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post #14026 of 110179
[quote=dahl5yankees;4382361]What are your top thrifting purchases?

Kiton:
1-Pure Cashmere Suit (still basted etc) $20.00
1 Kiton Blue Blazer
1 Pure Cashmere Blazer
1 Cash/Linen blazer
Brioni:
2 NWOT Cashmere Blazers
6 pair of pants
Luciano Barbera:
2 Sport Coats
5 Pair of pants.
Oxxford:
8 pants
3 Suits
2 Sport Coats
Isaia:
4 Sport Coats
3 Suits
NWT Peal Shoes, Church's shoes

Countless Zegna, Canali, Corneliani stuff. Ass loads of ties by Hermes etc.
A few very noteworthy shirts by Borelli, Fray, Lorenzini, and Eton (black label).
post #14027 of 110179
geeeeeeeeeeeeeezus frenchy... that'd be worth driving to toronto for!

Seriously though, I'm in awe.
post #14028 of 110179
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Originally Posted by frenchy View Post
here is a list that i remember,all were NWT
12 Canali suits
3 canali Tuxes
4 Brioni suits
6 pairs of Cucinelli pants
12 pairs of Incotex pants
6 Tom Ford shirts
3 Etro suits
4 Zegna suits (15 Mil)
2 Loro Piana cashmere sport coats
about 30 ties (Etro,Brionis etc)


I'm absolutely speech-less........
post #14029 of 110179
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Originally Posted by frenchy View Post
hmm,recently 21 new condition Hermes ties,most recently 5 brand new Brioni suits,but the best ever (and i dont blame you if you wont believe me) was a year ago. a high end store here (harry rosen) donated a truck load of new with tags items most just had some missing buttons and thats it. here is a list that i remember,all were NWT 12 Canali suits 3 canali Tuxes 4 Brioni suits 6 pairs of Cucinelli pants 12 pairs of Incotex pants 6 Tom Ford shirts 3 Etro suits 4 Zegna suits (15 Mil) 2 Loro Piana cashmere sport coats about 30 ties (Etro,Brionis etc) i literally had 4 carts full and needed to make two trips because my trunk/back seat were full. it cost me $1900 but it was half day so it cost me $950,i donated the extra $50 to even it out becase i knew i was about to have a very good couple of weeks. i flipped it for $18000 in 14 days,$5K here $3K on ebay and the rest on craiglist and kijiji. guys,dont forget CL and Kijiji for sales,they are awesome,no shipping and no fees and that stuff sells quick.i saved on about $3000 ib fees by staying away from ebay (i just sold the stuff i had left over). but the closest to my heart was a Johannes Andersen teak "smile" cofee table that i got for $20 and sold for $2000,yes a cofee table for 2 grand.those things are the grail of Danish furniture. (google it) although i must admit i regret selling it.
I find this amazing given that Harry Rosen is one of the stingiest retailers on the planet. During a typical Harry Rosen "sale", you'd be hard pressed to find anything decent marked down more than 40% off their overly-inflated regular prices. I guess Harry Rosen would rather give away their clothes than have their customers get good deals from them.
post #14030 of 110179
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Originally Posted by rx330 View Post
I find this amazing given that Harry Rosen is one of the stingiest retailers on the planet. During a typical Harry Rosen "sale", you'd be hard pressed to find anything decent marked down more than 40% off their overly-inflated regular prices. I guess Harry Rosen would rather give away their clothes than have their customers get good deals from them.

I guess they could count off full price as a charitable donation, for tax purposes.
post #14031 of 110179
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Originally Posted by Temujin View Post
I guess they could count off full price as a charitable donation, for tax purposes.

That's why you find NWT stuff from Target, Macy's, and Dillards at the Thrifts. They get full retail credit.
post #14032 of 110179
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Originally Posted by Temujin View Post
I guess they could count off full price as a charitable donation, for tax purposes.
I don't know the tax laws in Canada, but I do wonder how this works in the U.S. So I'll think it through: If you donate $10k worth of stuff here, you'd of course only get a $10K deduction, not a $10k credit...so, assuming 30% marginal tax rate for ease of calculations, in real terms it's worth about $3k. If they sold at half-price, say, they'd get $5k from their customers. Income tax, however, would take another chunk. The tax rate being 30% (as stipulated above), however, would not make it rational - I don't think - for them to make the donation, since they would still net $3500 -- a good % above the $3k donation gain. This is not counting, however,, the subjective value to their brand name that comes with never making such discounts ("luxury goods" and all that; similar reasoning, I assume, for Zegna, Incotex and other brand names having tags ripped off before sales at Daffy's). Basically, this seems weird to me. Donating instead of selling only makes sense when the sales price reduction would be pretty drastic - 50% or greater, likely - and when the "luxury" status of the company is valued very very highly. [EDIT: one thing to keep in mind is that the store may also be able to take an accounting write-off for any "loss" by donating. I'm not really familiar with it -- would seem like double-counting, but I don't know the details of this type of transaction. It's possible this write-off isn't available when you sell at a discount. I can't say for sure, but the availability of this type of "loss", and the lack of any transaction costs associated with having to deal with a sale and its headaches are both things to consider as well]
post #14033 of 110179
More on topic, for some reason I passed on an absurdly soft, grey-green, waist length, made-in-Italy suede jacket in very good (though clearly not new) condition.

