I am in the market for my next jacket and would like some tips or advice on what to look for and or keep in mind when looking for my next secondhand or vintage jacket. I've already made 4 impulsive Ebay purchases that didn't go so well, I'm looking to really do my homework this time and not make any more impulsive late night Ebay purchases. I'm not necessarily looking to find " the one " right now, but something worthwhile to help further develop my preferences. I can't do that if I keep buying duds no matter how little I pay. This taylors leatherwear police surplus is my current jacket ( not counting the Ebay duds ) which fits me very well and I'm quite happy with. I really love it but am itching for something in a lighter less bland color. Keeping in mind that it has a removable thinsulate lining, it's a size 36 and these are the dimensions. 17" tip to tip across the shoulders. 21" across the chest pit to pit. 17" from pit to cuff 23" from shoulder tip to bottom. Budget is ideally under $150 I want something American made I want a more basic style like my current jacket I'd like to try something a few inches shorter. I want a lighter shade of brown than my current jacket, nothing particular in mind though. Gotta have lower pockets, and at least 1 breast pocket I can put my wallet in. And I really don't care too much about the type of leather, I just don't want a thin lightweight leather. I don't have anything particular in mind for a lining. What are some makes / models I should be looking for that fit my criteria which I should be able to find in my size ? Are there any obvious things to avoid in a jacket ? Any brands to avoid? I know that there were a lot of mall shop brands in the 70's selling inferior quality jackets, but the only of those brands I have heard of is Wilsons. Is there a list somewhere of vintage brands to generally stay away from ?