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Best bargain ever.

post #1 of 12
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We had it as a sideline on several threads: to buy items on eBay or in thrift shops. Every fool can go into Gucci with $ 3000.00 and buy a leather jacket. The art is to find a Gucci leather jacket for $ 5.00 in a junk shop. What's your story: what was the best item, the greatest bargain, you have ever picked up for next to nothing?
post #2 of 12
British Cycle vintage leather biker jacket with straight thick metal zipper that opens from top and down - $15CAD. Vintage Fendi bag for my wife - $5CAD. Both in great condition.
post #3 of 12
My local thrift store is a joke. They seem to know that brands are which and jack up the prices for certain items, it's unbelievable and definately not worth it. I'd cough up $3000 for a Gucci leather any day over spending $1000 for one in a thrift shop.
post #4 of 12
Unless it's a Goodwill-type everything costs the same place, I would expect that well-known "premium labels", such as Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Armani, Versace, Valentino, Hugo Boss, Burberry, and Kate Spade or Chanel for women, to carry a price premium. After all, it was expensive stuff. Also, "young person" brands (in the US, I'm thinking Banana, J. Crew, Kenneth Cole, Diesel) are generally massively overpriced, as are "ethnic" brands (Fubu for instance) and the liscensed dross that sold under designer labels such as YSL, Dior, and Burberry for so long. However, the staff may well not recognize, say, Yohji Yamamoto, Kiton, Brioni, Comme des Garsons, Zegna, Loro Piana, Ferragamo, Helmut Lang (outside of NYC, perhaps), Jil Sander, Borrelli, etc. And probably won't know the difference between Armani Collezioni and Armani black label, let alone Zegna Soft and Zegna's myriad better collections. (I've never been in a "fashion" thrift store. Just the Humana/Goodwill/Salvation Army types. A thrift store that caters to the fashion crowd may well know more than we all do collectively, and price accordingly.) Peace, JG
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Unless it's a Goodwill-type everything costs the same place, I would expect that well-known "premium labels", such as Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Armani, Versace, Valentino, Hugo Boss, Burberry, and Kate Spade or Chanel for women, to carry a price premium. After all, it was expensive stuff.
It does BUT it's still a good deal. I found one pair of slighlty scufed gucci shoes for $40. I also found a Louis Vuitton umbrella for $1 that had one dent in the handle. I found a bunch of Etro ties for $2. In places that are not LA or NYC like in terms of style it is easier to find the stuff at thrift stores than at department stores. If you go into a store where I live and ask for Gucci they say "Go to New York".
post #6 of 12
The best thing I ever saw anyone get at a thrift store was a Pucci womens shirt. My ex got it for a dollar without knowing who designed it.
post #7 of 12
Renwick where is the location of this/these store/s? Also does anyone know of any such stores as this in the Philly/B-More/DC area? One of the better things I've found, which is based more on it's style than it's possible original price, is a brown Yves Saint Laurent jacket that has thick pink, green, and blue stripes in it. Very strange looking, thus why I like it . Also I've found this ugly 80's golf shirt by Gucci. Though it is not that good quality (actually rather cheap cotton, bad silkscreening, and made in Taiwan?), and also has this box towards the lower center that has a symbol in it and says KISS. Because of this I think it may just be a tournament shirt that Gucci sponsered and provided the shirts for, or maybe just some weird fake Gucci shirt. Either way it is so awful it's still great for the dollar or two I paid for it.
post #8 of 12
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does anyone know of any such stores as this in the Philly/B-More/DC area?
Well, it's not a thrift shop, but have you hit the Neiman Marcus Last Call outlet in Philly? That's well worth a visit.
post #9 of 12
It's going to be too hard to remember the best of my previous finds, but I can certainly post new treasures. For example, today, a pair of Ferragamo caramel brown monkstrap shoes for $9, and Donna Karan (not DKNY) black loafers for $12.
post #10 of 12
Been there, done that just a few days ago pstoller, thanks anyways. Actually I found the Prada Sports at the Rack there for a buck twenty. Know of any other places in my stomping ground? If you want to know of any around here I may have a few for you too, like my secret little goldmine C-Mart. Later. . .
post #11 of 12
I once got a brand new Canali shirt with the tags still on it for eight dollars. Also a men's Longchamp vertical bag in the famous Veau Foulonne calfskin in excellent condition for fourteen dollars. It is amazing what people donate.
post #12 of 12
Just yesterday I went to the local thrift shop and really looked through. I found numerous Boss shirts but none that appealed to me, then I found 3 Versace shirts and an Yves Saint laurent shirt, I bought 2 Versace shirts that looked brand new for about 3 bucks each. One is in a black velvet with almost an embossed plaid pattern (Versace Jeans Couture collection) The other is a white, dressier shirt with leaf, greek key and madusa imprints (Gianni Versace collection). I went back today, and found Canali and Versace suit jackets. I bought the Versace one for 4 dollars. It's from a Gianni Versace Couture collection and has the madusa lining..it's very nice, I have no idea why someone would donate it.
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