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post #1351 of 102597
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Originally Posted by tonylumpkin View Post
I'm going to have to try to find how an overcoat size equates to its measurements.

Roughly: (chest measurement) - 6"= size. Thus if an overcoat measures 23" from pit to pit, double that for chest size (46), subtract 6 and you get a size 40. That way you're allowing room for a suit coat underneath.
post #1352 of 102597
Alan,
How much larger should the chest be than I would normally look for in a suit?
To wear with sweaters and suits underneath...???
I have to thrift me one, there is a 100% cashmere navy one.
post #1353 of 102597
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Originally Posted by AlanC View Post
Roughly: (chest measurement) - 6"= size. Thus if an overcoat measures 23" from pit to pit, double that for chest size (46), subtract 6 and you get a size 40. That way you're allowing room for a suit coat underneath.

You are a wealth of information. Thanks for saving me the research.
post #1354 of 102597
A view from the inside:

I manage a large-volume privately-owned thrift store. On a daily basis, I deal with shoplifters, tag-pullers and tag-switchers. There is a perception that since merchandise is donated, that it shoud be practically given away. This fails to take into account all the costs associated with running a business - payroll, overhead, etc. The "donations" are purchased from charities. The items we sell are NOT pure profit.

That said, the members of this forum seem to be honest folk in general, so I'm sure most of you sympathize with business owners trying to cut back on losses. My policies in dealing with people who want their bargains even cheaper (or free) are: Missing tags - if the pricer for that dept. is here, I will reprice the item - tags do fall off by accident, but we do learn quickly who are trying to get lower prices; Switched tags - must be reprocessed the next day. 3 or more in your selections, you are ejected from the store - this is theft as much as shoplifting is; Caught shoplifting - police called, no exceptions.

My employees are taught to be polite and helpful - which is one reason why I resent people trying to rip us off even more.

A note on pricing - I have knowledge of better brands and teach my pricers accordingly. A Brioni shirt in LN condition at 15 bucks is still 95% off original price. That said, cheap stuff is priced accordingly as well and I don't put out damaged goods.

I love my business, I love my customers - the honest ones, and any business owner or manager should remember to treat everyone with respect and give as much benefit of the doubt as possible without letting one's business be compromised.
post #1355 of 102597
ok guys today is a good day to hit the thrift store, we need more pics of the great finds, I went yesterday after work but had no luck!!!
post #1356 of 102597
My first ever thrifting found a Tie Rack made in ITALY Silk tie for £1 also a
RAEL-BROOK tie for £1



A pair of Fire trap causal shoes from TK MAXX £15
post #1357 of 102597
I think I'm giving up. All I come back with is itchy eyes and runny nose from flipping through all the utterly crappy suits.
post #1358 of 102597
After leaving empty handed the past few weeks today I found a Navy Woolrich Pea Coat that fits me and a blue Pierre Cardin tie. The tie has a duck hunter motif with the hunter pointing his rifle towards the flying ducks. I have no idea if it was a good find but that tie made me smile and will go into the rotation immediately. The coat won't see use for a few more months. South Texas is slow to give up on summer.
post #1359 of 102597
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Originally Posted by HomerJ View Post
I think I'm giving up. All I come back with is itchy eyes and runny nose from flipping through all the utterly crappy suits.

Remember the line about "kissing a lot of frogs..."
post #1360 of 102597
Thrifting is all about persistence and timing. I used to go quite often, and sometimes wouldn't find anything. Other times, I'd find one or two really nice things. Now and then, I would have to make two trips back to the car. I think the most I spent at a thrift store (Goodwill) on one trip was about $500...all shirts, ties and suits. So hang in there. BTW there are a lot of hot young women in thift stores too. So even if I don't find something, it's still pretty entertaining.
post #1361 of 102597
Just got the pants back from the Abercrombie & Fitch suit I bought the other day at the Goodwill here in LA. Thankfully, they got them big enough for me. They're still a touch short, but I'd rather they be a bit short than have the lines that 50 years with the current cuffs would leave.











Sorry for the lousy pics, I lack A) a steady hand and B) a clean mirror
post #1362 of 102597
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Originally Posted by YoungAmerican View Post
Just got the pants back from the Abercrombie & Fitch suit I bought the other day at the Goodwill here in LA. Thankfully, they got them big enough for me. They're still a touch short, but I'd rather they be a bit short than have the lines that 50 years with the current cuffs would leave.











Sorry for the lousy pics, I lack A) a steady hand and B) a clean mirror
Length looks great to me. Just looks like you're shooting for more of the Thom Browne no break thing. I have a lot of my pants hemmed for no break. Did I really just compare something to Thom Browne? ANyway...
post #1363 of 102597
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Originally Posted by mainy View Post
Length looks great to me. Just looks like you're shooting for more of the Thom Browne no break thing. I have a lot of my pants hemmed for no break. Did I really just compare something to Thom Browne? ANyway...

Yeah, they don't look too short to me either, unless you're having to wear the trousers too low on your hips.
post #1364 of 102597
looks great!!!
post #1365 of 102597
Found a pair of Johnston & Murphy wing tips at value village for 14!
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