Another collection

Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Ties

Here’s a fun fact about me you didn’t know, I collect ties. When I worked in an office I wore a tie almost every day. We won’t talk about the shirts (three quarters of a double wardrobe), we are here to talk about ties. I have around 65 ties of varying colours, patterns and materials from linen to silk, from plain to paisley, all are pre 1980.

The mostly plain coloured ties

The ones with patterns. The brown paisley patterned one in the middle is the first tie I bought. The ties on the left hand side are my old Primary School (blue and white) and High School (maroon, blue and white) ties.

Here is the whole sixty-five together with the only novelty tie I have. It was a present as I am not a fan of novelty ties

This is my “tie pin” I used to wear at High School in the senior year

I still have a look at the tie section in Op-shops to see if there are any ties from the 70’s and before. Vintage silk ties like Gucci can be from $170 and Mangus Paisley Silk Ties can fetch $275.00. Of course vintage polyester ties are around $15 but scouring Op-shops, ties can be bought from .50c to $2.00 so a quick check of the label may reap rewards.

45 thoughts on “Another collection

  1. Your tie collection is awesome, Brian. Being a child of that generation I love seeing a man in a tie! My dad wore a tie to work every day. My husband, an electrician, never did. He owns very few ties but they’re all old and beautiful. He is very proud of the ties he received when he won Western Province and Springbok colours for deep sea fishing.

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    1. There are all sorts of things that are collectables that people gather. Ties aren’t big money spinners though. There is even a name for a person who collects ties is called a Grabatologist Who knew 😲

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  2. I had no idea a tie collection could be worth so much. My husband wore a tie perhaps half a dozen times in the 34 years we were together, and that was usually because I insisted for the occasion. He had one tie, which I just came across the other day rolled at the back of a drawer. My son, on the other hand, loves ties. He has a sense of fashion, so we were never quite sure where he came from! I think he would love your pattern collection. Oh, and I love your tie pin!

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  3. You are full of surprises, Brian. My husband had a few nice ties in his (office) time but now he only wears one at festive occasions (weddings and funerals, I can’t think of any other reason). He still has a lot of them.

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    1. Yes Elke, I am a Grabatologist πŸ˜‰ I didn’t even know there was a name for it. Now a days I am the same as I get around in T-shirts mainly so a tie looks out of place πŸ˜‚

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  4. Well, that’s about ten times more ties than I’ve owned in my lifetime! I had a school tie and a black tie and a couple of others when I worked in an office in my twenties. I kept one of those for a while for the odd formal occasions. Perhaps that’s why I ended up in Hawaii. Formal wear here is shorts and an Hawaiian shirt, no tie!

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    1. I do have more than anyone else I know. I probably had more but I suspect one of my daughters may have pilfered a couple πŸ˜‚ I find wearing Hawaiian shirts in Hawaii seems so cliche. I would love to see a “formal” Hawaiian shirt. Some of the shirts on sale here are real shockers

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  5. Wow!
    A pre 1980s collection of ties is quite unique. My grandfather had a collection of ties from the 60s and 70s but after he passed away in the mid 70s, only a handful were kept by my aunts.

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