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post #19771 of 121834
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Originally Posted by antirabbit View Post

I hit the jackpot...... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Sulka made by Brioni sc-functional button holes, condition is so so, good kick around jacket. 2 broken buttons on the sleeves, a few small fabric issues. Its a black and white houndstooth with a blue grid pattern, super tasteful. Unvented. 56 Euro 46 US, R.
Pants: All are 36-38 inch waists, 32 inseam. I can do pics and measure if you are interested.
Bamford and Sons grey flannel flat front-wool and cashmere-not sure what to say except these are holy grail pants.
Pal Zileri-Flat front blue flannel, I think these were MTM as the construction are superior to the Zileri pants I have from suits.
Oxxford-pleated blue flannel, these have the new diamond patterned interior fabric....these are amazing.
2 pair of Brioni moleskin flat fronts-brown and kakhi-super soft and heavy weight bad ass.
1 pair of cream bespoke pants, most handwork I have ever seen in a pair of pants, side adjusters, every possible tacking and seam are handswen.
Ties:
Hermes-blue and green subtle pattern, really lovely and not fake
RL Purple label-first time ever seeing one of these, its a greek key pattern in grey and purple, looks unworn.
Mark Shale yellow grenadine-a classic and amazing hand
Turnbull and Asser US and GB flag tie!-this thing is crazy, green field, with american and british flags on it
Robert Talbot BofC patchwork tie-I think Alan had one of these, they are cool, in burgundy and navy
2 awesome polo ties-usual awesome patterns.
2 Italian label ties I have never heard of, but the construction was fantastic and the patterns were super
Zegna zip up cardigan with leather patchs on elbows
Pretty much all up for sale or trade.


Jeez, that's an insane haul! Nice to hear you finally got there at the right time! Interested in the Brioni moleskins if they're not claimed already.

Hit like 7 thrifts today and came out empty-handed plain.gif Wonder what's goin' on....
post #19772 of 121834
No doubt partly because of my location, I've passed Astor & Black stuff repeatedly, repeatedly, repeatedly. Dozens and dozens of times. To sum it up - I leave it even in my size.

Why? Almost none of it (that I've found - but honestly, by now I have a pretty freaking huge sample size - where there's one A&B item, there's almost always several) has actual full canvassing and some of the "claimed premium" fabrics just don't feel all that good. If you're just starting out maybe it would be good, but if you're just starting out you need to learn restraint and patience for something really worth your while, not half-measures.

I was tempted by a 100% cashmere jacket once but held firm.

The shirts - eh. Most feature plastic buttons and questionable stitching from what I've seen. I HAVE seen a few that must be nicer make, with MOP buttons and some construction features that were lacking on others (like side gussets) but even at thrift prices, eh - I'd rather be patient for guys to find a Borrelli or something in my size. Again, half-measures.

The ties - honestly, their seven folds are nice. I've only seen them at consignment for $25 and that's more than I'm willing to pay for one. If I saw one at a thrift I'd probably pick it up. The three folds are pretty much junk IMO.

As for Ebay - I've researched it repeatedly and never seen any reliable sales. Sure, occasionally a shirt sells for $15 or so, or a jacket for a few bucks - but for every single one of those there's gobs and gobs that don't move.
post #19773 of 121834
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

Jeez, that's an insane haul! Nice to hear you finally got there at the right time! Interested in the Brioni moleskins if they're not claimed already.
Hit like 7 thrifts today and came out empty-handed plain.gif Wonder what's goin' on....

Did you stop by that place I mentioned?

Too many hipsters in MN plain.gif
post #19774 of 121834
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No doubt partly because of my location, I've passed Astor & Black stuff repeatedly, repeatedly, repeatedly. Dozens and dozens of times. To sum it up - heres why.....

FTFY..

Epic link in there. Get comfy.
post #19775 of 121834
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No doubt partly because of my location, I've passed Astor & Black stuff repeatedly, repeatedly, repeatedly. Dozens and dozens of times. To sum it up - I leave it even in my size.
 


The thing that really made me want to get them was how recent they are.  I'd probably even pick up a Jos A Bank suit if it was from 2011 and my size.  Also, based on their website their suits are fully canvassed, so maybe they improved quality.  I thought the fabric seemed nice as well.  It just seems crazy to pass on suits that were sold for $1000+ less than a year ago.  But I guess if there is no buyer interest it would make sense to pass.  

post #19776 of 121834
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post

FTFY..
Epic link in there. Get comfy.

LOL yeah I've read that thread...

I am told by a person to remain nameless (they read the forums but not post) who has worked at A&B in a non-sales capacity... that even the employees diss the clothes when they're not selling them. That's gotta hurt, but I guess they're laughing all the way to the bank.


EDIT: ick5768, I haven't seen any 2011-produced - I've seen 2009 and 2010, and left them. Having felt really-top-end stuff I guess I'm just spoiled... I think I would compare them with JAB or maybe a step up from there - but not sure I would go with them over Brooks Brothers' better stuff, for example. I also suspect their marketing is a little misinformed, to say the least, sometimes. ^^;
Edited by TheWGP - 11/18/11 at 8:10pm
post #19777 of 121834
ack, accident
post #19778 of 121834
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Originally Posted by Achilles_ View Post


Did you stop by that place I mentioned?

