Originally Posted by pnutpug
As the author of the piece in question, I profited most directly. I had some reservations at first regarding blowing up honey holes, etc., but I've come to realize that thrifting at the elite level is a LOT of work. You really have to love it to do it, and you have to have a knack. Further, the volume of stuff that comes in precludes, I think, most thrift stores from figuring out the grails and pricing accordingly. There's just too much stuff coming in and the need to get it processed and on the floor quickly gets in the way of picking and choosing with any kind of precision, especially when the stores barely pay minimum wage and have high turnover. We all have stories about scoring Oxxford suits for $3 that were right next to Staffords priced at $30, and we have all seen flippers leave behind gold as they push groaning shopping carts to the register. Add to that the widespread refusal to wear used clothing-- there are lots of folks who would rather wear brand-new Faded Glory than gently used Purple Label. In short, I think it is presumptuous to believe that we can have any kind of effect on how thrifts operate. There is a reason that thrifts have evolved the way that they have, and it has nothing to do with EazyE or Mainy or Spoo. We are gleaners, not Mother Earth, and our harvests have nothing to do with planting season.
On a side note, I was on the radio today and one of the hosts complimented me on my navy Dobbs fedora. Where'd you get it, he asked. Goodwill, I answered. He and the others in the studio all laughed, thinking that I had made a joke. I just kept smiling.
I think when it comes down to it, no person can be at every thrift at once. It is totally hit or miss, you have to be there at exactly the right time, so in that respect, I don't think anybody's spot can be "blown up" per se. Most of the pro thrifters I've run into have no idea what they are doing, picking up every pair of Levis, PRL and Tommy Hillfigure in sight. I say let them have it. And as I said before, with google and thrift tracker or whatever it is, there aren't really any "spots" anymore, you just have to have a little bit of luck and know what to look for. I wouldn't be surprised if that RLPL topcoat I found was sitting on the racks for weeks, as it was in the woman's section and is a rather large size, thereby crossing out 90% of the chicks that shop there. Just my 2 cents. Thrift on brothers.
Also, sorry Spoo, didn't mean to bring up the financial shit.