I don't know if I can beat the plaid story, but my first hakama was one I found in the closet in the back of the clubroom. It was old, cotton. The seams all looked thoroughly worn. The kicker was that the knees were patched...with duct tape
Needless to say, I have since purchased a bujin hakama of my own and handed down the duct taped (and now patched) hakama to another student.
Yours in ukemi,