I am thinking of changing the way I look for stuff in thrift stores and perhaps cut my time in half by focussing predominantly in the womans section.
Insane amounts of volume thrifters lately OCD'ing in the menswear section and I am unable to be the early bird at these venues. I arrived half an hour after opening time to find 2 woman with carts overflowing with menswear and at least 4 other guys with stuff in all sizes reamed over their arms.
It is hard work flipping through racks where the 4 GW's I like to frequent have a nasty habit of bunching stuff up making it a tough gig to shift items over. I had to use all my strength to squash all suits and shirts to one side and heard a nasty cracking sound of all the coat hangers splintering. The woman's sections are remarkably well organized, the mens sections are awful to flip through.
I did find a NWOB AE shoes completely unworn. They were in the changing rooms which I do check from time to time. That was just dumb luck. Also picked up an Armani Black Label suit nestled in the womans clothing section. For me, in the woman's section, could have walked away with a Paul Stuart single breasted cashmere overcoat with leather trim on sleeves, lapels, and back - but jacket was orange and leather trim was dark brown - absolutely hideous looking. Decided to leave it there.
Rant over, I am quite pissed off since I worked my ass off today and now have a headache from constantly having to move stuff aside and having 3 or four people surrounding me competitively lifting gear. In the woman's section, wonderful clarity and few ladies and a better probability of finding some nice mens gear hidden in there.
I almost always find men's clothing in the women's sections, actually some great stuff over the past year. Starting to pick up some women's clothes for eBay too. Entirely different program. . .
I've been to Alex's reweavery in Los Angeles. Hands down the BEST reweaver tailor probably in the U.S. Zegna even sends items from there as I saw many boxes from their HQ location. I've gone to Alexs for 3 small holes in a suit I picked up from B&S (seller didnt see the holes so he reimbursed me) and this was a POW pattern. They did a phenomenal job. Depending on the size and how many, you'll spend around $100
I have used Star Cleaners in Shawnee Mission KS for various garment repairs - They specialize in mail order as well as leather repair; http://www.starcleanerskc.com/garment-repair.html
So far they have always exceeded my expectations. I am sending off two sweaters this weekend for moth damage repair. I will try to do before and after photos and track the pricing.
FYI - Alex website is here via Yelp; http://www.yelp.com/biz/alexs-reweaving-los-angeles