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Originally Posted by RFHansen View Post

I, too, am wondering about the excitement over some of the less 'classic menswear' pieces you guys find. For instance the blue ski jacket I guess you're referring to. And the purple Bugs Bunny sweatshirt the guy with the Eazy E avatar posted. 

Are you just personally happy about them, or are they collectible in some circles and highly flippable? 

Jompso gonna be so mad at this.
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A few highlights from latest Snoogz box sent out...

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Hey @impuntura / Frenchy, what's the model on that Boss jacket? Looks pretty nice

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Originally Posted by winny94 View Post

What I'll never understand is how there is a market to command such prices on these. Anyone here into this style that can explain it to me? (Not referring to the monetary aspect - strictly the styling).

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Originally Posted by RFHansen View Post

I, too, am wondering about the excitement over some of the less 'classic menswear' pieces you guys find. For instance the blue ski jacket I guess you're referring to. And the purple Bugs Bunny sweatshirt the guy with the Eazy E avatar posted. 

Are you just personally happy about them, or are they collectible in some circles and highly flippable? 

Ya'll are ridiculous. Thrifting/flipping is not shoemaking. Put in another way, it's a hustle, not a craft. The whole game is based on supply/demand and market economics. The starting point is always what does the market want, not how well the item is constructed/name brand. Any given time the market will want certain things that have very limited supplies because they are no longer produced (the official term is vintage). 15 years from now this jacket could be worth nothing but today in good condition that's likely $800-$1000 (correct me if I'm wrong here).

The moral of the story is we've all passed on things that we had no idea there was a market for. But in this day and age where information is so readily available on Google, eBay completed listings and this awesome SF thread there are not many excuses to be flabbergasted and just stare on in disbelief. I'm still a novice and the members on this thread are very fast to help me out but if they have to spoon feed me every item they've found to be profitable instead of me putting in the work to find out myself and learn from my mistakes that would get old real fast. And on my end, what would be the fun in that? 80% of the joy is learning and progressing.
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Originally Posted by leisurewear View Post


Ya'll are ridiculous. Thrifting/flipping is not shoemaking. Put in another way, it's a hustle, not a craft. The whole game is based on supply/demand and market economics. The starting point is always what does the market want, not how well the item is constructed/name brand. Any given time the market will want certain things that have very limited supplies because they are no longer produced (the official term is vintage). 15 years from now this jacket could be worth nothing but today in good condition that's likely $800-$1000 (correct me if I'm wrong here).

The moral of the story is we've all passed on things that we had no idea there was a market for. But in this day and age where information is so readily available on Google, eBay completed listings and this awesome SF thread there are not many excuses to be flabbergasted and just stare on in disbelief. I'm still a novice and the members on this thread are very fast to help me out but if they have to spoon feed me every item they've found to be profitable instead of me putting in the work to find out myself and learn from my mistakes that would get old real fast. And on my end, what would be the fun in that? 80% of the joy is learning and progressing.
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Spruce it be The Smith model in a 42
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I doubt it, but will Alden take in shoes they make for other brands for their recrafting service? Will they work a pair of Alden for BB shoes?

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Originally Posted by leisurewear View Post


Ya'll are ridiculous. Thrifting/flipping is not shoemaking. Put in another way, it's a hustle, not a craft. The whole game is based on supply/demand and market economics. The starting point is always what does the market want, not how well the item is constructed/name brand. Any given time the market will want certain things that have very limited supplies because they are no longer produced (the official term is vintage). 15 years from now this jacket could be worth nothing but today in good condition that's likely $800-$1000 (correct me if I'm wrong here).

The moral of the story is we've all passed on things that we had no idea there was a market for. But in this day and age where information is so readily available on Google, eBay completed listings and this awesome SF thread there are not many excuses to be flabbergasted and just stare on in disbelief. I'm still a novice and the members on this thread are very fast to help me out but if they have to spoon feed me every item they've found to be profitable instead of me putting in the work to find out myself and learn from my mistakes that would get old real fast. And on my end, what would be the fun in that? 80% of the joy is learning and progressing.

