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post #66256 of 102563
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

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+1. The stores get hit very hard. That combined with the greediness of local thrift chains (Goodwill and Unique to name a couple) has made it quite tough to find stuff in the area. I remember pulling out Spoo-level finds weekly (Hermes purses, Chanel scarves, Brioni suits by the dozen, etc but this was all years ago). Those days are long gone.
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Seriously though, we'll have to have a TC area thrifters lunch sometime. Would be fun. Sit, relax, eat and talk about cool finds! By the way, love your photo icon on here!
Yeah, I've only been at it a month or so, and then only hitting the GWs that aren't too far out of the way on my drive home from work. It's tough to find anything decent there, let alone anything decent that also fits, but it's addicting as hell. There are some other places I'd like to check out, but with a 4 month old at home (I did find a RL polo bear denim jumper for her that she's finally big enough to start wearing!), I don't have a whole lot of extra time to go traipsing about the metro area.
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Been a little under the weather lately. Happy to see I am a top 20 poster in the thread, however, I think last time I was further atop the list. sly.gif Got a nice tie in the mail from Gmmcl a few days ago and didn't get a chance to thank him properly, so I will do it here. THANKS BRO!!! Anyway, some humble brags minus the pantharella socks I picked up for me.

 

Hawes and Curtis 18-34 Available for cost+shipping

 

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x2 Hawes and Curtis Ties; surprisingly nice

 

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E. Zegna Polo, Size XL, also surprisingly nice, I think it is linen (Available)

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Loro Piana Polo Size XL, Available

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NWOT Sanyo Half/Trench Thing Super Recent Size Large, Available

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Brooks Brothers Brag Flannel, More of a size 16 L/S Available

 

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T. Pink S/S/ for eBay unless someone wants it.

 

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Stefano Ricci Tie, Available

 

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post #66258 of 102563
This weekend my fiance went with me and we hit a few places. At one shop I found 4 Turnbull and Asser shirts all in staple colors (2 white, 2 blue stripe), only to realize that 2 of them had holes ffffuuuu.gif The other 2 only had a snag (all in the same spot, weird) so I bought those and they gave me 50% off, and ended up giving me the 2 with holes for free since she was just going to throw them away. I also got a nwot recent Brioni tie, recent BB tie that's nice looking, and a rubinacci tie at the same spot. I found a few other items but nothing really worth bragging about. I did, however, put some of my thrifting profits to good use. We went to RL on palm beach island and I picked up an awesome black label suit in a great blue color that fit me like a glove. It felt odd paying full retail for something after I'm used to complaining about a GW charging more than $20 for a suit, but it was nice to treat myself.
post #66259 of 102563
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Originally Posted by suited View Post

This weekend my fiance went with me and we hit a few places. At one shop I found 4 Turnbull and Asser shirts all in staple colors (2 white, 2 blue stripe), only to realize that 2 of them had holes ffffuuuu.gif The other 2 only had a snag (all in the same spot, weird) so I bought those and they gave me 50% off, and ended up giving me the 2 with holes for free since she was just going to throw them away. I also got a nwot recent Brioni tie, recent BB tie that's nice looking, and a rubinacci tie at the same spot. I found a few other items but nothing really worth bragging about. I did, however, put some of my thrifting profits to good use. We went to RL on palm beach island and I picked up an awesome black label suit in a great blue color that fit me like a glove. It felt odd paying full retail for something after I'm used to complaining about a GW charging more than $20 for a suit, but it was nice to treat myself.


Hah i find myself getting really cheap now as well.  Going back and forth making a decision to buy a suit at GW that is priced at $25 instead of my usual $15.   Kind of funny when you realize that even $25 would barely get you a dress shirt at JC Penney. 

 

I had a great thrifting weekend, picked up 6 suits, J Press, BB, Pal Zileri some AE shoes and the best piece of the weekend

 

RRL Slevedge Japanese Denim jeans look unworn and fit me like a glove.  Was about to spend some big money on ebay to get a pair for myself, and what do you know it is staring me in the face this weekend for $7 lol.

post #66260 of 102563
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Originally Posted by woodchuck312 View Post


Hah i find myself getting really cheap now as well.  Going back and forth making a decision to buy a suit at GW that is priced at $25 instead of my usual $15.   Kind of funny when you realize that even $25 would barely get you a dress shirt at JC Penney. 

