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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Maybe it's me, but I highly doubt it's mom's flipping though racks of suits with kids in toe, looking for Brioni and Kiton suits. peepwall%5B1%5D.gif

 

I've seen lots of middle aged women filling carts full of nice MC, presumably to flip as a side summer job.  Who knows if they're mothers or single ladder-climbing strivers.  I think people are catching on to the profitability of being a good flipper and the summer is a convenient time to try their luck.  I think people that aren't die hards are less reluctant to hit the stores in the winter because they're busier and due to the possibility of inclement weather.  The quality of clothing increasing towards fall and winter goes without question, however.

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you know what to do 

 

 

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Originally Posted by acosbysweater View Post

 

I've seen lots of middle aged women filling carts full of nice MC, presumably to flip as a side summer job.  Who knows if they're mothers or single ladder-climbing strivers.  I think people are catching on to the profitability of being a good flipper and the summer is a convenient time to try their luck.  I think people that aren't die hards are less reluctant to hit the stores in the winter because they're busier and due to the possibility of inclement weather.  The quality of clothing increasing towards fall and winter goes without question, however.

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^ ^ ^

 

As soon as there is a Thrift Wars, Thrift Kings, or Thrift Flippers reality TV show, I'm quitting.

 

I have noticed guys in the book aisles at Goodwill, with smartphone attachments that will scan the UPC codes on books and instantly pop up a value (sort of like how you can type in the ISBN on the powells.com website and know how much they will give you for a used book).  They just prowl the book shelves, scanning, beeping, looking at the phones.  Now that's not fun at all - they don't even look at what books they're scanning.  Not to mention they would miss 100% of the pre-UPC collectible books out there, which probably still accounts for 90% of titles or more.  Wanna know how much I got for a 1st / 1st / 1st of Nabakov's The Eye with DJ, Phaedra, paid 25 cents?  [before the book market tanked]  It didn't have a UPC...

 

School started back today (Mon 8/6) in these parts.  I don't think that has anything to do with "doldrums" - on Saturday 8/4 I scored some decent stuff and on Sunday 8/5, zip. 

 

I do know one or two moms who tried to flip a generic Brooks Brothers blazer or whatnot using blurry iPhone pics and crappy descriptions, no measurements, and had zero success.  Not like I take great photos but I try a bit harder, and happy to see them give up after 2 or 3 listings go unnoticed. 

 

The slow shift continues - I actually canceled an eBay auction because I kept eyeballing a shirt I listed that I really wanted to keep for myself. Yikes. Can't beat the prices.

 

Five things you should never thrift, re-purpose or re-use:

  1. Toilet paper
  2. Condoms
  3. Tooth brushes
  4. Underwear
  5. Your best friend's ex-wife

 

Ciao.

post #44359 of 114594
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

My local thrifts carry winter coats all year round. I guess that's because I'm in Minnesota and the thought of needing them never leaves one's mind, even when in 100 degree + humidity temps.
I do notice a huge lack in quality donations from midsummer to early fall. I think tax season has a lot to do with it. A lot of wealthy people donate their nice items near the end of the year for tax write-offs and due to the quantity of donations, these last from the end of the year well into spring of the following year. Summertime thrift store sock around here consists of a few nice items here and there with a lot of garage sale leftovers. This theory seems to explain the "Summer Doldrums" in my area, at least.

It's also slow here and it's a weird time for retail shops as well. They want to push fall stuff, but a lot of people are still resistant to giving up the idea of summer. I think the regional weather has something to do with donations as well. Live in an area with rough winters? Expect high-quality winter clothes, etc.

In regards to flipping, it's harder here. Smaller stores and less inventory = more time to figure out what's good vs. bad. Prices are usually marked accordingly. A Brioni jacket will be twice the normal jackets, but still worthwhile to buy if it fits. The prices are normally just high enough to make it less enticing to flip something but still within the range to buy used clothing for yourself. My wife has complained that prices in women's wear can be crazy. Sometimes they'll ask €10 for a shirt that cost €20 new.
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Originally Posted by chiron View Post

I call this the "MOM" effect... Kids out for summer and the MOMs are out in full force picking up everyting in their path. I'm waiting for school to start again before I start doing the circuit again. Otherwise its just a waste of gas bringing home one shirt.

Yeah, I hear ya. Thrifts are way too crowded right now too. Makes sense.
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Maybe it's me, but I highly doubt it's mom's flipping though racks of suits with kids in toe, looking for Brioni and Kiton suits. peepwall%5B1%5D.gif

You underestimate the "suburbian soccer-mom flipper". I see a lot of this type with kids in the carts (or letting their kids run wild throughout the store). This time of the year, they can kill two birds with one stone. Flip and shop for the kids. ffffuuuu.gif
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post
 Live in an area with rough winters? Expect high-quality winter clothes, etc.

