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Also....

WE NEED MORE SUBMISSIONS FOR THE CHEAPIES!  

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ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT DUDES. STRICT CUTOFF AT MIDNIGHT PST TONIGHT.

tons of stuff got nominated in the last day or so, don't be left out dudes!!!!








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ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT DUDES. STRICT CUTOFF AT MIDNIGHT PST TONIGHT.
tons of stuff got nominated in the last day or so, don't be left out dudes!!!!
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COULD I NOMINATE WHAT I FOUND TODAY?
post #58158 of 110262
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COULD I NOMINATE WHAT I FOUND TODAY?
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2. Item must have been found AND posted in the thrift bragging thread in 2012.

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post #58159 of 110262
Excellent finds, guys! Sorry I can't quote the posts individually. Posting from the wife's iPad and am having issues figuring out this SF mobile thing and cannot find out how to do multiple quotes. Technology and I don't get along. Haha.


kenp Glad you like the gifts! Those Edwin jeans are awesome!

DeadBoy Haha! Thanks! Glad you like the shirt and it got to ya before Christmas!
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Damn, GMMcL, that is some tie haul you've got there!  And Spoo, only you could find two Escorial's in the same week.

 

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Pendleton for me.

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I have a hard time finding jackets, so I settled for this one. Would you guys wear this pattern?

Definitely!  I'm jealous. If you ever tire of it, you know where to send it satisfied.gif

 

 

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I’ve never heard of this suit brand, but I picked it up b/c 1) fits me! 2) canvassed 3)pick stitch 4) ltweight super 120s and 5) softer shoulders/euro cut 6) color fills hole in my suit arsenal. My evolution as a not so young thrift padawan is growing. N/A Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Glad you finally found a newly acquired suit for yourself!

 

 

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^^ I come across Trussini a lot on my rounds and I am sure that they are not the house brand for Boyd's, however, this is probably the store where they are most stocked. Trussini makes fantastic pieces and are often compared to Caruso and Canali. They have almost no flip value whatsoever with the exception of selling a cashmere piece for not a sum which you would waste your time. Great for personal use, not so much for anything else.

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Post on x-mas in addition to my SS gift. Super excited by that! Happy Holidays all!

 

Speaking of which, I opened the gift from you, tben! Thanks again!
 

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The shoes are exactly the right length at EU43, but they are a little wide so I am trying to figure out what to do with them.  Definitely my style, though.  I was planning on wearing the white shirt for the department holiday party today with this tie I posted earlier...

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...but I decided that the amazeballs smoking jacket I got from ruben was too cool not to wear.  So, here's a holiday (semi-)thrift fit:

 

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I couldn't decide which ones to put up, since it looks so different in different lighting and at different angles, so I went crazy. 

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Plus, I realized after the fact that I should have taken a photo in front of the ginormous xmas tree, but didn't.


smoking jacket: thrifted by ruben

bowtie, studs, links: thrifted by me for free (store was closing)

PS: no-name from C21

socks: CK mercerized from Marshall's

shoes, tux pants, cummerbund: bought through school when I was in jazz band in college
shirt: Men's Wearhouse [shudder], since I was desperate to find a tux shirt this style in my size

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^dude. dat jacket. DAT JACKET.

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Originally Posted by FaceOfBoh View Post


My new favourite saying: Only a fool holds out for top dollar. --- Joseph P. Kennedy
Barrelntrigger: thanks for the heads up in the Wayfarers. I have been hankering for a pair for awhile. The tortoiseshell is in my basket as we speak. biggrin.gif
I thrifted these Ray-Bans tonight. Does anyone recognize the model? There are no markings on the arms. There's a B & L Ray - Ban etched into the back of the bridge piece and of course the logo on the lens.
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You lucky dog, you! Pics! Just be careful, those are among the most faked models. Some details would be lovely.

 

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Forgot the model name, but B&L is Bausch & Lomb, who owned Ray Ban before selling to Luxottica. I bet they're pretty heavy by the standards of today's sunglasses.

 

+1 for B&L.

 

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Originally Posted by LooknGr8 View Post


Oh! I happen to remember reading...For reference, epaulet says on their 34" waist tweed pants, they can be taken in 1.5" , no more

 

+1 good man!

 

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Originally Posted by Randy View Post

Getting an early start on a New Year's resolution: Reading this thread entirely from page 1 to [when_I_joined_and_began_reading].

 

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It is a lot of fun. I was kind of bummed when I finished.

