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post #63031 of 102622
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

Came away with a good amount of stuff today. Nothing mind blowing but some solid finds. Everything is available.


Vintage BB braces. Made in England. Pattern is hard to make out, but it looks like a bull charging at one of The Wild Things (from Where the Wild Things Are).
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I think its a bull and bear - pretty neat.
post #63032 of 102622
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

I JUST FOUND OUT THE PEACOAT I THRIFTED IS FROM 1952!!! thank you website http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?35824-PEACOAT-DATING

 

Nice.  I picked up one from an estate sale a few months ago, from the early 70s if I recall.  It's so heavy!

 

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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

Vintage BB braces. Made in England. Pattern is hard to make out, but it looks like a bull charging at one of The Wild Things (from Where the Wild Things Are).





 

Bull and bear (markets), probably.

post #63033 of 102622

One of the biggest issues with shoes is condition; used footwear is more likely to be beat to hell (e.g. no shoe trees used, leather cracked, sole screwed up) than most of the clothes. 

 

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So, guys, some of you may have read my blog and remember the How to Thrift series I did a few months ago. The one missing piece in that series I always meant to do is on shoes. I thought about it several times, but always got a bit stumped. I mean, I can list brands to look for, but part of the value in what I did with suits was helping folks learn to look past the label and recognize quality. But I feel like quality in shoes is kind of hard to define and hard to give easy things to look for. Quality leather is just something you sort of learn to recognize with time, and quality construction is difficult too - glued crap can be made to look like a Goodyear welt, at least well enough to fool noobs.

So, help me out: aside from brands/makers, how would you tell a beginning thrifter how to look for quality shoes?
post #63034 of 102622
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

So, guys, some of you may have read my blog and remember the How to Thrift series I did a few months ago. The one missing piece in that series I always meant to do is on shoes. I thought about it several times, but always got a bit stumped. I mean, I can list brands to look for, but part of the value in what I did with suits was helping folks learn to look past the label and recognize quality. But I feel like quality in shoes is kind of hard to define and hard to give easy things to look for. Quality leather is just something you sort of learn to recognize with time, and quality construction is difficult too - glued crap can be made to look like a Goodyear welt, at least well enough to fool noobs.

So, help me out: aside from brands/makers, how would you tell a beginning thrifter how to look for quality shoes?

 

Pick them up. Quality shoes are heavier and feel more substantial.

 

Look at the soles... If the soles are rubber and moulded to the shape of the shoe they're probably glued on. If they're real leather soles, they've got a better chance of being good. If they're rubber but made to look like leather (for instance where they're worn you can see the black rubber underneath) then they're definitely crap. Nails in the heel are a good sign. See if the soles have any life left... Resoling isn't too expensive for good shoes, but it's too expensive for mediocre shoes.

 

Feel the leather... does it feel too smooth and plasticy? Not good (but could be shell if they're not familiar). Also look at the vamp for signs of damage like cracking. That's not fixable.

 

Look at the writing on the inside... Made in England? Made in the USA? Made in Italy? Made in Spain or Hungary? Keep looking. Made in China, Vietnam, Mexico, etc. you can stop. Handwritten? A very very good sign.

 

How is the stitching on the upper? Is it real stitching or just for show? Is it even and consistent distance from the edge of the piece of leather? Poorly made shoes are made by unskilled labor and the stitching will be sloppy and uneven.

 

That's some quick things to look for

post #63035 of 102622
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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post

M
mountain Hardwear is among the top outdoor manufacturers. I'd rank them like this:

1. Feathered Friends
2. Bibler
3. Western Mountaineering
4. Arcteryx
4. Patagonia
6. Mountain Hardwear
7. Marmot
8. Sierra Designs

And where does North Face fit in? Is it ever worth picking up for flipping? I see quite a bit of it but don't know what the diamonds in the rough are.
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

So, help me out: aside from brands/makers, how would you tell a beginning thrifter how to look for quality shoes?

I'm with tonylumpkin on the interior leather. I try to see if there's leather all the way through.

Another thing for the novice to consider is weight. All things being equal, a better made shoe of the same style will be heavier than the made in China version.
post #63036 of 102622
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post
Lands End Tiroler Loden wool jacket. Suede collar. Size L.


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Vintage BB braces. Made in England. Pattern is hard to make out, but it looks like a bull charging at one of The Wild Things (from Where the Wild Things Are).



