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post #24211 of 110465
Alright my fine smaller sized friends, Brianpore, Spoo, and rest of guys, as is typical, you are all a pain in the ass to find for. I mean WTF - how come I never, never ever, find stuff in your size? I was really hoping to find something for you, but absolutely nothing. If you guys liked Gap or Banana Republic, we may be able to do business, as it is, anything that even wants to sniff of size 36 - 40R/L Hermes, Kiton or Brioni seem to run away from me the moment I arrive frown.gif . Heck, I would have hit the roof even if I found a beat up Gucci for one of you, but Noooooo, even that was not to be found.
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Originally Posted by Pawz View Post

I'm probably the only user of this site who likes Armani, and the thing's too big for me. frown.gif

Giorgio Armani = Good and likeable.
Armani Collezioni = Generally OK, I like wearing them.
Emporio Armani = Mostly crap. Occasional nice pieces.
Armani Jeans = Not nice looking and poor quality.
Armani Exchange = As Armani like as Ralph Lauren is Jones New York like. A/X is up there with the worst labels.

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Originally Posted by Digmenow View Post

Your home is entirely too empty to be a proper thrifter's nest. Where's all the piles of clothing sorted for cleaning/repair/alterations etc and why aren't your walls covered with suits and overcoats? lol8[1].gif
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And don't get me started on the bags of shoes! Wait until she finds the women's shoe department. Italian made pumps in her size for $6? You're a doomed man.

My missus has found the shoe department. I am afraid to count the number of shoes she has, but needless to say she uses under the bed to store shoes since her closet is rammed with them.

My thrifted clothes, they are on the floor in my closet in a big pile about 3ft high. Dont tell anyone I said that, I want people to have the opinion I take extreme good care of my stuff laugh.gif. I do think though it is a fire hazard, so may have to rethink the clothing pile.

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Originally Posted by davesmith View Post

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I know nothing about digital cameras, quality etc... What are good brands, minimum number of pixels etc? If possible, could you or DigMeNow thrift a very good camera for me? The camera I thrifted is just terrible, really really terrible.

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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

By the way... What is Stone Island? Never heard of it before

Stone Island are an Italian Sportswear brand, mostly famous for their innovative dyeing techniques (liquid reflective jackets, glow in dark, etc etc). Their designs are quite nice for a predominantly urban streetwear type brand, and the quality is generally good. Stone Island are more famous in Europe, particularly the UK and Holland. Unfortunately the brand attracts the soccer thugs and local gangs, but that is not to its detriment - since many an Italian mobster would have been draped in designer clothing and none of us seem to have an issue with that. I personally love Stone Island.

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Originally Posted by Achilles_ View Post

I bought my Matthews used, honestly I could get near what I paid for it still!
Yeah accessories add up, I bought quality arrows and arrow heads a while back, it gets expensive!
Yeah i love the mechanics behind bows, I could relax with my bow drawn all day thanks to the 70% (or is it 80%?) let off.
Bow season goes both before and after rife/muzzleoader. It needs to though, that way all the bow hunters in Nebraska get a chance to use our single tree stand wink.gif

Yeah, those classic bows hold their value well. I would have figured their would be a lot of ground blinds in Nebraska - and at least you could see the deer for miles smile.gif I am assuming it is mainly prairie country.

Thrift Store Visit:

Went back to thrift store.

Asked lady there if they get Saks, NM etc donations, as far as she knew, answer is no.

Before checking racks, snuck into back when nobody was looking to inspect what was not put out, nothing there. Did so to clear my conscience so I did not have to feel the urge to check them daily – I know it is bad juju, but that store was not in a convenient location for me.

As for racks:

Shoes: Nothing worth a pickup.

Sweaters: Nothing.

Casual shirts etc: Nothing worthwhile.

Leather Goods: Used Louis Vuitton bag, close inspection revealed fake ffffuuuu.gif.

Ties: Nothing interesting.

Suits / Sport Coats: Absolutely nothing other than a nice Caruso SC in a size 54 EU. I am keeping it smile.gif

Casual Jackets: Cleaned out, but did scoop a Luciano Barbera Leather Jacket. SZ 52.

Sweaters: BUST, Nothing!

Pants: BAM! They had a few decent pairs with tags.

