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Originally Posted by toscano_adottato View Post


I'm not talking about the relative "dating" of the object, as measured by width of the blade for example. I mean the tie is ugly. Colors are garish and discordant. The pattern is nausea-inducing. We've all seen those ties made by makers that typically flip. And it doesn't have to be ties. If you found a Kiton suit with horizontal pinstripes, would you flip it because it was a Kiton even though the buyer would likely look like the the Michelin man?


Hell yes. And then I'd buy a cheap(er) Corneliani that looks much better with the proceeds. nod[1].gif

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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

Is this the Gitman I'm looking for? 3 seem unworn. There are three other solid blues not pictured, Gitman Gold, NWT and NWOT.



At $10 a pop, I'll probably grab just the green one.

Yes, one of them, though the Vintage line is the most sought after. I'd buy them if they fit. Very recent and the two that are in my closet are nice and slim fitting.
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post



Pretty sure it's the real deal. Edges were very, very well hand-rolled and the material/mrf tags said all the right things. It's ENORMOUS. But what gets me is how DEAD STRAIGHT the hand rolled edges are. If anyone has ever tried to hand roll a pocket square and keep the edges straight, you know how hard that is. Stupid crappy blackberry camera! (Click to show)
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Dang! Well I sure hope it's real! If so, you just made a ton of $$$$$. Mine being fake as a big heart break as I paid up for mine quite a bit. Well, you live and learn I guess.
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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

I agree that the standards have gone up. I think we have more people posting than ever, so the good stuff is bound to show up more frequently. I remember someone posted a RLPL plaid sport coat a while back that got zero comments.

I like the growing appreciation for more vintage stuff here. Sometimes a 1950s Deansgate jacket is more interesting than another 90s Zegna suit. I hope Spoo's vintage thread continues to take off too.

With the increase in LA folks posting in here, standards went way up. Even then, their Attolini, Isaia and uber obscure SW&D labels often go with only a couple props. That and the thread moves so fast now. A lot of times I find something quoted and think to myself "Whoa! When was this posted? I never saw that!".
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Originally Posted by ilikethelights View Post

Ran into Nataku at a local discount store that I was hitting up on the hot tip of half price Red Wing Beckman boots. Sadly they did not have my size. Did grab myself a LBM 1911 navy blazer for the spring at 75% off... and a pair of the Beckmans for ebay to make my money back. devil.gif

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Yeah, I did a run through and didn't see my size either (though I bought a pair a while ago anyway). They do run a 1/2 to a full size big, though. You'll definitely make a good profit on the bay, though! I paid $220 on the bay for mine brand new and I got a steal of a deal (ended on a weekday morning at 2 am).
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Originally Posted by MZhammer View Post

Aww I didn't get the invite!

We'll all have to get together soon and grab lunch or something. Would be fun!
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Originally Posted by tben View Post

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Originally Posted by toscano_adottato View Post

The signal to noise ratio is way out of whack now. All threads take tangents but the tangents here are exacerbated by noobs posting junk, experienced members who should know better posting junk and then the interesting finds getting lost in the shuffle.


It remind me of a philosophical question that this thread raises. If you read any other the other threads on SF, a common theme is the lament that men don't dress well as a rule these days. Business casual, poorly fitting suits, no coherency in creating outfits....you've read all the critiques made by the board luminaries. So if we decry the state of mens' dressing skills and yet purchase ugly ass shitstain ties to flip on Ebay just because they are Brioni, Zegna or, God forbid, Robert Talbot Estate, are we all just enablers? Pushers of crap to unwitting masses who see the name and assume the tie must be awesome because it says 'Made in Italy" even though the print looks like a clown with whooping cough sneezed his face paint on the silk?


