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post #41056 of 112802

Regarding thrifted "art", these are probably my two favorites - obtained at an indie thrift shop in small town Georgia.  I found them 3 weeks apart - the first one was on sale for $6, the 2nd I picked up a few weeks after the first for the full price of $12.  I asked the owner if they had any more, and she said she did, in storage, and just needed to dig them out but would hold them for me and call when they were available - that was a couple months ago and I'm patiently waiting.

 

Anyhoos, these are both hand-painted on canvas - I think oils because it's laid on pretty thick in some spots but could be acrylics.  Appears to be the same artist, but signature is illegible.

 

I call this one "Wardrobe Malfunction".

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I haven't come up with a name for this one yet...

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I also pick up every single velvet painting I see if it's under $10.  Same for FeatherCraft art (a/k/a bird feather art, typically Hecho en Mexico), as well as any questionable or poorly-executed hand-painted / drawn etc piece of art.  My intent was to have my own Gallery of Questionable Art but it wouldn't really go well in any of the rooms in my new house.

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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


The Ray-Bans don't look terribly fake. Try gently scratching the Ray-Ban logo off with your fingernail. If it easily comes off, fake and if not, possibly real.
How do the hinges feel? Tight and well-made? Look at the nose piece...is there an RB engraved in the metal? Is there a model number under the nose bridge?

 

Passed the fingernail test, but no nose piece engraving. (Can we add these to the lick test/ pinch test/ hermes logo intricacy test.?) Despite wearing glasses every day for 7+ years, not sure what 'quality' glasses feel like. Based of the slight flimsyness I'm erring on the side of fake though. 

 

 

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Grenadine......................

 

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NOT a grenadine... made that mistake myself once!

 

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You should send it to me for further examination mwink%5B1%5D.gif

 

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I have one of those in pink. Its not a grenadine, but it ties a nice knot. Pulls like crazy though.

 

Yup, not grenadine. This would have been the perfect opportunity for a brianpore lmgtfy though- T&A's site still has them up. Called 'lace weave' apparently. 

 

I'm going to try my luck selling this one as it has a fuzzy/worn patch (as hikari says, pretty fragile). The other identical one I'm keeping for myself bigstar[1].gif.

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...would that be two fingers from the same hand, or one finger from each hand?  Or, one of your own fingers and one from someone else (or two fingers from someone else)?  

 

I only notice other shoppers when I see the same people at subsequent stores along one of my routes, or flipping hangars faster than someone who is shopping "normally".  Otherwise, I get in the zone and ignore everyone else.

 

I've only noticed a few people who does the fast hangers shuffle. I'm tempted to say hi when I see those folks around...But then something always catches my eye before I could.

post #41059 of 112802
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This Versace tie is a fake right? I paid under 1 $ and just had to take the chance even though i am pretty sure its a fake. Its missing the piece where you put the small end of the tie (dont know what its called in english). The 100 % silk tag also made me think fake but i have never held a real Versace tie and i thought it was worth the chance :) It feels like good quality and its definitely silk.

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Nobody got anything to say about the authenticity of this tie? 

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If you see another potential SF member...you could simply do a quick flash of "the Shocker"


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Got milk?
post #41062 of 112802
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Passed the fingernail test, but no nose piece engraving. (Can we add these to the lick test/ pinch test/ hermes logo intricacy test.?) Despite wearing glasses every day for 7+ years, not sure what 'quality' glasses feel like. Based of the slight flimsyness I'm erring on the side of fake though.

On all of my Ray Bans (except wayfarers obviously), the nose piece has something similar to this:
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Some of mine aren't engraved at the nose bridge, but cheap sunglasses usually have some sort of spiral design where it is crimped to the nose pad.

Another tip off to higher quality/legit glasses are the hinges. Take a look at them on any pair of nice glasses and you'll often see a more complicated hinge mechanism. The cheaper the glasses, the flimsier/softer the hinges.

Whenever I pick up a pair of glasses that are either an unknown maker or suspected fake, I look at the following:

1. Nose pads: As I mentioned, cheap/knock-off glasses often lack a symbol or logo and instead opt for some generic pattern. Normally crimped metal to hold in place on cheap glasses.
2. Hinges: How far does it bend out and pop back in place? If there is a good spring to it, possibly higher quality.
3. Lenses: Knock it with your fingernail. Does it rattle? Is it obviously glass?
4. Weight: How heavy are they? In my experience, heavier glasses reinforce the idea of quality.
5. Added embellishments: Are they glued on or are they real screws that are added?

