I was going to try and say something witty, but I can't top this, haha. Too funny!
The official thrift/discount store bragging thread - Page 1874
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We'll all be glancing over there now.
Here are the basic points to remember (this from a conversation once with an art professor and an art historian I go to church with):
1. anything that is not original is not going to be worth much, so skip over the prints. They would both rather decorate their homes with originals that have no monetary value by unknowns than with high quality prints of the masters.
2. Most of the original stuff you find will be pretty obviously junk, amateur, high school art class work, somebody's grandma.
3. Occasionally you'll find something that isn't eliminated by these two criteria. At that point, you're on your own. The iphone won't even help you on really old stuff, because signing the painting wasn't SOP until I think the 19th century. You'll just have to decide if you want to risk it.
Some lithographs and prints--even posters--can be worth money, but the larger point is, buy it if you like it, and don't worry about what it might be worth. If you have a good eye/taste, the rest will take care of itself, if you don't have a good eye, you'll at least have something you like.
I always check the art section (and especially so today). Finds have been rarer as the years pass and Internet advances. Original art-wise, my personal bests are a charcoal drawing of barren branches with fruit on them (it's somewhat disturbing--a friend speculates it was done by a schizophrenic) and an oil painting of fishermen that borders on abstract. Hard to describe, but they're the only ones in the world, I like them and they draw attention from others. While I know nothing about art, that's good enough for me.
Nipped out to the GW after a quick run to the DMV. A couple of Thomas Pink shirts in various states of repair but at justifiable prices. The two things to note were:
1. (Older) E. Zegna tux, peak lapels, Super 120s fabric. ORPHAN. Tore $hit up looking for the trousers. Nowhere to be found -- not even in the "fairer sex" aisle. Ended up being late for a meeting, with no reward. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
2. Picked up a pair of Gravati brown oxfords. 11M. Says handmade in Italy. Shoes need a LOT of love, but I don't see anything too major that won't buff out. HOWEVER: They may have been resoled, and the front end of the heel pad, where it meets the insole, is curling up. I'm going to see if my cobbler can fix the latter, and expect the former kills their value (to the extent I'm not inclined to keep them, which I haven't decided yet since they are my size). Feel free to PM me with interest. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Nordstrom Jacket - Loro Piana Camelhair - 42L
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Finding it was very exciting, as it was sitting eight feet up on a mannequin. I reached up, touched the fabric and had to look at the tag. Seeing "Corneliani" made me happy. It ran me up $20 at the goodwill.
The jacket is in awesome-tastic condition (so awesome in fact, that it came with the Corneliani booklet and extra buttons in one of the pockets:
Seeing as the tag indicates a drop, it probably is a suit jacket in all fairness. Still, with the pattern, I think I can pull it off as an SC. Anyone disagree?
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I went back to pick up the Burberry khakis (no size tag; still need to measure, but they seem big), and I picked up another pair of HF pants from the same donor.
The tags on the HFs are:
MFG# 6809 16
MDL J832S 36 REG
(the ones seen above)
MFG# 2855 4
MDL H832S 36 REG
Any help identifying these?