Zanella Beige SZ 34 NWT
Ralph Lauren Purple Label Cream SZ 38 NWOT.
Ralph Lauren Black Label Black Chinos SZ 36 NWOT (obviously unhemmed, no tags tho)
Dolce and Gabbana blue pinstripe SZ 52 NWOT.

Shirts:
Ralph Lauren Purple Label Blue Bengal Stripe SZ 16.5 NWT.

Looked for various other bits and pieces, that store has been thoroughly cleaned out.

Overall, a good day. I drove there thinking that NWT Kiton or Tom Ford suits were going to be hanging on the racks, should have known better and kept my optimism tuned done to a dulcet tone.

As for donations, the spread of sizes I found indicate a single donor (clothes all fit in that 52 – 56 zone). This unlikely to be department store handmedowns, not unless yesterday was 95% cleaned out and I picked the 5% remaining. Also the tags are all different, clearly not from same retail store. It seems to me someone either bought a lot of stuff from eBay or an online haberdasher and donated for some unknown reason (I hope it was not a death or tragedy where a wife/parent donated this stuff).
post #24212 of 110465
I went to some thrift shops last week, dreaming of hauls like the ones I read about here. Too bad, I live in Sweden and I am a small size, which makes it really hard for me to find clothing that fits when I thrift. Even If i would find something nice, it is often insanely priced. Ties cost 50 svenska kronor (almost seven dollars) each, even for the worst brands. But hey, what can you do? It is still much cheaper than every other option. Went through the shoes, the sport coats and the pants, nothing special could be find. I then went to the shirts where I from a distance saw a shirt with a fabric I liked. Suddenly, an older gentleman started to talk to me about the high prices, the quality of some of the clothes and so on. Eager as I was to come closer to the shirt which I had seen, I said good bye to the man and walked towards this floral shirt, made by Paul Smith.

Unfortunately, it was very much too big for me. I still decided to buy it, I liked the fabric way too much to just leave it there on the hanger.

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A Paul Smith shirt is nothing special, I know, but I will (hopefully) make something special out of the fabric. I will keep you updated.

PS. Come to think of it, I actually found a bespoke sport coat, made by A.W Bauer ten years ago. Softly padded shoulders and beautiful fabric (grey herringbone with subtle stripes of different colours which I can not remember now). I did not buy it, it was too big for me.
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This one I'm kicking myself for.  Quite gorgeous Ben Silver 3 roll 2 gold button navy blazer...but I found 2 pinhead-sized moth holes in the sleeves when I got home.  Apparently I didn't check well enough in the store.

 

 

A good reweaver can repair those moth holes so that you won't even be able to tell there was a repair.  They use the French Technique for small holes up to 1/8"-1/4".  Figure $15 per hole to repair.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Klobber View Post

(I hope it was not a death or tragedy where a wife/parent donated this stuff).

Probably it was all from some thrifter who went out of town on business. His wife (less understanding than Mrs. K.) scooped up the three foot stack from his closet floor and, voila!
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Originally Posted by Klobber View Post

Alright my fine smaller sized friends, Brianpore, Spoo, and rest of guys, as is typical, you are all a pain in the ass to find for. I mean WTF - how come I never, never ever, find stuff in your size? I was really hoping to find something for you, but absolutely nothing. If you guys liked Gap or Banana Republic, we may be able to do business, as it is, anything that even wants to sniff of size 36 - 40R/L Hermes,

 

Thanks for looking Klobber, One day I'm going to sign in and have a PM with you that you found an awesome 36S Kiton or Brioni, dont worry I have faith lol. Again nice haul!!!

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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

 

Thanks for looking Klobber, One day I'm going to sign in and have a PM with you that you found an awesome 36S Kiton or Brioni, dont worry I have faith lol. Again nice haul!!!


 

 

I want dibs as well!!

 

 

I think we need to delete this thread and have a sf code.  No more listing prices etc.. 

post #24217 of 110465
My mannequin is a full stand, half body, two arms, etc, etc - 20? bucks at a garage sale. Really random, I've never seen mannequins at a garage sale before or since. I keep it pretty far down on the stand though since I shoot on top of a table out of space requirements (and need for white backdrop). It's a pretty beat-up thing, really, the girl was in "fashion school" in NYC and got them at a store closing sale, and then hauled them back to Columbus... talk about random!

