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Originally Posted by cpmac7 View Post
I recently just moved down to Austin and all I can find are damn vintage stuff and over priced 3 piece suits. Could anyone reveal their good thrift stores in the Austin area? This would be much appreciated. I am sure I could give up a nice tie or something for your valuable information.......

Even the best stores will come up dry frequently. The key is consistency on your part. One small store which I frequent had been dry for weeks, then I hit a mother lode of ties, fifteen of them. Mostly BB and Robert Talbott. That is the nature of thrifting.
post #3842 of 138728
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Originally Posted by cpmac7 View Post
Could anyone reveal their good thrift stores in the Austin area? This would be much appreciated. I am sure I could give up a nice tie or something for your valuable information.......

I probably posted something earlier in this thread, but here goes again.

The Goodwill on Lake Austin typically has some very good stuff but their prices also tend to be high. They price things individually. All the other Goodwills have fixed prices except what they consider "boutique", which is starting to get very annoying. The Goodwill on Koenig and Lamar next to Half Price Books is really big, so you have a decent chance of finding something worthwhile. The other Goodwills are pretty hit and miss.

The Thriftland on Stassney and South First is a good size store and seems to get a different selection of stuff. Someone once told me they got a lot of stuff from the northeast. Their prices are low and every week different color tags are half price. It is my favorite store at the moment. They don't have dressing rooms, so it is good to bring a tape measure or wear shorts.

There are some smaller thrift stores along Burnet Rd, but I don't get up that way much anymore. If you are in the area and have the time I think they are worth checking out.

Second Looks is a Consignment Store worth checking out. One is North on Mesa near Steck and the other is South right next to NM Last Call in the Brodie Oaks Center. Prices are well above thrift store values but their stuff is clean, organized and usually not out of date. You can still get some good deals, particularly on higher end stuff. Get on their mailing list and you will get coupons and notices about sales. They were better in years past but there have been some personnel changes.

The Settlement Home Sale occurs on a weekend in November at Palmer Auditorium and usually has some good stuff for great prices.

Austin is a VERY casual town, so there isn't going to be a lot of nicer clothing put into thrift circulation.

mike
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Got up early and hit up some thrifts and consigment/discount stores. Thrifts sucked - didn't find anything. Consigment and discount stores were a lot better. I'm usually iffy on paying over $15 for a used shirt, but these were so nice and fit me perfectly, so I gave in. Plus, considering retail, this was a steal. Charvet striped dress shirt $25 Borelli for Wilkes Bashford dress shirt $25 Discount store. These were $5 each and are NWOT - Orion shirt - Hilditch & Key for Saks dress shirt - Luciano Barbera tux shirt - Etro khakis - Brioni green trousers This discount store is great, but it can be depressing too. I saw an otherwise-mint Brioni cream herringbone shirt. $5, but the cuffs were gone (process of being altered and then ditched?). There was also a new Oxxford sportcoat for $5 with the little tag on the end of the sleeve still, but it hand a big chunk out of the back missing. Oh well, I'm satisfied. Sample of my finds:
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BAD ASS BRO!

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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post
Got up early and hit up some thrifts and consigment/discount stores. Thrifts sucked - didn't find anything. Consigment and discount stores were a lot better.

I'm usually iffy on paying over $15 for a used shirt, but these were so nice and fit me perfectly, so I gave in. Plus, considering retail, this was a steal.

Charvet striped dress shirt $25
Borelli for Wilkes Bashford dress shirt $25

Discount store. These were $5 each and are NWOT

- Orion shirt
- Hilditch & Key for Saks dress shirt
- Luciano Barbera tux shirt
- Etro khakis
- Brioni green trousers

This discount store is great, but it can be depressing too. I saw an otherwise-mint Brioni cream herringbone shirt. $5, but the cuffs were gone (process of being altered and then ditched?). There was also a new Oxxford sportcoat for $5 with the little tag on the end of the sleeve still, but it hand a big chunk out of the back missing.

Oh well, I'm satisfied.

Sample of my finds:







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Found some ties tonight after work... this humble haul pales in comparison to Antirabbit and Nataku's latest finds above of course, but I guess I could have done worse for $15....



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^I really like that Oxxford.
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^I really like that Oxxford.

