They range widely here. It's up to the employees in most of our shops and if they recognize something, it will be more. Hugo Boss is plentiful and generally 2x the normal price. In Vienna, one chain of stores is awful with pricing. Every suit is €75 no matter how old or cheap it originally was. Other stores mark everything the same price. One store even recognized Brioni, which surprised me. It's really hit or miss.
Yeah, I have to say the only European city I went thrifting in was Berlin, but my god was it ridiculous. Polyester suits from the 70s for 40 Euro. Garbage shirts for minumum 15 Euro. If I was living there, I'd burn my old clothes (or give them directly to the homeless) before putting them in the bins for Humana to pick up.
That and stores selling used GATs for 20 Euro a pop (they're 25 new on eBay.de) made me swear off second-hand shopping in that city. Except flohmarkts.
I dont know why, but I always manage to make time for Goodwill Boutique. Its not too far from here and its on the way to my other spots so I always stop in, hoping that the idiots who price things slip up one day and underprice something.
I think that the most ridiculous thing I saw there today, hands down...a beat up YVES SAINT LAURENT "FOR MEN" (licensed garbage) for $32!
How was it jusitified? They printed out a YVES SAINT LAURENT "RIVE GAUCHE" off Luisaviorama that couldnt even pass for the same shirt. Fucking thieves.
I should print out the lowest hammer price found on completed eBay listings and sneak it into that envelope.
They probably just don't know. Most of the people who work at those places don't know fuck one about menswear. You could always politely tell them that they've got their brands wrong. You weren't going to buy it anyway, so what do you have to lose?
Anyway, no pick-ups today, but a couple of notable passes related to current events. Passed on:
- At least 20-year-old Zegna suit marked up to $99
- Hockey Night in Canada sweater. Couldn't even bring myself to touch it.