No finds today, back to normal here in the Bus. That reminds me to PM you, jkidd, about tomorrow, and a certain tip-off. smile.gif

Surprised nobody even answered my question about the Iceberg sweater with Bugs Bunny in football uniform on the front - anyone ever seen that kind of thing? Seems like it could be a niche made in Italy thing, seems to sell okay on Ebay but I think the cool factor is pretty high for super-casualwear. At least for those of us of a certain age to like Looney Tunes... which should be just about all of us? wink.gif
post #24218 of 110465
I'm new at this, but I have a nice break from work and I've been spending my days searching through all my local thrift stores. Unfortunately I'm also a smaller than average so I've passed over a lot of finds that would have made this way more impressive were larger in size. I'll be off for awhile, so I'll probably start picking up some of the nicer stuff to sell as I get more confident with my eye for brands and quality. Anyways, here's what I've found so far. Everything is seemingly new or unworn.

L-R
Burberry, Burberry (cashmere / silk blend), Marcello, Gant
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Carroll & Co., Lew Ritter, (unknown), Wembley Woolcrofter, Rooster (linen)
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Camel hair jacket made for Klopfenstein's
(http://i.imgur.com/V7bmI)

Norman Hilton Jacket
(http://i.imgur.com/9QgFZ)

Gitman Bros. for Opening Ceremony shirt
(http://i.imgur.com/9Q5lu)

Saks Fifth Ave flannel shirt
(http://i.imgur.com/zRHMr)

Gitman Bros Vintage solid blue shirt that's a large, but I couldn't not buy it
(http://i.imgur.com/BpY5G)

Brand new Filson bag, tags stuffing and all. They were just putting it out and set it down right in front of me.
(http://i.imgur.com/TnPdu)

and this vest that had no branding, but seemed very nice
(http://i.imgur.com/n41Jq)
post #24219 of 110465
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Originally Posted by Klobber View Post

...I know nothing about digital cameras, quality etc... What are good brands, minimum number of pixels etc? If possible, could you or DigMeNow thrift a very good camera for me? The camera I thrifted is just terrible, really really terrible....
Shopping for my camera was the best part of the experience! The thrill of the hunt and all that, yanno?

As always, Google is your friend. I found this site which is quite easy to follow and the guy provides a lot of links. I have no affiliation and I can't vouch for his opinions but I'd probably follow his recommendations. I am by no means a photographer so I just stumbled around when I was shopping for it.

Recommended Cameras
© 2011 KenRockwell.com


That said, there's several things to keep in mind.

  • First, I quickly gave up on thrift store cameras because there was too little selection and they always seemed to be ten years old.
  • Go to Pawn Shops, instead.
  • Ignore the sticker, let's dicker! Take a look at the price tag they attached and cut it in half. The worst they can say is "no" but I guarantee you'll get a counter offer less than the tagged price. After that, it's all about your negotiating skills.
  • Set a price you're willing to pay for a camera and try to stick to it. I didn't want to spend more than $40 and I scored a 3 year old Olympus FE-340 8MP ($200 when new) tagged $70 or $80 IIRC.
  • Be open to a variety of brands.
  • Bring a smart phone when you shop so that you can look a camera up on the spot.
  • Look for reviews of the exact camera. There's always several from when the camera first came out and sometimes there's followup reviews.
  • Try not to go too old. Maybe 3 to 4 years max in order to get the latest possible features.
  • Check ebay for that model to get an idea of current pricing.
  • Make sure you get a fairly complete deal. Does it come with the recharger for the battery? Does it have the battery? There ought to be a card inside so that you don't have to go and buy one. Anything less than 4 years old will have plenty of available memory. A camera case is a bonus. Owner's manuals are nice but can be downloaded if not included.
I did catch a bit of grief from several guys on this thread for not sharing the pics of the nubile, bikini clad young ladies whose images were stored on the card that came with my camera but as I explained back then, SWMBO sits at the other end of the sofa with a clear view of my laptop screen. I deleted them early on. lol8[1].gif

It WILL be more expensive if you want an SLR style but you'll get better pics. I'll probably go that route next time around.

I got my lightweight aluminum tripod from a thrift store for $5. It's invaluable if you ever want to take fit pics for WAYWRN and there's no one around to take your picture.

