It has suddenly occurred to me that sweaters are forever; they should never be thrown away. They sort of improve with age, provided you don’t change the oil in them, spill beer on them, or use them for the dog’s bed.
Right now I’m wearing the sweater I’ve had for 54 years. Kennedy was President then. Johnson drafted it. It wasn’t worn much during the Nixon/Ford years. During the Carter years there was a second ice age scare so I used it a lot. Reagan looked good in sweaters and made them vogue. When Bush 1 came along it was like an old friend. During the Clinton years it became me. I retired during Bush 2 and wasn’t about to part with it. During the Obama years it has become like a security blanket.
I have another sweater that’s about twenty years old. That one has a good chance of out living me. In fact, they look pretty much the same as they did the day I bought them. I wish I could say the same about me.
The 54 year old sweater was purchased at a place in my home town called the Varsity Shop. It was the only place in town that sold Jantzen’s. It was an expensive place. I think I paid $10.00 for the sweater. That doesn’t sound like much, but that was a days wage. I must have been insane.
Do they make them like that anymore? I don’t know. However, I got underwear that loses their snap after the second washing.
The only place it has had to be repaired is the sleeves and I think a button or two had to be replaced along the way. My wife has taken pretty good care of that sweater and the guy who wears it too.