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post #61876 of 125259
Quick PSA for LA people. There are about 15 really cool western-wear/rockabilly style sport coats in a variety of materials - wool, suede, leather - with cool details, all seemingly well-made, all in great vintage shape, all in 44L, at a certain west side thrift shop. The brand on all of them is Pagano West - made in San Diego - which is new to me. Anyway, PM me if you're a regular - which I haven't been recently - and want to know where it is.
post #61877 of 125259
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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

It depends what you're looking for in a wardrobe. I've managed to cobble together a decent-quality, well-rounded wardrobe of staples during the past two years of thrifting—though my style leans toward American trad, and I wear a lot of Brooks Brothers and similar brands that are relatively abundant. I've been very selective about condition, fit, and styling.

That said, I've sunk a lot of time and effort into this, and it would have been easier shopping online. I've enjoyed doing it this way though.

Yeah, I just straight up disagree with Mainy and Klobber. My closet currently has 4 solid gray suits, 3 solid blue suits, and double that many each blue and gray pinstripe suits -- solid staples. All are dual or single vented, high lapels, most flat front and some with ticket pocket, and all are Samuelsohn or better. If "high end" means only Kiton, then yeah, but that's a function of not finding KITON very often. Did I have to pay a little more for some of these than the standard thrift store $10? Yes. Did I have to be patient and/or lucky? Absolutely. Did I find all of them myself? Of course not; everybody here's closet has the fingerprints of other members, but that's why we love the thread. Did I have to use Oxy on all the white shirts and many of the others? Yessir. But unless we're playing "troll the noob" and I missed the memo, I simply disagree with the notion you can't build a comprehensive wardrobe (including basics) via thrifting.
post #61878 of 125259
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post


Yeah, I just straight up disagree with Mainy and Klobber. My closet currently has 4 solid gray suits, 3 solid blue suits, and double that many each blue and gray pinstripe suits -- solid staples. All are dual or single vented, high lapels, most flat front and some with ticket pocket, and all are Samuelsohn or better. If "high end" means only Kiton, then yeah, but that's a function of not finding KITON very often. Did I have to pay a little more for some of these than the standard thrift store $10? Yes. Did I have to be patient and/or lucky? Absolutely. Did I find all of them myself? Of course not; everybody here's closet has the fingerprints of other members, but that's why we love the thread. Did I have to use Oxy on all the white shirts and many of the others? Yessir. But unless we're playing "troll the noob" and I missed the memo, I simply disagree with the notion you can't build a comprehensive wardrobe (including basics) via thrifting.


+2

 

I'm at the point where this year, I'm redoing my entire closet. Finding things that fit me are easy as I'm a popular size. (40/41R 16 9.5)

post #61879 of 125259
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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

That said, I've sunk a lot of time and effort into this, and it would have been easier shopping online. I've enjoyed doing it this way though.

 

+1

post #61880 of 125259
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post


Yeah, I just straight up disagree with Mainy and Klobber. My closet currently has 4 solid gray suits, 3 solid blue suits, and double that many each blue and gray pinstripe suits -- solid staples. All are dual or single vented, high lapels, most flat front and some with ticket pocket, and all are Samuelsohn or better. If "high end" means only Kiton, then yeah, but that's a function of not finding KITON very often. Did I have to pay a little more for some of these than the standard thrift store $10? Yes. Did I have to be patient and/or lucky? Absolutely. Did I find all of them myself? Of course not; everybody here's closet has the fingerprints of other members, but that's why we love the thread. Did I have to use Oxy on all the white shirts and many of the others? Yessir. But unless we're playing "troll the noob" and I missed the memo, I simply disagree with the notion you can't build a comprehensive wardrobe (including basics) via thrifting.

 

+1 assuming you're a somewhat normal size and willing to become a frequent trading partner. Oh, and you have a good tailor.

post #61881 of 125259
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post


Yeah, I just straight up disagree with Mainy and Klobber. My closet currently has 4 solid gray suits, 3 solid blue suits, and double that many each blue and gray pinstripe suits -- solid staples. All are dual or single vented, high lapels, most flat front and some with ticket pocket, and all are Samuelsohn or better. If "high end" means only Kiton, then yeah, but that's a function of not finding KITON very often. Did I have to pay a little more for some of these than the standard thrift store $10? Yes. Did I have to be patient and/or lucky? Absolutely. Did I find all of them myself? Of course not; everybody here's closet has the fingerprints of other members, but that's why we love the thread. Did I have to use Oxy on all the white shirts and many of the others? Yessir. But unless we're playing "troll the noob" and I missed the memo, I simply disagree with the notion you can't build a comprehensive wardrobe (including basics) via thrifting.


