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post #21361 of 110117
So today was interesting. A buddy called me at 9 am saying he wanted to go thrifting today. I was tired and didn't want to get out of bed but I had a feeling I'd miss something crazy today. Got up and we headed out.

First stop: Meh. Found a pair of lightly worn New Balance 574s (one of my favorite styles) for work. My old ones are nearing the end of their life.

Second stop: Nada

Third stop: This store is in a sketchier part of down. Kind of a run down/older area. I haven't been to this store in a couple years, even though it isn't that far from the other stores I hit. We were on our way to another store down the road that I also hadn't been to in a couple years and it was a split second decision to swing into this one on the way. I had a funny feeling about this store when I walked in. I felt like if I were ever to find some crazy nice, vintage bespoke stuff like some guys on here find on occasion, I'd find it here. The craziness begins. I head to the men's section and hit the suit rack. First suit I find interesting is an old bespoke suit from LA. Second is the same, but from a different tailor. Then....there is was. No makers tag on the inside of the jacket, so I peek into the pocket and there I see it...staring at me. This is the sucker that has been eluding me for 10 years!

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All three suits are in amazing shape for their age and are from the same donor. No moth holes, fraying, etc. The Huntsman is likely the oldest, dated 1949. One is undated and the other LA tailor is dated 1954. Very heavy weight fabrics. Carrying the three around the store hurt my arm after about 5 minutes. All are the same style and cut. 4 button fronts, flap pocket on the breast pocket. Button fly with the crazy button closure that buttons from the rear and is thus concealed. The style of these trousers are exactly like the Polo RL ones I picked up a few days ago. Another crazy coincidence. I'd never seen this before.

Being that I hadn't visited the store in a couple years, I have no idea how long those have been there, but it couldn't have been long as all were next to each other like they were just put out. Then again, who knows. I'd like to see what else came in from this donation. Nothing else to speak of in the store (overcoats, ties, shirts, trousers.....). This made my day, not to mention boosted my mood ten-fold when I knew I had made a SF Grail Find!

Fourth stop: Bust

Last stop: Found some Turnbull & Asser for Bergdorf Goodman dress shirts I gave to my friend.

All in all a great day. Just does to show it just takes one donation to make a crazy haul! Also shows that you'd be surprised at what you find in the not-so-nice neighborhoods.


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Turnquist Los Angeles suit

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Huntsman suit

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post #21362 of 110117
That 62 year old Huntsman suit would not look out of place on anyone today, amazing. I would wear that with no reservation, in fact, with a sense of vintagey pride.
post #21363 of 110117
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Edited by ChetB - 12/18/11 at 10:22pm
post #21364 of 110117
Thanks! Unfortunately none of them fit me. They'd work for a 46-48 R. Approx 38" waist, but with a very high rise (they wore their pants higher up back then). Thus, they're all for sale. spam[1].gif
post #21365 of 110117
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Originally Posted by toscano_adottato View Post

You're probably right. It just occurred to me after I picked them up so I proposed it. No big deal and no feelings hurt. I ship the shoes to him on Monday and we're all good.
The only reason I thought of it is because my closet is already completely overflowing and I have decent stuff to trade. In addition, I always see quality stuff here in the DC area that is either not my size or not my style. Instead of financially proxying it, I'd be interested in a trade proxy. I see something you like, I'll buy it and hook you up and vice-versa. I guess this would probably only work with people who know each other or live close enough to meet up in person.

Trade proxy-ing is great, I only think the (potentially eternal) waiting in the wings is high drama. For trades, you've probably seen it but there is a stalled, almost defunct thread devoted to it: http://www.styleforum.net/t/104393/official-thrifters-trading-post#post_1782670

Unfortunately, I assume people found that the stars just didn't often enough align to account for very many trades. There is a reason that we all (on SF, and in the world) live on a money economy rather than a barter economy.