Many of you are resellers, Do you feel any obligation to leave behind the butt ugly Brioni tie because you think the world would be a better place without it mucking up the landscape? Or, instead, do you just know that a sucker is born any moment and push the sale for the filthy lucre. I know Spoo doesn't give a shit and has essentially said as much. But what about the rest of you? When you thrift to flip, would you buy a fugly tie made by a known maker just to flip it when you know that the buyer is going to look terrible wearing it and you have trafficked in an item that degrades the sartorial discourse?


I would buy stained underwear by haines at thrifts if it made me money. And I would brag about it here.

I think that's the only way you can make money selling women's clothing... No? Too far?
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

really nice-looking jacket, but either:

1. your student loan payments are a LOT cheaper than mine, or
2. you're grossly overestimating how much that jacket is likely to be worth on ebay. (seems to be a lot of that going 'round in this thread lately)

it seems like this thread has become an echo chamber of sorts, where we have convinced ourselves that used men's clothing is worth $$$$$$$$$$ just based on the label/maker. for example, if all you knew was this thread, you'd think USED CORNELIANI-MADE POLO IS WORTH SO MUCH MONEY. but a quick look at ebay completed listings shows that used joints really aren't worth all that much on the open market.
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

if only others were as good as you at doing your research. i (and i know a lot of others) have stopped PM'ing people about their "available" finds due to the stupid prices being asked. i'm not even talking about "oh he wants ebay prices for his finds." i'm talking about "this guy have no idea how much that thing is worth on ebay, he hasn't even done his homework" type of prices. i got tired of "sure that sportcoat is available, how does $150 sound?" for something that only goes for $75 on ebay. worse still is when someone is going to CONSIGN their finds. after ebay, consignment fees, etc, a lot of times the price i was happy to pay would actually exceed the person's likely take-home.

The voice of reason!

I have numerous times run into this problem here.

Me: Hi nice jacket, interested in trades or how much?

Answer: I need to cover some bills, hows $300.

Me: Wahahaha that is only worth $150 on open market. I tell you what, I will offer you full amount - 150 beans.

Answer: I prefer to send it on eBay.

I bid on eBay using my wife's account and pick up for $70. Thanks for your business lol8[1].gif ! Oh yeah got to love this - I get a PM here saying my offer of $150 is acceptable!
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Consignment is another funny one. Offer $250 for a used piece, fellow says his consigner can get him $450 on eBay. I tell him that if there is a 50/50 split, he would still be making more off my $250. Nope he is not interested. Then....... Badabing ....... it sells on eBay for $320. 320 was too much change for me to go bidding, but after eBay fees and postage costs deducted and the 50/50 split, he probably took home $140 for this. My $250 straight up vs $140, I wonder..........

People here should be more open to offers. It is far easier to deal with a homey on this thread versus dealing with the unknown on eBay..............
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— REV. TOSCANO_ADOTTATO, 20 FEB 2013

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I would MUCH rather sell here than on EBay. At least here you can bet the item is going to a good home. I keep saying it, make offers on the stuff I have posted! I'll take it down in a heartbeat for a reasonable price here.

But to emphasize the point that some people are just idiots, I just watched a tent go for $31 less than the current new price direct from the manufacturer (this is where doing your homework as a buyer comes into play!), and it's more than ten years old!!


Edited by Fueco - 2/20/13 at 7:45pm
post #63818 of 117930
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

Yeah, I did a run through and didn't see my size either (though I bought a pair a while ago anyway). They do run a 1/2 to a full size big, though. You'll definitely make a good profit on the bay, though! I paid $220 on the bay for mine brand new and I got a steal of a deal (ended on a weekday morning at 2 am).

Yeah it's kind of one of those things you never see on sale that much... even the outlet sale ones in Red Wing were over $200 and had obvious damage. Seems like a can't go wrong.

Also a navy unstructured cotton blazer was top of my list and the LBM fit perfect.
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

We'll all have to get together soon and grab lunch or something. Would be fun!

