Schneiders wool coat
This long loden-green wool coat, manufactured by Schneiders in Austria, came from the Goodwill in Petaluma. I have two other felted-wood cropped jackets (one from the old Roseland Goodwill in Santa Rosa, the other from Aubergine Vintage Emporium in Sebastopol), which are good year round, but I’d been looking for a classic overcoat. This long coat with a slightly fitted waist has a vintage feel, though it is 80% wool, 20% polyester (with a lovely viscose lining).
I could tell immediately that this coat would fit me (a generous size 12), but it was on one of the circular display racks just inside the door, so the question was price. Would it be “boutique” priced? No! It had the regular “coat” plastic tag in the label, so it was only $8.99, though similar coats are listed on eBay for $250 and more.
For the best clothing finds, expect to shop off-season — look for bathing suits and capris in the winter, and heavy coats and scarves in the summer.