I understand there is a (huge) market on those jackets, what I'm trying to understand is why. There are so many vintage niches out there that with very little supply and there is no market, so it can't just be a the vintage aspect. Is it nostalgia, did some celebrity rock em on the red carpet, etc. What makes them so desirable?
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Originally Posted by winny94 View Post


I understand there is a (huge) market on those jackets, what I'm trying to understand is why. There are so many vintage niches out there that with very little supply and there is no market, so it can't just be a the vintage aspect. Is it nostalgia, did some celebrity rock em on the red carpet, etc. What makes them so desirable?

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post #47036 of 51164
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Originally Posted by winny94 View Post


I understand there is a (huge) market on those jackets, what I'm trying to understand is why. There are so many vintage niches out there that with very little supply and there is no market, so it can't just be a the vintage aspect. Is it nostalgia, did some celebrity rock em on the red carpet, etc. What makes them so desirable?

 

One of the resources I listed was "google".  Here's a link: https://www.google.com/search?q=why+is+vintage+polo+in+high+demand&oq=why+is+vintage+polo+in+high+demand&aqs=chrome..69i57.10112j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

On a macro level, you're missing the point.  The question you asked is almost on par with "what is the purpose of life" and "why does God allow evil in the world".  If I, or anybody else on this thread, could consistently predict which vintage niches go in and out of style I would be a millionaire and you can bet I'd never reveal that knowledge to others.  There are some obvious factors that come into play such as the media, prominent people, etc. but at the end of the day it's the same as trying to predict which youtube videos will go viral or why certain imgur posts don't get any traction but the same exact post reposted 20 minutes later gets a million likes.

 

A governing principal that is as much an objective truth as gravity is "there's no free lunch".  If there was a formulaic way to predict future trends, margins would be squeezed on those items from the significant amount we're making now to 2% or less.  When I mentioned market economics I was not referring to specific things we see in the thrift market but regarding the principal that the market is self correcting and arbitrage is not a real or sustainable thing.  Basically, no free lunch.  The randomness of it all is where the pockets of opportunity arise and margins materialize.  Rich people will always donate things and there will always be some fruit in going out and picking up the same things over and over again but even there how long do you think it's going to last?  A store like goodwill prioritizes getting things out the door and less so pricing everything at market but look at the rise of shopgoodwill.com.  People running these organizations are not dumb and they will see the continued trend of significantly more returns by listing certain items online.  There's still a margin to be made there but with the amount of information available out there the margin that used to be there will eventually disappear.

 

Of course there are tactics to take these things into consideration that I'm sure many on here operate under but once again, if these were shared the economics would dry up almost immediately as others implement them.  Therein lies the rub.  As old areas of margin disappear new ones will always arise.  But if we're not flexible and accepting to that change, game over.

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Originally Posted by Lirum View Post

I doubt it, but will Alden take in shoes they make for other brands for their recrafting service? Will they work a pair of Alden for BB shoes?

IME they will. My understanding is that the real deal-killer for Alden is if anyone else has worked on them - if you've had a resole from another cobbler they won't do a recraft from that point.
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Thread's been on fire lately so here's a splash of cold water to the face to remind people that not everyone thrifts like Spoo and jompso. This will be like the thrifting version of the Dove Real Beauty ad campaign. Hit two stores last weekend and all I got was this:

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

Stitching and construction is excellent but I'm having a hard time getting it to tie a good knot. Available if there are any big D&G fans out there.

 


Love the older Zegnas- I'm wearing this one right now. The store had a few others but they had snags on the big blade. Store also had a six-fold with a Kiton label, but unless Kiton started making skinny polyester ties with no content tag in hideous orange-and-black thin horizontal stripes, I'm pretty sure that was fake.

 

 

BB XL women's fleece in the men's section. Last few inches of the sleeves had been folded in on themselves and lightly stitched to shorten it, so I bought it hoping it would fit when I unstitched them- they were still too short. Sad as it is a very nice fleece considering it's from the 346 line.

 

 

AE Montgomerys, little wear. These are actually from a few weeks ago but I was holding off on posting them until I could do before-and-after pictures- I was going to shine these up and wear them today but I was too lazy last night so I'm wearing the black Kenilworths instead.

 

 

Hopefully this makes the other amateurs out there feel a little better about their own struggles and dry spells!

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^^ @leisurewear An excellent elucidation of the free market and how it works. Hayek would approve.  Also for fun google "TANSTAFL" ... and read Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.  Thx.

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I doubt it, but will Alden take in shoes they make for other brands for their recrafting service? Will they work a pair of Alden for BB shoes?
Yes.
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