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post #29431 of 51088
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Originally Posted by ChetB View Post

33" ish. Shoot! Great find.

 

 

They could go to 31.5" which is why I've been pondering keeping it. The waist is a touch big for me, but otherwise the thing fits just about perfect.

post #29432 of 51088
Keep it! Even if you never end up wearing it, it's a cool piece of history.
post #29433 of 51088
Hermes was underpriced consignment. Box has a few marks but I couldn't leave it. Sweater and tie were thrift. Light in the second tie picture sucks but oh well.


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post #29434 of 51088
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Originally Posted by impuntura View Post

Im pretty sure thats breaking some kind of consumer law.and if i saw a hold sign for another customer with a rack of suits i would eat that sign in front of you with some mayo on it.
Also i think its illegal to email or call customers ,theres sepcific term for it im sure the lawyers will know what im thinking of.something with an S

 

It's a private store and not a big thrift store and the "friend" is the manager of the store.  I'm not the first or only person they do this for I just happen to be the only one interested in suits as most other customers are interested in women's clothing.  The rack is stored in the back room or behind the counter so it's never accessible to the public and technically not for sale yet.  There's nothing illegal about holding a rack for a few days prior to putting the items out for sale.  Some may call it wrong or unfair, but haven't you ever received a friends and family discount from someone you knew?  Or what about having a friend buy you something from their place of business because they get a discount. 

 

The manager knows I only purchase for my own personal use and I only ask that my sized suits be held.  Plus I never buy all of them I just pick the best ones and put the rest back for sale. 

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Got this Harris Tweed today.  Are certain ones (like this Tyler Hall for M. Shwartz & Co.) not worth picking up?  Or if it's Harris Tweed is it generally worth it?

 

 

 

 

(Bottom picture looks funny because it's draped over a counter).

post #29436 of 51088
This one is straight out of Downtown Abbey. Christopher Dawes.
post #29437 of 51088
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Originally Posted by Jompso View Post


Sorry but this is just not true. High end boutiques all the way up to the big boys like Barneys, have preferred client lists, and these clients get all of the items that come in, pulled from the racks before anyone has a shot at them, and are set aside until they come in and decide whether they like it or not. Keeping your best, most loyal customers happy and feeling appreciated and important is a business tactic that has been around as long as there have been stores. The immediate sale of one item is no concern, it's the lifetime loyalty and business of a preferred customer that they want and care about. No business ever run has a policy that says don't favor the loyal, big spending customers, because these are the people most valuable to them. And don't say there's a difference between thrifts and actual stores, because there isn't. The profits may be allocated to differing sources, but they both run on the essentially same business model, sell clothes, make money, keep customers happy and coming back.

However, the legality is a different question and whether having racks set aside for you with hold signs on them is another. The legal nature is quite complicated. There's the easy answer of no it isn't, businesses must make goods available to all consumers equally, but there's a lot of gray area and loopholes. The rack with a hold sign is a perfect example of that gray area. Clothes placed on hold for a customer is something done a million times a day, where is the difference between that practice and this? Is it right? No. Legal? Debatable. Good business? If that person usually buys 3/4s of that rack you have set aside, then yes.

Now is it something to proudly share like an idiot on a thrift thread for others to read, who actually drive all around, hit countless spots, sift through hundreds of jackets and thousands of shirts, all to find their shit? Definitely not.

For once, I agree with jompso

 

In terms of legality, if the seller accepts a kick back then it would be deemed illegal (essentially favoritism or discrimination - depending on how you look at it). But there are ALWAYS ways to get around this as it happens in almost all aspects of business.  

post #29438 of 51088

stuff from the last week, apologies in advance for my crappy photography. it is gloomy as heck today, and i need to upgrade my camera equipment. anyways....

 

LL Bean Chippewa's, new, 8.5 EE.....exactly my size. NA

 

 

 

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Barbour Cable Cardigan

 

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Barbour Wool Hunting coat

 

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Mai Tai time, Graham, HF, D&G

 

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Barkeep, some more Mai Tai's please! BB Brooksgate (no idea what that is), BBM, PRL

 

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Whats better than two Mai Tai's? Four! And to get to four, you have to have three. Arnys, Rubinacci deadstock (man I miss Filene's Basement), EZ

 

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Enough Mai Tais, some NWT Patagonia Synchilla

 

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First time I have come across BB Inspired by Gatsby. Shawl collar, leather buttons, makes me want a Mint Julep and watch the Derby.

 

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A first for me, Paul & Shark Yachting turtleneck sweater. This is heavy, made in Italy, and a wool/acrylic blend.

 

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J Crew Ludlow, 34S, Moon cloth, if it was a 44S I would sleep in it and never take it off.