Let's do this, dudes
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Originally Posted by dahl5yankees View Post

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Did you really? That's amazing! I love the grey Zegna
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Originally Posted by Randy View Post



— REV. TOSCANO_ADOTTATO, 20 FEB 2013

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Picked up this Dobbs 5th Ave feather fedora, I figured someone on here would like it - brown with yellow feather size 7 1/4

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Klobber View Post


The voice of reason!
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I have numerous times run into this problem here.

Me: Hi nice jacket, interested in trades or how much?

Answer: I need to cover some bills, hows $300.

Me: Wahahaha that is only worth $150 on open market. I tell you what, I will offer you full amount - 150 beans.

Answer: I prefer to send it on eBay.

I bid on eBay using my wife's account and pick up for $70. Thanks for your business lol8[1].gif ! Oh yeah got to love this - I get a PM here saying my offer of $150 is acceptable!
rotflmao.gif

Consignment is another funny one. Offer $250 for a used piece, fellow says his consigner can get him $450 on eBay. I tell him that if there is a 50/50 split, he would still be making more off my $250. Nope he is not interested. Then....... Badabing ....... it sells on eBay for $320. 320 was too much change for me to go bidding, but after eBay fees and postage costs deducted and the 50/50 split, he probably took home $140 for this. My $250 straight up vs $140, I wonder..........

People here should be more open to offers. It is far easier to deal with a homey on this thread versus dealing with the unknown on eBay..............

First, welcome back Mex.
Second, and you know I love you brother, but did you have to throw a hand grenade in on your first post back?
Third: This again?
Fourth: I'm going try to stay true to form and tread the middle here. We're all victims of our own circumstance. Sometimes I'm able and truly enjoy hooking someone up. Sometimes I'm not -- either because, yes, I have bills to pay, or because my buy-in was large, or because I ate too much broccoli that day. Sometimes I make a genuine mistake with my initial expectations, and just as often when I ask for offers I get lowballed -- kinda goes with the audience. We're all just doing what we can and what we feel is right under the circumstances.
Should people be more realistic, diligent with their homework and open to offers? Yes -- I'll count myself first in that lot. Does it suck we don't live in a Utopian, Kitonic commune of shared free clothing? Yes. But such is the imperfection that is life.

Switching gears only slightly, if the folks don't think the bar has been raised, re-read the thread (as you're so anxious to encourage newbs to do). Early posts feature much more Thomas Pink than is seen lately. As so often, we seem to be longing for a Golden Age that's actually currently upon us.

So, as my Dad used to tell us when we kids fought in the back seat: SMILE! Back to the find posts.

EDIT: Oh, yeah. Having now handled my first Kiton shirt, I feel qualified to weigh in on the Great Shirt Debate of 2013. I've now handled most of what I think of as the major biggies: Kiton, Charvet, Borrelli, Barba, Isaia, Finamore, Cucinelli, Barbera, T&A, etc. etc I would say, the one I was most impressed with was Charvet, but it wasn't a runaway. And that may have been influenced by how NEW it was. Thing was brand new. What did I like? The feel was great, construction was excellent (though less of the handwork flourishes like stitching at the terminus of the cuff slit or at random spots along the button line). Nor was the gusset nearly as elaborate. But it just struck me as one of the nicest, most impressively professional shirts I'd ever held. Now, for workmanship, the Neopolitains have it hands down. The Kiton is at least on a par with the Barba and the Finamore, and only a hair above the Cucinelli and some of the better Borrellis. Fabric selection depends on the shirt, but is a fair match across the board. Cut is hard to judge because today's Kitten is too small for me (Sadly). To answer Klobber's question more directly, the biggest difference between these titans and Thomas Pink or other less revered brands is collar cut (well, and button materials, of course). The Neapolitains -- and T&A, unlike many of its Jermyn Street brethren -- cuts their collars full enough, even in a spread collar, that the collar can extend under the jacket lapels. While that's not what you see on TV these days, it looks a LOT better. Anyway, just my random observations.
Edited by GMMcL - 2/20/13 at 7:47pm
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post