 

Does the Loden have handwarmer pockets? Does it fit more bomber length, or longer?

 

I think the braces are bulls and bears (stock market)

post #63037 of 102622
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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post

M
mountain Hardwear is among the top outdoor manufacturers. I'd rank them like this:

1. Feathered Friends
2. Bibler
3. Western Mountaineering
4. Arcteryx
4. Patagonia
6. Mountain Hardwear
7. Marmot
8. Sierra Designs

Where's North Face???? rotflmao.gif
post #63038 of 102622
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Originally Posted by Septimus View Post

 

Bull and bear (markets), probably.

Oh, yeah...duh. I was thinking "Taking the bull by the horns"

post #63039 of 102622
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

I JUST FOUND OUT THE PEACOAT I THRIFTED IS FROM 1952!!! thank you website http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?35824-PEACOAT-DATING

 

Cool. I got one from the early 50's from AndroFan last year that I wear once in a while. It's very heavy, but not the flannel wool like todays peacoats, it's more like an insanely thick and heavy cavalry twill.

post #63040 of 102622

nvm

post #63041 of 102622

So after seeing the stuff people have been finding at Marshall's and TJ Maxx I stopped on the way home from work. There was a surprising amount of good stuff at the Marshall's. Lots of RLBL. Probably a dozen shirts, mostly casual-ish and trendy, all $149. A couple cashmere blend turtlenecks. A couple other sweaters.

 

Also the weirdest damn thing I've seen.... A black RLBL polyester blazer that was puffy but not quilted with pick stitching around the lapels. Made in Italy. There was no Marshall's tag, but the retail price was $895.

 

I was deeply tempted by a pair of Bally red velvet formal slippers. The $99 price and fact that they were a half size too small (9.5) kept me from kopping. Pretty cool to see and I was tempted by a Tom Haverford moment.

 

Interestingly the only Zegna thing I saw was a decent shirt at TJ Maxx for $69... Also the only thing worth looking at at TJX

 

Here's the stuff I kopped for me..

 

Brown cashmere tie from Wilkes Bashford SF. How this got up here I have no idea, but it's SOOO soft and thick.

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And this might be my favorite tie of all time... and a popped cherry for me.

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It says linen but feels like cashmere. Love these colors and the thickness of this thing.

 

post #63042 of 102622
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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

Does the Loden have handwarmer pockets? Does it fit more bomber length, or longer?

I think the braces are bulls and bears (stock market)

Yeah, I think you guys are right on the bulls and bears. Cool. Thanks!

The loden does have handwarmer pockets (behind the flap pockets). It's bomber length. I'm 6'0 or so and it hits a little below my waist.
post #63043 of 102622

Picked up a few Italian suits on the cheap today - only one worth showing turns out to be the nicest 3 piece suit I've found yet:

 

Pal Zileri - Cashmere blend - 3 piece suit - labelled 50EU (but measurements are closer to a 43/44R US).

 

If I lose 10 pounds, I might be able to expand the pants to fit.. 

 

This didn't match any of the labels in the Italian thread.  Does Pal Zileri make their own?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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post #63044 of 102622
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Originally Posted by sn0wman View Post

Picked up a few Italian suits on the cheap today - only one worth showing turns out to be the nicest 3 piece suit I've found yet:

 

Pal Zileri - Cashmere blend - 3 piece suit - labelled 50EU (but measurements are closer to a 43/44R US).

 

If I lose 10 pounds, I might be able to expand the pants to fit.. 

 

This didn't match any of the labels in the Italian thread.  Does Pal Zileri make their own?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes, Pal Zileri makes their own. I'm surprised it's so much bigger than tagged. What's it measure?

post #63045 of 102622

My first thrift fit. Thanks to 1ofthecoolkids, K4lnamja, and SeaJen!

 

 

 

 

 

Available

 

Patagonia Convertible Hiking Pants. Waist is labelled 32. I'm 6'1 and they're long on me. Total length of 44, inseam 33. Nice, but a small stain on the inner thigh, back side. Not a big deal.

 

 

 

 

RRL 32x34, 29.25 inseam, 12.75 rise, leg opening 8.5. Minor fading, one of the back buttons came off, but I have it. Too lazy to repair and ebay.

 

 

 

 

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