-Mike
post #21366 of 110117
Today's Finds:

Shirts: Vineyard Vines & Gittman Bros. Both are size large and are for sale/trade. Passed on two really nice Jeff Rose Made in Italy button downs (also larges). I'd be willing to go back and pick them up if anyone is interested.
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Ties: BB, BB (still with store tags), older Brioni (4" wide but I love the pattern), Nordstrom Knit
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Pants: NWT Armani Exchange Cords Sz 38L & Bertling w/ Leather lining in the front pocket (these I think I'm keeping for myself). The AX are slimmer and would work best for a skinny 38 or a 36...which is not yours truly.
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Southwick Trad Sport Coat ...probably a 40 to 42 R w/o measuring.
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Also as a sign I spend too much time on Style Forum, saw gentleman walking across the street wearing a sport coat, jeans, and some type of loafers and wearing sunglasses and thought to myself "that dude looks like Digmenow"
Edited by jkidd41011 - 12/17/11 at 7:08pm
post #21367 of 110117
Quite a haul on Friday here in NYC - met up with my mom, who let me tag along on her normal thrifting circuit. she streamlined the route in order to hit up the shops that feature more mens clothing for my benefit. Because I needed to be home by early afternoon, we got down and dirty: in and out, hit 'em hard and go home happy.gif all in all, hit up 9 shops from 23rd street to 93rd street in about 4 hours.

The takeaway:

Arnys of Paris green/brown tweed 42R 3B jacket: $20
Turnbull & Asser Navy Blue Nailhead 41L 3B, doublevented, working buttonholes (I think it was part of a suit, but definitely works as a sportsjacket): $7.50
Turnbull & Asser blue/brown prince of wales check DB 41L, working buttonholes (again, I think part of a suit, but this would probably look awesome with tan slacks): $7.50

Harvie & Hudson light blue longsleeve barrel cuff shirt, 16/41: $3.00
Borrelli blue gingham long sleeve shirt, FC, 16.5, $20
Borrelli red/blue/white prince of wales check pattern, button cuff, 16/41, $20
Hilditch & Key blue and white gingham pattern, FC, 15/38, $12.00

The Borrellis both fit well - I am normally a 16, so I was surprised that the 16.5 fit, but it has a great pattern and is in great condition - as does the H&H shirt. I'm going to give the Hilditch shirt to a friend. The T&A jackets would cost too much to fit me properly, so I'll probably put those on eBay in the next week or two. Still debating what to do with the Arnys jacket - its a really nice pattern and color and would really only need the sleeves to be taken in. I'm not sure, but I think the tag looks like St. Andrews.

Its all at the cleaners now, but I'll try to take a group pick when I get it back mid-week.
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^ Interested to see picks of that 42R tweed...

post #21369 of 110117
will do - should be back tues. or wed.
post #21370 of 110117
Thanks to some travel by car I have been able to thrift all over the darn place lately. I have picked up another 40-50 suits - some SF-worthy and some just Ebay worthy - but I will show a few of the ones I like from the recent haul. I really like the Brooks Bros. Makers trench in XL I picked up but photos may take a while....I am WAY backed up. Everything is eventually headed to Ebay and/or B&S.....feel free to contact me if compelled. I have about 200 items to list but I'm getting there.

In various poses here are some of mine from recent runs:

Hickey Freeman Collection sz. 38 (1 of 2 nearly new found together); this is to pay homage to the roughly 2 dozen HF's I now have....

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Zegna 15milmil15 sport coat - sz. 56...whatever that is in US sizing..

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Samuelsohn / JP Tilford for Harry Rosen - my favorite of the day for the pattern and pockets. Wish this fit me (tagged 46 long)

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post #21371 of 110117
Are there a lot of fake Zegna ties out there? Somewhat concerned regarding one (nice looking at that) I just picked up.
post #21372 of 110117
I like trading.Selling is more profitable but you end up braking even in the end. Trading gives me a sense of community. Many of my trades worked just fine, and my trademates have been generous.
post #21373 of 110117
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Originally Posted by ArsenalDan View Post

Are there a lot of fake Zegna ties out there? Somewhat concerned regarding one (nice looking at that) I just picked up.

Well, there are a lot of ugly ones! biggrin.gif
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Edited by ChetB - 12/18/11 at 9:56pm
post #21375 of 110117
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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

I see quite a few. They often say "Style Italy" or have Asian characters on the care tag.
I've always been puzzled by the fake Zegnas. I get fake Rolexes, Hermes ties , LV bags, and the like. But it seems like Zegna is less well known to the general public and less luxurious. No one I know would care about a Zegna label except friends who are into men's clothing, and none of them would wear a knock off. I guess there's an audience for it somewhere.

It has a pretty nice hand, and even though it's definitely 3-fold, is relatively substantial. Color isn't done justice in these photos (it's a bit more bright and electric, and therefore interesting), but just to show it for now:

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