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Originally Posted by Everett464 View Post

You should start a thread titled: Thrift Store Bragging Thread for People with Unreasonably High Expectations.

Look: it is insanely unusual to find runway YSL or Dior in a thrift store. Of the hundreds of people who post in this thread, it's happened a couple of times. I've seen one piece of either in my life, and I've seen many pieces of Brioni, Kiton, Chester Barrie, Savile Row stuff, whatever.

What you see lots of is the licensed stuff, and the licensed stuff from the 60s through the 90s and early 2000s is crap. The only reason someone would buy it is for the brand name, thinking it was good, and buying based on name. Which is why they licensed the name, made a bunch of money, and almost ran their brands into the ground.

The odds of you spotting Dior Homme or YSL Rive Gauche in a thrift are one in a bajillion. So if you don't know the difference, it's safe to assume that if you see YSL or Dior, it's crap. Stuff from Macy's and JC Penney's in the 70s and 80s. Not something worth buying used at thrift store prices, much less bragging about.

The one Rive Gauche coat I found, which was from the Tom Ford era, was stunning. It was very, very obviously not licensed junk. It was clear. It was too small for me, but it went for a few hundred dollars on eBay.

Frankly, I think there are a lot of folks in this thread who could really up their thrifting game by focusing on identifying quality and wearability rather than reading brand labels.
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Great finds everyone. Kind of new here...but had a decent day yesterday.

 

Pardon the bed spread and the shitty camera, didn't want to get my DSLR out.

 

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Shirts: T&A, Boss, Canali x2.

Tie highlights: unknown wool made in italy knit, Talbott, dunhill, harvey aimes, luciano barbera.

post #26013 of 109338
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Originally Posted by YoungAmerican View Post

Frankly, I think there are a lot of folks in this thread who could really up their thrifting game by focusing on identifying quality and wearability rather than reading brand labels.

QFT. It's nice to see unusual and vintage stuff sometimes, but I do agree that the licensed Dior and YSL is getting old. Using brand as a shortcut for quality only goes so far. You have to pick things up because they're good. That's how I picked up that trench that turned out to be a real Mackintosh, and that "Abla" suit that turned out to be a Caruso. One also needs to learn to tell the difference between "faking quality" and "real quality" or else you'll be drowining in fancy-looking-but-lousy Daniel Gray and Tasso Elba stuff.

It's been said many times, but reading the whole thread is the best education. And don't see the proliferation of, frankly, lousy brands as an endorsement - just a sign that everyone makes mistakes, especially when starting out. Over time it's easier to pick out interesting things that may be of high quality or attract interest EVEN IF they don't have a crazy brand label. Complaining about 45 minutes and finding nothing is exactly the mark of a beginner, frankly - those of us who have been at this awhile may go out ALL DAY and find nothing AT ALL, let alone anything worth posting here. I've had that happen a couple of times - visit eight or ten stores and find nothing but fumes left in the gas tank. Sure, it's groan-inducing, but it's how you learn, and you can't find anything if you're not out there looking.
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Originally Posted by YoungAmerican View Post

Frankly, I think there are a lot of folks in this thread who could really up their thrifting game by focusing on identifying quality and wearability rather than reading brand labels.


THIS. +1.

 

My favorite thrift find for me is a DB sportcoat that has no maker's label in it at all. I've felt LOTS of Hickey Freeman and Oxxford, NWT Canali, and a Brioni and this is as nice or nicer than those. I'm guessing it was bespoke for someone, but I identified it by the feel of the fabric and the quality of the craftsmanship. 

 

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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

THIS. +1.


In agreement. Due to posts like that people who were once wetting their pants over Christian Dior Monsieur are now popping up here with Kiton and Brioni etc.. This is one of the most educational threads on SF.

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WIWT thrifting edition, 3 days worth. Keep in mind that I dress purely to amuse myself, so there's no rhyme or reason from day to day

 

2 days ago:

 

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Oxxford SC from capnwes

Astor & Black shirt, thrifted

HF tie, thrifted

BR sweater

BR brown herringbone pants, thrifted

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Florsheim Gaffney boots

Excellent grey overcoat from Henry Boogers

 

Yesterday

 

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Hickey Freeman Collection suit, thrifted... medium gray with a double blue pinstripe

Pale blue Charles Tyrwhitt shirt traded from Henry Boogers

Navy tie, Bruno Piatelli, eBay

"Navy" socks, Target

AE shell cordovan from MikeH

 

Not Shown:

Great Oxxford overcoat proxied by Guitar Preacher

E. Zegna silk scarf, thrifted

 

