When you go shopping for a letterman jacket, you are purchasing something that will become a special piece of personal history. This can also be an expensive venture, but is worth the time and cost if you know a few tips to help you find the right jacket.
The first thing to consider is your budget. Before you start shopping, ask around to see who has the most reasonable prices in your area and also the best quality. When you go into the store, be sure to check the sales rack near the back. Sometimes there will be a clearance sale or they may even have jackets that were ordered, but not picked up. These are often marked down to get rid of them and you can save quite a bit of money by looking for these deals. If you don't find them, ask the sales clerk and they can assist you.
Also, you need to figure into your budget the amount of extra money that will have to be spent sewing on the name, letter, and other various patches that are part of letterman jackets. This can add up quickly, so shopping around for a good price is essential. These patches must be sewn on securely and well for the wear and the tear that they will take, so it is advisable that you have a professional do this. Ask around at seamstresses if they are willing to do this work, and you may get a better deal than you would in the store.
There are also many different styles of jackets to consider when purchasing a letterman jacket. If you are wanting to stay reasonable, an all cloth jacket is a much cheaper option that is very nice and lasts for a long time. But, if you can extend your dollar a little further, you might consider a jacket that is made with leather. These are more expensive, but are nicer to have and warmer. Your taste and personal budget will primarily dictate what you can afford, but if you are a bargain shopper you might be surprised what you will find.
Once you have purchased your jacket, be sure to follow the shop instructions for taking care of it and be sure to check it over thoroughly after you receive it from the store. This way you can enjoy a wonderful piece of your high school years for a lifetime.