Usually, there's nothing worth buying. I don't buy anything at most stops.You just have to keep going back, as you have discovered
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Some stuff over the weekend.
Both fit me pretty well, but I don't like taking care of cashmere so I might sell that.
100% cashmere BB overcoat Made in Italy. Can anyone date this based on this tag? $10
Neiman marcus T&A shirt. $2
Other notable finds not pictured. (2x robert talbot identical sky blue shirts, 1x ike behar, recent barney NY tie, Paul Smith London Shirt)
On the Brooks Brothers website wool cashmere blend sells for $800. The 100% cashmere ones sell north of a $1K
I love this thread and yes, it got me started in Thrifting two weeks ago! I just wish their was an easier way to trade what we find.
I have found two large Zegna Sport Shirts and one small Zegna linen shirt. I rather just work together with the other guys on this forum than to sell for profit here or on Ebay..
I'm one person, mostly a lurker, so I wouldn't be any kind of big loss, but this thread is the only one I check daily. I read what people pick up and then I check their sales on B&S or on Ebay to see if I want to purchase. Having a required post count would kill my interest not only in this thread, but in SF in general because it will take me years to get to 300+ posts. If I can't read this thread, then I have no reason to come to the site, thus killing business for some of the flippers in this very thread.
+1. This thread is really the only reason I come to SF.
Passed on a bunch of stuff today. I came close to buying 3 XL Paul and Shark rugby shirts. They are recent, but really not my taste. I know the stuff is fairly expensive at retail. Does it have any resale value? Passed on a French, hand made silk tie without a maker's tag. It was yellow with a repeating gold ring pattern. I would probably not ever wear it, and assume a lack of maker's tag means it has little resale value.
Is Burberry not in China? It seems like the majority of their competitors are producing stuff in similar waged countries, so I'm not sure if that's why I would call it a fake.
In fact, I just did a quick google search to confirm this confident hunch: http://reviews.ebay.com/Authentic-Burberry-Guide-and-Where-It-apos-s-Made_W0QQugidZ10000000007977833
I wouldn't think that Burberry would be able to compete on price or volume if they stayed out of low wage manufacturing. In fact, on that thought, I was in Marshall's the other day perusing (I saw a bunch of $8 dollar leather PRL belts, none in my size). But look at all the mountains of excess crap. And discount stores don't even get all of it! I bet around 20% of manufacturer's items get destroyed with no sale, and a huge number get heavily discounted. Guess who's paying for this?: the customer at the cost of quality (or ridiculous starting retail prices). What caused this? Probably some initial corporate pressure to compete on volume. But as volume expands and heavy discounts ensue, revenue will return less and less profit.
It's going to be interesting to see what happens with retailer expansion on the internet: more and more "boutique online" manufacturers seem to be competing with popular designer's on retail price and quality - and they're selling in relatively limited quantities. I wonder if this pressure will eventually cause corporations to start cutting some of these china factories (or american factories - if they can find any to close) at the cost of volume. This will likely yield immediate reductions in discounts, but ultimate improvement in quality (if sale environments start to diminish, customers will likely start buying clothes for a little more longevity).
Edited by threeleggeddog - 9/29/11 at 8:20pm