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Originally Posted by LooknGr8 View Post

As for saleability check eBay but in general most jerseys are unsaleable except for the team-issued game jersey and half the things from Mitchell & Ness because they re-create game jerseys no longer in use. I have a Mitchell & Ness 1975 Yaz like this,

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This is all my experience. I'm sure other thrifters have different paths to turning a buck or two with sports jerseys & have things to add to this.

I've had good luck with jerseys, actually, but you have to know what you're doing (I do not) and I've found that the market can be fickle. Case in point, I flipped a Kevin Garnett T-Wolves jersey that was, at least to my eye, nothing special--nylon mesh, not sewn on--for $27 last year then could not unload another one just a few weeks later. I've never had trouble flipping Dennis Rodman jerseys, and a Jerome Bettis sewn-on from his days with the Rams got snapped up instantly with a BIN of something like $50, and I had numerous other inquiries on it. OTOH, I can't unload a Vladimir Guerrero (Angels). I stockpiled a few STL Pujols jerseys that were cheap and plentiful after he went to California, but I'm not sure I'll make out, given what a flop he has been there--my thinking was, he would have such a monster career that they would be worth something in a few years. OTOH, I'm wondering whether I made the right call in passing up alll the Cleveland LeBron James jerseys that were out there not so long ago. Now is the time, I suspect, to peddle my NWT Clippers jersey by Hardwood Classics. Other jerseys I've flipped without trouble are Tom Brady, Michael Jordan and a Bulls jersey from some guy who went to college in Iowa whose name I can't recall--there was actually a fair amount of interest in that one.

I love flipping jerseys because you don't have to measure them, they're cheap, easy to mail and you can get ten times or more what you've paid if you pick right. But if you pick wrong, they won't move at all. Now that I have a smartphone, I hope to do a better job of figuring out which ones to buy.
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Here's my old Bonnie



Largely paid for with thrifting funds!

We've since parted ways- I lack self control and a motorcycle was a dangerous thing.
post #67593 of 134598
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Yes, Triumphs are gorgeous bikes. But I've always been a bit skittish on anything mechanical made in England (with the exception of Raleigh bicycles, so long as they are full Campy). The Sportster is a fine bike, actually, and you will, eventually, feel the need to go up to 1200 or even beyond, I suspect. I am tempted by the VRod. Best looking bike out there (at least, that my wife would let me ride), I think, and they are widely available for a reasonable price. There was an '03 with brushed aluminum (my favorite finish), less than 8K miles with an asking price of $7,500 or thereabouts on CL recently. I thought long and hard about selling my ST1100 and going for it.

 

So it's no to Rolls Royce, Land Rover, Aston Martin, Bentley, Morgan?

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Not a clothes post but just had to brag. $200 for the whole rig.

 

'78 Fender Musicmaster and '78 Vibro Champ

 

post #67595 of 134598
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Originally Posted by MarkThomas View Post

Not a clothes post but just had to brag. $200 for the whole rig.

 

'78 Fender Musicmaster and '78 Vibro Champ

 

Awesome find!  The amp alone is worth that.  Was all that in a thrift store? 

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^^ Cool amp BTW and nice guitar and guitar case! happy.gif

 

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What kind of amp is it? I have a Roland Micro Cube and it works like a charm.

 The little amp I got is called a "G-10". I used it this weekend with my Epi Casino and it works great for what I'm using it for (brushing up on my guitar licks/chords etc).

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A lovely family! What? Family brag! No dogs?! San Jose, CA or SJ Mexico?

CA, and can't take our 3 greyhounds to Easter services. The kids make enough noise, ha.

Love the football talk on baseball's opening day. Show us where our minds are.

On the jerseys -- there's a lot of "gray market" stuff made for Asian markets that creeps back into the U.S. I am a Washington fan and I get all my stuff unlicensed off eBay because it costs way less. Made by diff companies, not licensed by the NFL for sale in U.S. If I am done with it (like, say after I got the Deion Sanders jersey) I'd donate to local thrift stores. I don't care if I have the Reebok replica of what the players wear or the Chow Foon. Replicas is replicas. If I wanted to buy an actual team jersey and had forked over $300 for that with all the patches, etc and it was faked, then I'd be mad. But a vast majority of stuff you see at foot locker, olympia sports, are replicas anyway, properly licensed for US market.

What if it isn't? Oh darn, my replica jersey is a replica of a licensed replica. So who cares except for the player's agent. As for saleability check eBay but in general most jerseys are unsaleable except for the team-issued game jersey and half the things from Mitchell & Ness because they re-create game jerseys no longer in use. I have a Mitchell & Ness 1975 Yaz like this,



which isn't worth anything because there's a million of them out there new that people are still trying to move 5-6 years later for $20 a piece. They must have way overestimated demand for that one, ha.