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post #61882 of 125259
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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

It depends what you're looking for in a wardrobe. I've managed to cobble together a decent-quality, well-rounded wardrobe of staples during the past two years of thrifting—though my style leans toward American trad, and I wear a lot of Brooks Brothers and similar brands that are relatively abundant. I've been very selective about condition, fit, and styling.

That said, I've sunk a lot of time and effort into this, and it would have been easier shopping online. I've enjoyed doing it this way though.

Ditto. I'd look pretty out of place at my work sporting Kiton suits - Brooks Brothers on a regular basis still makes me one of the better dressed accountants there.

And it's been said before, but bears repeating - a medium grade suit that fits perfectly will always look better than high-end that's a little off.
post #61883 of 125259
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If thrift store employees were regularly reading this thread we'd have much bigger problems than them knowing what we're paying. They could just go around to the other stores and see what the prices are for that.

 

The SA and S in my area have just gone nutts... no room for mistakes in purchasing anymore. ( A BB shirt that was 4$ last year is now 7$-9$ and so on...)

 

But, in this economy why are thrift stores are the only ones raising prices? Demand? Hording? Do they know their target market?

 

Or

Could it be that have our own song now... rimshot.gif

post #61884 of 125259
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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

That said, I've sunk a lot of time and effort into this, and it would have been easier shopping online. I've enjoyed doing it this way though.

+1

+1

90% of my regular clothing is thrifted. There's no other way to fly.
post #61885 of 125259
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

Yeah, I just straight up disagree with Mainy and Klobber. My closet currently has 4 solid gray suits, 3 solid blue suits, and double that many each blue and gray pinstripe suits -- solid staples. All are dual or single vented, high lapels, most flat front and some with ticket pocket, and all are Samuelsohn or better. If "high end" means only Kiton, then yeah, but that's a function of not finding KITON very often. Did I have to pay a little more for some of these than the standard thrift store $10? Yes. Did I have to be patient and/or lucky? Absolutely. Did I find all of them myself? Of course not; everybody here's closet has the fingerprints of other members, but that's why we love the thread. Did I have to use Oxy on all the white shirts and many of the others? Yessir. But unless we're playing "troll the noob" and I missed the memo, I simply disagree with the notion you can't build a comprehensive wardrobe (including basics) via thrifting.

i've been thrifting for almost 4 years here and haven't found that many staple suits with those style features in any size much less a consistent size.... like i said, ymmv depending on locale
post #61886 of 125259
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I was able to find a brown pair of shoes thrifting, Ironically after telling a board member through PM that I'm mostly looking for Black but wont pass a brown if I see them. They fit relatively well, and the imprint on the inside sole says they are an 11. Whether that's 11D or E remains to be seen.


Does anyone know what brand these are? I'm happy with them at the price I got them, but they need some TLC to look new. Time to learn how to do that as well.

 

The only identifying markers are the ones posted, but maybe someone will know where else to look. They are quite heavy, which is why I trusted they were of quality. Much heavier than any of the Steve Maddens, or Stacy Adams I've tried on in stores.

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I passed on this suit and jacket? Did I recognize quality when I saw it? Trying to learn.

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HSM isn't really known for making quality garments. HF on the other hand has better quality but that jacket's gorge is pretty damn low aka out dated. Also, from the looks of it, it looks pretty boxy.

 

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Still trying to wrap my head around Loro Piana Corduroy 44L but the tagz don't lie as Shakira Shakira says

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Let me guess, the Canali is unvented? biggrin.gif

 