Ditto. It looks quite nice.
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+1 on the Oxxford. Is it wool, cashmere or a blend of some sort? Nice haul - finding wearable Oxxford stuff seems to always make my day.
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post
+1 on the Oxxford. Is it wool, cashmere or a blend of some sort? Nice haul - finding wearable Oxxford stuff seems to always make my day.

100% silk! Nice Charvet you got... I never find Charvet.

Oh except that one French blue Charvet dress shirt I found for exactly $1 about 10 years ago...
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Very nice! Yeah, it's really nice, but I wish I could have gotten it cheaper. It wouldn't have gone 1/2 price till April 13 or something like that. With that said, I looked on Fleabay to see if there were any more Charvet shirts in my size and they got for a lot less than their ties do! I saw a few ending at between $10-$20.
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NOICE.....thrifters on a roll.

I went back to try my luck again...only thing was an awesome Cherry Red cashmere sweater from NM for $3.00, not falling for it as it was an XL. I am going to retreat to my closet and thank the thrifting luck for a bit. I am going to go crazy in early April up in MN again.
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Great pick-ups, Nataku and jinda. Really good stuff! I picked up my second pair of Florsheims in as many weeks. First it was the dark burgundy longwings, and now the Florsheim Imperials, with the V-cleat, in dark tan pebble leather. $12.
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^Nice. I'd love to get a pair of the plain toe bluchers.
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jeezus, where the hell are you guys thrifting? there's just pure trash anywhere i've been!
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My first post.
In the tech field here in Austin, there's no penalty for golf shirts and khakis every day, but I've been looking for something else. My closet to this point has been pretty basic, composed primarily of Brooks Brothers oxfords and golf shirts with RL and Brooks Brothers for slacks. Found this forum-and the thrifting thread"”and I'm hooked. I've just finished reading this thread all the way through, learning all the while, but I'm still quite the n00b. I've hit about 8 thrift stores over the last week here and there as I have time.
My minor finds so far:

Dress shirts-Marks & Spencer Blue Harbour Luxury Royal Oxford. Don't know much about it and I haven't read much about the brand. I know it doesn't seem to sell on ebay--but I like it very much. NWOT, $3.99. Blue Harry Rosen long sleeve, $4.99. A weird purple XMI long sleeve dress shirt. VERY blousy--it's cut really unconventionally. There are no seams on the front of the shirt at all. Everything just stitches up under the arms and at the back of the shoulders. Would have left it but I loved the color. NWT, 5.99. Gray Burberry's of London(when did they change the label to just burberrys?), two button barrel cuffs, $1.99. This shirt fits me absolutely perfectly! Not thrifted, but ebay. Really nice blue zegna for $16 shipped. And a beautiful Luciano Barbera that has pleats at the front of the sleeve. Not sure it works for me, but the color is stunning. The sleeves are a bit long anyway--is there any way I can get those converted to something more conventional with my tailor? Either way-$17 shipped. Just loved the color.

Ties thrifted-Nice blue leaf patterned Zegna and a Robert Talbott Best of Class for two bucks each.

Pal Zileri pull ivory linen trousers, in my size and like new. $11.99. I really hate looking at pants. I'm not good enough to reliably "shop by feel", and digging into all those waistbands gets old quick. I'm thinking I might try ebay more than thrifting them.

Two pairs of shoes--One pair of Allen Edmonds Ostende, Not bad, no real creasing. fits me pretty well-My first decent brown shoe. $5.50. And one pair of Cheaney for Saks, very lightly worn. Not sure what they are--haven't been through the shoe guide yet, but I've got to start plowing through a new thread now anyway. Last #6184. 7.99.

Suit #1 Hickey Freeman for Jack Henry. Glenn plaid 41L. This was the first suit of the two I bought. Would need minor adjustment to the sleeves and I've decided the pants are just not going to fit properly. After that found a much cheerier glenn plaid with red overcheck by Burberry's for Saks. The jacket fits perfectly but I'll need to have the pants let out just a bit. I like it. Both were under $15. Passed on a Canali super 120's jacket with two tiny moth holes in conspicuous areas. Went back, passed again. I really really like that jacket. fits me perfectly, too.........

But so far I'm hooked.
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