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This is a perennial debate. I think Chiron's point, about stores upping prices once they realize what people will pay, is the best argument against. But making rules on an internet forum is like trying to hold the ocean in your hands: utterly futile.

 

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.

 

But they don't. This is a corner of a forum in a corner of a search engine in a corner of the internet. The three corner rule protects us.

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Let me guess, the Canali is unvented?

yup

It's been 2 solid years hitting stores several times a week, and I probably do look like a doofus sometimes, but I have near 75% of my stuff thrifted now because what I had before sucked and everything I bring home now for me is upgrading something in my closet. I do have occasional Marshall's/outlet stuff (i.e. barbour tweed coats from the sample sale, I've been hitting Orvis outlet hard, too -- anyone within driving distance of their MAnchester, VT mothership I strongly encourage visiting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) in the mix but BB and Boss and Canali for staples...it's all out there. I do have some pleats on the pants hangars in my closet but I'm thinning them out as I find upgrades...and the shoes! It's been great.

Like the others have said, some swaps and other Thrift Thread Deals have netted some real keepers. The clothes flow like water through my closet but the stuff I acquire from you guys I generally keep...so there's that to augment the thrifting.

happy belated birthday, E and Mainy

PS: Tip. It's gotten to the point where, when I do shirt purges, the shirts I'm letting go of because they don't go with my coats, have "too interesting" patterns to match the stuff I usually wear, cuffs beginning to fray, etc...are pretty effing nice. So while I purged some this week, I also held 5 back and my tailor is short-sleeving them. They'll enliven up khaki and loafer outfits this summah...or in the case of the luciano barbera white dress shirt, class em up...
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I guess I woke up with a bee in my ass. < vent_on > Let me VENT. So often here, somebody types something like this, "It's a Brioni, but, damn, it's unvented." In Italy, "vented" often means "too poor to afford a tailor, so I bought it with built-in flexibility." Some the very best stuff in the world is unvented.  < /vent_off >

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I guess I woke up with a bee in my ass. < vent_on > Let me VENT. So often here, somebody types something like this, "It's a Brioni, but, damn, it's unvented." In Italy, "vented" often means "too poor to afford a tailor, so I bought it with built-in flexibility." Some the very best stuff in the world is unvented.  < /vent_off >


Totally agree, but SHHHHHH! You'll create more competition for us.

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I guess I woke up with a bee in my ass. < vent_on > Let me VENT. So often here, somebody types something like this, "It's a Brioni, but, damn, it's unvented." In Italy, "vented" often means "too poor to afford a tailor, so I bought it with built-in flexibility." Some the very best stuff in the world is unvented.  < /vent_off >

 

I don't have a bee anywhere, but personally, if it can't be double vented, I actually prefer no vent.  

 

And referencing the "can you get nice staple?"- I've had luck with Allen Edmonds (6 different in my size, including shell and Park Ave).  I've not had luck with the super high end, solid suits.  I'm pretty happy with Hickey Freeman, Daniel Cremieux Loro Piana, Valentino, and such.

 

Happy Birthday to all who claim it, and happy day to anyone drunk. :)

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Found some cool stuff today. Mostly for me, but if you're interested in something let me know.

I don't always buy Burberry, but when I do it's a recent waxed cotton and leather coat w/ real horn buttons.



 

 This may be my favorite item I have seen posted on this thread! This coat is:

 

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I may be the only person here that doesn't really care for that jacket. It looks too bottom heavy, but I would still be thrilled to find it while thrifting.
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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 am gonna fall somewhere in the middle. I am not nearly as advanced a thrifter as some of you but I do not think thrifting is good for the guy fresh out of college because he needs a few staples in a much shorter time frame than thrifting allows. I have been at it for almost a year now and I haven't found a good staple Grey or navy in my size although I have seen others find them and I have gotten them in other sizes. I have found some way cool stuff that I never would have bought retail, some neat FU jackets and cool pants.

 

I am at the point where I have suitable staples that will last me until I can find the high end piece at the crazy prices but starting from scratch, thrifting isn't the best way to go IMO.

 

 

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 This may be my favorite item I have seen posted on this thread! This coat is:

 

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EDIT: Spoiler'd for those with computers facing the general working public


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Well, I get off work in about an hour (11 ish)....my wife has a yoga class tonight after work and won't be home until 8:30 PM. It's going to be a big day!

 

Tried to get dustinmyself to ride along...but he must be scared of my insanity. Too bad, I was going to show him some of my best better spots.

 

JK, Dustin....hopefully you can make it next time. 

 

Hey Happy Birthday Mainy and Eazy!

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+1for being drunk on my birthday

did i mention today is my birthday (friday)?

just wait til you guys see what i'm going to post to celebrate. it involves free shit. lol

Happy birthday!!!! I knew I was getting drunk for a reason. nod[1].gif
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Thanks for the birthday wish's yall, but mine isn't for a few months. biggrin.gif
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Also, Kate Upton has to be one of the hottest women ever to grace this earth.
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Thanks for the birthday wish's yall, but mine isn't for a few months. biggrin.gif

I though so...lol. I was just going with the crowd. I re-read the last couple days of posts a few times trying to see where you had said it was your birthday. All I could see was Mainy's.

 

Hey...at least we didn't forget.

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 This may be my favorite item I have seen posted on this thread! This coat is:

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^^^This may be my favorite animated gif I have seen posted on this thread!

Re. thrifting a wardrobe. This is the kind of debate that I like on here. Much better than guns or the efficacy of using the USPS supplies for padding your ebay sales, lol.

I’m also going to disagree with Mainy and Klob. I’ve been thrifting for a year and a couple of months and I can say that roughly ½ of my closet work wardrobe comes from thrifted/traded items. 2 things about me: 1) I wear suits 4 out of 5 days a week and have a common size 40-42R and 9.5D in shoes 2) I am in an area (DC) that throws out a lot of good stuff. (Not, Great stuff, that is LA frown.gif ) Also, DC is a company town where my wardrobe style is predominant, I guess. Maybe that’s why I’ve been lucky.

I am gradually thinning out my “old” dept store wardrobe. I can safely say that my kickass stuff comes from thrifting. I have staple WW chan, BB golden fleece (x2), Hickey Freeman, Oxxford suits and a couple of other brands that I can’t remember. Funny that I’ve never found an outlier summer linen/cotton suit or those winter thick suits at a thrift in my size but have had more success finding staples. (full disclosure: I do have a dept store CK linen summer suit, bought new).

I’m all about building relationships through trading. Ticks me off when people want ebay prices for stuff they found at a thrift. Or they say, well, that Zegna is selling for $150 so I can let you have it for $140. Dude, you just paid $25 for it! But I also know that some of you use thrifting to put food on the table. So not judging. I’m seriously thinking about putting all my finds in the thrift/trade thread. All the stuff I post is pretty much available if it’s not my size. Maybe I’ll just post the keepers in this thread.

Much less success finding SWD stuff. But with my work not a big priority. Maybe because young guys don’t die off as older dudes. Or, old dudes retire. A typical stop involves me checking out the suits and shoes 1st then going to pants then casual stuff, jeans, etc where SWD usually is.
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Not that I didn't enjoy that gif...but can we spoiler and NSFW that?

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