Of course there are plenty of exceptions to each of these such as titanium or rimless framers, prescription glass lenses in no name frames, etc. In all honesty, if I'm unsure I won't buy them or I'll throw them away. Fakes will sometimes have actual UV protection, but often they're just tinted lenses that allow your eyes to dilate and allow more harmful rays in. Not worth the risk in my opinion for a product that you can often find on sale for reasonable prices.
post #41063 of 112802
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Got milk?

Koko's Mother? (I know, not a gorilla).
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The Medusa head looks wicked fake to me.  Looks more like an "o face" than the Medusa heads I remember seeing.  The placement of the "100% silk" tag also seems very...un-Versace.  But I'm less knowledgeable on this stuff, so I'll leave the final word for Spoo.

 

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Nobody got anything to say about the authenticity of this tie? 

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Koko's Mother? (I know, not a gorilla).

 

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Got milk?

 

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Both good ones.  Leaning towards Curious Georgette.  

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Both good ones.  Leaning towards Curious Georgette.  

I was going for Whistler's Mother but I fell a bit flat.
post #41067 of 112802
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Originally Posted by Jettison View Post

Man, I don't know how you guys flip volume- I'm just clearing out a backlog of maybe 10 suits, ties, shirts, etc. (respectively) and it takes forever. 

 

Anyway, I come for advice:

 

Fake/Genuine? (May be the fakiest fakes ever faked but sunglasses rarely pop up in the thread, and I am subsequently ignorant).

 

 

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I wear Rx Ray-Ban's, both sunglasses and indoor / different frames, and have for about 25 years...All my new and old pairs have a model # someplace on them - on the nose bridge, on one of the arms, etc - it's a number, a square and another number.  For example, my New Wayfarer style has "52 [] 18" (on one arm) and my indoors have "52 [] 19" (on both the bridge and one arm).  A number/square/number like that should be on them someplace at least once, though I suppose if you're faking them, you'd include something similar.

post #41068 of 112802
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“Dress British, Think Yiddish”

 

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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


Do you guys purchase things new? I mean that without sarcasm and no without offense intended. However, as much as I love finding something awesome that fits and thats costs next to nothing, I love and prefer to buy new. I will often buy something I really want new (sale or not). I also find that I get far more use out things I buy new. Likely because I spend more time thinking about a bigger purchase.
Anyway, I know it's been discussed before but I thought I'd ask out of curiosity.

 

Of course I do, but it's always at a sale price.  Considering most of the things in my budget at "new" pricing are of passable quality at best, I always hold out for finding the best possible item for the best possible price.  I often shop eBay for NWT or gently worn SW&D pieces, because if you've ever looked at Oki Ni, Self Edge, Mr. Porter, Context Clothing, etc. you won't be buying things at "new" pricing.  

 

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Originally Posted by Jpmorris View Post

I agree, good deal. especially that drakes, I like it! Plus it is the thrift/discount store thread. BTW you only send $100 a month at thrifts?! Damn son, I could never do that.

 

You aren't selective enough, then.  Unless you're shopping boutique thrifts or consignment shops, you shouldn't be spending over $15 at the absolute maximum per piece.  Most everything I buy is under $10, so I'd like to think all told that I spend somewhere around an average of $100 a month, especially in the summer.

 

Just a couple basics today:

 

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I meant to post this a while ago but this was my memorial day haul

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burberry pullover nwt size M retails for 175, it is for sale message me for offers or info price: 70

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cole haan tassle loafers I have since sold

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creative recreations for all you sneaker head size 8.5 message me if you want to buy, price $20

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jack purcells I have since sold

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ralph lauren classic fit madras button down XL, I have it listed on my other posts but I will sell it here as well price $20 see my listing http://www.styleforum.net/t/306325/ralph-lauren-custom-fit-linen-and-madras-shirts-l-xl

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ralph lauren custom fit linen shirt size L custom fit price $18 see my other listing of it http://www.styleforum.net/t/306325/ralph-lauren-custom-fit-linen-and-madras-shirts-l-xl

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brooks brothers soft shoulders made in usa mostly unstructured double breasted suit size 41R wait 31 with room to be let out see my actual listing for more details http://www.styleforum.net/t/306314/beautiful-brooks-brothers-double-breasted-suit-made-in-usa-soft-shoulders-mostly-unstructured-41r#post_5562666

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Just when I thought I was finished finding any other styles of Hanover Shell Cordovan shoes, the thrift gods prove me wrong.worship.gif Only one more pair to be found and I will have seen them all....at least I think.

 

Pics tonight after cleanup.

Being made in all one color, makes these Hanover L.B. Sheppard Shell Cordovan Saddles some of the rarest of the entire Hanover line.

This is what they look like after removing a thick 30 year layer of dust. And to think, I wasn't going to go out at lunch today.

 

11 D/B

 

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