IMG_20110811_175904.jpg



Here's the 3217's I got from the pawn shop using the methods described above. Tagged @ $79 but sold to me for $40. $140 Brand new from RayBan.

IMG_20120126_095352-1.jpg
pic taken with ancient Android cell phone.

Hope this helps.
post #24220 of 110465
Another good day, found a Loro Piana "Horsey" Coat Sz. Large for $15 fing02[1].gif
post #24221 of 110465

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Edited by Typhoid Jones - 1/27/12 at 5:43pm
post #24222 of 110465
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Originally Posted by cpmac7 View Post

Another good day, found a Loro Piana "Horsey" Coat Sz. Large for $15 fing02[1].gif

WTF.
post #24223 of 110465
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Originally Posted by Digmenow View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Shopping for my camera was the best part of the experience! The thrill of the hunt and all that, yanno?
As always, Google is your friend. I found this site which is quite easy to follow and the guy provides a lot of links. I have no affiliation and I can't vouch for his opinions but I'd probably follow his recommendations. I am by no means a photographer so I just stumbled around when I was shopping for it.
Recommended Cameras
© 2011 KenRockwell.com

That said, there's several things to keep in mind.
  • First, I quickly gave up on thrift store cameras because there was too little selection and they always seemed to be ten years old.
  • Go to Pawn Shops, instead.
  • Ignore the sticker, let's dicker! Take a look at the price tag they attached and cut it in half. The worst they can say is "no" but I guarantee you'll get a counter offer less than the tagged price. After that, it's all about your negotiating skills.
  • Set a price you're willing to pay for a camera and try to stick to it. I didn't want to spend more than $40 and I scored a 3 year old Olympus FE-340 8MP ($200 when new) tagged $70 or $80 IIRC.
  • Be open to a variety of brands.
  • Bring a smart phone when you shop so that you can look a camera up on the spot.
  • Look for reviews of the exact camera. There's always several from when the camera first came out and sometimes there's followup reviews.
  • Try not to go too old. Maybe 3 to 4 years max in order to get the latest possible features.
  • Check ebay for that model to get an idea of current pricing.
  • Make sure you get a fairly complete deal. Does it come with the recharger for the battery? Does it have the battery? There ought to be a card inside so that you don't have to go and buy one. Anything less than 4 years old will have plenty of available memory. A camera case is a bonus. Owner's manuals are nice but can be downloaded if not included.
I did catch a bit of grief from several guys on this thread for not sharing the pics of the nubile, bikini clad young ladies whose images were stored on the card that came with my camera but as I explained back then, SWMBO sits at the other end of the sofa with a clear view of my laptop screen. I deleted them early on. lol8[1].gif
It WILL be more expensive if you want an SLR style but you'll get better pics. I'll probably go that route next time around.
I got my lightweight aluminum tripod from a thrift store for $5. It's invaluable if you ever want to take fit pics for WAYWRN and there's no one around to take your picture.
IMG_20110811_175904.jpg
Here's the 3217's I got from the pawn shop using the methods described above. Tagged @ $79 but sold to me for $40. $140 Brand new from RayBan.
IMG_20120126_095352-1.jpg
pic taken with ancient Android cell phone.
Hope this helps.

Thanks a lot for this info Dig icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif! Valuable and excellent info, it is a priority for me to get a good camera. Sunglasses = awesome. I need a good pair.
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Originally Posted by Digmenow View Post

It WILL be more expensive if you want an SLR style but you'll get better pics.

just want to clarify one thing: SLR cameras will give you "better" pictures, but this usually is only noticeable at the margins:
  • low light
  • action shots
  • you want to blow up the pictures to MASSIVE sizes (bigger than 12 x 18 or so)
  • you have needs which require big, fancy lenses, such as extreme zoom or fisheye
  • you need manual controls for some artsy/complicated shot (this is probably not the case, since you have been using a point and click up til now)

for 90-99% of pictures you'll ever take (relatively still subject, decent amount of light), a decent pocket camera will be just as good as an SLR, with the added benefit of being cheaper, more portable, easier to use, etc. the best camera of all is the one that you have on you when you need it!
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Edited by Typhoid Jones - 1/27/12 at 5:43pm
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