Fixing Up One of My Favorite Recent Finds-A WW2 Era Navy Peacoat

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I was stoked when I found this peacoat at a local Goodwill outlet! I rarely ever pass up a vintage peacoat (as long as it’s a legit US. Navy peacoat and not a knock-off) unless it’s moth-eaten or has damage that I can’t personally fix. This one was just REALLY dusty, had a missing button, a small torn spot in the lining, one small loose lining seam, and one armpit with the lining loose around 1/2 of the seam…. nothing that an hour-ish of hand stitching and a serious lint brush session couldn’t fix 🙂

Thankfully, I had a period-correct button from another damaged WW2 peacoat made by the very same Naval Clothing Factory. Serendipity strikes again!

Last night, I got around to cleaning and stitching the peacoat up while sipping some tasty Hamm’s beer (not a paid advertising, but it should be). It took me a little over an hour start-to-finish. Then, I listed it on ebay this afternoon. See the link if you’re interested: WW2 Peacoat listing on Brother Luke’s Treasures Ebay Store

Also, there is a fantastic peacoat dating/history page on the Fedora Lounge if you want to do any of your own peacoat research. See link: Peacoat Dating on the Fedora Lounge

Below, there are a few of the pics from this project. As always, thank you for reading and sharing my blog! I am an independent poet, author, and singer/songwriter and I have my own ebay business to keep me as flexible as possible. But, writing takes time and if you appreciate what I do, if you have been moved or made to think by my writing, OR have just enjoyed something on my blog, please throw a buck or two in my tip jar!:) Your kind contribution may buy me a cup of coffee out at my next writing session. Click my easy paypal “tip jar” link that follows and THANKS! -Luke

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Luke Austin Daugherty repairing a vintage WW2 peacoat

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Hand-stitched lining repairs on a vintage WW2 Naval Clothing Factory peacoat and the original tag.

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My Pick of the Week- A Vintage Vitamaster Roller Massager!

My favorite pick of the week for my ebay store.

My favorite pick of the week for my ebay store.

This is a VERY cool, vintage massager! Ironically, I just picked and sold a Vitamaster Stand-up belt massager a few weeks ago.

These units are usually hard to track down locally, even in shabby condition. So, when I found my second fully-functional Vitamaster massager within one month’s time, I was excited!

Here is the link to my ebay listing. Don’t miss out as it will likely go fast!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-Vitamaster-Roller-Mid-Century-Full-Body-Massager-VMRL-14-WORKS-GREAT-/111655150531

Here is the general link to my ebay store:

http://stores.ebay.com/Brother-Lukes-Treasures

Check out this old clip featuring women’s fitness equipment of the time. You’ll notice a massager very similar to the Vitamaster above in operation 🙂

Joke about How a Business Should Be Run in Indiana…

This is how a business should run in Indiana.

This is how a business should run in Indiana.

First as tragedy then as farce. The new “Religious Freedom” law has forced me into a comedy career in order to explain how a business, open to serve the public, should run in Indiana.

One Scribble From Gov. Pence and Indiana Takes a Huge Step Back

Mike Pence- Indiana Religious Freedom Bill

Mike Pence- Indiana Religious Freedom Bill

Well, the Indiana Religious Freedom Bill is headed to Gov. Pence’s desk and he is likely to sign it. One scribble from his pen and Indiana takes a huge step back in our progress toward equal rights for all Indiana citizens.

This Bill isn’t only about LGBT rights in Indiana. But, I think that it mostly is for many fundamentalist style believers. Listen my fellow Hoosier business owners, if you offer a service to the public, it should be offered to the whole public. You are, of course, free NOT to offer a particular service to everyone. Like, if you are a pizza joint, you don’t have to serve clam chowder. Yet, if you serve pizza, don’t serve pizza to a straight patron and tell a gay customer to hit the bricks. If you bake wedding cakes, you can refuse to make provocative style cakes to all patrons. But, you should not deny a cake that you DO bake to a gay couple. A business, which is open to the public, should not deny services that they provide to paying customers only because they are gay, black, atheist, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, whatever…

We all have the right to our personal religious views. The First Amendment already guarantees that. You can believe what you want, teach what you want, go to fellowship wherever you want OR not. No one will come to your house of worship or home and force you what to believe or how to worship your god. Yet, if you choose to open a business to serve the public in Indiana, serve the public at large. If you want an exclusive private club, then charge membership fees and put “Private Club” on the front door.