 

Yikes! So, you've read all the embarrassed posts?! You got to see our transformation from sartorial noobs to snobby fashion demigods where we will turn down a decent Burberry (HF made) blazer for an over priced (thrift pricing) Zegna made Gucci in a heart beat?! facepalm.gif

 

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Originally Posted by CesarC View Post

Definitely!  I'm jealous. If you ever tire of it, you know where to send it satisfied.gif

 

 

Glad you finally found a newly acquired suit for yourself!

 

 

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Speaking of which, I opened the gift from you, tben! Thanks again!

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The shoes are exactly the right length at EU43, but they are a little wide so I am trying to figure out what to do with them.  Definitely my style, though.  I was planning on wearing the white shirt for the department holiday party today with this tie I posted earlier...

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...but I decided that the amazeballs smoking jacket I got from ruben was too cool not to wear.  So, here's a holiday (semi-)thrift fit:

 

1000

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I couldn't decide which ones to put up, since it looks so different in different lighting and at different angles, so I went crazy. 

1000

 

1000

 

1000

 

1000

Plus, I realized after the fact that I should have taken a photo in front of the ginormous xmas tree, but didn't.


smoking jacket: thrifted by ruben

bowtie, studs, links: thrifted by me for free (store was closing)

PS: no-name from C21

socks: CK mercerized from Marshall's

shoes, tux pants, cummerbund: bought through school when I was in jazz band in college
shirt: Men's Wearhouse [shudder], since I was desperate to find a tux shirt this style in my size

 

 

 

 

You stylish devil, you! Except for that Men's Wearhouse shirt...-5,000 SF points...biggrin.gif

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NOMINATIONS PERIOD HAS ENDED.

THE JUDGES* WORK BEGINS.

STAY TUNED.

VOTING WILL BEGIN SOON.

KEEP YOUR FRAYS CLOSE, BUT YOUR BRIONIS CLOSER.







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post #58164 of 110262
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Originally Posted by CesarC View Post

...but I decided that the amazeballs smoking jacket I got from ruben was too cool not to wear.  So, here's a holiday (semi-)thrift fit:

 

1000

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I couldn't decide which ones to put up, since it looks so different in different lighting and at different angles, so I went crazy. 

1000

 

1000

 

1000

 

1000

Plus, I realized after the fact that I should have taken a photo in front of the ginormous xmas tree, but didn't.


smoking jacket: thrifted by ruben

bowtie, studs, links: thrifted by me for free (store was closing)

PS: no-name from C21

socks: CK mercerized from Marshall's

shoes, tux pants, cummerbund: bought through school when I was in jazz band in college
shirt: Men's Wearhouse [shudder], since I was desperate to find a tux shirt this style in my size

 

Sexy! (Standard nohomo disclaimer. Member FDIC. Void where prohibited. Sorry, Tennessee.)

post #58165 of 110262
So far, I've twice posted on the wrong thread - in both instances, I thought I was posting on this one.

I guess I should re-take Basic Reading how to read since I'm obviously forgetting how. :P

Passed on a cotton, blue-and-white checked Orvis SC. In retrospect, I should have bought it, considering it was a 38 (too small for me, but an easy trade here I think). :/

On a happy note, I found several Armani ties with which I am well pleased. smile.gif

And I'll be made fun of for this, but I found a (basically) brand-new JAB lightweight jacket at the GW. It's that 'plush' material no one likes, but the cotton lining is beautiful!

It wasn't priced (thankfully - my GW uses Sharpie markers to price coats), and the cashier couldn't be bothered to get someone to price it, so she sold it to me for $5. biggrin.gif

There was an Ermenegildo Zegna (Soft) SC in my size, but the thing had a hideous wear mark at the bottom. frown.gif
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Just tellin' it like it is. 8)
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Holy cow, right on page two of this... More than 7 years ago, this thread's starter (and SF admin) "j" created an epic post that: a) pretty much sums up our collective thrifting approach for beginners, and b) affords a few valuable pointers for the experienced among us as well. I think this is great advice, well worth repeating for newbies once every so often. I've noticed several newcomers recently, so maybe one or more of them will come across this repost, j's answer to someone asking how anybody could ever possibly find good stuff so routinely the way he did:

 

j: "— Like I have said, it's pretty much random. Aside from a couple of shops that only get/sell local donations and are in affluent neighborhoods with no collection service (and the best one of these stores is gone), I find good stuff at all of them, occasionally.

 

j: "— There are some ways to up your ratio:

 

j: "— Go during weekdays. The less serious people go on weekends, crowding it up and taking a lot of the good stuff. Luckily, most of them don't know the really good stuff when they see it.

 

j: "— Find out when they put stuff out. Some of them only put out new stuff on certain days or at certain times. Be there at these times.

