Originally Posted by redcanvas
I know that it would be tough to know the quality of the down you were getting, but could you buy a bunch of down coats and stuff from a thrift store and use that down to make a TQ or UQ? I know at my local Value Village there are always down vests, coats and the odd duvet now and again.
Doing that is certainly a viable option, however in most down clothing and blankets there is going to be a larger proportion of feathers to down. So if you have more time on your hands than money, you could certainly pick the feathers out and yield more down. However, if it takes you 15 $5 vests, coats, blankets to yield 1 pound of down that may be 500 fill power at best, is it worth the effort when you could buy 1 pound of 750 FP duck down from Feather Industries
in Toronto for the same price?