Fellow Hoosier (or really anyone) if you find yourself today to be a person who has a downcast gaze upon the LGBT community, please read this blog that I wrote some time back.

Confessions of a Former Homophobe

Years ago, I used to be where you are now and was probably worse. Still, if you won’t change your mind and have a business that will be denying services to a portion of the population, have the balls to put a sign on the door saying so. If you get your morals from Jesus and he said not to be ashamed of him, display his alleged morals on the door for all to see. You wouldn’t want to be refused from heaven over your shame to have a public witness.

If this blog or the blog in the link resonate with you, please take a moment to hit the share buttons below. Thanks! -Luke

My Pick of the Week! A Vintage Harris Tweed Trench Coat

Vintage Harris Tweed Trench Coat- Photo: Luke Austin Daugherty

Vintage Harris Tweed Trench Coat- Photo: Luke Austin Daugherty

I have been doing a lot of picking for my ebay store over the last several weeks! From auctions, to thrift stores, to church sales, I’ve found some cool and unique stuff!

My personal favorite find (and I am biased), is this vintage Scottish Harris Tweed men’s overcoat. I occasionally find and sell Harris Tweeds on my store and my twin sons sell a few each year on their ebay store as well. I am always excited to find a Harris Tweed in good shape, regardless of the model. Yet, the basic/plain blazers are more common and with suede elbow patches, less so. But, I rarely find a Harris Tweed overcoat.

Last year, I found a mint condition 60’s Harris Tweed 3/4 length overcoat. It fit like it was custom tailored for me. Though they sell very well on ebay, I couldn’t bear to part with it. So, I adopted that one as my own 🙂 I looked up what it would cost to have a brand new one of the same model custom tailored for me and it racked up $835! I got mine for $5 during a 1/2 off Saturday at Goodwill in Indianapolis.

Luke Austin Daugherty in his vintage Harris Tweed overcoat. Photo: Lydia Daugherty

Luke Austin Daugherty in his vintage Harris Tweed overcoat. Photo: Lydia Daugherty

The difficult thing was, this newly picked overcoat fit me as well! Not wanting to be a tweed glutton, I decided to sell it. So, I dropped it off at the dry cleaners Friday and picked it back up today. It wasn’t dirty to start with. But, I’m a stickler for quality when it comes to selling such items on my ebay store. I wanted the jacket to be in the best shape possible. Here is the link to the ebay listing:

Harris Tweed Overcoat ebay listing

I’m excited to see how fast this one sells and where it ends up! For those who enjoy vintage clothing, hats, and more, I suggest checking out The Fedora Lounge online:

http://www.thefedoralounge.com

Also, here is a neat little story on Harris Tweed:

Shop for brand new Harris Tweed Clothing here:

http://www.harristweedshop.com/

Harris Tweed Authority official site:

http://www.harristweed.org/

Check Out My Ebay Store on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday!

Link to Brother Luke’s Treasures Ebay Store

Hey Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, AND Cyber Monday shoppers! Brother Luke’s Treasures ebay store has 500 items 15% off WITH free shipping to the USA today through Monday! Everything from vintage clothing to new electronics and all in between. When you shop our store, you’re directly supporting a small, family business, putting food in my kids’ pie holes, and supporting my flunkie entrepreneur/writer lifestyle… PLUS you get really cool stuff at a great price! WIN/WIN!

My store is a Top Rated, Power Seller store with GREAT customer service and FAST shipping! Shop our store from the comfort of your home OR on the go with the Ebay app, without the crowds to deal with or worries about the possibility of getting shanked in a Black Friday battle at a “big box” store.

AND, for you Pinterest peeps, peep this out! It is our store’s Pinterest page 🙂 Happy shopping!

My Pick of the Week- 1970’s Lesco Leather Motorcycle Jacket-NEW WITH TAGS!

 

1970's Lesco Leather motorcycle jacket- photo Luke Austin Daugherty

1970’s Lesco Leather motorcycle jacket- photo Luke Austin Daugherty

I have made a few trips out picking for my ebay store in the last week and I’ve found some great stuff! But, nothing cooler than this vintage biker jacket!

It is a 1970’s Lesco, leather biker jacket. It has a fitted/half-buckle waist, zip-up wrists, four front pockets, and a zip-out liner.

