You'll have to teach her how to get to the shops before Mainy does.
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Terrible things happened at my GW during my hiatus - they got internet access! I saw a lovely pair of Christian Louboutin heels yesterday - I've never seen them here before. They were in great shape. Except for the $499.99 price tag they were carrying. Geez, what's the fun of that?
I think it's that damn song playing on the radio.
The end of Goodwill thrifting as we have known it...
Whats the retail on those shoes? Also, who does goodwill think is going to buy those? Last time I checked, your typical goodwill customer walks in expecting cheap used items, not $500 shoes...
Oh well, when they sit on the shelf for a year they might consider lowering the price.
Not to sound too harsh, but many of the people that work at these stores in my area are just clueless. One GW has a "painting" (it's actually a really bad print) covered in glass with a $300 price written on the front with permanent marker. It's been there for the 6 months that I've been going, and probably much longer. You have to remember that most of these people haven't shopped anywhere other than cheap retailers like Walmart their entire life, simply because they never had the means to shop anywhere else. They have absolutely no idea what things cost, and most of them probably don't use the internet on a regular basis, if they even have access to it at home.
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.
The shirts with the holes were free. I wouldn't have purchased them, even though you'd be surprised what they'll go for on Ebay. I'm sure I can snag $10-$20 a piece, and starting a quality shirt like T&A at $0.99 should bring some traffic to my other listings (even though they have holes).
It can be fun going with your significant other, although she might slow you down
Speaking of which, pick ups from Friday/Saturday:
Salvatore Ferragamo animal print tie
Ben silver animal print tie
NWOT J Hilburn pants
3x NWOT gitman vintage shirts
Mint dolce & gabbana shirt
J Lindeberg shirt
Theory short sleeve shirt
Hugo Boss fitted shirt
Truzzi milano shirt
Paul and Shark yachting linen/cotton shirt
2x robert graham cotton / silk shirts
Burberry london novacheck shirt
woolrich buffalo plaid vest
Allen Edmonds Leeds shell cordovan
Florsheim imperial shell cordovan vcleat
2x Fred perry shoes nwt
2x clarks desert boots nwt
Ermenegildo Zegna suede chukkas
Mint Bruno Magli zip boots
Brooks Brothers golden fleece gray flannel suit
NWOB brooks brothers x keds
too lazy to post pics it's all on Ebay already anyway
I've only been to one GW so far and didn't find much.. I, actually she, found a BB suit but nothing brag worthy. Going back out in a bit, maybe we'll have more luck.
Ya, I wasn't able to breeze through everything like I usually do since I have to show her what not to get, but it was much much better than going alone
I've done this with a couple of unusable Canali and EZs. Buttons as spares, fabric as squares. You know, that old saw.
(Photobucket is giving me an error when I edit the pics, which means no full length shot. Sorry.) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
And for kicks, a shot of the fiction section... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Edited by Fueco - 3/18/13 at 4:41pm