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Source for used reenactor's kit?

Article about: Hello all! I am currently in the hunt for a M36 reenactor's feldbluse... I could easily buy a new one from ATF (amazingly nice people, btw!), BUT I'd prefer something that looks worn enough

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    Hello all!

    I am currently in the hunt for a M36 reenactor's feldbluse... I could easily buy a new one from ATF (amazingly nice people, btw!), BUT I'd prefer something that looks worn enough to match my authentic awards and insignia, which are all pretty salty...

    Here's my Infanterie Sturmabzeichen, for example:
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    To be honest, I think my Infanterie Sturmabzeichen with most of the silver finish worn away, my scratched up wound badge, and my soiled EK2 and Ost Medal ribbons, etc. would look rather silly on a sparkling clean, brand new tunic. In essence, I'd like to recreate the tunic this soldat is wearing, but in a fresh from the front state:
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    I've been wondering... Could someone recommend a good source for obtaining used reenactor's kit? I've tried ebay, and the classifieds here and on other forums, but I really haven't had much luck...

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    You could always try re-enactor forums? They usually have for sale sections that the members use to sell bits and pieces

    Thanks

    Danny

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    Quote by GasMasksUK View Post
    You could always try re-enactor forums? They usually have for sale sections that the members use to sell bits and pieces

    Thanks

    Danny
    Thanks for the response, Danny!

    Could you recommend any that have a lot of activity? I tried a few (Based on the lack of responses, I'm assuming smaller ones...) and found nothing.

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    Some techniques for aging new kit:

    Sleep in it for a week or two if you have an understanding wife/girlfriend

    crawl under your car a dozen times front to back and vice-versa

    send to dry-cleaners (some are really brutal)

    repeat until you have the desired look.

    If these don't work, bury it for a week or two.

    You should finish up with something pretty salty, or maybe pick up some repro decorations for the repro bluse.

    Pat

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    Quote by Patgore View Post
    Some techniques for aging new kit:

    Sleep in it for a week or two if you have an understanding wife/girlfriend

    crawl under your car a dozen times front to back and vice-versa

    send to dry-cleaners (some are really brutal)

    repeat until you have the desired look.

    If these don't work, bury it for a week or two.

    You should finish up with something pretty salty, or maybe pick up some repro decorations for the repro bluse.

    Pat
    Thanks for the response! I'm sure all are legit methods for aging a bluse, but some of them made me laugh out loud!

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