WIWT

 

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HSM reddish brown herringbone tweed SC, thrifted

Tweed driving cap, thrifted

Brooks Bros 346 sweater vest, thrifted

Astor & Black shirt, thrifted

Guy Laroche tie, thrifted 

LL Bean old-man-pants, olive with a gold overcheck, thrifted

AE Arlington kiltie tassel loafers, thrifted

 

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To play devil's advocate on behalf of some of the new thrifters, if one has never had the opportunity to handle a good quality piece it can be difficult to imagine what one should be looking for.
post #26018 of 109338
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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

WIWT thrifting edition, 3 days worth. Keep in mind that I dress purely to amuse myself, so there's no rhyme or reason from day to day

 

2 days ago:

 

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IMG_1236.jpg

 

Oxxford SC from capnwes

Astor & Black shirt, thrifted

HF tie, thrifted

BR sweater

BR brown herringbone pants, thrifted

not shown:

Florsheim Gaffney boots

Excellent grey overcoat from Henry Boogers

 

Yesterday

 

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Hickey Freeman Collection suit, thrifted... medium gray with a double blue pinstripe

Pale blue Charles Tyrwhitt shirt traded from Henry Boogers

Navy tie, Bruno Piatelli, eBay

"Navy" socks, Target

AE shell cordovan from MikeH

 

Not Shown:

Great Oxxford overcoat proxied by Guitar Preacher

E. Zegna silk scarf, thrifted

 

WIWT

 

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HSM reddish brown herringbone tweed SC, thrifted

Tweed driving cap, thrifted

Brooks Bros 346 sweater vest, thrifted

Astor & Black shirt, thrifted

Guy Laroche tie, thrifted 

LL Bean old-man-pants, olive with a gold overcheck, thrifted

AE Arlington kiltie tassel loafers, thrifted

 



Forgot how much I loved that first one, looks good on you.

 

post #26019 of 109338
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Originally Posted by Thrifter View Post

To play devil's advocate on behalf of some of the new thrifters, if one has never had the opportunity to handle a good quality piece it can be difficult to imagine what one should be looking for.


That's what she said?

post #26020 of 109338
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Originally Posted by Everett464 View Post

You should start a thread titled: Thrift Store Bragging Thread for People with Unreasonably High Expectations.

Nah, it's more like...at some point, your closet gets full. Then you must start upgrading, because you don't stop thrifting. Ever. But when your closet is full of BB and BR, there's nowhere to go but...up. The turnover begins anew.

Or you could be smarter than some of us (uh, me) and aim high to begin with. Costs a lot less.
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Hit one store very quickly on my way back to work. Christian Dior Monsieur tie....Wasn't going to pop on anything but when I looked at it, it made me all trippy.

 

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Just kidding, it's Turbull & Asser.

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post #26022 of 109338
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Originally Posted by YoungAmerican View Post

One person in this thread that I can remember has posted a piece of Dior Homme. I once (in my life) found a piece of non-licensed YSL.
EVERY other piece in this thread is crap. Seriously: crap. And people post something every day.
If you find something that says YSL or Dior, and you don't know the difference, it is almost certainly crap, not worth thrift store prices.

+1. Someone had to say it. I pass over at least 3 Christian Dior Monsieur ties each time I go out (generally 1-2 per store on average). I was amazed when someone posted their Dior Homme suit a few days ago. That was worth bragging about, not a polyester blend Dior Monsieur tie from 1982.
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I can dig it.  Really, I was taking umbrage with the notion that there are no articles of clothing, which don't cost more than most of us make in a week, that are worth bragging about when found in a thrift store.   If you find a pair of AEs for ten bucks, and they are serviceable it is a good day -  I am guessing that is why the thread was created in the first place, not just for the "one in a bajillion" chance that you find a runway YSL article.

 

If you are making $60K, and you only pick up runway runway YSL or Dior Homme at thrift stores, the odds that your wardrobe sucks are high. 
 

 

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Originally Posted by LooknGr8 View Post


Nah, it's more like...at some point, your closet gets full. Then you must start upgrading, because you don't stop thrifting. Ever. But when your closet is full of BB and BR, there's nowhere to go but...up. The turnover begins anew.
Or you could be smarter than some of us (uh, me) and aim high to begin with. Costs a lot less.


 

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A few shirts:

RLPL, RLPL, RLPL

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Duchamp; Daks by Timothy Everest

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Ties:

Kiton, unknown (Do these tags look familiar?), Kiton

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I want that RLPL keaton collar shirt! drool.gif
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