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    Default Thrift stores and 70's leather

    Who here can't pass up buying something that you could never wear (Cream colored italian leather pants in my case) because it was good leather and I might be able to alter them to ride in them. and they were under 10$

    I did 15 years ago and I just found them again put away and never altered.

    Great soft leather but never got around to making them into full seat breeches.

    Tell me I am not alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5 View Post
    Who here can't pass up buying something that you could never wear (Cream colored italian leather pants in my case) because it was good leather and you might be able to alter them to ride in them. and they were under 10$

    I did 15 years ago and I just found them again put away and never altered.

    Great soft leather but never got around to making them into full seat breeches.

    Tell me I am not alone.
    I thought leather pants were an 80s item...
    regardless...
    I saw a picture in a catalog once...it wasn't for the pants, but for the top, but GOSH, those pants the model wore...top prime candidate for riding (yep tack catalog) I wanted them sooooo bad!

    Now i gt a pair hanging here...but dangit... one has to have a wasp waist to wear them! And good grief I used to be tiny...but I think I was never that thin
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    My daughter is riding in my old 70's tack. Several clinicians have commented on it, how nice it is after all these yrs.

    We joke she needs a pom pom on her helmet.

    The cattle hides were better back then - the modern feeding practices have made the hides thinner. Not speaking of the fine leather for pants but it's probably been affected also.
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    Of course I have several things in my closet that I couldn't resist...and may ( OK will) never use.



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    Quote Originally Posted by pony grandma View Post
    My daughter is riding in my old 70's tack. Several clinicians have commented on it, how nice it is after all these yrs.

    We joke she needs a pom pom on her helmet.

    The cattle hides were better back then - the modern feeding practices have made the hides thinner. Not speaking of the fine leather for pants but it's probably been affected also.
    well, the cattle was kept on the range longer, they were older, so yeah, in a round about way the feeding...
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    Yeah, I don't think cow hide has changed Cows are cows, and some of them are happy cows, but c'mon now...

    I know I went to the Thrift store to buy some quilting to alter a saddle pad, it was a baby pad with a cute logo, and it was completely SQUARE, so it bunched and fit miserably. I had a wither made into it using some quilted crib bedding or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5 View Post
    Tell me I am not alone.
    You wouldn't be alone if I could find anything like that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alagirl View Post
    I thought leather pants were an 80s item...
    ...
    My dad was a leather craftsman. He made lots of leather clothes in the late '60s, and into the '70s. I could kick myself for not keeping any of his work. Beautiful fringe jackets, leather pants, purses, tooled guitar straps, etc.
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    Guilty as charged! Total thrift store junky, and not just for the leather. I have way more ideas than time though...sigh....

    Toadie's mom-that's so cool about your dad! Did he teach you his mad skillz? I have a saddle with a split in the seat seam and would love to know how to fix it (is there some kind of leather duck tape?!) of course I would love to know how to be a true leather artist. see first paragraph. sigh again....

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    I confess--I'm a thrift store junkie too! I buy stuff to wear and stuff to "up-cycle" into something else (currently making myself a log-cabin pieced patchwork scarf out of thrift store flannel shirts). Best horse "finds" ($3-5)--DD's first schooling breeches, paddock boots, Van Teal shirt, and a great-looking shirt (men's) that I altered into a riding shirt/choker.



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    It may be and probably is 80s leather.

    I think I grabbed it late 90s-early 2000s but it was put away for years.

    Maybe I shoud spook ebay for good quality breeches and make a franken breech.

    What color breech should I target?

    It also might do for a pair of full chaps if I get the zippers, smooth out the seam and cut out the ass.

    Probably not chaps....but then again.
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    80's leather calls for hot pink breeches.

    No question!
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    At least 90% of my barn clothes are thrift store bar-gains.
    Why be spendy if it is only going to get slobbered on?

    As for riding wear:
    A friend who worked at an upscale thrift store - they call them "Vintage" - brought me a pair of LIME GREEN chaps once.
    I wore them to my H/J barn and nearly killed my Uber-Conservative trainer.

    My Aunt, who rode as a young woman, handed down her lovely black wool melton huntcoat when I was a 60s-era teen and coveted one of the godawful madras plaid ones then so chi-chi.
    I wore it (grudgingly) to show in but also wore it as a blazer for years.
    Wish I still had it......
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    I search the Sally Ann for pure wool blankets in Queen size to use as coolers
    with a woodworking clamp at the chest. Not fleece or poly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    As for riding wear:
    A friend who worked at an upscale thrift store - they call them "Vintage" - brought me a pair of LIME GREEN chaps once.
    I wore them to my H/J barn and nearly killed my Uber-Conservative trainer.
    Please tell me you have a picture of these chaps!

    I swear, I'm going to save my pennies, buy some rude looking custom chaps & a helmet cover with a pom-pom. I love that stuff.
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    Default great use for that leather

    I love all that soft thrift store leather too! I found a great use for it all. I make custom journals and sketchbooks out of beautiful old leather coats, (just had a red one to die for), pants (purple anyone?) and even purses. I actually ran across a guy selling scrapped chaps at QH Congress one year and snagged a bunch. So now i have horsey sketchbooks too!


    Quote Originally Posted by 5 View Post
    Who here can't pass up buying something that you could never wear (Cream colored italian leather pants in my case) because it was good leather and I might be able to alter them to ride in them. and they were under 10$

    I did 15 years ago and I just found them again put away and never altered.

    Great soft leather but never got around to making them into full seat breeches.

    Tell me I am not alone.


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    Wrenaissance-cool! Do you have a website, or any pix online?

    And I gotta ask-do you do the renn faires or SCA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrenaissance View Post
    I love all that soft thrift store leather too! I found a great use for it all. I make custom journals
    So!

    You were the one who made the Indiana Jones diary and sent it to the Univeristy of Chicago....
    Way Cool!!!! and I don't say that often- Koodos! Great work.


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    Not leather but what I like to do is search thrift shop for the old style matress pads, the ones with the quilted patterns. I like to cut them into quilts for my standing wraps. both long and short. If they get ruined not a huge loss like if I had bought them in a tack store where they cost me a are and leg.
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