But still, my question hasn't been answered satisfactorily.
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People are stupid and throw away a lot of really cool/useful stuff because they're too lazy to drive to the thrift store to donate it, or even call for a pick-up. I don't really care what anyone thinks. I brag to my friends and family about killer audio equipment and records I've snagged off the side of the road and from garbage cans. I found an Acoustic Research turntable on the side of the road once on top of a milk-crate full of jazz records. The records were very valuable, lots of OG Blue Note pressings.
With that said, I don't just drive in random dumpsters. I agree that it's very unsanitary and my wife wouldn't really appreciate me coming home smelling like garbage either. If I'm driving along and see something on the side of the road on garbage day that appeals to me, I'll pull over for a closer look. I think of it as rescuing cool items from a landfill.
It's completely legal in Minnesota unless you're trespassing on someone's private property.
ALSO: i think NORE is trolling, probably better to use the ignore button.
the driving force of thrifting is thriftiness.
I can't afford to spend $200 on shirts or $300 on trousers to wear on a daily basis, but I do not want to wear the shirts and pants I can afford in the ~$50 range, thus I go to the thrift stores and invest an hour or two of my time and then the paltry 5-10 clams per item to get great stuff.
Im going to try and do my best on this one, only cause Bri put me on the spot :
Gianni Versace black label couture - highest level of construction at the time of production. Its from the AW2001 collection (I THINK), if not SS02. The jacket was part of a suit, so you might want to check for the pants. Its totally sellable as an odd jacket, if you plan to sell. Its made by Alias, Spa, which was the factory that produced most of the better made garments at the time. The other factory was Inco, which produced white label GV garments until about 2004 when Versace couture was moved to be made by Zegna, and the white label (although some examples this year are made by Zegna too) is made by Alias. The director of the couture department at Versace is Luigi Massi, whom I featured in a video on my blog here. He is a charming man, talented as the day is long, and enjoys a nice Limoncello on the terrace of 1 via Gesu after a long days work. His favorite material to work with is the fabric that Gianni Versace invented, which is called "Oroton", otherwise known as metal mesh. Many assume that its a standard Whiting & Davis metal mesh, however, Gianni reworked this fabric to be more liquid and warm faster to the body when worn.
But, I digress. The jacket is nice, should sell well. If you list it on eBay, use the title "Mens Gianni Versace Couture 1st Line $2000 Jacket Coat Blazer XX(size) Blue". On a good day with good shots, Id say you will get $90-$125 for it, which will be a pretty good haul if you scored it for under a 20 somewhere.
I did hear the "I'm the Scatman" the other day, so it's not all bad.
Lucky! Half the places I go play overtly Christian music.
Used to be a music writer. I have a high tolerance for pretty much all styles. Folk, jazz, old rock, soul, '80s. '90s, even techno I'm cool.
A couple weeks ago (posted a little about this) I did actually walk out of a store once because it had Air Supply's Greatest Hits playing, someone dropped the CD on the speaker system. It was in southern Ct, so I am sure Catside was behind the whole thing...and he came in and grabbed all the Hermes ties I had to leave behind. I did make off with some solid executive imperial wingtips before it got intolerable.
I have a friend who does it with great enjoyment and great success.
But methinks you be trollin' anyhow, so I doubt it matters. If you truly can't see the difference, then I'm not sure how to help you. But because I'm generous, I'll give you a good utilitarian reason why: the likelihood of walking into any given thrift store and finding something of value is orders of magnitude greater than the likelihood of cracking open any given dumpster and finding something of value.
So yes, one of the things stopping us all from dumpster diving is efficiency and time reasons.
(although, on a wholly unrelated note, his choice in pornstar avatars is always pretty good)