By Steve Hubrecht
A secondhand Hawaiian shirt, bought on a whim, has turned into a business idea. Valley resident Dave Goldsmith, who lives between Brisco and Spillimacheen, bought his first Hawaiian shirt at an Edgewater garage sale four years ago, and recalls that the purchase made his wife roll her eyes. His wifes subtle hint at Daves taste did little to deter Daves budding enthusiasm for secondhand Hawaiian shirts and soon he was buying more.
During the next three years, I collected quite a few more at garage sales and thrift stores, said Mr. Goldsmith, who has taken to using the name Aloha Dave.
It occurred to Mr. Goldsmith that there are likely plenty more Hawaiian shirt-lovers out there and, sensing business potential, he has arranged to have a stand selling his vast collection at the upcoming Annual Autumn Show and Shine at the Radium Springs Golf Course on September 20th.The stand will be more about enjoying Hawaiian shirts than actually bringing in a large profit, according to Mr. Goldsmith.
I have fun at it, I have a good time, and I am planning on making tens of dollars, he said, alluding to his shirt prices, which will range from $10 to $20, and what he expects to be a modest profit.
Mr. Goldsmith greatly bolstered his collection during a road trip south this past winter, during which he programmed thrift stores and Goodwill stores into his GPS and returned with a staggering haul of secondhand Hawaiian shirts. He estimates he has about 380 of what he calls gently-used Hawaiian shirts, many of which will be for sale at the Radium car show, laundered, ironed and ready to wear. In a nod to the thrift store origins of many of the shirts, Mr. Goldsmith will donate some of the proceeds for the shirts sales to the Invermere thrift store. He said hes learning a lot since that Edgewater garage sale.
I know more about Hawaiian shirts than I ever thought I would, said Mr. Goldsmith. A lot of the shirts are actually still made in Hawaii, although they do come from all around the world now.
The mark of a good Hawaiian shirt no matter if its silk, rayon, cotton or polyester is, according to Mr. Goldsmith, whether or not the shirt pocket pattern matches the overall shirt pattern, and whether or not the pattern carries across the placket.