Originally Posted by Hartmann
I don't want to seem too patronizing, but Off the Cuff is definitely NOT a thrift store. I believe it works on consignment, but not sure how much it takes off the top... It is resale though, and the condition and selection is not bad if you're average build - I'm a 36, so there was little there for me the one time I went.
As for price, its not cheap at all - I saw a Brooks Bros. broadcloth shirt (80s I think) in my size for $50 - outrageous! Suits start at $250 IIRC for fused but decent Italian, go up to past $800 for half-canvassed Italian... you might be able to find something nice, but for the money you're better off gambling on EBay or something similar online and returning if you're not happy, IMO. Some of the other casual stuff might be a better value.
Lee, the proprietor (owner? employee?) was patient though. He also offered me 10% off my purchase (coupon) when he saw I was vacillating because of the prices. It's probably worth asking him for a first-time shopper coupon too if you're there.
Too bad the ExToggery on Merton St. just south of Davisville Subway closed, it sometimes had nice stuff. Thrifting in TO. is pretty bad, as I'm lazy to hit up the Goodwills and Salvation Armies... or maybe I'm just not looking in the right places?
Oh, also, Broadway is just a few blocks north of Eglinton, not halfway to Lawrence. Halfway to Lawrence on the west side is the Australian Boot Co. where I tried on my RM Williams Craftsman last year!
I have been to OTC and I can agree with your assessment completely. The store does not sell on consignment, they have big sings that say they buy clothes. The prices SHOCKED me considering all the clothing was used. Also, there was nothing in the way of my size, in either shirts or suits. The few things they did have in 38/15 were pretty bad. I'm sure they have the potential to get nice things in, I've just never seen it in there before, and with the prices the way they are, $150 for a Loro Piana shirt, I could pay a few bucks more and get one brand new on sale at Holts, which is also overpriced to begin with.