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Those buttons aren't original, it should have gold buttons,.

 

Ran into 3 pro flippers on my only stop today, great for conversation, lousy for finding stuff.  Decided to do a little social engineering and asked an employee if they had any ties in the back.  Let me sift through a huge box:

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

I've done worse, 30 minutes well spent.

I've always wanted to do this but I feel they'd look at me weird... has this worked for anyone else (I'm talking personal use)

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I've always wanted to do this but I feel they'd look at me weird... has this worked for anyone else (I'm talking personal use)


Absolutely...

post #17673 of 50994
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Yep... I have a pair of 7.5 D with the 5-nail v-cleat soles that two guys from Japan are locked in a bidding war over. They are not in great shape but they pushed the bidding over $100 in the first few hours of the auction. lol

I have to quote this. Brings me back to a few months ago where I messaged a seller a BIN price for something very similar, and he came back with this...

 

Dear bahljs,

What would you be willing to pay? usually I get strong bidders from Japan on these but I would consider your offer. Les
 

I then proceed to offer him a very fair, market price.
 
Below is the listing and the price I got them for :rotflmao:
 
post #17674 of 50994
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I've always wanted to do this but I feel they'd look at me weird... has this worked for anyone else (I'm talking personal use)
I do this all the time. I have one spot I hit daily that I walk in and they just bring me a box of ties and I hang them for them. And get first look of course
post #17675 of 50994
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Ain't nobody got time for that. I've machine washed and hung dried for years and have never had broken buttons or unusual wear. You may be right about premature wearing but that's gotta be years down the line. I don't expect any of my dress shirts to last that long anyway though.

I've got about 30 shirts in rotation ranging from casual to formal though and I can't imagine washing that many by hand.

 

I agree and follow the same practices. Machine wash cold, turning shirts and stuff inside out, hang drying, and ironing on reasonable heat can get you a lot of bang for your buck. Wool garments get a brushing and then get hung up; dry clean very sparingly. 

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I do this all the time. I have one spot I hit daily that I walk in and they just bring me a box of ties and I hang them for them. And get first look of course

How'd you approach them? I feel the approach will make or break it. 

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Originally Posted by Bahljs View Post

I have to quote this. Brings me back to a few months ago where I messaged a seller a BIN price for something very similar, and he came back with this...

Dear bahljs,

What would you be willing to pay? usually I get strong bidders from Japan on these but I would consider your offer. Les

 
I then proceed to offer him a very fair, market price, below is the listing and the price I got them for rotflmao.gif
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Florsheim-Imperial-7D-Brown-V-cleat-wingtip-A-1-EXCELLENT-VINTAGE-/201410486549?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=0RuU%252B8HaPzXkPnEG%252FRrGTCAa6EU%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
Lol, damn that's a good buy!




Edit.. On ties. Well after going in everyday for a month or so I just told the manager I was looking for ties and would gladly help them hang them up if I could take a look. So now if they have ties they just bring them out when I come in and I hang them
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I always though the rest of you had problems with ties... I'm set to photograph 23 of them which were all found this week.

 

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I just tend to stay away from machines with good shirts, or even decent quality shirts. Machine washing just adds wear over time slowly... Fuzzes / naps the fabric, causes wear around the seams... Can sometimes pull threads and stitching, and break buttons. Machine drying is way worse, but just machines in general are bad.

I hand-wash all my shirts... J.crew, Norse Projects T's, Zegnas, etc. The only stuff I machine wash is like socks / boxer shorts / Hanes T's / etc. It's more work and time, but the shirts stay in much better shape over the years. There's less wear / shrinkage, and no broken buttons. I hang-dry and then hand-press.

And yes, Dry-Cleaning is terrible for shirts. They rarely take the time to actually "Clean" the shirts, and whatever they do to "Press" the shirts just causes burn marks and shiny-ness. I will never send any shirts to a cleaners. Will always hand-wash and hand-press each of my shirts personally, until I can pay + train someone to do it properly.

Ain't nobody got time for that. I've machine washed and hung dried for years and have never had broken buttons or unusual wear. You may be right about premature wearing but that's gotta be years down the line. I don't expect any of my dress shirts to last that long anyway though.

I've got about 30 shirts in rotation ranging from casual to formal though and I can't imagine washing that many by hand.

Yeah, I mean since I pay, max, 12.99 for my shirts (even if they do retail for $500), I'm not handwashing that shit. There's more on the rack.

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Haven't gotten around to checking on his thread for the past 3 days. Impressive finds everyone and Spoo, that Loro is mind-blowing. Also, just throwing in my 2cents on the whole spreadsheets thing, I just keep track of: Item purchased, price purchased for, fees, profit, profit %, and date sold. Nothing advanced but enough that I have a handle on how I'm doing.
post #17681 of 50994

Really slow around here lately. One stop today:

 

Alan Paine 100% cashmere v-neck LS sweater. Size 40, available.

 

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+1 to offering to help. Once the staff knows you and you are polite (key) I see them taking racks out and I put everything away. Also put hangers back, have them off the hangers at checkout, Etc
post #17683 of 50994

Sure. Why not?

 

 

 

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+1 to offering to help. Once the staff knows you and you are polite (key) I see them taking racks out and I put everything away. Also put hangers back, have them off the hangers at checkout, Etc

+2. I take shit off hangers etc, and more than once the employee has whipped out a coupon and given me a discount for helping them.
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Grenadine?

Synergy! I popped on the very same tie last night!
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