 

 

+1

 

Is it me or do women donate a lot of new shoes?

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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

^ ^ ^

As soon as there is a Thrift Wars, Thrift Kings, or Thrift Flippers reality TV show, I'm quitting.

I have noticed guys in the book aisles at Goodwill, with smartphone attachments that will scan the UPC codes on books and instantly pop up a value (sort of like how you can type in the ISBN on the powells.com website and know how much they will give you for a used book).  They just prowl the book shelves, scanning, beeping, looking at the phones.  Now that's not fun at all - they don't even look at what books they're scanning.  Not to mention they would miss 100% of the pre-UPC collectible books out there, which probably still accounts for 90% of titles or more.  Wanna know how much I got for a 1st / 1st / 1st of Nabakov's The Eye with DJ, Phaedra, paid 25 cents?  [before the book market tanked]  It didn't have a UPC...

School started back today (Mon 8/6) in these parts.  I don't think that has anything to do with "doldrums" - on Saturday 8/4 I scored some decent stuff and on Sunday 8/5, zip. 

I do know one or two moms who tried to flip a generic Brooks Brothers blazer or whatnot using blurry iPhone pics and crappy descriptions, no measurements, and had zero success.  Not like I take great photos but I try a bit harder, and happy to see them give up after 2 or 3 listings go unnoticed. 

The slow shift continues - I actually canceled an eBay auction because I kept eyeballing a shirt I listed that I really wanted to keep for myself. Yikes. Can't beat the prices.

Five things you should never thrift, re-purpose or re-use:
  1. Toilet paper
  2. Condoms
  3. Tooth brushes
  4. Underwear
  5. Your best friend's ex-wife

Ciao.

I had the privilege of touring the local GW recently and witnessed first-hand the the book-selling operation set up in the basement. It's exactly what you say: They run each book's UPC/whatever-that-code-is-called through a scanner that says what it will likely fetch. Anything that will bring a profit based on the scan goes for online sale (Amazon). Anything that does not is put on the BM shelves. I've actually found a couple of fun trashy cheap reads while waiting at the check-out line (wisely, they put the books near the registers so you can peruse while waiting for the idiots in front of you who fill carts without removing a single freakin' hanger--but I digress), and I also scored a very nice complete works of Shakespeare from Yale University Press, which I intend to read before I die, as soon as I finish True Life Tales of a Grifter. If your Goodwill isn't winnowing the profitable cream before it reaches the sales floor, then it is, likely, not a well-managed Goodwill.
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Originally Posted by chiron View Post


Yes. They don't wear them as long or hard as men wear their shoes. Most women have a number of pairs that they'll only wear a couple of times with certain outfits. My wife has her "go-to" shoes in black and comfortable summer shoes. However, she donated a pair of shoes she's only worn 2-3 times. That's life and I've learned to accept it. smile.gif


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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post

I had the privilege of touring the local GW recently and witnessed first-hand the the book-selling operation set up in the basement. It's exactly what you say: They run each book's UPC/whatever-that-code-is-called through a scanner that says what it will likely fetch. Anything that will bring a profit based on the scan goes for online sale (Amazon). Anything that does not is put on the BM shelves. I've actually found a couple of fun trashy cheap reads while waiting at the check-out line (wisely, they put the books near the registers so you can peruse while waiting for the idiots in front of you who fill carts without removing a single freakin' hanger--but I digress), and I also scored a very nice complete works of Shakespeare from Yale University Press, which I intend to read before I die, as soon as I finish True Life Tales of a Grifter. If your Goodwill isn't winnowing the profitable cream before it reaches the sales floor, then it is, likely, not a well-managed Goodwill.

That's interesting. The shops here sell books by the kilo, no matter the age, condition or type. I have seen them throw pallets of books into the recycling bin because they can't handle how many are donated. I see antique books fairly regularly, but we've donated so many of our books because they take up valuable space. Now, we only keep our favorites around and we donate anything we don't care about.
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post


I had the privilege of touring the local GW recently and witnessed first-hand the the book-selling operation set up in the basement. It's exactly what you say: They run each book's UPC/whatever-that-code-is-called through a scanner that says what it will likely fetch. Anything that will bring a profit based on the scan goes for online sale (Amazon). Anything that does not is put on the BM shelves. I've actually found a couple of fun trashy cheap reads while waiting at the check-out line (wisely, they put the books near the registers so you can peruse while waiting for the idiots in front of you who fill carts without removing a single freakin' hanger--but I digress), and I also scored a very nice complete works of Shakespeare from Yale University Press, which I intend to read before I die, as soon as I finish True Life Tales of a Grifter. If your Goodwill isn't winnowing the profitable cream before it reaches the sales floor, then it is, likely, not a well-managed Goodwill.

