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post #46996 of 110671
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

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From what I've seen, it doesn't work like that. Sure, there are stores and areas that are better than others, but a large part of it is random chance. I was finding very little at on of my local stores, but I kept it in my rotation. Then one day, *Wham!* — new 1982 Grenson balmorals for $20 that fit me perfectly. I found three pairs of shoes for myself that weekend. The odds just fall in weird patterns like that.
Some stores get donations from the immediate area, others from a central distribution, and others a combination of the two. If you are really interested in doing this, visit them ALL for yourself. Do the work, and it is work. It may be fun work for some of us, but when you see a post from Andro, Brian, or any of the other guys showcasing a week's worth of treasures, you don't see all the times that they may have walked out of a store with nothing in hand. Some guys will also do a mix of thrift, estate sales, garage sales, live/online auctions, discounters, and so on. They generally don't walk out of just a store or two with armfuls of Italian suits.
Give it a while before you make a judgement as to the quality of drops, especially if you are coming up on a seasonal change. A lot of store are rotating in fall items right now that they've been holding on to in the back. Talk to the people working in the store to see what kind of intake they have (local, central) and if they have any kind of schedule or just put out pieces as they get them. A lot of stores have a rotating color sale. Keep track of the color of the week so you know what's coming up for the next week. If you find a suit with a $20 blue tag that you are on the fence about, and blue will be on sale the next day, it might be worth waiting if you can get to the store early the next morning.
Above all, it takes patience and perseverance. It's not a get-rich quick plan, despite the great finds you may see here. It's not even a get-clothed-quick plan, unless you are willing to wear just anything. You can just stop in a store when the mood hits and see what they have, and that's a fun way to do it, but that's not what these guys are doing. They are making the consistent great finds because they are maximizing their odds of finding great stuff, and it's more than just what store to shop at.
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As barrelntrigger says, have fun with it. Keeping expectations low goes a long way with that.

bruh I know how thrifting works, all I wanted was a heads up on stores in sf because it is a new place to thrift for me, in my area some stores consistently deliver better stuff than others that is all I meant by "grail spewing"


Hey, wait, I think what Mox gave you was a serious gift of both information and encouragement. Even if you know every single thing he wrote about (and, I should add, wrote about so well that it was a fun read for probably most of us who love to thrift), you should have probably at least offered a sincere "thank you" for deciding to spend his time thinking about your success. Just a thought, Ian!

post #46997 of 110671
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

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I think Mox was providing a helpful overview of the hobby both for you and any other relative newcomers out there. I don't think he meant anything personal/confrontational. And I thought it was well said.
Oh oops I agree it was well said and centainly a helpful overview


Ah, ok, lol! Good call, Ian!

post #46998 of 110671
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

assuming you're buying for personal use and not for ebay flipping:
be careful, examine the styling closely. suit was made in 1983. what are the chances that a suit made in 1983 won't look horribly dated today? "timeless styling" is a myth.

I am not sure why he would use it for personal ends, do you see the name of the person it was made for?
post #46999 of 110671
Thanks, Randy. It's all good. I misread his post and intent. He just wanted to know if there were any places of note in SF, and from that frame of mind, I could see where my post might sound condescending. Ian already acknowledged he misread mine.
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Heh, and now I see that you saw... I'll just stop now.
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Is there a strong post-secondary market for the used clothes of the elite? I mean, I can understand people who are a part of pop consciousness, but a corporate dynasty like the Rothschilds? I'm really curious. Like, would a suit owned by a Rockefeller be worth scrilla?
post #47002 of 110671
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Is there a strong post-secondary market for the used clothes of the elite? I mean, I can understand people who are a part of pop consciousness, but a corporate dynasty like the Rothschilds? I'm really curious. Like, would a suit owned by a Rockefeller be worth scrilla?

I sold a bespoke suit for john wayne before but I am 80% sure it was fake oh well the guy still bought it but if a custom suit for famous people is worth faking then there must be a market right?

post #47003 of 110671
So, I grabbed the Alexander McQueen. It's mint and the pockets are still stitched up. It's 44R but *slim* for a 44. I wear a 42 and this fit me pretty good in the shoulders and the body. If Samuel Smith passes on it, its available before hitting the bay.


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There was a dude going through the ties and labels violently, I thought for sure everything was gone but alas...



post #47004 of 110671
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Originally Posted by horse's_ass View Post

Like, would a suit owned by a Rockefeller be worth scrilla?
That's much more appealing to my twisted brain than MJ's glitter pants would be, but I doubt that's the case for most people. I wouldn't be surprised if there were a select few who collected such things from on the historical bent of it. I would be surprised if that market could be labeled "strong". But that's all a guess. Why the hell am I posting?

Oh yeah, cool jacket. I love owning things with history, especially ones you can trace.
post #47005 of 110671

ended up not going to the city but still found some stuff in my town

 

 

SPOO IS THIS REAL!? if not I am still going to keep it because it fits me...

 

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wesc jeans these are a consistent 80 dollar bill for me, which is more than I got for some apc's I sold, ebay doesn't make sense sometimes

 

 

 

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awesome new old stock brooks brothers "fun" shirts both size xl

 

 

 

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sunglasses, brooks brothers as well, are these for guys or girls?

 

 

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I also found some new with tags converse selvage jeans that people were excited about last year but they had a hole in the back :/ size 30x32 I can go back if anyone wants to deal with that

 

also should I go back for this? it seemed dated

 

 

 

I also have a couple of questions on these labels of stuff I saw and didn't pick up because I was unsure about them

 

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saw two of these, pick up worthy? I thought he just made bad cologne?

I know some of yall like orvis for them toasy warm sportcoats this was about a size 42-44, availible for me to proxy

 

 

 

 

 

post #47006 of 110671
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Originally Posted by horse's_ass View Post

Is there a strong post-secondary market for the used clothes of the elite? I mean, I can understand people who are a part of pop consciousness, but a corporate dynasty like the Rothschilds? I'm really curious. Like, would a suit owned by a Rockefeller be worth scrilla?

John Voight's Le Baron was very in demand.
post #47007 of 110671
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Originally Posted by Mr_Elusive View Post

So, I grabbed the Alexander McQueen. It's mint and the pockets are still stitched up. It's 44R but *slim* for a 44. I wear a 42 and this fit me pretty good in the shoulders and the body. If Samuel Smith passes on it, its available before hitting the bay.
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There was a dude going through the ties and labels violently, I thought for sure everything was gone but alas...




Yarrrr. Samuel smith be not passing on that one. Nor the TA tie.
post #47008 of 110671
Ian, Orvis is ok. Some people like Alexandre, but its not anything special. The rest of the stuff you had questions on is no good.
post #47009 of 110671
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Originally Posted by horse's_ass View Post

Ian, Orvis is ok. Some people like Alexandre, but its not anything special. The rest of the stuff you had questions on is no good.

thanks

post #47010 of 110671

Found some great shoes in the windy city! Most are vintage and in excellent condition. Only came out for a few days but love the resturants you guys have out there! all for sale to SF members;

 

Young-Quinlan Rothschild Made in England. Hand lasted and hand finished. Cool Black oxford Not sure the makers.. SIZE 9D

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Bench-made Fred Norton Black leather Strap loafers made in Irthlingborough, North Hampton England Sz 9 1/2 D , These are also hand lasted , and hand finished

(Awesome Marbo Heel Plates!)

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Aspen Trail Finders Suede Brown Oxford Crepe Soled Shoes Sz 9 1/2D Made in Poland

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Brooks English Pebble Grain Black Oxford Shoes Size 10C with awesome Dainite British soles. and Cat's Paw heels..

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