where would i be able to find a nice yet not that expensive short pea coat?
What price range are you looking at?
frenchconnection.com has some cute peacoats at around $300
banana republic has varied size peacots for about $200-$400
Target has many short peacoats for only about $50
And Saks has peacoats in the $300-$400 range
New York and Company has a nice one for about $80
Ann Taylor Loft has some from about $70-$200
JC Penney has some CUTE pea and toggle coats that look modern and hip. Not the granny coats I would expect.
Have you checked the Gap and Theory?