At the same time I got it, my local discount store AJ Wright (RIP, the chain's gone now, it was a really low end TJ Maxx sister store) had Mitchell & Ness Braves jerseys from when Hank hit #755. I bought three and flipped them on eBay pretty handily at the time. Lesson: Check on eBay if the M&N jersey you see in front of you is selling for anything. Otherwise, if you want it for yourself, and might get your pals laughing at the good old days...OK you can still get it but get the dollar signs out of your eyes.

This is all my experience. I'm sure other thrifters have different paths to turning a buck or two with sports jerseys & have things to add to this. And of course, brags about their own jerseys (I have a nylon 1972 Gordie Howe!!!! that still looks new from when I was a kid!!!! Heh.)

Bet your Sipe is gray market if it looks "off" from the official. No one would fake a Sipe jersey. No money in it. However, "throwback" jerseys were the rage for a time (in some places they still are, i.e. where the current team is weak and the only way the team can boost jersey sales is to remind fans of better days = retired players)....and I am guessing that's what's happening here. The throwback phenomena, BTW, killed the market almost completely for old jerseys that weren't actually worn by the players themselves or team issued/unworn.

My favorite jersey is one I got a very good price on on EBay. It's an old school CCM Sharks jersey.

For football, I have a couple on the Bay. Matt Forte, fully licensed and current player; and a Steve Young 49ers jersey. If that doesn't sell by football season, I'm keeping it.

My real collection is real football (soccer) jerseys. England, Scotland, Earthquakes, Hibernian. I always look for more in the shops.
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Originally Posted by MarkThomas View Post

Not a clothes post but just had to brag. $200 for the whole rig.

 

'78 Fender Musicmaster and '78 Vibro Champ

 

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Get the fuck out of here!!!!!!!!!!! $200 for both!!!??? Lucky bastard! ffffuuuu.gif

Was the ax made in USA?

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Originally Posted by SeaJen View Post

So it's no to Rolls Royce, Land Rover, Aston Martin, Bentley, Morgan?

Yup, a big "thanks but no thanks," and that also goes for Jaguar and MG. Not that these vehicles aren't fun to drive and cool in their own way, but not very practical, I think, when it comes to reliability and maintenance costs. I can pick-and-choose mechanics for my Toyota, but, generally speaking, the options are extremely limited, and expensive, for cars like these. Same reason I swear by Honda motorcycles. I've just never gotten off on expensive cars.
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Hey, I currently have the feature pic on PTO! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

Thanks PTO and dieworkwear

 

Although, the answer is "No, it's a full suit....pant's were included in that listing." Paul Stuart suit, sold in less than 10 minutes. Still, I hope that write-up doesn't hurt business.uhoh.gif

 

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In other news, I had to pass on two J Press suits and a Hickey Freeman for Tripler suit because the previous owner apparently rode a stegosaurus with a sandpaper saddle to work everyday.

 

Did grab a Donegal tweed and about 6 or 7 surcingles (one Dooney & Bourke, one Columbia with fly fishing embroidery, and the rest Coach.


Edited by capnwes - 4/1/13 at 11:07am
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Barrel's suggestion is one way to go, and I've seen it done well but I'm no longer surprised by such bold choices. I do think red pants with black top and black/white heels would look classy and striking.  I myself have a linen pinstripe orphan (the matching pants were made for a shapeless stick) that I wear in the summer, and I make it work by picking up the colors of the jacket with a mild but distinct contrast (so it doesn't look accidental, but also not jarring or strong juxtaposition) using a solid pant (usually white).  In your case, following that method I would see black pants (imagine not denim, but could be) doing well with a white jacket using the black stripes to connect the two (though still bold, as you will inevitably be with such a garment).  Then for the shirt, any dark or not-light color would work, preferably with some texture to soften the hard look.  Then I would go with some solid heels in a saturated color with a hue in the red family (or maybe even a teal?).

 

I have a white cotton summer SC that I wear in the summer, but it doesn't have stripes.  In that case, following that I said above about mild but distinct contrast, I will go for a tan (not stone) chino and a light-medium blue shirt with green/blue accents and a rich brown shoe / belt.  That has worked very well, using the earth tones to anchor soft natural colors with the bold white jacket to accentuate.

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Also, got a question... I have a Theory white blazer (actual blazer, not a sweater blazer) with black pinstripes.... What would be the best outfit for that? I have a pair of gray slacks. Would that be too much? I bought a pair of white and black heels to go with it. But would like some opinions, in case any of you awesome guys have a white blazer!

 

I think it's hard to pull off pinstripes blazers...My take on rocking those is to make it as casual and over the top as you can. I would rock it with some red pants or red leggings..

