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post #30331 of 113245
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Originally Posted by TheWGP View Post

Heard back from both parties involved, so I'm going to go ahead and tell that story for you guys. It might not compare with winning the Mega Millions, but I think the odds are pretty close! smile.gif
Back in December, I saw a post from Shiny that he left a Brioni suit and Kiton pants for a larger guy at a thrift. Of course, being a larger guy, I immediately PM'd him asking if he'd mind picking them up. He was more than happy to take a look, but of course, the thrift gods being fickle, when he returned a few days later the suit was gone... but the Kiton pants were still there! Imagine that - Kiton pants just hanging out for awhile!
Shiny was kind enough to send me photos from the store and make sure I wanted them even with a couple of minor flaws (a bar tack on a pocket needed to be resewn, and the fly button flap needed reinforcing). He was then generous enough to send the pants along at cost+shipping+a small proxy fee.
I got the pants, they fit better than I'm comfortable acknowledging in public... and I put them on my "to mend" pile. Don't hate, you know you have one too!
Fast forward to early March... and I get a PM from toscano_adottato that he has a Kiton sport coat for a larger guy that he tried to sell, even listed it up on Ebay and didn't sell. He was kind enough to send the coat along in trade just in consideration of future finds... my jaw dropped, put it that way.
The coat arrived this past week; and as you've probably guessed... they match the pants! It's a reunited suit! Orphans found separately over a good period of time by two guys who both happened to be SF members who both happened to deal with me and the coat happened to not sell on Ebay? Pretty amazing in my book.
Some of you may remember a long time ago two guys reunited a RLPL suit they'd each thrifted part of locally... take that, throw in the Internet, and it's still happening! wink.gif
It's a Kiton Super 150's suit - unvented with pleated pants, but you can't have it all - tagged Italian 66, which is about a US 52 (via a couple of conversion methods) fits huge on me (usually a US 48-50) - going to see what kind of magic the tailor can work. It was sold from Saks (with their label that looks like this: http://www.blogcdn.com/www.luxist.com/media/2011/01/gyi0056905545.jpg ) so I gather it isn't super-recent, which would have the script label, but I had no idea Saks actually sold Kiton. I almost didn't believe it was really a match till I compared the size tags & the style of Kiton tag from the pants and jacket.
I really appreciate the kindness of both Shiny and toscano_adottato, and am trying to pay them both back in kind - I just mailed Toscano a NWOT recent Oxxford suit. wink.gif
And because this story is useless without pics... here you go:
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post #30332 of 113245
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Originally Posted by LooknGr8 View Post

+1
Following up on an earlier discussion, the results of an experiment: A few weeks ago I picked up five otherwise pristine jantzen tailor shirts, french cuffed, in my size. Except, monogrammed on the cuffs. I then tried to remove them with a stitch puller. Also, I bought a shirt new at LL Bean, an orange gingham on last clearance, less than $10 -- and while all the others in the section had pocket monograms, this one didn't (me, sucka, didn't check cuffs. There was one down there, ugh).
Thought this would work out, reading the 8-10 threads on this topic at SF and chitchatting with some of youse back channel. There was no definitive answer as to whether this can be done satisfactorily. Some were interested in an update after I was done.
Key diff in the Jantzen and LL Bean shirts for discussion purposes: The Jantzen Tailor shirts were monogrammed and then the cuff assembled; LL Bean shirt mongrammed after (through both sides of cuff).
I tried removing both types of monograms. Fail. I destroyed the cuff on LL Bean shirt (or it was destroyed in the process of monogramming); it was damaged and ripped. Great shirt, though! Tailor converted it to a nice bright short-sleever, am happy.
On the Jantzens, soon I realized the commercial embroidery was too dense for my little hand tool (and there was fusible on the inside of the cuff cementing it all together, so even when I pulled a stitch, removing the thread was problematic).
My tailor took the cuffs apart and did his best. Couldn't flip the cuffs because they are asymmetrical on the inside, and the fusible that held the monogram left a mark. Shadows remain of the letters, less noticeable on the patterned cuffs or where the letters were thin script (as opposed to block letters). These pix are after a wash and clothes brush treatment. Nataku remarked earlier that marks like these sometimes can improve after more washings, I think?
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Overall experience: Fail. I will wear the Jantzen shirts for a while, I'm guessing few people will actually stare at my cuffs and notice, but still, it's not good. Safe to say I won't be effing around with monograms again. I don't recommend it. I spent a grand total of about $13 per shirt, which is about nothing compared to original retail...but still, for the privilege of this imperfection -- my money could have been better spent elsewhere. Ultimately, I will probably not be able to tolerate these imperfections and give up wearing them.
The "convert to short sleeve" trick is actually cool. I had never thought of that myself until reading about other SF poster cuff monogram removal fails. Duh. Probably will rethrift the french cuffed shirts instead of short-sleeving them, though.

