Saturday, June 9, 2012
My First Vintage Levi's "Red Line Selveged" Score. Found At The Most Convenient Thrift Store, Too! Status: Little Too Big.
They almost fit. I can wear them but they are just a little too big for me. Thrifters can't be choosers...especially with the win / fail ratio of finding truly vintage Levi's around here! Levi's made in Mexico? Dime a dozen. Levi's made in Madagascar...easy. Vintage made in USA Levi's...tough to find. Found these just down the street at the Salvation Army!
I know, I know..."what's the big deal?" Well, you see these jeans are not just American Made
but they sport the hard to find "Selvege" detail! You can read more about why Selveging is
desirable but suffice to say that my interest lies mostly in the rarity with which it is found in used
Levi's (and how expensive new Levi's with it are!).
These aren't That rare. They aren't "Big E" Levi's. Those are what I'm really looking for when
I'm rummaging through the denim racks. The details place these Post '70 - Pre '83. Levi's started
using the lower case "e" in 1970 and stopped using the selveging for regular production in 1983.
They are 501s but I'm not sure what the "2" in front of the 501 is for. Maybe it's a student fit or
They're sporting some great whiskering (the stretch wear just under the pockets) and lots of
natural wear on the thighs so it's kinda killing me that these don't fit me perfectly! Too big. I look
like a Cosby Kid from the '80s with big ol' baggy pants when I throw 'em on! But I won't lie, I
did wear 'em a little bit anyway! It was a wash. I didn't feel any cooler for wearing the cool jeans
'cuz of the dorky fit! I'll be selling these. Anybody else got a thing for vintage Levi's? Wear 38"
waist and have a 40" or shorter inseam? Live near by?