I wouldn't pass (especially if it fit!), and I would most likely post too as that would be a very good find (even a grail) in my area. I think it's just the stream of questions that has people rankled.
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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread - Part II (Return to the Thunderdome) - Page 1769post #26521 of 547981/15/16 at 9:12ampost #26522 of 547981/15/16 at 9:13amQuote:
That's not a bad buy in my opinion. I would probably pick it up as well. There were some other things that weren't horrible. Attitude and overflow of stupid posts. I rather see pictures of shitty finds then mindless text over and over again.post #26523 of 547981/15/16 at 9:16ampost #26524 of 547981/15/16 at 9:17amQuote:
That's fair. The way people were attacking the coat felt pretty elitist. I would pick it up and I've seen worse stuff posted here plenty of times.post #26525 of 547981/15/16 at 9:18ampost #26526 of 547981/15/16 at 9:19amQuote:
I have been making a living with mediocre shit for the last 2-3 years. I probably know mediocre shit better than anyone on this forum!post #26527 of 547981/15/16 at 9:19amQuote:
It isn't a horrible buy, but I would have passed as would many of the people here because it's not outstanding. The real reason that it got so much hate is because it was posted with a (perhaps only perceived) attitude as "screw you guys and your opinions on my previous finds, look at this grail item". If he would not have gone off on senior members here the page before, it would have just been ignored.post #26528 of 547981/15/16 at 9:20amQuote:Considering I'm the only one who mentioned the cost, I assume you mean me?
Elitist? No, not really, but it's a dated black overcoat. I wasn't even attacking it, I was just saying why it will get old asking for the history of every piece posted.
That said, I wouldn't even look at it twice at true thrift.post #26529 of 547981/15/16 at 9:24am
Let me take a run, just once, at calmly and politely explaining what our collective opinion is based on.
As you'll learn if you read the history of this thread and it's predecessor, or if you do some research or stick around a while, we're judging quality based on a few things:
1. quality of fabric/materials
2. quality of construction
In the case of the items you posted, they fail all tests. They're not rare -- neither when they retailed nor now. I fact they're pretty common at all the stores we go to. We see them all the time. The fabric is not particularly well milled wool, and it certainly isn't cashmere, angora, or anything finer. And as for construction, it's fused and not canvased, and was not hand sewn as some of the stuff you'll see in here. It was likely also made in a third world country, or at least in a lower grade factory in the USA.
The stuff we brag about (fetishize?) is generally hand made by master tailors (20+ years of expert experience), full canvased, and often made of elite tier materials. Same goes for shoes -- high quality leathers, bench made using a last, Goodyear welted (sometimes Blake, but really well made), always by hand, etc etc. These are things where their high retail price is truly justified (well, relatively speaking) by the amount of time, effort and quality that went into it.
So it's opinion, yes, but it's very well informed and founded. Sort of like how most thinking individuals are of the "opinion" that climate change is real. And that the theory of evolution probably pretty closely approximates what actually happened.
YMMV.post #26530 of 547981/15/16 at 9:24amFREE SHOES (sz. 12C but fit a smaller, D sized foot as well - I am 10.5D and wore them fine: 12.75" x 4 3/8")Thrift find from maybe 2-3 years ago that I never posted but am posting now as a Re-thrift to you because:
1. I love Nettleon shoes. This great American company was not more than an hour or two from where I live now and quite close to my Cottage. They made some fantastic shoes that still hold up today.
2. The buckle on the left shoe broke (the metal snapped and needs repairs). I am not going to make these repairs but I hate to toss them...if anyone wants to pay shipping they are yours. Feel free to fix and wear them, donate them, gift them, even sell them.....I just can't bring myself to throw them away.post #26531 of 547981/15/16 at 9:29ampost #26532 of 547981/15/16 at 9:31amQuote:
Welcome! And great first post here. I'm in the UK too - I think thrifting here might be a bit harder as the shops are generally smaller than in the US by the look of things. But it also depends where you are looking. I have a sense that I wouldn't find much Savile Row stuff thrifting in my home town of Bolton. Whereabouts are you located?post #26533 of 547981/15/16 at 9:31ampost #26534 of 547981/15/16 at 9:32amQuote:
I happen to agree with you. And I hope we move on quickly to finds.
Unfortunately, that's not how the internet -- particularly Styleforum -- works.
This thread is better than most, and if you stick around, you'll form wonderful friendships. So I hope you give us a chance. Lots of new folks get the business, so don't let the heat get you down.post #26535 of 547981/15/16 at 9:43amQuote:
We all have been in the situation that you are in right now. My two cents will be to do research like others have suggested. Many of us have read this thread, and many others, all the way through. After that if you still have a question you can easily look up whatever you are asking about on Ebay search results. If you are still confused then I would suggest asking a question on here. The thing people have problems with is when you ask literally every question that you have, and could of easily looked on ebay search results. You arent going to get anywhere doing that. Many of us have helped many new people like your self when PM (Private Message) as well.
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