Hey /out/ I'm working on getting a source of wool blankets and hats from peru. its alpaca wool products as per my search. its really cheap compared to anything you will be able to source in the US its as good and better then standard sheep's wool. and if you're allergic to sheep's wool alpaca is a great alternative.
Currently waiting for my source [a friend of mine that I trust] to find some he can buy in markets and then send off to me. the cost of each product will be determined by each shipment and total cost of each unit.
So would anyone on /out/ who's state side, maybe even Canada be interested?
>I'm not looking into turning this into any business or even making a profit, just gonna charge enough to break even. Maybe gonna buy as many blankets as I can without the shipping getting crazy.
Yup, he said by the end of this week he'll have some prices from different areas.
I was pretty clear on it has to be 100% wool tho. and he said they are and really cheap...
when I get more info I'll setup an email and some way to transfer funds safely. planning to just use paypal tho, because everyone trust it for the most part..
I told him color doesn't matter for me personally, but maybe we should agree on a couple of colors?
since its a friend of mine that said he would just go around town and search for vendors of them, I'm not sure the sizing just yet, I assume if they are blankets, at least to cover a normal sized human being...
And I'm just guessing here by the hat prices he said that cost in that area, but the cost should be no more then 50 dollars? no promises until the end of this week from me on a ball park price.
I don't know what and if these blankets have to go through customs or something coming into the US because they are an "animal product" after all...
Well personally I don't really have much preference, as long as it isn't died bright pink or something. Subdued or darker solid colors would be my personal preference, but please don't let me influence your choice too much.
This is a really great project, godspeed and good luck.
I have a bunch of alpaca stuff from when I was in Peru and Chile. The fun of the stuff is from your memory of the Shitty little street stall you bought it from.
Also, beware, fellow anons, most of the stuff they sell for tourists are really not rugged. Of all the alpaca stuff I bought, only a rough spun poncho that I'd trust with the north American outdoors while some alpaca blankets I'd only trust to the blanket.
True, but I sort of assumed that OP's friend would steer clear of total tourist scams. Actually I just realized I assumed OP's friend was a native for some reason and that he would get something of a decent quality by knowing where to look, but that assumption is totally independent of the facts presented in the thread. Dur.
Anyways, if op should want to tell his friend a good rule of thumb for good quality are ther easy tests you would recommend for telling good constructed blankets from bad? their weight perhaps? Or a close up picture of the weave?
Well heavy weight is generally better. The stuff the locals wear also generally refrains from the crazy patterns and have rougher weaves, hell, I can still find small pieces of thorn in the poncho I bought, which I assume were mixed in with the wool when it was shorn from the alpaca. Regardless of how It's made, due to alpaca wool being what it is, it will still suffer more pilling in my experience.
Cheap, simple and rough is always better for this sort of thing. For the stuff I bought to use myself, I didn't pay more than 15 bucks/equivilent Peruvian soles/Chilean pesos when I was there.
They are comfy. I bought one in Peru in 1983 or thereabouts, it kept me sane through 2 more trips to Antarctica. It sees about 4 months of use every year, gets a tour through the washer and dryer about every 2 years.
A little worn, but still very toasty. Cats like it.
would suggest OP have one sent to test out the quality first. safest way to be sure. nothing worse than ending up with 50 of a bad product.
I'd need to know price and size. and if it's blended or what. I'd expect 50/50wool/alpaca. Alpaca is a hollow fiber like a lot of goat hair stuff like mohair or cashmere so it should be lighter than straight wool. I have a mohair blend throw and that's pretty damn warm for the weight. I hear alpaca is better.
us canadians have a really poor exchange rate right now BTW, so you can see why some might not be enthusiastic.
wool is not my thing, it has it's uses, but still
polar can't be beaten for the price and for the weight for the warmth.
wools greatest advantage is sparks from fire don't burn a hole in them.
OP is still hanging around. but my friend got busy this weekend and Friday was my birthday so was doing stuff Friday/Saturday. and we haven't talked since. I haven't forgotten you all. but currently the situation is out of my hands, only thing I can do is pressure him. and that's a dick move for some blankets.
Trust me, I'm the type of person that couldn't get lucky enough to just up an die.
Probably not, conversion costs of currency buys you more in Peru than here, operating costs there are also likely much cheaper, and it's a very common thing over there to use alpacas as domestic animals. While you could buy from a states based one, you have no advantage from currency strength, you are also buying a product which is more of a luxury here, and therefore will cost more for that perception, there's also the costs of overheads that are likely more expensive here. Same with a lot of goods from china and India, in the case of textiles especially India.
To give an illustrative example, there is a place near me that (tried to? I can't recall if it failed) made water buffalo milk mozzarella, but it had huge difficulty sourcing the right kind of animal, getting the process right, and in the end making a profit, because it's still in the end easier and cheaper to get it imported from Italy than to get a small run from this upstart who is still getting established.
Well actually that was a terrible example, but it was the only one I could think of off hand.
If the price was right I'd be interested. I'm in the UK, but I'm not sure the shipping would be too prohibitive if the savings were huge. Even if I only save £10, a saving is a saving.
Would you be willing to ship to the UK, blanket sc/out/? I understand if this would be too much hassle though.
Silk comforters are the best. They are actually really warm because they have many layers of silk in them, and they are heavy as well, but not annoyingly fluffy like a synthetic or down comforter.
Unfortunately it's hard to get good ones outside of asia.
I'm talking about a bed comforter at home on all this. There's still nothing better than a down sleeping bag for camping.
OP here... Idk whats takin him so fucking long... College doesnt take up THIS much time...
Also as per the UK guys.. Can't you get sheeps wool blankets for dirt cheap? I wouldn't mind sending some.. But this shits gotta go through customs and at this rate with all these request.. Im better off ordering from someone manufacturing them directly.... But then the prices might not be as low as predicted...
I keep getting on skype and still no word. I told him by the end of January.. Its now Feb..