Is it possible to unstitch the monogram?
post #30333 of 113245
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

How could I not?

 

Besides, Brianpore needs a belt and there just might be enough here to fashion him one.

For a belt my size, I'd prob only need half the head...am looking for belts if anyone finds nice "kids sized" 28-30" belts.
 

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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

Not spam[1].gif, I swear; I just never really got to brag about these with pics (except they are AVAILABLE biggrin.gif ...... OK, maybe a little spam[1].gif )
Here are the items from my last week or so.
Noname brand brown leather briefcase: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Oxxford dbl brst gray pinstripe (wide stripe) Super 100s. 44R.
Pit: 22.5
Shoulder: 19.5
Length: 30.5
Arm: 24.75
Waist: 38.5
Inseam: 30 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Belvest Super 100s dbl brst navy chalk stripe, dbl vent, trousers have triple pleat plus change pocket. Tagged 48, measures like a 46R
Pit: 23.5
Shoulder: 21
Length: 30.5
Arm: 24
Waist: 41
Inseam: 30.5 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Belvest Super 100s solid gray dl brstd, unvented, trousers have 2 pleats. Tagged 48R, measures like a slim 46R
Pit: 23
Shoulder: 19.5 (heavily padded)
Length: 30.5
Arm: 24
Waist: 40
Inseam: 30 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Oxxford super 100s gray herringbone "suit". Trousers (flat front) were trashed by the Very Hungry Caterpillar; jacket could easily be worn a a SC. 40R.
EDIT: I should note: the jacket is in perfect condition (so far as I can tell)
Pit: 21
Shoulder: 18.25
Length: 30.25
Arm: 24.5
Waist: 3
Inseam: 30 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Oxxford bespoke trousers. (CLAIMED) Flat front, gray glenplaid. Fully lined to hem, front and back. See other areas that will need addressing. I also found a pair of blue glenplaid flat front trousers that I'm keeping, and are at the tailors, so no pics.
Waist: 35 +0 to let
Inseam: 30.75 + 1.75 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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BB 1818 wool/cashmere blend navy SC, 38R, single vent, 3btn (CLAIMED)
Pit: 20
Shoulder: 18.25
Length: 30.25
Arm: 24.5 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Royal Tweed ( by Church's) Premium Grade, benchmade in England black wingtips. 8.5D (US or UK??). Uppers in decent shape, only one major scuff but it's neither too deep nor does it interfere with color. Lowers are in good shape with plenty of life left in them, though they may have been resoled. Inners are near pristine. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Awesome haul. Friendly  advice would be to pick up a steamer (maybe $29 at walmart or something) and steam the suits before photos. I just did this myself due to a large proxy of wool pants what were all folded and was truly amazed with how well a steamer works on pants and jackets. Only takes 2 min and they look 10x better. fistbump.gif


 

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Originally Posted by plei89 View Post

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+1 thats pretty awesome!!
 

 

 

post #30334 of 113245
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This should be a movie... Thrifting: A Love Story lol8[1].gif

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NOVA thrifters are a different breed. It's all about the love.
post #30336 of 113245
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Originally Posted by grendel View Post



This should be a movie... Thrifting: A Love Story lol8%5B1%5D.gif

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post #30337 of 113245
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Originally Posted by jkidd41011 View Post

Why the hell did eBay do away with the option where you could send the payment reminder? Now you have to send another invoice, which is what I do. Keep sending the invoices...what are they going to do? They are the one that didn't pay.

