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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread - Part II (Return to the Thunderdome) - Page 2931post #43951 of 476058/30/16 at 8:51pmpost #43952 of 476058/30/16 at 9:03pmpost #43953 of 476058/30/16 at 9:20pmpost #43954 of 476058/30/16 at 10:34pm
First off, if you don't own one of these, get one. Cleaned up a 50/50 silk cashmere sweater nicely. Really wish I had done before/after pics.
Secondly, I wanted a My Pet Monster so bad when I was a kid. I never got one and then found one a couple of weeks ago. Turns out they're semi-sought after. This one doesn't have the handcuffs sadly.
And here are some of the cooler pieces I've thrifted over the last couple weeks.
Found this at an estate sale. Tag is torn off, but I'd guess very late 60s/early 70s based on the age of all the other clothes at the sale.
The largest size "small" piece of clothing that's ever existed. 27" pit-to-pit.
Guitar folks will know what this is. Made in the USA.
Dunn & Co Harris Tweed just in time for fall.
Ditto on the J Press cashmere/mohair/wool tweed.
This kills me. If you haven't found a piece by Regent, they're incredible. It fits me like a glove except for the shoulders that are just wide enough that I can't get them tailored and don't feel comfortable wearing. 100% silk patch pocket.
Vtg 3 piece that fits me the same way all vtg 3 pieces fit. Tailorable coat with pants that I can barely fit over my calves.
Pop on Caruso mainline
Found this on $1 t-shirt day at Savers and couldn't leave it.
Found this guy over lunch today.
Fave patterned Canali shirt I've found.
Boggi 100% linen
Wife nixed this one when I tried wearing it the other day. To be fair, it looks a lot dumber on me than I thought it would.
90s style PRL sweaterpost #43955 of 476058/30/16 at 10:41pm
On Monday I decided to take the rest of the week off so I've been having fun pretending to be a pro like some of the more prolific posters on this thread. A few finds:
The script is worn by wear but it says Brooks Brothers. 99% sure these are Alden. Available.
I went to a new spot and was aghast to see that they punched the tags through the front of the tie on some of them, low enough that the knot couldn't cover it. Fortunately, no good ties were harmed in this mannner. This guy was from another store that knew what the hell they were doing.
Suede Magli loafers, perfect for wearing with no socks... just in time for Seattle to begin its 9-month winter. There's always next year.
Burberry 100% lambswool sweater. Available.
Not the first time finding an EZ suit jacket, but the first time finding it in good condition and reuniting the jacket with the pants. Two-button, double-vented, subtle windowpane is exactly what I wanted, too. The owner was a little bit bigger than me, but I think a good tailor should be able to make it fit me- does anyone know a good Seattle-area tailor? This is the nicest suit I've ever found and I don't mind paying a premium to make sure it doesn't get screwed up.post #43956 of 476058/30/16 at 10:47pmpost #43957 of 476058/30/16 at 11:13pmpost #43958 of 476058/30/16 at 11:32pmQuote:
100% Co-Sign...I've thrifted a few Regent pieces, and if that silk blazer is Seersucker, I've actually thrifted that piece too. Grabbed a Cashmere blazer as well...quality is out of this world, definitely think it doesn't get the credit or recognition it deserves due to the fact that its German, not Parisian or Italian, much like Oxxford is overlooked in the big picture, due to the fact it's American made.post #43959 of 476058/30/16 at 11:37pmpost #43960 of 476058/31/16 at 12:57amQuote:Originally Posted by Wrong Crowd
Not the first time finding an EZ suit jacket, but the first time finding it in good condition and reuniting the jacket with the pants. Two-button, double-vented, subtle windowpane is exactly what I wanted, too. The owner was a little bit bigger than me, but I think a good tailor should be able to make it fit me- does anyone know a good Seattle-area tailor? This is the nicest suit I've ever found and I don't mind paying a premium to make sure it doesn't get screwed up.
There is a little dry cleaner next to the Juanita Safeway (Kirkland). (Safeway, PetCo Unleashed, Haircut place, Dry Cleaner, Karate School) The couple that owns it immigrated from South Korea, and according to the wife, her husband was one of the best tailors in S. Korea. I know the shop is set up with an amazing array of sewing necessities, and the one time I had him replace a zipper in a lined vintage Lilly Pulitzer dress (which meant completely dismantling the entire back of the dress), you couldn't tell it had ever been damaged. It was perfect. I would trust him to do tailoring, with the caveat that of course, I have never had him tailor any men's clothing for me, for lo, I don't wear the stuff.post #43961 of 476058/31/16 at 2:43amThread Starterpost #43962 of 476058/31/16 at 5:30amQuote:Originally Posted by TheNeedMachine
Having bought and sold several Karastan's (and kept a few), I can add that they weigh a fricking ton...and they keep their pile, meaning, they still feel thick and cushy after months, or years, of walking on them and only vacuuming and turning them every so often. They don't go flat unless you abuse them for years. I look for custom sizes, and especially runners that are the wider width. I have a 18' runner in one hall that was custom made and cost ~ $4k...picked it up for just over a hundo IIRC. Living room has a 10x14 that I got on CL for like $125 (was prob around $5k new), and bought several others on CL and sold on eBay. Worth it to get fringe repaired and rug cleaned if needed, and if you have a reputable place - I use Sharian exclusively. My thing is the Kirmin 717 - the darker classic style. As mentioned, they're machine made, which is not a bad thing...and their wool rugs are permanently moth-proof.
Avoid rugs with low spots (lots of traffic - rugs were never turned). Some repairs are OK if only visible from the back. Don't be wary if they don't have fringe - some folks order without fringe (which is my preference since they get caught up in the vacuum, or are constantly getting mussed up and OCD makes me hand-comb them, and they get soiled faster than the rug itself).
They also wear very very well. If I had to sell my house and move all of a sudden, I know I'd have $2 or $3 k on the floors no problem to help with moving expenses.
At estate sales, the first thing I do is flip up each corner to see if there's a tag; if not, take a closer look - bend it "open" at the top to see how it's made. Most are a pass, some are a grab.
Any good place to go to look at visual examples/comparisons? (other than loitering around the local rug shop?) Is it more looking for particular styles/patterns/color ways or more about the quality/construction?
I see nice rugs all the time at garage sales, and would love to pick one or two up for my house, but really have to initial point of reference to judge quality vs non
Edit: Actually just found this site for anyone else who is interested. Seems like good info thus far.
Edited by AlexJ1100 - 8/31/16 at 5:43ampost #43963 of 476058/31/16 at 6:27ampost #43964 of 476058/31/16 at 6:34ampost #43965 of 476058/31/16 at 6:38am
I also want to extend a very sincere thank you to all of you who hit me up through the thread or PM regarding the loss of my pup. It was a pretty hard day for me yesterday but the support I received from you and especially that picture @SteelGuy posted helped put me at ease.
To everyone, thank you very much.
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