in September!

As I was scanning the aisles of things I don't need, the leather poking out of the sea of tweed and polyester caught my eye. When I picked it up I fell in love with this jacket: the color, the somewhat puffy sleeves, and when I tried it on, it fit like a glove. Obviously it was meant to be. At $25.00, it was a little bit of a splurge for me (yes, $25.00 is a splurge. When you're not used to seeing price tags for over $10, these things are shocking) but I just couldn't put it down. I mean, 25 bucks for a leather jacket? Can't beat that.

Since July, I have been just WAITING for the temperature to finally dip below 70 degrees so that I could step outside on a crisp Fall morning ready to show this baby off to the world. The coat is what I believe to be a vintage Berman's leather jacket. After the little bit of internet research I've done, Berman's was founded in 1899 and was aquired by Wilson's Leather in 1988. Not quite Italian leather or the most prestigious of brands (more like 1980's American shopping mall) and I have seen Berman jackets go for as low as $9.99 on Ebay, but also as high as $150.00, likely depending on the age, quality, and style. 

Who knows if I might have overpayed for this a bit, but as long as it makes you feel good, right? I would love to know if anyone has had experience with this brand!

In other news, along with crisp Fall days and leather jackets come perfect weather for breaking out the Chi and frying my hair to a straight, sleek crisp! Happy days are here again!


  1. The first thing I thought when I saw you was "cute jacket!". It definately looked good! And you hair looked fabulous as well :)

  2. I totally agree that jackets and coats at thrift store are a great deal and shouldn't be missed! This leather blazer looks great on you!

  3. I don't think you overpaid at all. Especially because it fit so perfectly. It had to be yours.

  4. LOVE that jacket-also the whole color scheme here. Oh and you're pretty cute too ;)

  5. I think $25 is a great deal for leather! I can't wait to flat iron my hair this weekend (I don't have time during the work week)...it's been ages since I've straightened it!

    The Tiny Heart

  6. i feel like i wrote this post. 1. i just last night looked in my jacket closet (aka my daughter's closet) and wondered how my collection (yes collection) doubled over the summer. 2. $25 is definitely a splurge. i guess that means we are good shoppers! (or are we???)

  7. I love it Brenda and it looks perfect on you. That is the way it should fit. 25 bucks is fair for a vintage leather, that's how much goodwill sells them for. Great find and love the puffy shoulders..so cute. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

  8. So excited to read this - the leather jacket looks fabulous on you! I thrifted a bordeaux-colored leather Berman's jacket (same tag, too) when I visited Los Angeles over a year ago! I paid $30 I think...maybe $35 max, can't quite remember. I'd say we both got an excellent deal. ;-)

  9. Tee hee, I know what you mean about $25 being a splurge when thrifting, but you scored - what a gorg colour, and I love the detailing on the shoulder ... and it looks great on you to boot. I completely agree with you about shopping off-season in thrift shops: last summer during a 50 percent off sale at my local thrift store, I found a cropped leather Alfani jacket (in a crazy pink colour that I never would have considered if it weren't the impossibly cheap price I took it home for). No one was looking in the jacket and coat aisle in the summer! :)

  10. Brenda, thank you for swinging by and commenting on my blog, and I'm so glad to have found yours in return. You are absolutely adorable, have such great style, and are a thrifting ninja! (Awesome bag find down below). This past year I've really gotten into thrifting and a little sewing (upcycling things I find at the thrift store), and I'll definitely be looking to you for inspiration! Happy new follower here. :)


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