 

It's a wonder they don't do this with MC

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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post


as soon as I finish True Life Tales of a Grifter.
 
If your Goodwill isn't winnowing the profitable cream before it reaches the sales floor, then it is, likely, not a well-managed Goodwill.

 

True Life Tales of a Grifter you say... lol8[1].gif

 

 

"If your Goodwill isn't winnowing the profitable cream" say it not true, i thought there was Honor among Thrifters?

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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

Five things you should never thrift, re-purpose or re-use:

  1. Toilet paper
  2. Condoms
  3. Tooth brushes
  4. Underwear
  5. Your best friend's ex-wife

 

Ciao.

 

YIKES!!! Good call.

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On the Bally loafers...I went through a phase where I thought I wanted some but ultimately decided against it because they cost too much used on eBay and I wasn't patient enough to wait to win a pair under $25. Most at the time were going for $50+ but a few not in my size slipped by for less. Don't know if that's still true, I gave up after a week or so. Plus I beat the crap out of shoes, I walk 4-5 miles a day, my Fitbit tells me, I'm not particularly careful, either. Gucci and Bally loafers --- especially used ones -- would die quickly. Give me vintage Florsheim gunboats and something to change into for my lunchtime walk.
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Originally Posted by chiron View Post

Remember The GOLDEN Rule : There is a never ending Supply!!!

True dat. It's good for us to remember this when dealing with each other on this thread, too. Sharing your better stuff with pals here is good. There'll be more to flip or keep for yourself...lurking on the racks tomorrow.

Been finding...corneliani lately. WTF? Stacked among the Stanley Blacker, Robert Alexander, and Palm Beach dreck...
post #44368 of 114594
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post


I had the privilege of touring the local GW recently and witnessed first-hand the the book-selling operation set up in the basement. It's exactly what you say: They run each book's UPC/whatever-that-code-is-called through a scanner that says what it will likely fetch. Anything that will bring a profit based on the scan goes for online sale (Amazon). Anything that does not is put on the BM shelves. I've actually found a couple of fun trashy cheap reads while waiting at the check-out line (wisely, they put the books near the registers so you can peruse while waiting for the idiots in front of you who fill carts without removing a single freakin' hanger--but I digress), and I also scored a very nice complete works of Shakespeare from Yale University Press, which I intend to read before I die, as soon as I finish True Life Tales of a Grifter. If your Goodwill isn't winnowing the profitable cream before it reaches the sales floor, then it is, likely, not a well-managed Goodwill.

They are all getting more sophisticated in trying to skim the cream and increase the prices. It seems interesting what they select as items that they feel are high value items. 

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Originally Posted by chiron View Post


The women in this area are ruthless... phone in hand they are doing searches on the INTERNET. The little ones operate as their henchmen...go grab this or that. It's a rough economy... LOL

 

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I have noticed an increase in shoppers in thrifts, both men and women, but the women seem to still focus on the kids and women's clothing. SO FAR. . . 

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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

 

It's a wonder they don't do this with MC

They are doing it here.

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Goodwills in Southern CT are ruthless with their menswear pricing.  Any decent shirt (Th. Pink, Tyrwhitt, Canali, Etro) is $24.99+, worth it for you, not worth it to flip.

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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post


I had the privilege of touring the local GW recently and witnessed first-hand the the book-selling operation set up in the basement. It's exactly what you say: They run each book's UPC/whatever-that-code-is-called through a scanner that says what it will likely fetch. Anything that will bring a profit based on the scan goes for online sale (Amazon). Anything that does not is put on the BM shelves. I've actually found a couple of fun trashy cheap reads while waiting at the check-out line (wisely, they put the books near the registers so you can peruse while waiting for the idiots in front of you who fill carts without removing a single freakin' hanger--but I digress), and I also scored a very nice complete works of Shakespeare from Yale University Press, which I intend to read before I die, as soon as I finish True Life Tales of a Grifter. If your Goodwill isn't winnowing the profitable cream before it reaches the sales floor, then it is, likely, not a well-managed Goodwill.

 

I was originally referring to people shopping at Goodwill, using those hand-held scanners to find gems among the stacks of books already put out for sale.  The GW's here will typically put the normal stuff in / behind the display cases, but are just starting to have "special price" shoes and clothing sections, which I am sure will expand as they figure things out.

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