Too many hipsters in MN plain.gif

Sadly I didn't get out that far. Probably a bit out of my price range right now away, but I'll try and swing in next week. Indeed - way too many hipsters here. I guess we're the hipster capital of the US.

http://theandrewmiller.com/thanks-but-no-thanks-minnesota-named-hipster-capital/
post #19779 of 121834

Don't get me wrong, I HATE everything about living in the boondocks...but this is probably one of the very few benefits of it.  I purchased a Canali tie for $1, which was sold right next to a Croft and Barrow tie, which was also $1, which was next to the obscure french boutique tie (which, according to SF is well made and an absolute keeper), which was also $1.  I guess on those occasions when I get amazing pulls, I should thank my lucky stars that I'm in a small town. 
 

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My definition : charity store that accepts donations and re-sells them for a fraction of their value.
Consignment stores aren't thrift stores

Correct in most part.

What is becoming a reality is I am beginning to see thrift prices on some items approach consignment prices. A few weeks ago, saw an older Giorgio Armani casual Jacket (old label) in a thrift store with an $60 tag. A consigment store had a similar piece at $100. I could possibly have bargained the consignment owner into a 10% to 30% off, there is no way to get a thrift store to reduce the price.

It will not be long before most major thrift chains start marking up the more designer clothing by 50% or more than it already is. All it requires is knowledge and education on what you are selling. The gap between consignment and thrifting will inevitably close further. Who could blame the thrifts though? If one of us (without bias) was a thrift store boss / worker, would we not drastically increase prices on certain items?


 

 

post #19780 of 121834
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I didn't buy any clothes today, but one of the thrifts here in town got in a bunch of cool vintage signs and advertising collectibles. I bought this Kiwi polish dispenser.
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I am curious how you define thrift store.

My definition : charity store that accepts donations and re-sells them for a fraction of their value.

Consignment stores aren't thrift stores, antique malls aren't thrift stores, copping ebay is not thrifting.

is this how you define thrift store also? Because if so, you need to hit that thrift store up DAILY.

I agree with your definition. The store I got that from is run by the Assistance League (its called the AL Thirft House). It is run entirely by the members who each work there about once a month. It is a small store(about 1500-2000 sq ft) and right next to a Salvation Army, They only have a small men's clothing section, but do get a lot of other interesting stuff. They tend to get a few pieces of high-end furniture and antiques pretty regularly. The clothes are cheap, but the antiques and furniture are not. I paid $30 and change for that Kiwi dispenser. On the other hand, I paid $7.57 total for a Bottega Veneta briefcase there earlier this year.
post #19781 of 121834
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Originally Posted by California Dreamer View Post

Guys just my $0.02 on Dwolla. I would be seriously disappointed if there was a big move on this forum to a US-only payments system. That would be the last straw for me with B&S. I have a lot of experience in payments technology, and this is not an arena where you want to be an early adopter of localised startups. Payments need to be global.

Dwolla is US-only? can someone explain this and why it is better than paypal ( which I JUST started using)?
post #19782 of 121834

This is a great overview/great recent article on Dwolla:  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/11/10/businessinsiderthis-28-year-old-is-.DTL (actually recommending this one, which I read yesterday myself, not just a random google-fu link)
 

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Dwolla is US-only? can someone explain this and why it is better than paypal ( which I JUST started using)?


 

post #19783 of 121834
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Originally Posted by mrdeep2001 View Post

Passed on a "V2 by Versace" suit, couldnt remember if it was the old style or new style, but it wasn't my size anyway

NTW Ike Behar shirt, Black & grey checked Ben Sherman Jacket, and a Loro Piana shirt with a hole in the sleeve that I snagged for the purty buttons

 

I'm not even sure what this was...

 

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Holy shit, we were in the same store today. I saw the V2 and that unforgettable fake animal skin suit. Made partially out of PVC if I recall correctly. No way is that a coincidence.

I got myself a Gitman Bros shirt, a Nike APG reversible fleece/jacket, a belt, and a nearly new and what appears to be complete Cranium board game (this I am most proud of as it was only $1) at the same store.

Elsewhere earlier in the week:

Woolrich cotton bomber jacket
A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Franny and Zoey by J.D. Salinger

P.S. Mr. Deep, you don't have to worry about competition there ever again. I was driving home for the weekend and went a different way than I normally do which brought me to that particular store (you also got there earlier than I did so I'm assuming you picked up all the stuff you wanted before I got there anyway).
post #19784 of 121834
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Originally Posted by datsunfan View Post

I agree with your definition. The store I got that from is run by the Assistance League (its called the AL Thirft House). It is run entirely by the members who each work there about once a month. It is a small store(about 1500-2000 sq ft) and right next to a Salvation Army, They only have a small men's clothing section, but do get a lot of other interesting stuff. They tend to get a few pieces of high-end furniture and antiques pretty regularly. The clothes are cheap, but the antiques and furniture are not. I paid $30 and change for that Kiwi dispenser. On the other hand, I paid $7.57 total for a Bottega Veneta briefcase there earlier this year.

yea, sounds like the St Vincent de Paul thrifts. They always have really clean/nice furniture and antiques with fair market prices, and then clothes for really cheap. I bought some nice (i don't know shit about shoes) Florsheims for like 2$, but they wanted 50$ for a chair.
post #19785 of 121834
I am beginning to find that as I fill more and more staples within my wardrobe, it becomes increasingly more difficult to actually pull the trigger on a thrift item.

What I would have eagerly snatched off the shelf a year ago doesn't even raise an eyebrow now.

I did, however, stumble upon a Brooke Brothers Golden Fleece suit in a really compelling charcoal pattern last weekend. I love finding BB stuff in a 3/2 roll because I have smaller shoulders, but this piece had the unstructured shoulders in a two button jacket.

The thing is built like armor, at least in my relatively untrained eye.

20 bucks. With another $100 in tailoring costs I think I'll have something.
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