 

I had a great thrifting weekend, picked up 6 suits, J Press, BB, Pal Zileri some AE shoes and the best piece of the weekend

 

RRL Slevedge Japanese Denim jeans look unworn and fit me like a glove.  Was about to spend some big money on ebay to get a pair for myself, and what do you know it is staring me in the face this weekend for $7 lol.


wow.gifgot anything in a 40s in those suits? mwink[1].gif

post #66261 of 102563
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Originally Posted by suited View Post

This weekend my fiance went with me and we hit a few places. At one shop I found 4 Turnbull and Asser shirts all in staple colors (2 white, 2 blue stripe), only to realize that 2 of them had holes ffffuuuu.gif The other 2 only had a snag (all in the same spot, weird) so I bought those and they gave me 50% off, and ended up giving me the 2 with holes for free since she was just going to throw them away. I also got a nwot recent Brioni tie, recent BB tie that's nice looking, and a rubinacci tie at the same spot. I found a few other items but nothing really worth bragging about. I did, however, put some of my thrifting profits to good use. We went to RL on palm beach island and I picked up an awesome black label suit in a great blue color that fit me like a glove. It felt odd paying full retail for something after I'm used to complaining about a GW charging more than $20 for a suit, but it was nice to treat myself.

I'm in Kansas City visiting my fiance for the week and I plan on taking her on some thrifting excursions with me.  Hopefully I can teach her a few things and she can thrift here for me stirpot.gif

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I took some thrifting $$ and bought the Alden cordovan tassel loafers from brooksbrothers.  I think I've reached the point where I can say that the Aberdeen last, no matter the size, is just not for me.

post #66263 of 102563
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Originally Posted by suited View Post

This weekend my fiance went with me and we hit a few places. At one shop I found 4 Turnbull and Asser shirts all in staple colors (2 white, 2 blue stripe), only to realize that 2 of them had holes ffffuuuu.gif The other 2 only had a snag (all in the same spot, weird) so I bought those and they gave me 50% off, and ended up giving me the 2 with holes for free since she was just going to throw them away. I also got a nwot recent Brioni tie, recent BB tie that's nice looking, and a rubinacci tie at the same spot. I found a few other items but nothing really worth bragging about. I did, however, put some of my thrifting profits to good use. We went to RL on palm beach island and I picked up an awesome black label suit in a great blue color that fit me like a glove. It felt odd paying full retail for something after I'm used to complaining about a GW charging more than $20 for a suit, but it was nice to treat myself.

Not to criticize--well, maybe I am criticizing--but why buy a shirt with a hole in it? Whether it's Brioni or TA or Borrelli or RLPL it is, at the end of the day, a shirt with a hole in it. When folks see you standing beside someone else who is wearing, say, a JAB shirt, they're going to notice the hole, not the label that no one can see, and conclude, rightly or wrongly, that the guy in the cheap shirt has his shit together moreso than someone who can't afford decent clothes.

You can repair holes in shirts--I have a CCC that got torn after acquisition that has been repaired--but I'm not sure that it's possible to make things good-as-new. It wasn't with my CCC, and although it was a cheap fix, the flaw will always be visible. Had I seen it on the rack at a store, I would've passed.

My point being, while it can be difficult to resist the lure of the high-end brand, in the end, I'm not sure that getting stuff with holes or other flaws, even if it's free, is a wise move. It's not so much the money as the closet space. Now, if there is really a market out there for shirts with holes, well, that might be another thing. But in my experience, it is tough to move flawed clothing. When I've done it, the margin ended up being so razor-thin as to not be worth the time/trouble. The OP may be in a different position that some of us, which is to say, I would have pulled the trigger on a holey shirt before I built my wardrobe, but now that my closets groan, no.
post #66264 of 102563
Did I read it wrong, or did he get the holy shirts free? Free is kind of a no brainer... At least he can snag the buttons.
post #66265 of 102563
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post


Not to criticize--well, maybe I am criticizing--but why buy a shirt with a hole in it? Whether it's Brioni or TA or Borrelli or RLPL it is, at the end of the day, a shirt with a hole in it. When folks see you standing beside someone else who is wearing, say, a JAB shirt, they're going to notice the hole, not the label that no one can see, and conclude, rightly or wrongly, that the guy in the cheap shirt has his shit together moreso than someone who can't afford decent clothes.

You can repair holes in shirts--I have a CCC that got torn after acquisition that has been repaired--but I'm not sure that it's possible to make things good-as-new. It wasn't with my CCC, and although it was a cheap fix, the flaw will always be visible. Had I seen it on the rack at a store, I would've passed.

