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Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Levi 501s at vide-greniers
Old 10-28-2016   #1
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Levi 501s at vide-greniers

Another reason to move to France! Does anyone here wear 501s? I've been wearing 'em for 50 years. Mind you, some of them look like it. Also I have to admit that the waist size went up steadily until about 15-20 years ago. But Frances wears them too, and buys them at vide-greniers. Classic part-worn Levis normally cost $30+, but her last three pairs cost her 1€, 5€ and 5€ respectively: $1.12 and $5.60. Beat that!

Where do you buy your bargains?

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We have 4 thrift shops, 3 antique stores, and 3 pawn/resale shops in my town alone.

Never have to travel to far for a bargain.
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Levi's 501, my fav since 80's... Now, I have 6 pieces in different color..
I bought online form *bay or ***zon. $20-40 (new)

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513s and 514s for me! I get em on the internet. I especially like the 514 cords.
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I still got a pair of GeeDubs,(aka GWG) a Canadian made classic, no longer manufactured anywhere since the early 80s. They gave Mr Levi a run for his money.

They still fit, waist 34.
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Carhartts here. I'm too hard on clothes for anything else.
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I prefer the Levi's 511 (the slim ones)
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I prefer the Levi's 511 (the slim ones)
Wait 'til you get older...

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A second vote for the 511s. Have some 501s as well but the 511s have accompanied me for the last 2 years or so. Incidentally, Levi's are the only visible label garment I choose to wear.
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These are jeans, great!
Love that label photo.
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PS: and the price is interesting :-)
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I've been wearing Levi 501s for fifty years, myself. I generally buy two new pair every year or so. No point buying any used ones, as I have a lot of those already.

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I prefer the Levi's 511 (the slim ones)

Same here and Lucky Jeans 221's.
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Same here and Lucky Jeans 221's.
How's the quality compared to the Levi's?
Never seen those here in Europe.

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I have been wearing them for thirty years.
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. . . No point buying any used ones, as I have a lot of those already. . .
Dear Murray,

Same here. Some VERY used. But if you're at a vide-grenier and happen to spot a pair, as Frances does...

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I've gotten too rotund for any brand of jeans. Dickies khakis seem to be the most comfortable.
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I have been wearing them for thirty years.
Dear Steve,

I'd have said the same myself in my 40s. All you have to do is keep breathing for another 20 years...

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Yep - 501's are the only jeans I wear. I'm still in a 32/32, but that waistband is getting tight and I really need to concentrate on my kayaking more!

I have a pair of counterfeit 501;s in the cupboard - dreadful! Probably good for gardening - I'll have to ask the boss.
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I wore 501s in my 20s, 506s in my 30s and 527s now that I am in my 40s. I still have a pair of 501 and 506 each. I guess as I got older different things seemed to me to look better on me. The body changes although exercise and lifestyle slows the change (or decline ) The 527 flares slightly (levi's calls that a boot cut). I never wear boots but I like the flare. It sort of reminds me I'm a child of the 70s.

As to where I buy, lately I go to the very same family shop I used to buy clothes in the 70s/80s. I am glad they are still around and I help as best I can with a couple of purchases a year. But I buy only when on sale. I have a few pairs of jeans and it's never urgent enough to buy at full price. Best price I ever got was on a couple of almost never worn 506s on Ebay for something like £20. But 1 or 5 Euros? Never (sadly).

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