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I don't think the brands even matter. Just look for old stuff - typically the buttons end higher up on the shirt, because they were made to be tucked in. I know the old Big Mac ones sell well, but basically as long as they are actually old and have a cool pattern, they are desirable. I think the two pockets also help out.
Couple things to look for on these also is the loop button collar, flap pockets are a plus, making sure it isnt overshrunk since they are cotton, and if made in USA is good...but also if being sold to Japan, they like made in Japan as well
Don't forget CPO shirts, i.e. heavy flannel, with the same type of button but smaller you find on Pea Coats (has an anchor). These are kinda hit and miss but if you can get cheap should be able to make some profit.
(Ugh..sorry I continuing the Ebay/Flip push.)
Around here, SA has done the same with shoes, belts and other leather goods, and it doesn't matter how careful you are removing tags when leather is involved. But, yes, you can get the staples out from fabrics. Notice that the staples shown are in a part of the tie that will never be displayed. That helps a lot.
I hate it when they to it to an otherwise awesome shirt (i.e. Zegna, etc). I have successfully removed staples...sometimes.
The portion of the comment of mine which is hidden in the spoiler was intended to be self-deprecating. I was trying to imply that when I was very large, there were only small sizes available on the clearance racks and now that I'm small, I only seem to find very large sizes. In effect, Dig is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Poor Dig.
An attempt to illustrate my plight using the "ripped from the news" type of opinion post was wrong and should have never been posted. My apology has been posted further down in the thread as follows...
You may ask since I am editing this post, why I don't just eliminate the offensive remark instead of using this method.
- Once I say something, it's said. If I'm wrong, I man up and apologize but there's little redemption to be found in deleting something and pretending it never existed.
- My comment has already been quoted so there's no point.
Also, apologies to Mainy for quoting him in this post.
Edited by Digmenow - 1/23/12 at 9:39am
Explain please. I'll admit that there is a lot of salesmanship lately, but most of us never have the kinds of hauls that nataku and mainy have. We rely on the finds of others to stock our own wardrobes and I am grateful when someone bothers to pick up something not in their size and pass that bargain on to other members.
Picked up my first Harris Tweed today. 42R Brown Herringbone. Also ran into those three navy pinstripe Oxxfords I found the other week. They made it all the way to the half-off tag, but still no pants in sight. Ugh. If someone is really jonesing for something Oxxford and is a 44R I'd proxy just to get some experience selling/shipping items (because I have some things in my closet I'd like to move when I have the know-how).
Edit: Also this
Fused and by some local tailor, but damn it if it isn't something else. And 52R (US) to boot.
Edit 2: Emsmallened the photos and for the record, I did not end up purchasing this piece.
Edited by gdwy89 - 1/22/12 at 9:34pm
Hi all, I recently snagged a very good condition Oxxford sportcoat in a size 40 in a wool/silk blend, in the Ontwensia cut. While I love it, the shoulders are maybe about a half inch too wide for me, and the waist isn't quite narrow enough for my tastes. I realize that Oxxford wasn't designed to have an aggressive cut, and having a tailor ruin such a nice sportcoat would be downright criminal... so I was wondering 1. if there was any interest from other thrifters here, and 2. what's a fair, socially acceptable for thrifted goods price to put it up on B&S / eBay? Thanks!
Comments on fit + convincing me that it actually fits and encouraging me to keep it would be appreciated as well! :P
Ontwensia is Oxxford's sack suit cut. Chest and waist should be about the same measurement unless they were altered. It's their most traditional cut by far.
Versace Classic V2 Blazer. Fits me like a dream. Is this licensed, or actual Versace? It's made in switzerland, the fabric is very nice, but it is unvented and the front pockets are fake.
Unidentified shoes. Figured I would cash in on Goodwill's return policy. They are marked as "Bristol" and seem nice. Does anyone know anything?
Recently: Night of the Black Sport Coats
Sartoria Partenopea; double-vented; peak lapels
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Wow! Nice find on this and the Rag & Bone trousers. Are you sure this isn't an orphan?
I used to work for the Salvation Army and got a technique down. Gently pry up the two ends and then slowly pull the staple out straight. Worked 95% of the time. SA is the only thrift I know of that used these stupid stapled on paper tags. I thought it was just locally but I guess not.
A couple quick notes for those trying to make a few bucks to fund this hobby:
If you aren't picking up old flannel work shirts, especially in small sizes, you are crazy. Japanese bidder bought this, I have at least 4 or 5 more to list. This type of stuff is super easy to find in the Midwest.
Willis & Geiger:
Nataku put me onto this brand and people are crazy for it. I have 2 bush poplin coats i need to list, and at least 2-3 other shirts!
+1 on both of these. I find a ton of vintage flannels. Workwear too. Old chambray workshirts do very well. No brands in particular aside from old Blue Bell, Lee, Osh Kosh, etc. Most labels from the 50's-60's are long gone.
Things have indeed changed, but you'd be fooled if you think for the better. Yeah, Pejsek was around with his daily finds of Kiton and Savile Row bespoke. There were also big-time members like J and VMan getting excited over Hugo Boss! Aaah, the old days....
These are the RLPL pants I found the other day. Very nice, obviously. Returned to the same store multiple times to try to find the jacket, but it just isn't in the cards.
A basically new Ascot Chang shirt. It's french cuffed, around a 42 or so. I really only bought the shirt because I saw a meth head steal from the store while I was browsing. This is a small store, local charity, they never have good stuff.
Here's a vintage BB rain trench. Any idea who made stuff for them in Denmark?
I found this HF jacket for myself. However, after some consideration, I'm not sure it will work for me. If anyone here wants it, its yours for the cost of postage. Right around a 40R.
These are the RLPL pants I found the other day. Very nice, obviously. Returned to the same store multiple times to try to find the jacket, but it just isn't in the cards. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Those pants aren't my size and I have no idea what I would wear them with, but they are really beautiful. Interesting that you're in the opposite situation most of us find ourselves at any given moment thrifting (including myself right now). That is, a jacket but no pants.