My fiancee had to do a million hours of law review editing yesterday, so I was banished from the house and resorted to thrifting. A few months ago I made a maps.live.com map of thrifts in LA and printed it out, and armed with that and my trusty GPS, I hit the road.
They had some nice stuff at the National Council of Jewish Women thrift in West Los Angeles. They were having a buy two get one free sale, so I grabbed three sportcoats and three shirts and took them to the counter. Not only would they not give me a sportcoat and a shirt free (they refused to ring them up seperately), the mean fat Russian lady at the counter marked up one of the sportcoats from $10 to $35... so I left that one behind (she was claiming it was "designer," but it wasn't), bought two coats and got a shirt for free and washed my hands of the whole affair. She was borderling yelling, "THis is business! We cannot give $35 free!" To which I wanted to reply, "then don't have a buy two get one free sale, bitch." But instead I just huffed my way out. The two cultural differences I have a really hard time navigating are personal space and negotiating price. Intellectually I can understand that different people just have different standards than me, but it always gets me going. Ended up with two late-model Brooks Bros coats, one a Golden Fleece neither of which'll fit me (look for em in B&S), and a purple checked shirt that will.
Visited the UCLA thrift, which is kind of nice. Didn't notice everything was 50% off until I was headed out the door, might have purchased the Brooks white tie I saw hanging from the tie rack.
At another Council thrift on the west side, I bought a Brooks seersucker in gray. Again, a little short in the arms for me, look for it in B&S. I'm all about finding homes for these guys.
I might get booted again today... maybe I'll go out to the flea market or something. Or maybe I'll just hit a few more Easterly shops.