Friday, September 4, 2015

one man's garbage

A friend of a friend recently cleaned out her tack trunk and passed along a whole pile of gently- and not-so-gently-used stuff for our consideration.


essentially a very comfortable, well-fitting and grippy glove. what's not to like?
Among the pile was a pair of black Roeckl gloves in my size, complete with a couple holes and a crusty dirty quality that was not exactly endearing.

I tossed them in my bag anyway tho, bc, hey why not? I've heard so many nice things about these gloves, but always balk at the price tag. And otherwise they were headed to the trash pile and I have first world guilt about throwing away things that might still be useful (it's a problem).


gloves have seen some action... but still have a lot of life left!
Fast forward to our lesson on Saturday when another rider needed gloves while riding her spicy new mare. I loaned her this pair, figuring it wouldn't be heartbreaking if I forgot to collect them after the ride.

But she did in fact return the gloves, and into my pocket they went... and stayed right up until laundry time. So what the hell, I tossed them in the wash along with all my other stuff. And they came out looking actually quite nice! So nice that I regret not taking 'before' pictures lol. 


left glove needed a bit more tlc than the right glove
The only problem: they still had those pesky holes.

I'm not the best seamstress in the world by any stretch, but it would only take a couple judicious stitches to hide the holes in these gloves. And, again - if it didn't work nbd.


stitched up hole at base of index finger
But it did work and the gloves are officially back in passable show-quality state! 

Sure the stitching isn't perfectly even, and the 'clear' polyester thread I used is actually kinda light-reflective compared to the matte gloves... and there's still one last hole between the right hand index and middle fingers... but it's not visible anyway so it might be awhile before I fix that...


stitching across the back of the hand is visible.... but it's holding up pretty well
But whatever - right? They're now in better shape than any other pair of black gloves I own, and I happen to be on a self-imposed spending freeze.... so... yay for new treasure!

and bonus cat bc why not

18 comments:

  1. I love roeckls. All of mine are a different material I think but they are my favorite brand! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. so far i really like them! i struggle to keep my reins from slipping while working on dressage, but have worn these in all my tests recently and they really seem to help

      Delete
  2. Nice score! I'm currently wearing a pair that I've worn the fingertips out of. Stupid nails! I just can't bring myself to throw them out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. haha i'm the same way and will keep wearing gloves or shoes or whatever looonnnngg after they've reached their end lol

      Delete
  3. A pair of Roeckls definitely worth saving!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Same as Hillary, my favorite Roeckls are a different material, but it's a great manufacturer one way or another! What's your size? If I see any on sale I'll let you know!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yea i'm pretty happy with them! and i'm on a self-imposed spending freeze so will not be purchasing any other gloves (esp since i DO actually have other black gloves.... but these are currently my favorite lol)

      Delete
  5. I LOVE Roeckls! Most gloves make my hands feel hot and clumsy, but Roeckls are truly like a second skin (so that my first set of skin doesn't get rubbed off)! Awesome find!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i love wearing gloves and have for most of my riding life... but somehow for dressage i just can't hold on to the damn reins! these really seem to help tho

      Delete
  6. Nice find! Ah the immense joy I had when finding a pair of totally functional splint boots that fit Quest lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yesss!! haha i love finding old discarded stuff that's still got a lot of life left!

      Delete
  7. Those gloves look awesome! Good find :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. so far they're working out really well!

      Delete
  8. I just picked up a pair of Roekls on sale and am totally in love with them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. nice! when these do finally bite the dust i might actually consider purchasing a pair haha

      Delete
  9. I love my Roeckl's! Hopefully, you love them too- what a steal!

    ReplyDelete