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post #1 of 15
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I'm starting a graduate internship at USAID in a few weeks, but don't have any suits to wear. When I get to North Carolina in early May I plan on visiting the Saks Off 5th to try and find an inexpensive suit and some shirts. I can't imagine my budget going very far, though (about five hundred dollars, including suit, shirts, and shoes) and was hoping someone could recommend any good thrift shops in the Raleigh/Durham area?

I'll be in Cary, so if you know of ANY good thrift shops within 45 minutes to an hour of there, I'm willing to make the drive so I don't look too terrible on my first day.

Also, I'll be in San Francisco for a week, so if you have any sources there I could stop by and see I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!
post #2 of 15
Goodbye's consignment shop on Sacramento in SF has a nice selection of suits at fairly good prices; though, they seem to have raised their prices as they were higher this spring vs when I stopped in last fall. Lots of recent suits and dress shirts from Kiton, Isaia, Brioni, Zegna, Borrelli, etc.
post #3 of 15
Saks Off Fifth in Charlotte is worthless, at least to me. I don't know if there is one in Raleigh or not, but I would expect it to be just as bad. The thrifting in Raleigh is hit or miss, mostly miss.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by crazyquik View Post
Saks Off Fifth in Charlotte is worthless, at least to me. I don't know if there is one in Raleigh or not, but I would expect it to be just as bad. The thrifting in Raleigh is hit or miss, mostly miss.

Saks Off 5th in Raleigh is a joke. Please don't waste your gas or time going there. I have been to a couple of thrift stores in Raleigh, and very few (if any) had any suits. There is one consignment shop in North Raleigh that has suits, but most of them are larger sizes. I can't remember the name right now, but I will think of it soon. You definitely have a better chance of finding something in San Fran. Good luck.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies so far. I also live in DC, which is notoriously bad for men's thrifting. However, if you know of any good shops, please let me know.
post #6 of 15
Doesn't DC have a Filenes?


Dude, DC will be 100 times better than Raleigh.
post #7 of 15
Ya, DC's terrible for thrift stores, and SF is spectacular. But even here it can be hit or miss. There are two neighborhoods in SF that have multiple thrift stores w/in walking distance of each other: the Mission and Haight Ashbury. For the Mission, I'd start at the 16th Street Bart stop and walk down to the Thrift Town on 17th and Mission, then down to about 19th where there's a Goodwill, and then across the street where there's a vintage store. If you still have time you could head over to Valencia and 18th to the Community Thrift. And if you're really ambitious, you could walk almost a mile down Valencia to the Salvation Army at 26th and Valencia. Haight Ashbury has a good Goodwill on Cole and Haight, but what's special about this neighborhood, for clothes at least, are the vintage stores. Some have a large selection of vintage suits, shoes, pocket squares, gloves, etc. Prices are about what you'd pay on eBay. There are two good ones just West of Cole on Haight. One a few doors down from the Goodwill (I think called "La Rosa") and one across the street from that. There are about four others in the area, like Wasteland on the North side of Haight and a German one on the South side, somewhere near the Wasteland. You could easily spend a day at each section of town. You may find something wonderful, but you may find nothing you like.
post #8 of 15
If you live in DC, I think you might have more luck in Northern VA or Bethesda/Silver Spring/Southern MD. Also check out the "Thrift Bragging Thread" or whatever it's called; there were a few places mentioned in NoVA. I've gotten some good things at a place called Unique, some pretty awesome stuff at a Salvation Army in Annandale/Alexandria. Basically the people in these areas are loaded and donate a lot of awesome stuff, some of which still have tags. But it can really be hit or miss, but you can hit up all the NoVA places in a day easily.
post #9 of 15
Why not hit up the BB Outlet store in NC?
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by pandamonium View Post
I'm starting a graduate internship at USAID in a few weeks, but don't have any suits to wear. When I get to North Carolina in early May I plan on visiting the Saks Off 5th to try and find an inexpensive suit and some shirts. I can't imagine my budget going very far, though (about five hundred dollars, including suit, shirts, and shoes) and was hoping someone could recommend any good thrift shops in the Raleigh/Durham area?

I'll be in Cary, so if you know of ANY good thrift shops within 45 minutes to an hour of there, I'm willing to make the drive so I don't look too terrible on my first day.

Also, I'll be in San Francisco for a week, so if you have any sources there I could stop by and see I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!

there is a off 5th and a Neiman marcus last call (a better store) right up the road in Columbia MD.
post #11 of 15
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there is a off 5th and a Neiman marcus last call (a better store) right up the road in Columbia MD.
I checked Last Call's website and the only MD location is in Hanover, which is pretty far from DC. Impossible for me as I do not have a car. EDIT: Actually, I could get to Union Station, take the MARC to BWI, then the 17 line to the mall. A little complicated but doable. Thanks!
post #12 of 15
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I checked Last Call's website and the only MD location is in Hanover, which is pretty far from DC. Impossible for me as I do not have a car.

EDIT: Actually, I could get to Union Station, take the MARC to BWI, then the 17 line to the mall. A little complicated but doable. Thanks!

hannover columbia, somthing like that
post #13 of 15
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Saks Off Fifth in Charlotte is worthless, at least to me. I don't know if there is one in Raleigh or not, but I would expect it to be just as bad. The thrifting in Raleigh is hit or miss, mostly miss.

WTF! I had no idea there is a Saks off 5th here (Charlotte).....

Where the hell is it?
post #14 of 15
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WTF! I had no idea there is a Saks off 5th here (Charlotte).....

Where the hell is it?

concord mills

haven't been to it yet...been meaning to tho but I can't stand that mall
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post

Ya, DC's terrible for thrift stores, and SF is spectacular. But even here it can be hit or miss. There are two neighborhoods in SF that have multiple thrift stores w/in walking distance of each other: the Mission and Haight Ashbury. For the Mission, I'd start at the 16th Street Bart stop and walk down to the Thrift Town on 17th and Mission, then down to about 19th where there's a Goodwill, and then across the street where there's a vintage store. If you still have time you could head over to Valencia and 18th to the Community Thrift. And if you're really ambitious, you could walk almost a mile down Valencia to the Salvation Army at 26th and Valencia. Haight Ashbury has a good Goodwill on Cole and Haight, but what's special about this neighborhood, for clothes at least, are the vintage stores. Some have a large selection of vintage suits, shoes, pocket squares, gloves, etc. Prices are about what you'd pay on eBay. There are two good ones just West of Cole on Haight. One a few doors down from the Goodwill (I think called "La Rosa") and one across the street from that. There are about four others in the area, like Wasteland on the North side of Haight and a German one on the South side, somewhere near the Wasteland. You could easily spend a day at each section of town. You may find something wonderful, but you may find nothing you like.


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Very good info!

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