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My jersey story. I few years ago I was alerted to a custom made sale by Eastbay on baseball jerseys. Free ship, multiple stackable codes, etc. They were nice and, I think, the letters and numbers were sewn on. A lot of guys were ordering their name and number on their favorite team jersey. Ok, but I got creative and had them do a Pittsburgh pirates jersey with Roberto Clemente’s numbers. Actually, stole the idea from some dudes that were doing Mark McQuire, Barry Bonds rookie jerseys (steroids!). It came out nice and I paid like $30 or $40 for it. Wore it for a while and ended up flipping it a year later for about $150.

Had a good week:
Patagonia organic cotton pants. 33Wx30


E Zegna soft SC. Fits like a 40R.
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G. Armani suit. I thought this was a "straight to the bay" find, but internet sleuthing suggests that the "borgo novo" tag could be made by Vestimenta. Need to check for an interior label.
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Awesomesauce nettleton shell cordo saddles. Size 11C.
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V cleats? How bout some circle cleats!

E Zegna short sleeve shirt. Tagged 58. Color is PINK. I guess it's available as it makes my nips show.


Prescription lensed Ray Ban wayfarers. Two toned black and purple. My big face can't pull these off fo sure, lol.
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NWT J Press Tux. 46R. Whut?! Peak lapels. First I thought, this guy is really long then I see the pants aren’t hemmed (!). Did the girl stand him up before the wedding? The old “dirt nap”? I did pay boutique prices but I don’t see any problems recouping those and then some.
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BB staple navy blazer with gold buttons. 41R

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NOT 14K gold frown.gif

Semirecent navy E Zegna tie w/ purple dots:

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Not pictured: staple Hickey Freeman custom made solid navy suit.
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Made a stop before class, had an insane haul. Proper pictures to follow later
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Hey, I currently have the feature pic on PTO! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif


Thanks PTO and YoungAmerican

Although, the answer is "No, it's a full suit....pant's were included in that listing." Paul Stuart suit, sold in less than 10 minutes. Still, I hope that write-up doesn't hurt business.
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I always try to make sure the pants are pictured in my main pic just to avoid that very problem. I usually don't bother to put them on the mannequin, but I hang them behind it when taking shots of the jacket so it's clearly not an orphan.
post #67605 of 134598
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I always try to make sure the pants are pictured in my main pic just to avoid that very problem. I usually don't bother to put them on the mannequin, but I hang them behind it when taking shots of the jacket so it's clearly not an orphan.

They cropped the pic....

 

LLIs This an Orphaned Suit Jacket? I recently received a couple of emails from readers asking if I thought something they were looking at on eBay was an orphaned suit jacket. An orphaned suit jacket is a jacket that used to belong to a suit, but for some reason – whether because they were worn through, badly damaged, or just plain lost – the matching trousers are no longer available. It’s not uncommon to come across these when you’re looking at second hand clothing, and you’ll want to avoid purchasing them. Wearing an orphaned jacket can make you look like you spilled something on your suit trousers and had to change out of them. It’s not a good look.   To be sure, there are no hard and fast rules, and some suit jackets can be worn as sport coats. Those made from cotton, linen, tweed, or corduroy are usually fine. There are also some wools that can be successfully used for both business suits and casual sport coats. However, for the purposes of this post, we’ll assume the simplistic view that suit jackets should generally never be worn alone, as most of the ones you’re likely to encounter through second hand clothing are of a certain type that shouldn’t be. So how can you tell what’s what? Generally speaking, the rougher, fluffier, more visible the weave, the more likely you’re looking at a sport coat. Conversely, the finer and flatter the weave, the more likely you’re looking at a suit jacket. This is especially true if it feels very smooth, silky, and lightweight, and you can see diagonal lines on the surface of the fabric (like you can with denim). If the fabric has a bit of shine to it when you bend and move it, it’s almost certainly something that was designated for a suit. Certain patterns can also be clues. Pinstripes and chalkstripes always indicate something was meant to be worn as a suit. Birdseye, nailhead, pinhead, and very fine herringbone - the kind that you only notice is herringbone when you inspect it up close, but looks solid from a foot or two away - also tend to be reserved for suits, though there are exceptions. If it’s a chunky, rough weave such as tweed, something like a birdseye would be fine.  Similarly, pay attention to scale of patterns. Though suits can come in big, bold patterns, and sport coats in quiet and subtle ones, the more successful sport coats tend to have larger scale designs. It’s a way of announcing to the world: this isn’t something to be worn to a business meeting. Thus, if you’re in between whether or not a jacket can be worn by itself – if the pattern is very small or faint, you’re probably safer off passing. Lastly, if a jacket has buttons made from metal or mother of pearl, or are covered in leather, you’re likely looking at a sport coat. Horn, on the other hand, can go either way, but one thing you can do is count the number of buttons on the sleeve cuff. If there are less than four, the chances of it being a sport coat go up. In the end, however, you just have to use your own best judgment. Remember: the point is not to say whether something is definitively orphaned or not, the point is to not look like you’re accidentally wearing a suit jacket without the matching trousers. In the end, just keep that in mind and go with your gut.  (Photo via Capnwes)

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