if only others were as good as you at doing your research. i (and i know a lot of others) have stopped PM'ing people about their "available" finds due to the stupid prices being asked. i'm not even talking about "oh he wants ebay prices for his finds." i'm talking about "this guy have no idea how much that thing is worth on ebay, he hasn't even done his homework" type of prices. i got tired of "sure that sportcoat is available, how does $150 sound?" for something that only goes for $75 on ebay. worse still is when someone is going to CONSIGN their finds. after ebay, consignment fees, etc, a lot of times the price i was happy to pay would actually exceed the person's likely take-home.

I mean I love hooking up homeys on the thread and love trades, but I rack up items so quickly, it is often easier sending in bulk to a consigner I will make a modest return off of even if I won't get top dollar. also it is annoying to get 300000 pms on things most from lurkers I prefer to do business just in my small network of trusted trade partners.

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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

First, welcome back Mex.
Second, and you know I love you brother, but did you have to throw a hand grenade in on your first post back?
Third: This again?
Fourth: I'm going try to stay true to form and tread the middle here. We're all victims of our own circumstance. Sometimes I'm able and truly enjoy hooking someone up. Sometimes I'm not -- either because, yes, I have bills to pay, or because my buy-in was large, or because I ate too much broccoli that day. Sometimes I make a genuine mistake with my initial expectations, and just as often when I ask for offers I get lowballed -- kinda goes with the audience. We're all just doing what we can and what we feel is right under the circumstances.
Should people be more realistic, diligent with their homework and open to offers? Yes -- I'll count myself first in that lot. Does it suck we don't live in a Utopian, Kitonic commune of shared free clothing? Yes. But such is the imperfection that is life.

Switching gears only slightly, if the folks don't think the bar has been raised, re-read the thread (as you're so anxious to encourage newbs to do). Early posts feature much more Thomas Pink than is seen lately. As so often, we seem to be longing for a Golden Age that's actually currently upon us.

So, as my Dad used to tell us when we kids fought in the back seat: SMILE! Back to the find posts.

I think, out of all the times this argument had been raised, this is the most eloquent response. This needs to be archived and re-posted when this topic inevitably comes up again. nod[1].gif
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

Fourth: I'm going try to stay true to form and tread the middle here. We're all victims of our own circumstance. Sometimes I'm able and truly enjoy hooking someone up. Sometimes I'm not -- either because, yes, I have bills to pay, or because my buy-in was large, or because I ate too much broccoli that day. Sometimes I make a genuine mistake with my initial expectations, and just as often when I ask for offers I get lowballed -- kinda goes with the audience. We're all just doing what we can and what we feel is right under the circumstances.

Striking a balance is good. I for one do not expect thrift guys here to find a Hermes Leather Jacket in mint shape and then gladly offer proxy. However, lets say that Hermes leather jacket is worth $1000 based on shape. Selling on eBay and once all fees considered, one would be looking at a take home of a shade under $900 probably in the 870 region. An offer of $750 from a homey here would, in context, be reasonable and reflect the value of the find.

Where valuations go a bit off the reservation are the slightly less desirable pieces, the likes of Kiton orphan jackets, older Kiton suits or sport coats, older Brioni etc etc... Here there should be wiggle room by all of us. If a fellow happens to find a super 200's super recent Kiton suit, again, the Hermes example holds firm. If it is an old mid - late 90's Kiton Blanc Blue orphan jacket sup 150's maybe 180's up for grabs, I have noticed that folks have this $400 expectation for something that may or may not hit that target on eBay - most likely it would hit low 300's. An offer from a homey here of $200 - $220 should be considered "fair game".

Trades have slowly fell off the radar - mainly because of one simple fact: There is a huge discrepancy between the finds of the few and the finds of the many. Only a few here actually strike it big time with desirable goods, most of us find stuff very occasionally and thus would be unable to have a significant trade list in the first place.
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