I include in my item description that payment should be received within 48 hours of the auction end. Of course maybe 30-40% of the winning bidders do this, but still it's nice to include. I send an invoice right after the auction ending (Sunday). If no payment or correspondence is received within 3 days (Wednesday) I send them a message stating that I have their merchandise packaged and ready to ship and to let me know when and how they will be sending payment. I almost always get payment within 5 days (Friday).

I've found a lot of people forget they even won something. I make sure the reminder I send doesn't sound angry or pushy. It's just a friendly reminder.

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Originally Posted by TheWGP View Post

Heard back from both parties involved, so I'm going to go ahead and tell that story for you guys. It might not compare with winning the Mega Millions, but I think the odds are pretty close! smile.gif
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Wow! That's some insane luck right there! Who would have thought! Glad to see the suit is reunited and in good hands. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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10-15% of my auctions end now in nonpaying bidders. it's absolutely ridiculous - when i was selling on ebay 5 years ago, this NEVER happened. why? sellers could leave neg feedback and 3 strikes and you were OUT - as in, ebay would actually NARU you (who remembers seeing "not a registered user", i do!). now, you can not pay as much as you want and no consequences. and the seller is still out the listing fee. just ridiculous
post #30339 of 113245

Hi!

 

I finally got a male mannequin form and spent the morning /early afternoon taking test shots and trying to figure out how to best showcase some of the clothes I have laying around.  A lot of you have much more experience than I have staging these kinds of pictures.  Would you please critique the pic's below and give me some first impressions or constructive criticism on how I could do it better?  

 

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^ Vintage BB double breasted navy blue overcoat.  42 R.

 

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^ Closeup #1.

 

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^ Closeup #2.

 

Q: Is there a preference between Closup #1 & Closup #2?  My overall goal is to post better AND fewer pictures on my listings.  In addition to these types of shots, I will also include an interior lining picture with the garment laid flat and a closeup collage picture of the brand / maker's tag and size tag.

 

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^ Here's that Ermenegildo Zegna 100% wool charcoal gray pullover with smoked MOP buttons that I picked up the other day.  XL / EUR 54.

 

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^ Closeup.

 

Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions or advice.

-M-

 


Edited by Typhoid Jones - 3/31/12 at 12:53pm
post #30340 of 113245
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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

This should be a movie... Thrifting: A Love Story lol8%5B1%5D.gif
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In other news:  I decided to check out this Marshalls craze...

Sure enough, I found 3 Kiton Sport Coats, 4 Brioni Shirts, and 3 Corneliani suits.... All priced around market value.....

Wow. Confirmation he's human and living on earth! happy.gif
Edited by LooknGr8 - 3/31/12 at 3:00pm
post #30341 of 113245
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

I can vouch for him. We hit a few stores while I was down there and he pulled a pair of Brioni shoes (I've never even seen Brioni shoes online or in a magazine, let alone in person) off a riser over some shirts. $7. He's in LA - it's the mecca of thrifting for high-end stuff. There is so much money out there it's insane.

Ahhh this is where I must've missed it... I did not realize he lived in LA! Comment retracted. Still love DarkMatter's findings; Don't get me wrong, lol. I wanna go to LA now, laugh.gif

Is anyone interested in a pair of Jil Sander pants? I found a pair of WOMAN'S pants (they don't fit my wife). Tagged a size 38, 96% cotton/4% Elastane. Solid Black.

Oh and Typhoid, Your pictures look outstanding. But I think there might be too much going on in the 2 main pictures. People might get the wrong impression and think something on the shelf is for sale too... (Ebay buyers are sometimes, idiots.) Otherwise, the pictures are great!
Edited by Kitontini - 3/31/12 at 1:03pm
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Not that I have a ton of experience staging - I don't - but I think it looks awesome.  I like the safari thing you got going on in the background.  All elements tasteful, and the form looks like a goodie.  

 

Something seems a little bit off about your lighting - a little bit cold?  Maybe set your aperture higher, to warm it up a bit, and bounce your flash.

 

I like Closeup 1 better than 2.  looks like it was taken in a men's store, as opposed to an unadorned apartment.  

 

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Originally Posted by Typhoid Jones View Post

Hi!

