Back to Florence: Billy Reid Warehouse Sale & Trowbridge’s Ice Cream

BR Warehouse SaleThe semi-annual Billy Reid sale heralds the change of seasons and also draws my friend Sean and me off to Florence. I love Billy Reid’s goods, but at full price it’s too dear for my budget. The warehouse sale is a great way to pick up a few odds and ends and still be able to eat at the end of the day.

Past sales have been in the back room behind the regular Billy Reid store. This year the sale goods were in a separate storefront next door. The sale seemed to have more items available than in the past.

BR sale door

Racks, boxes, & piles of sale clothes:

BR row

BR shirt boxes

BR t-shirts

Possibly my favorite item was this quilted vest, which wasn’t available in my size or I would have left with one.

BR vest

There were many ties, both four-in-hand and bows (confession: Billy Reid bow ties are my favorite, and at sale price I can indulge):

BR ties

BR bows

And some shoes. I like them, but the elongated toe box is just too much for me:

BR Savannah

Restraint and budget limited me to these two purchases, both of which I like very much, an indigo sweatshirt and batwing wool bow tie:

Billy Reid sale purchases

Next door, the new fall Billy Reid gear was out, and browsing is always fun.

BR window

BR hats

The Billy Reid ‘James Bond’ peacoat was available (note leather detailing):

BR Bond coat

BR Bond detail

There is a large display of Billy Reid K-Swiss models:

BR K-Swiss

And the Billy Reid double-monk with asymmetrical toe cap:

BR double monks

Billy Reid excels with his tote and bag designs:

BR tote

BR bags

BR bag

We moved down Court Street and stopped by another favorite destination in Florence, one more in keeping with my budget.

Salvation Army

I was not disappointed, as I left with a Brooks Brothers button down (USA made), ties from Zegna (wool blend), Ben Silver, and H. Stockton Atlanta. Oh, and a vintage LP.

SA haul

Fatigued from shopping, Sean and I moseyed down to historic diner Trowbridge’s.

Trowbridge's sign

Trowbridge’s is a genuine throwback, maintaining an unselfconscious mid-20th century vibe. The food is standard, but tasty, diner fare. Prices are low.

Trowbridge's menu

The ice cream is the highlight. Don’t leave without trying one of their flavors like the signature orange pineapple. That day I went with the red velvet–again, restraint: only one scoop.

Trowbridges - Red Velvet ice cream

 

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