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post #49606 of 110375
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You can get hem stretched. That should loosen hem a little. Little risk especially for what they would have cost you - plus you like them and you want them to work.

so it is inexpensive to have that done?

post #49607 of 110375
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

so it is inexpensive to have that done?

My cobbler does it for free. You can also buy the tools for a cheap amount...all you need is the liquid and some stretchers. The liquid comes in a little red bottle in the US (someone remind me of the name?!) and the stretchers are easy. They're the ones with the crank, about $10/piece. Keep in mind that it will give you width and never length!
post #49608 of 110375
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


Yeah, I understand. My biggest complaint is not on the prices necessarily, but rather on selling FAKE items. I've run across a few shops selling blatant fakes at brand new (and legit!) prices.
So, what are "boutique" Goodwills? Are they new? I haven't seen them in the last few times I've been to the US. I did nearly visit a "Goodwill Outlet," but time/geography got in the way biggrin.gif
The good news? My wife and I are planning another trip to the US in May. Where should we go?! We've done the southwest to death in the past few years, though we'd like to move to that general area. We have to visit the midwest to see some family and friends, but where else should we go and how should we get there? We've always wanted to do Route 1 (CA) in its entirety and then do something else, but how would we work the US into it??

 

They have a mix of stuff. New and Used. Its very overpriced and the reason being is that they're price research isnt done properly. It appears that they simply Google brand names along with the garment type and go off of the first result it spits at em.

 

There are deals to be had here but its definatley more of a headache than rewarding. Ive walked into this specific store a handful of times and have never walked out of there with anything because things I found that wouldve been flippable were beat up and otherwise a waste of time.

 

Conclusion: Dont waste your time stopping here. Just hit the regular shops.

post #49609 of 110375
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


My cobbler does it for free. You can also buy the tools for a cheap amount...all you need is the liquid and some stretchers. The liquid comes in a little red bottle in the US (someone remind me of the name?!) and the stretchers are easy. They're the ones with the crank, about $10/piece. Keep in mind that it will give you width and never length!

is it possible to get height? that is where it seems tightest, the length and width are fine but it is tight on the top of my foot?

post #49610 of 110375
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

that is some fucking bullshit, on the topic of pricing at thrift stores and stuff, have any of you ever worked or volunteered at one before? I volunteer at the place where I found the exotic skin loafers and get to do some pricing and get dibs on stuff but I always feel weird about filtering out the good stuff for myself, and having to mark up mainline prl :/


Ive thought about volunteering to see how it all works but I wouldnt wanna be stuck running register or doing shit work. If I go in, I want to be able to sit on my ass in the back room and price shit. Oh, and you better believe id be dibbin' on the good shit.

post #49611 of 110375
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Originally Posted by jamiebryant View Post

They have a mix of stuff. New and Used. Its very overpriced and the reason being is that they're price research isnt done properly. It appears that they simply Google brand names along with the garment type and go off of the first result it spits at em.

There are deals to be had here but its definatley more of a headache than rewarding. Ive walked into this specific store a handful of times and have never walked out of there with anything because things I found that wouldve been flippable were beat up and otherwise a waste of time.

Conclusion: Dont waste your time stopping here. Just hit the regular shops.

That sounds like every shop in my city. It's a pain in the ass. I found a nice (read: not great) Burberrys trench for women at a store. The price? €45. I have no idea where they found that price, but it is only fair for someone that wants a used jacket at that price. I can find something far better for a better price at any consignment shop/ebay/willhaben.at, etc. That alone pisses me off...pricing off a brand rather than its value.
post #49612 of 110375
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Originally Posted by jamiebryant View Post


Ive thought about volunteering to see how it all works but I wouldnt wanna be stuck running register or doing shit work. If I go in, I want to be able to sit on my ass in the back room and price shit. Oh, and you better believe id be dibbin' on the good shit.

Instead, why don't you volunteer your time towards a charity in need. I'm sure there is a local women's shelter that needs some help. This has nothing to do with thrifting, rather the fact that you may as well do something with your time/energy rather than it being wasted. biggrin.gif
post #49613 of 110375
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

so it is inexpensive to have that done?
I just had it one (in Canada) for $12.
He said you'll get width but not length. The stretchers work by pushing out, but maybe he'll have some with some height he can use
post #49614 of 110375
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Originally Posted by jamiebryant View Post


Ive thought about volunteering to see how it all works but I wouldnt wanna be stuck running register or doing shit work. If I go in, I want to be able to sit on my ass in the back room and price shit. Oh, and you better believe id be dibbin' on the good shit.

I agree on dibbing good shit, but sometimes I stop the whole flow of good stuff like 8 nwt's j crew selavage jeans come in and I snatch them all up :/ and where I volunteer you have to work up to register so you just do pricing the whole time XD

post #49615 of 110375
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

The good news? My wife and I are planning another trip to the US in May. Where should we go?! We've done the southwest to death in the past few years, though we'd like to move to that general area. We have to visit the midwest to see some family and friends, but where else should we go and how should we get there? We've always wanted to do Route 1 (CA) in its entirety and then do something else, but how would we work the US into it??

 

New England

post #49616 of 110375
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Originally Posted by concealed View Post

New England

My wife is big on that. We drove from (roughly) Illinois to NYC a couple of years ago, what are some good stopping points??
post #49617 of 110375
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


Instead, why don't you volunteer your time towards a charity in need. I'm sure there is a local women's shelter that needs some help. This has nothing to do with thrifting, rather the fact that you may as well do something with your time/energy rather than it being wasted. biggrin.gif

oh I work at plenty of actual charities, like soup kitchens and habitat for humanity and a local woman's shelter, I have like hundreds of hours a year, I volunteer at thrift stores partly for personal gain partly for college apps shog[1].gif

post #49618 of 110375
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

oh I work at plenty of actual charities, like soup kitchens and habitat for humanity and a local woman's shelter, I have like hundreds of hours a year, I volunteer at thrift stores partly for personal gain partly for college apps shog%5B1%5D.gif

No worries, I was just referring to jamiebryant when he said he wouldn't want to be stuck at a register. No accusations in place!
post #49619 of 110375
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


My wife is big on that. We drove from (roughly) Illinois to NYC a couple of years ago, what are some good stopping points??

 

Go past NYC and continue north along the coast, tons of great small towns, American history, bed and breakfasts, great thrifts, good food.  Visit Boston, Portsmouth, NH, and Portland, ME.  

post #49620 of 110375
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Originally Posted by ATLjon View Post

Interest check. I won't be able to get back to this GW until Tuesday (unless Greg613 or ATLnoob wants to help someone out).

Sorry, the wife has my weekend on lock down so if I am able to get out it will not be until later Sunday.

In other news, I picked up a Jos A Bank tuxedo for my James Bond Halloween costume. The sleeves are about a half inch too long, but it will work for a one night thing.
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