I couldn't figure out the maker, and at the time I didn't feel like dealing with the hassle of flipping without a good idea of the selling value [finals are coming up].

It was a size 52 (2 Euro sizes big for me) and had no manufacturer markings as far as I could tell, aside from lining featuring a varied but seemingly repeated bunch of illustrations of a horse and fences (with a few other assorted objects, but the horses and the fences stuck out).

Any help on how stupid I was plase?
post #14034 of 110179
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Originally Posted by ArsenalDan View Post
Tax write-off discussion

Don't forget that stores have limited display space. If they're keeping around a bunch of stuff at 50% off, then they can't bring in more stuff for full price. Also, a large portion of their clientele probably come in looking for "a suit" or "a shirt" rather than having a set amount of cash to spend. While having items on deep discount might bring in some extra customers, it will also cut into your full retail sales.
post #14035 of 110179
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Originally Posted by odiv View Post
Don't forget that stores have limited display space. If they're keeping around a bunch of stuff at 50% off, then they can't bring in more stuff for full price. Also, a large portion of their clientele probably come in looking for "a suit" or "a shirt" rather than having a set amount of cash to spend. While having items on deep discount might bring in some extra customers, it will also cut into your full retail sales.

i think this is the reason,harry Rosen stores generally are not that big and they are in prime locations so i think its about space.they have the one outlest but its always packed as it is with merchandise
i think they know what they are doing.
and they have been doing it for at least 4 years like clockwork that i know about...more importenatly i dont care why they do it as long as they keep doing it and Frenchy can "get some"
post #14036 of 110179
First post here.

This week (take it easy on me, boys -- I learned all I know from this thread), I found jackets: Brioni, J. Press, and RLPL.

Pictures and swap opportunities on the SF Official Thrifter's Trading Post, because none fit me.
post #14037 of 110179
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Originally Posted by LooknGr8 View Post
First post here.

This week (take it easy on me, boys -- I learned all I know from this thread), I found jackets: Brioni, J. Press, and RLPL.

Pictures and swap opportunities on the SF Official Thrifter's Trading Post, because none fit me.

thats a hell of a start
post #14038 of 110179
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Originally Posted by odiv View Post
Don't forget that stores have limited display space. If they're keeping around a bunch of stuff at 50% off, then they can't bring in more stuff for full price. Also, a large portion of their clientele probably come in looking for "a suit" or "a shirt" rather than having a set amount of cash to spend. While having items on deep discount might bring in some extra customers, it will also cut into your full retail sales.

Good point as well.
post #14039 of 110179
thanks -- used to flip collectibles on eBay, made some good money back when I didn't have kids and had time and ambition to comb the "local secondary market!" Oh, and the economy was much better then, heh. That's all to say I've got something of a trained amateur's eye for spotting things once I know what's what. Your discussions here are very enlightening; I appreciate the candor on this thread.

I don't want to get back on that eBay treadmill, so let's see how the swap thing here works out. All I am really interested in is upgrading my own wardrobe, not making cash.

So if someone here can make some tens or twenties off my finds while at the same time make me look better with some swaps, we all are happy, no?

Consider me your picker, and I don't want your money. I want 38R jackets and 9D shoes. And 15/32-33 shirts.
post #14040 of 110179
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Originally Posted by amadar View Post
Anybody know anything about Gianfranco Ferre Couture suits? I've not heard much chatter about Ferre on SF. I passed a 6x2 DB the other day that appeared to be of very good quality, was definitely fully canvassed and nice material. Only thing that dated it was the lack of vents, but otherwise I would have picked it up.
You'd need to have taken a pic of the label, as they've had a number of different makers producing the suits, and a number of different lines, everything from marzotto to gruppo gft to tombolini to saintandrews (I mistakenly mentioned attolini before, but it was Saintandrews who did a line for ferre, not attolini.) If it was really cheap, i'd probably have picked it up for fun, but I doubt you found a hidden gem. he's also been around for decades, so it could easily have been up to 30 years old. If the label said "gianfranco ferre couture" that sounds pretty old. The only thing I recall recently was 'Gianfranco Ferre' on the label, with a few items having "homme couture" on a separate tag in the garment.
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