 

I finally got a male mannequin form and spent the morning /early afternoon taking test shots and trying to figure out how to best showcase some of the clothes I have laying around.  A lot of you have much more experience than I have staging these kinds of pictures.  Would you please critique the pic's below and give me some first impressions or constructive criticism on how I could do it better?  

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

P1050605.JPG

 

^ Vintage BB double breasted navy blue overcoat.  42 R.

 

P1050606.JPG

 

^ Closeup #1.

 

P1050607.JPG

 

^ Closeup #2.

 

Q: Is there a preference between Closup #1 & Closup #2?  My overall goal is to post better AND fewer pictures on my listings.  In addition to these types of shots, I will also include an interior lining picture with the garment laid flat and a closeup collage picture of the brand / maker's tag and size tag.

 

P1050581.JPG

 

^ Here's that Ermenegildo Zegna 100% wool charcoal gray pullover with smoked MOP buttons that I picked up the other day.  XL / EUR 54.

 

P1050583.JPG

 

^ Closeup.

 

Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions or advice.

-M-

 



 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

This should be a movie... Thrifting: A Love Story lol8%5B1%5D.gif
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Originally Posted by toscano_adottato View Post

NOVA thrifters are a different breed. It's all about the love.

This is starting to creep me out. I appreciate the good this thread does but damn, let's regulate. Frenchy, this would be an opportunity for you drop some of your patented hate to get us back on track.

(Side note: I am about to drop a free tie spreadsheet or something because I didn't get enough playas to contribute to the Trading Box...to quote the Brand New Heavies, it's gettin' pretty hectic, storage-wise, even my poor-ass cancer survivor friend says "STOP" with me filling up his apartment with awesome finds....would an open-to-thrifters-here "trading Google Spreadsheet" be worth the time? I have 3-4 people who would start with about a dozen ties...or is this really just a "post it to the trade thread, people" thing? Feedback appreciated.).

Got a tie quartet today. BB Makahs on the left, so what. The pair on the right, I need authentication confirmation because I way overpaid ($13 each, hell I am a douchey skinflint -- these are keepers for my wardrobe, I like them, heh and I just need to at least know that my eye did not deceive me. Also, did I overpay?) Fire off your opinions.

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Someone, please make a "Frenchy Signal." Heh. If you dare summon the power of the Dark Side (totally worth it! I think. Wait, that's unfair. "Gray" side, maybe?)
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Edited by LooknGr8 - 3/31/12 at 1:21pm
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Originally Posted by Kitontini View Post

Oh and Typhoid, Your pictures look outstanding. But I think there might be too much going on in the 2 main pictures. People might get the wrong impression and think something on the shelf is for sale too... (Ebay buyers are sometimes, idiots.) Otherwise, the pictures are great!

 

^^^ I weighed the possibility of somebody thinking that the auction would include everything vs. having a plain background.  The test pic's that I took against a plain wall felt kind of clinical and decided to with something a little more warm-looking.  I will definitely add a disclaimer limiting the scope of the sale specifically to what is featured in the item description.

 

@ Everett:  You're right about the lighting.  I don't have a digital SLR and have been using a Panasonic DMC-TS2 with a Leica lens.  It's actually my "adventure" camera - shock resistant, waterproof, specifically chosen because the lens has macro capabilities for detailed closeup shots and for its performance in low light situations.  In fact, I solely used natural light from the windows without a flash.  I didn't realize until after the fact that some of the shadows / uneven lighting in the foreground was caused by the pile of clothes waiting to be photographed on a chair between the windows and my desk.  (< I will DEFINITELY remedy this last part when I take my next round of pictures.)

 

Thanks again for the great feedback.

-M- 
 

 

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Originally Posted by mainy View Post

10-15% of my auctions end now in nonpaying bidders. it's absolutely ridiculous - when i was selling on ebay 5 years ago, this NEVER happened. why? sellers could leave neg feedback and 3 strikes and you were OUT - as in, ebay would actually NARU you (who remembers seeing "not a registered user", i do!). now, you can not pay as much as you want and no consequences. and the seller is still out the listing fee. just ridiculous

 

You can get your fee back by filing a non-payment issue... I had one of these now I set it up to automatically do it and automatically close it. One thing I didn't realize was that this would automatically re-list for you so I went to re-list and it bounced it out as a duplicate listing. 
 

 

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