The other day I went to one of my favorite stores, Bridgham & Cook, Ltd., in Freeport, Maine. For me, it has been a reliable source of authentic British Goods for 25 years, including Portmeirion dishes (which they no longer carry) and Barbour jackets.
Last time I was there, I got a few Lochcarron of Scotland tartan lambswool scarves, beautiful and a value at $29.00. I wore them all last winter.
This trip, the first thing I saw upon entering the small shop was a Camel Toggle Coat, on sale, but not my size. They did, however, have a Barbour quilted waistcoat, in Olive, in my size for half price (as they had changed the pattern of the lining). I put this aside.
Then I looked at the Bronte Tweeds (of West Yorkshire) tartan wool blankets (another value at $55.00). These are thick, warm throws that can be used all winter long, both in the livingroom or for extra warmth on the beds. I also put one aside.
I looked at the Beauforts, but could not quite justify getting another one. Finally, I looked at the University Scarves. These are scarves from the various colleges, including of Oxford and Cambridge. As attractive as they are, I am not sure I would be comfortable wearing the the colors of an institution of which I, or a family member, did not attend. (Although Cambridge's Girton College and Oxford's Balliol College may test that resolve!)
I checked out with my two items, the Barbour quilted waistcoat and wool blanket. I already look forward to going back (or maybe just calling up and having them ship!).
Bronte Tweeds (of West Yorkshire) tartan wool blanket at our home