Even cooler than that… IT IS NEW WITH TAGS! That’s right, a never worn/original tags 70’s Lesco biker jacket! Size men’s Medium/38 chest. It is a dark, coffee bean brown.

This price on the tag is $129! Imagine that adjusted for around 40 years inflation!

Here is the link the ebay listing for it 70’s Lesco Motorcycle Jacket Ebay Listing

My Pick of the Week- A 1947 Royal Quiet Deluxe Typewriter

(BIG NEWS! -I just listed this typewriter on ebay!) Link to ebay post

As a reader of my blog, you probably don’t know what I do for a living besides writing and music. I don’t reference it often in my articles. I buy and sell as my main trade outside of creative pursuits. Truth be told, creativity is very useful when picking. After purchasing an item, it goes on one of my ebay stores. The primary being, “Brother Luke’s Treasures.”

See the link following:

http://stores.ebay.com/Brother-Lukes-Treasures

I tend to buy and sell a lot of the same types of things weekly: vintage clothing, electronics, shoes, housewares, etc, etc. But, I also run across some very cool, interesting, and/or rare items regularly. I’ve thought for some time about sharing some pictures and information about them on my blog. So, from the thrift stores, auctions, garage sales, and junk yards I frequent, I bring you, “My Pick of the Week.”

For installment #1, I have a good one for you! After going to my youngest daughter’s soccer game this morning, I saw that a church was having a rummage sale across the street. As I moved from table to table, I picked out a few decent picks at a bargain price: a vintage leather briefcase, an old cosmetic travel case, and one or two other items. Then, I felt a “disturbance in the force” and looked around… I saw a beautiful sight from across the large room. It was an old Royal typewriter in the original case.

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe -Photo Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe -Photo Luke Austin Daugherty

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I love my 1966 Smith-Corona Super Sterling. I generally write all of my current poetry on that typewriter. So, I have a special passion for a good manual typewriter.

Though most everything else was pretty cheap at the sale, they had a pretty steep price on this typewriter. But, as a true lover of manual typewriters, I couldn’t pass it up 🙂

I must admit, it will be hard to get rid of this typewriter and I may just keep it. In buying and selling, I tend to embrace the drug dealer rule of, “Don’t get high on your own supply.” That works for pickers too. It is easy to fall in love with items you pick if you pick what you like or collect. Pickers with a “collector” mindset can find it hard to let their picks go. I’m not a collector. But, I do love a good typewriter! Only time will tell if I sell it or keep it 🙂

Here is the run down on “My Pick of the Week”-

Item: Vintage, manual typewriter

Brand: Royal

Model: Quiet De Luxe portable

Year Produced: 1947 per my serial number research

Includes: Original case, manual, and typing tutorial.

Weight: 12 lb 2 oz for the typewriter alone (contrast 13 lb for my Smith-Corona), 16 lb 6  oz in the case.

Color: Black with chrome accents

Interesting notes: As with some old typewriters, there is no “1” key or exclamation point. You just use the lowercase “L” for the 1 and make the exclamation point by hitting period, then backspacing and hitting shift/8 for the apostrophe. Together, that produces the exclamation point. It is a very solid machine has a fairly light touch with the “touch control” adjusted down. The black knobs on the ends of the carriage are very well made. On my son’s Hermes Media 3, those knobs are made of very weak plastic. On this Royal, they seem bullet-proof. The manual is simple and covers just what you need.

If you have never used an old typewriter, it can be a unique typing experience compared to modern computers. If you are a writer, utilizing a typewriter can have an interesting impact on your process and unlock new creativity. In either case, I suggest you take an old typewriter for a spin sometime. For more information on vintage typewriters, this is a great website:

http://typewriterdatabase.com/

See below for more pics of my new Royal! I have included full pictures of the manual that you can magnify if you have the same unit and want to find out something about your own machine functions 🙂

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Type from a 1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter- (old ribbon) -by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter Manual- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter Manual- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter manual- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter manual- by Luke Austin Daugherty

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1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter Ribbon Change Instructions/Manual- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter Ribbon Change Instructions/Manual- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter Manual/Function sheet- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter Manual/Function sheet- by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter Manual Sheet- pic by Luke Austin Daugherty

1947 Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter Manual Sheet- pic by Luke Austin Daugherty