Down in NC visiting family, visited a handful of stores today. Only pickups were two Chipp ties with dogs on them. Was disappointed to leave behind a Brooks Brothers wool overcoat in great shape - but missing the bottom button. Wasn't sure about finding a match so I left it. Last time I visited one of those stores, it gave up a near mint Oxxford suit, a pair of shell shoes and a Barba shirt. You win some you lose some!
Some pretty interesting stuff being posted lately. I like the nipple cream.
Yes, if there's something nice in 48-50 there are folks interested, myself included.
Oh - and prices are on the rise in my area too - there's one particular store that's really decided BB is worth marking up, and they have one section of rack marked off just for it. They price the shirts at 14.99 and the suits at 99.99 - honestly all it does is make me laugh.
Overall, I'm not sure how much of the increase in prices is due to actual education, but more the general tactic of "raising prices makes people think it's better so they'll maybe buy it." Lots of stores do this - they figure if they only sell a couple of items at the hugely-marked-up prices, hey, that's still more profit than at the normal price - and they'll still sell lots of it on markdown at what would have been the normal price. Can't blame them I suppose, but I'll go on hoping for obscure brands at cheap prices.
Recently I paid 14 bucks for a Banana Republic wool & cashmere coat to throw on the 'bay for a small amount - but the same store recently yielded a cashmere overcoat for under 5 bucks. Speaking of cashmere overcoats, I need to get my butt in gear next week and list some of this outerwear...