My point being, while it can be difficult to resist the lure of the high-end brand, in the end, I'm not sure that getting stuff with holes or other flaws, even if it's free, is a wise move. It's not so much the money as the closet space. Now, if there is really a market out there for shirts with holes, well, that might be another thing. But in my experience, it is tough to move flawed clothing. When I've done it, the margin ended up being so razor-thin as to not be worth the time/trouble. The OP may be in a different position that some of us, which is to say, I would have pulled the trigger on a holey shirt before I built my wardrobe, but now that my closets groan, no.

 

I realize you're Whistleblower Maximus here in the thrift thread, but this detail could lead them to become very high quality skeet rags down the road.  I once saw a photo detailing frayed cuffs worn by a person who was otherwise dressed immaculately, with the caption being something like "Earn the frays on your shirt."  Perhaps an elegant patch would increase the personality of these shirts.  Not to mention that if you're wearing a fine dress shirt, you also likely have a SC over top, thus hiding a good portion of the shirt.

Alls I'm trying to say is that you should probably lighten up in old age and not worry so much about how many shirts someone has accumulated in their lives.  Maybe a good amount of us could be featured on Haute Hoarders.  Do our small pleasures in accumulating nice things really bug you that much?

post #66266 of 102563
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Originally Posted by acosbysweater View Post

I realize you're Whistleblower Maximus here in the thrift thread, but this detail could lead them to become very high quality skeet rags down the road.  I remember seeing a photo once detailing frayed cuffs worn by a person who was otherwise dressed immaculately, with the caption being something like "Earn the frays on your shirt."  Perhaps an elegant patch would increase the personality of these shirts.  Not to mention that if you're wearing a fine dress shirt, you also likely have a SC over top, thus hiding a good portion of the shirt.


Alls I'm trying to say is that you should probably lighten up in old age and not worry so much about how many shirts someone has accumulated in their lives.  Maybe a good amount of us could be featured on Haute Hoarders.  Do our small pleasures in accumulating nice things really bug you that much?

It's not that, and to each his own. And I'm not bugged, per se. The issue is, at least for me, at what point does it become a label hunt as opposed to an effort to build a quality, serviceable wardrobe? Of course you can hide holes, as you say, and of course you can use a patch, which is how I handled the CCC shirt that was torn on my watch. The question is, why do it? If it is true that a shirt without holes is more desirable than a shirt with holes, and it is equally true that there are lots of fish in the sea, why settle for tilapia when there are plenty of Copper River kings to be had?
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 I bought a jacket (I think it's wool) that has a plaid pattern that I really like. It fits me like a glove. The problem is there rare 3 small holes in one of the sleeves (might be burn holes or moth holes- I don't know). They're really small and I hope they're repairable. I think the material is wool but there isn't a tag in the garment that says what it's made of.

 It only cost $3.50 so I figured I't be worth getting it repaired somehow. I have pics of the little holes I'll try to post tomorrow.

 

 Anyone have info on if these types of holes can be repaired?

post #66268 of 102563
^ Orgetorix has had success with Fabric Reweavers USA for reweaving. With patterned sport coats, though, you may be able to get away with just a cheap mending job.
post #66269 of 102563
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Originally Posted by FillW View Post

 I bought a jacket (I think it's wool) that has a plaid pattern that I really like. It fits me like a glove. The problem is there rare 3 small holes in one of the sleeves (might be burn holes or moth holes- I don't know). They're really small and I hope they're repairable. I think the material is wool but there isn't a tag in the garment that says what it's made of.
 It only cost $3.50 so I figured I't be worth getting it repaired somehow. I have pics of the little holes I'll try to post tomorrow.

 Anyone have info on if these types of holes can be repaired?

The holes can probably be repaired. It just depends on whether you are willing to spend the money on the jacket to get them fixed. Try to find someone in your area that does "French Reweaving." You should also search this thread; the topic has been discussed before and some members have posted recommendations of places that have done the work for them. The place that does it here charges around $70 a hole. I think that was in line with others have posted.
post #66270 of 102563
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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

^ Orgetorix has had success with Fabric Reweavers USA for reweaving. With patterned sport coats, though, you may be able to get away with just a cheap mending job.


 Thanks, I'll ask my regular tailor about it. Hopefully she'll be able to take care of the jacket.

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