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Originally Posted by mainy View Post


not sure when it became a rule not to list price but, that's stupid, list it if you want to it's very informative


but, thrifting is just a shitty way in general to find specific things, IMO. i appreciate that you're trying to build a wardrobe from scratch on a budget, and it's doable, but i don't really think thrifting is the best way to do it - gasp. really this is a great way to end up with a lot of mediocre stuff that doesn't really fit you that well, unless you're thrifting in an awesome area like socal or something. if i were you i would identify the basic components i wanted in my wardrobe (IE, 3x khaki pants or whatever, shirts), find a brand that fits me well, and then go bargain hunting on ebay or sales. thrifting is a great way to round out your wardrobe, but you're not going to thrift a lot of staples. usually those are the things people wear into the ground. IE, you're in some ways more likely to find a pair of crazy two tone spectators in good condition than a pair of mint Park aves because people wear the piss out of allen edmonds. which is fine, if you want to end up wearing double pleated zanellas with an old ass zegna shirt with a beat up pair of allen edmonds, and I guess to some people that is an acceptable outcome since the "retail" value of all these items was really high, but ultimately you will look like a doofus

 

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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post


Yeah, I just straight up disagree with Mainy and Klobber. My closet currently has 4 solid gray suits, 3 solid blue suits, and double that many each blue and gray pinstripe suits -- solid staples. All are dual or single vented, high lapels, most flat front and some with ticket pocket, and all are Samuelsohn or better. If "high end" means only Kiton, then yeah, but that's a function of not finding KITON very often. Did I have to pay a little more for some of these than the standard thrift store $10? Yes. Did I have to be patient and/or lucky? Absolutely. Did I find all of them myself? Of course not; everybody here's closet has the fingerprints of other members, but that's why we love the thread. Did I have to use Oxy on all the white shirts and many of the others? Yessir. But unless we're playing "troll the noob" and I missed the memo, I simply disagree with the notion you can't build a comprehensive wardrobe (including basics) via thrifting.

 

Wow, is everyone on this thread in a good mood lately? We are really giving helpful advices to new comers, now? That's pretty cool.

 

My limited experiences on thrifting is buy quality garments at good prices so you can trade with other members for items in your size. Know your measurements down to a T! Know this, you can get a high end suit/SC around your size for a decent price, maybe like $25 and prepare to spend about $100 to tailor it to your actual size. So before doing this, make sure you really like the fabric/pattern/style/ etc. I've yet to thrift any staple suits. I've got a bunch of loud SCs and odd trousers in my size from thrifting and trading. The only suit I've thrift in my size is my Prada 2piece which I need to loose about 10 lbs. for a better fit.

 

However, if you are in the market for some nice shirts that would normally cost you about $200 or so apiece, some ties and accessories, and some nice SW&D, you should be able to find some good items from thrift stores. I think the most important part of thrifting is you really have to enjoy the thrill of the hunt to fully appreciate this little thing of ours. Be patient and have fun!

post #61888 of 125259
I'm on my phone, so I won't quote all of the relevant posts, by I'll agree that it's difficult to build an entire wardrobe from thrifting. Not impossible, but I'm sure it would take the right mix of time, location, dedication, and luck.

I honestly prefer to buy staples new as I'm going to use them so often that it makes sense. I love finding the types of things that I wouldn't want to buy. I own three blackwatch (ish) jackets. They're different scales, but who would go out and buy that many??

Anyway, I'm on my way to Vienna for the day and marked 12 stores. I will be lucky to get to 8 of them, but I'm going to try to make a mad dash through the city. It would be ridiculous to try to drive to each one and find parking, so I took the 6:25 train with a good-sized rucksack. Let's hope I don't find any furniture because I'll be damned if I try carrying that home.
post #61889 of 125259
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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post

Finds today...

Incotex Cords -36 (n/a)
Faconnable Cords -36 (available)
Kamehameha Aloha Shirts -2x, both small ( available)

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Aha! A reference to Dragon Ball! LOL, JK JK. lol8[1].gif

post #61890 of 125259
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Originally Posted by mainy View Post

i've been thrifting for almost 4 years here and haven't found that many staple suits with those style features in any size much less a consistent size.... like i said, ymmv depending on locale

Because you keep selling them! lol8[1].gif One of the blue pinstripes I referenced above -- maybe the one I like best -- I bought from YOU.
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Ha! Inartfully phrased, no doubt. Intent was clear, though, I think.
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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

That said, I've sunk a lot of time and effort into this, and it would have been easier shopping online. I've enjoyed doing it this way though.
Missed this first time around. I've stopped buying on Ebay. I've found tons of good stuff myself or here on the thread, and the "unexpected and unfortunate damage" factor has been low, while via ebay, literally everything I've ever bought has showed up in crappier condition than expected.
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