 

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So I know Pendleton was discussed a short while ago, here are my contributions to discussion. First, is it a shirt, a shirt-jacket, or a jacket?

 

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Second, a Pendleton herringbone jacket, patches, missing one of closing buttons.

 

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Not sure if this is anything, but love the big patch. PRL sweatshirt, maybe unisex? It's small, so maybe even children's.

 

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PRL Tussah silk sweater vest

 

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Cornealani ID wool pants. 52, NA

 

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Need help with this, have not come up with any info to date this, but I am guessing from the 70's??? Usually don't bother with CK, but this is so well made, nice heavy wool, wish it was my size as I need a three piece. Designed by Calvin Klein for Barney's International House. No tags to be found in any pockets. Pics don't show, but it is navy blue with a chalk stripe (i think thats what you call it)

 

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Sadly, an orphan. HUGE coat, don't have much hope of the trousers walking out to the rack, but will keep looking. Would this be worth holding onto if it stays an orphan? Luciano Barbera navy blue w/ chalk stripe (again)

 

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Another orphan from the same store, HF with LP

 

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Speaking of LP, Storm System Wind & Rain LP Vest for Saks5th, Medium

 

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Jimmy Hourihan Donegal Tweed vest

 

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and these, just sit back and take in the old money awesomeness. Murray's Toggery Shop, Nantucket. F Vineyard Vines, these are the real whale pants!

 

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post #29439 of 51088
Is this brand worth grabbing? There's a number of these mixed in where I found Harry Rosen/Zegna/Brioni ties

Some are kolte couture

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That Arnys tie is a beauty.
post #29441 of 51088
Pendleton Shacket...nice find along with the NWT Patagonia fleece
post #29442 of 51088
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Originally Posted by Jompso View Post


No business ever run has a policy that says don't favor the loyal, big spending customers, because these are the people most valuable to them. And don't say there's a difference between thrifts and actual stores, because there isn't. The profits may be allocated to differing sources, but they both run on the essentially same business model, sell clothes, make money, keep customers happy and coming back.

 

It is against GW company policy to set aside items for a particular customer. So if that rack of hold items was there, they are violating GW policy. I know of two people in my area who have been fired from GW for this, and there was no $$$ exchanged as far as I know. The GW's around me will not let you pick a rolled out rack, you have to wait until they put it on main racks, the reason being is that everyone is supposed to have a fair chance at it. I also know people who have been banned for picking racks or bins before they were unloaded.

post #29443 of 51088
Got rewarded for going outside today

Oxxford sport coat $7


Canali milano db 6x1 $7


Hickey Freeman wool/cash blazer with awesome buttons



Zegna soft wool/silk/linen coat $7

Aran crafts Irish cable knit xxl $6


Shamrock Irish cable knit xl $6


Pendleton wool sweater vest $5


Vintage locally made deer hide leather coat $16 size 40 I think


Plus some bs just to flip.
Not the worst 4 stops I've made.
post #29444 of 51088

TFW you find two Cucinelli cash sweaters... with holes :fu:


Still copped bc 8 and 12 dollars respectively / one hole apiece isn't a dealbreaker there.

 

 

160s Isaia navy flat fronts and perfectly fitting 1950s spectators to ease my pain 

 

 

Lunch thrift game strong

post #29445 of 51088
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Originally Posted by thebuddahman View Post

Whilst we are talking about thrift manners and etiquette, who here feels it's bad karma to not pick up something that falls on the floor as your flicking through the racks?

I get this compulsion to pick it up even though I think "just leave it and keep going". As if bad stuff will happen if I don't hang it back up. It's normally trousers on clip hangers that pull this shit on me. Thankfully my conscience doesn't extend to putting back items of various sizes in the wrong sections. I'm a bad boy.

oh. my. god. i thought i was the only one!!!!! Never leave things a mess or you won't find shit!! fistbump.gif
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Originally Posted by richnet12 View Post

Nothing wrong with befriending the employees at the thrifts. If they try to show you stuff that they might think you like, then all the better.
There are different versions of this. Putting aside a whole rack of clothing to look through before everyone else is pretty nice, and as long as the employees are doing this without any outside incentive or compensation, they are just doing their job of selling clothes. However the good items will end up on the "botique" rack once management comes to the forefront and the fun will be over!

Im friends with all the employees at the stores I frequent - but they have no idea what the good stuff is, and Id rather them keep it that way. Let them think the good stuff is a North Face. Its never bad to have an ally in the store for when you need it - extra discount coupon you may not have, tips about when they get deliveries, etc.
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Originally Posted by My Main Man View Post

Expect a PM from Spoo in 3.....2......1......

(PS - Belated shout out to Spoo for a fantastic trade. I've been wearing the hell out of that Orlebar Brown shirt.)


hahahaha i just PM'd him
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