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Originally Posted by Greg613 View Post

Halloween thrift fit.
James Bond with less hair.

icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif nice! I assume the gun is fake? are those french cuff or fold back cuff? what do you guys think about the new movie having james only drink beer?

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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


It means there is less selection, at least on the men's side, but that if you find something, you have a high likelihood of finding it in great condition. On that rack, I never know what I'll find but it will always be higher priced.

 

There's a shop around here that I heard an employee telling a caller "Clothes have to be in good condition, clean and without stains or holes." This explained why everything there is pretty much awesome, condition wise. It's also a bit more, $10-20 for shirts and considerably more pricey for suits and sport coats. But if you're shopping for yourself, it's still pretty damn reasonable. I think everyone here would welcome higher prices if it meant everything was in great condition, right? Of course finding something awesome at $5 will never get old.

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Good pass?
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They aren't my size, weren't iron rangers so...
e:i dont know how i managed to get everything except the label in focus.

Never mind. Looked like Irish Setters at first glance...
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Originally Posted by Towers View Post

Good pass?
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They aren't my size, weren't iron rangers so...

Umm, no, not a good pass if at or near standard thrift prices. Go back and grab them if they were cheap!!
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif nice! I assume the gun is fake? are those french cuff or fold back cuff? what do you guys think about the new movie having james only drink beer?

No, it is a Smith and Wesson Sigma .40. (I didn't carry it trick or treating) Don't let this start another thread sidetrack about firearms though.

They are French cuff's, but you can't see my links.

And, I like character growth, but some things you should not mess with and martini's shaken, not stirred is one of them.
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Originally Posted by eddievddr10 View Post

a/x i thought was, collezioni def used to be licensed not sure now, armani has not been relevant for over 10 years now, stupendous fall from grace, emporio armani used to be great shit (til spoo came an ruined it lol),there also used to be a giorgio armani classico line and the black label used have the milan address on it like a burgunvo or something like that. It is made by vestimenta anyway quality, but nothing spectacular
i've got some really old white label armani, pre-collezioni and it's good quality (if, a little funky looking 20 years later). the predecessor to black label was 21 borgonuovo. i don't even look at most of it any more since i've come to the realization than i am not a skinny little italian boy.
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Originally Posted by mainy View Post

The problem with thrift stores pricing things with Ebay prices: thrift stores aren't Ebay.
I am fine with paying a premium for a nicer item. $12 for Allen Edmonds vs $6 for other shoes. $9-10 for a RLPL shirt vs $5 for Gap. Fine. But $40 for Allen Edmonds, when they're lucky to sell for that much on Ebay? Ebay prices are driven by one thing: the size of the audience, and selection. I can sit on my couch, and be guaranteed to find a pair of shoes in my size on Ebay. In a thrift store? I have to spend time, gas money, and hope to find something in my size, then hope it's nice. Then find out they want Ebay prices? No, no, and no. A FAIR price for a nice item in a thrift store is probably 25% of Ebay prices, and that's just reality. You want Ebay prices, spent time photographing it, listing it, measuring it, and exposing it to a worldwide audience.

replace "thrift store" with "thrift thread flippers" and pretty much everything you said is still true.
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I always set myself for these puns, don't I?

 

But yes, at my local SA they do not sort anything by size, so it's really daunting to go through four racks of pants that are hung by the waist.  At stores where pants (and other items of clothing) are sorted by size, I still check in my pants size.

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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


Are you saying that they should be well-hung? rimshot.gif
I agree though, here I can go through them in a few minutes as there aren't a lot hanging. However, in the US, it was an incredible chore to get through them and I abandoned the project more than once as there was such a huge quantity. I did find a couple of great pairs though, including some PRL Corneliani cords and a pair of EZ by incotex wool trousers, both in my size.
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Originally Posted by mainy View Post

The problem with thrift stores pricing things with Ebay prices: thrift stores aren't Ebay.
I am fine with paying a premium for a nicer item. $12 for Allen Edmonds vs $6 for other shoes. $9-10 for a RLPL shirt vs $5 for Gap. Fine. But $40 for Allen Edmonds, when they're lucky to sell for that much on Ebay? Ebay prices are driven by one thing: the size of the audience, and selection. I can sit on my couch, and be guaranteed to find a pair of shoes in my size on Ebay. In a thrift store? I have to spend time, gas money, and hope to find something in my size, then hope it's nice. Then find out they want Ebay prices? No, no, and no. A FAIR price for a nice item in a thrift store is probably 25% of Ebay prices, and that's just reality. You want Ebay prices, spent time photographing it, listing it, measuring it, and exposing it to a worldwide audience.

I guess the market will bear what the market will bear. They may over-price some items but enough probably sell to warrant their actions.

And these thrift stores have their own overhead. I was talking to a SA manager who said the cost of electricity and heating was killing them. They'd closed a bunch of retail and donation location over the past year.

We may measure and photograph and ship but they pay that overhead, and hire staff, advertise, and maintain/improve the building (well, at least some of them do happy.gif)
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Originally Posted by MarkThomas View Post

Haven't been able to thrift much lately. Trying to clear out a lot of the backlog. Grabbed this interesting Zegna, not sure if I can pull it off though.
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I was walking around Savers today with a pretty recent Zegna tie I'd found when I dropped it somewhere. Spent 15 minutes retracing my steps and I couldn't find it anywhere.

Also, I found a pair of the Florsheim Imperial longwings, the awesome kind with that metal v-shaped piece in the heel that people used to post in this thread all the time, but they looked to be in not so good shape. It looked like the leather on the top of the sole was fraying. Are they still worth a pickup?
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I dunno, you've seen the TV commercials for the new Bond flick? Daniel Craig's really not got much hair now. I don't know if he's actually balding or it's only for the movie.
 

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jeezus!
 

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oops.
 

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In the pricing discussion (hey stop people if you've heard that before) I just want to interject: It pays to ingratiate yourself to the people who work there. Talk to them, smile, say hello every time you go in, learn their names, say "Hi, [insert name here]" and don't be a scowling jerk like some of the customers I'm sure you've seen. Take them donuts! Whatever.

This paid off for me recently. just a small thing, but I knew it was a reward for "paying it forward."

Rhoda, who works at my local SA, actually encourages me to come in and buy stuff to flip. She is so friendly to me now that she suggests things for me and hopes I find things ahead of others. They're living month to month on the store rental, and she appreciates my loyalty and understands that regulars like me are helping them out.

They're also pricing some things higher now in hopes of making the rent.

I walk in last week, find a Polo SC in great shape, it's priced $9.99, which is 2x-3x the usual. She looks around when ringing me up. It's half-price day for every tag color except the one on this particular jacket...and says "Honey, this too expensive." Rings it in at half.

Rhoda rules. Small victory, but that rule "Don't be an ass" will eventually pay off for you, somehow.
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Shout out to Shiny for an all around nice trade! Big thanks.icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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