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post #48661 of 112344
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Originally Posted by Dress As If View Post

Just snagged a Brooks brothers golden fleece suit for 499 at a century 21 department store.
Good deal?
That's 75% off retail, so yeah, it's a decent deal.
post #48662 of 112344
Is it normal to pay about $150 to tailor an off the rack suit?
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If you found a piece that you NEVER, in several lifetimes, imagined to find in a thrift store...would you scour just that store, or every store in the area?

 

I mean, What are the chances of that donation going to just the one store?

 

Ive donated a bag full of stuff and have actually come across my donations at other stores, and not at the one I dropped the stuff at.

post #48664 of 112344
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Originally Posted by jamiebryant View Post

If you found a piece that you NEVER, in several lifetimes, imagined to find in a thrift store...would you scour just that store, or every store in the area?

 

I mean, What are the chances of that donation going to just the one store?

 

Ive donated a bag full of stuff and have actually come across my donations at other stores, and not at the one I dropped the stuff at.

Just Friday, I found multiple Corneliani, Canali and Zegna pieces in 3 separate GWs all in the same approximate size and style. I assume they were from one donor. 

post #48665 of 112344
Have any of you tried estate sales? I found some locally and figured it might be worth a shot (the ones that have men's clothing pictured). Most of the suits/SC's might be outdated - but could find some decent shoes/watches.
post #48666 of 112344
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Originally Posted by jamiebryant View Post

If you found a piece that you NEVER, in several lifetimes, imagined to find in a thrift store...would you scour just that store, or every store in the area?

 

I mean, What are the chances of that donation going to just the one store?

 

Ive donated a bag full of stuff and have actually come across my donations at other stores, and not at the one I dropped the stuff at.

 

yes

post #48667 of 112344
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Just Friday, I found multiple Corneliani, Canali and Zegna pieces in 3 separate GWs all in the same approximate size and style. I assume they were from one donor. 

Did you put up pics of these and I missed them? More importantly, are they my size? biggrin.gif

post #48668 of 112344
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Originally Posted by jamiebryant View Post

If you found a piece that you NEVER, in several lifetimes, imagined to find in a thrift store...would you scour just that store, or every store in the area?

 

I mean, What are the chances of that donation going to just the one store?

 

Ive donated a bag full of stuff and have actually come across my donations at other stores, and not at the one I dropped the stuff at.

 

Strike up a conversation with a person who works there and ask how they get their stuff. Is it all from donations to this store, or is there a central distribution center that sends stuff out to stores in the area? 

post #48669 of 112344
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Is it normal to pay about $150 to tailor an off the rack suit?

 

This is really the "Thrift/discount bragging thread" and not the "how much does it cost to tailor my suit thread" BUT I'm in a good mood so here you go www.costtotailorasuit.com

post #48670 of 112344
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Originally Posted by jamiebryant View Post

If you found a piece that you NEVER, in several lifetimes, imagined to find in a thrift store...would you scour just that store, or every store in the area?

I mean, What are the chances of that donation going to just the one store?

Ive donated a bag full of stuff and have actually come across my donations at other stores, and not at the one I dropped the stuff at.

Every store in the area. About 5 years ago, I came across 4 very recent Isaia MTM suits. All on the Isaia hangers. This was at a Salvation Army, whom I know uses a central distribution center so I hit up 2 other stores over the next week and found two more suits. Another MN thrifter came up with another one or two, so there were more floating around as well. This gentleman also donated to ARC and Goodwill as both stores had Isaia shirts with his name in them. I'm glad I went with my gut and checked all the local stores for a solid month or two. Some stores put stuff out right as it comes in. Others have a back-log and stuff might not come out for months.
post #48671 of 112344
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Did you put up pics of these and I missed them? More importantly, are they my size? biggrin.gif

Yes...No

post #48672 of 112344
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Originally Posted by suited View Post

Have any of you tried estate sales? I found some locally and figured it might be worth a shot (the ones that have men's clothing pictured). Most of the suits/SC's might be outdated - but could find some decent shoes/watches.

Of late, I've had far better success with Estate Sales than with the thrifts. The ones in wealthier areas are, as often, "moving" or "down sizing" sales more than "grandpa died" sales. The last one I went to produced 3 RLBL suits, a Loro Piana vest and Horsey coat, Purple label silk knit ties, nwot Zegna jeans and various Purple label trousers. Another, on the same day, coughed up two pair of shell shoes. All at thrift prices. I'm a big believer in the Estate Sale circuit!
post #48673 of 112344
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Is it normal to pay about $150 to tailor an off the rack suit?

For waist suppression and sleeve alterations, then yes. If only a single "simple" alteration, then no.
post #48674 of 112344

Two Drakes Grenadine for $59.99 a piece and about 10 Charvets for $79.99, I think pass on the Charvets but I am on the fence about the Drakes. 

 

 

 

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Stuff I passed on this weekend:

 

- Movimento Coat with Loro Piana Storm System Fabric for Saks--passed because it looked worn inside, not my size, and not super cheap

 

- vintage Baracuta Harrington jacket, one of the nicer ones with all cotton shell and 50% wool knit lining; passed because it looked worn--it looked faded, some minor fraying at the bottom of the zipper, some minor stains, some of which might have come out, and not my size

 

- Allen Edmonds Park Avenue--passed because they looked rather worn, wouldn't have picked them up for free in my size

 

Will post pictures of items I did pick up later.

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