 

j: "— Find out if they have central distribution or local only, and where they get their stuff from. If it is a chain with central distro, some of them still seem to sort it regionally, while others truly randomize the items. For example, I found bespoke jackets made in Japan that were obviously from the same donation at three different stores in the same chain. So on these ones, concentrate on the ones with lower traffic. If it's random, you want to go to the one that gets picked over the least. If it's local donations only, and in a crappy part of town, don't bother unless it's on your way to something else.

 

j: "— Get into the groove of it. I can't explain this really, but once you get into it seriously, you'll be able to tell whether something is worth looking more closely at within milliseconds. For suits, obviously, you want to flip and open the lapel to check the label. But going one direction down the rack is much faster than the other way. Same with shirts. I can flip through shirts probably 5 per second or something. I recognize almost every label I see now, and only stop when I either see a good one, see none or see a new one. Once filed in my mind, I know that label and don't stop for it again. The best example is sweaters. I just run my fingers through the whole rack and can tell by feel which are wool, cotton, linen, lambswool, alpaca, angora, cashmere (feels almost exactly the same as acrylic, but I'm getting better). Then it is easy to tell which to look at more closely. Shoes, very simple - look at the exterior to see the condition, then the insole for the label. I don't spend a ton of time in any store unless I'm finding great stuff. If I get the feeling that I will find nothing, I speed through it and plan to move on to another one rather than waste my time.

 

j: "— Typically I will go directly to the 'my size' sections and see if there is anything I might want for myself, not to sell. If I find great stuff there, I might stick around, or I might end on a high note and head off to the next one. I will always check back, though - I've found great stuff from time to time in stores I felt like I was ready to write off completely. A couple examples from one of those stores - the alligator/croc/? shoes from Alan McAfee ($5), and a Yamaha keytar in the toy section for $17 that I ended up selling on Craigslist for $200. These two finds alone make up for the 12 or so times I've walked out with nothing.

 

j: "— Also, and I know this is kind of anal retentive, I optimize my trip through the store to head off someone snatching up something great while I'm busy elsewhere. Shoes first, then coats, suits, shirts, ties, sweaters, electronics, toys (for stuff like the keytar) etc, then finally the case (for cufflinks and such). I have no idea whether this has ever helped me, and probably never will. But if I saw a guy walking off with some perfect RLPL croc loafers right as I got to the end of a long suit rack, I wouldn't be able to forgive myself.

 

j: "— Edit: if you are considering buying things not for yourself but to sell, always bring a tailor's tape measure with you. This will prevent the dreaded 43 XL suit syndrome, where you get stuck with something in a weird size that you won't be able to make anything off of, or possibly won't even be able to sell. Also, since tags are so inconsistent, even if you're buying for yourself, get an idea of your size in "hands" in various dimensions on various garments. This is faster than a tape. My hand is 9" almost exactly from thumb to end of pinky. So I can tell almost instantly by measuring from one armpit toward the center what size a jacket really is, or how big a sweater would be on me. This saves a lot of time and grief."

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Holy cow, right on page two of this... More than 7 years ago, this thread's starter (and SF admin) "j" created an epic post that: 

j: "— Also, and I know this is kind of anal retentive, I optimize my trip through the store to head off someone snatching up something great while I'm busy elsewhere. Shoes first, then coats, suits, shirts, ties, sweaters, electronics, toys (for stuff like the keytar) etc, then finally the case (for cufflinks and such). I have no idea whether this has ever helped me, and probably never will. But if I saw a guy walking off with some perfect RLPL croc loafers right as I got to the end of a long suit rack, I wouldn't be able to forgive myself.

 

 

Ha, I don't think anyone saw me handling the Gucci croc loafers as I wasn't parading around the store with them.  This is a good thought to have in the back of your mind if you suspect there's another hanger shuffler in the store.  SHOES FIRST.  It blows my mind that some seasoned thrifters in this thread have mentioned that they rarely, if ever, check the shoe section.  You will be rewarded sooner than later.  Trust.

post #58170 of 110262
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Originally Posted by Randy View Post

Holy cow, right on page two of this... More than 7 years ago, this thread's starter (and SF admin) "j" created an epic post that: a) pretty much sums up our collective thrifting approach for beginners, and b) affords a few valuable pointers for the experienced among us as well. I think this is great advice, well worth repeating for newbies once every so often. I've noticed several newcomers recently, so maybe one or more of them will come across this repost, j's answer to someone asking how anybody could ever possibly find good stuff so routinely the way he did:

 

A keytar would be a grail find for me.

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