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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

Eddie: Incredible. I gotta think that a vicuna Kiton on deep discount is still well into five figures.

Karma for the TF fiasco.
post #67997 of 124695

My attempt at putting the train back on the tracks. No great finds to post (I have some stuff I will post tonight or tomorrow, but no Kiton Vicuna or anything).

 

 

My school requires a fair amount of Pro Bono to graduate. I, with the "pressure makes diamonds" attitude, have neglected to finish this requirement and the semester is almost up. I decided to stop by a local Goodwill donation center (not a store, merely drop clothes off and sort). I figured I might be able to sift through the stuff, but that wasn't my primary motivation of volunteering. My motivation was, lets get these hours done however damn possible.

 

In any case, the donation center is used as a fantastic center to train adults with disabilities. I actually only worked in the main offices doing work preparing reports for the work of the employees (there is a TON of paperwork needed when dealing with adults with disabilities, reports from all over the place because the liability goes through the roof). While I was in the office though, I noticed some really interesting things that I thought I would share.

 

 

1. The next time you get pissed the price tag has two plastic things causing a big hole, giant staples through a fine piece of silk, or anti-theft tags through your leather shoes, think twice before cursing the people who did it. Many are learning the most basic things for the first time in their lives, and are just doing their best.

 

2. There was a HUGE water jug (think office water cooler thing) in the office that was filled with change. Yep...you guessed it. When sorting through the clothes, if anyone finds any money, they bring it and drop it into the cooler. I saw at least three occasions while I was there with people adding money to the jug.

 

3. The "Boutique" section for tagging clothes was HILARIOUS. I will have to see if I can get pictures when I go back (there is a giant banner with the brand names listed). The employee actually plugs each brand into the computer, and the computer spits out a price accordingly. Let's just say there was not a single brand we would care about that made the list. Not one.

 

4. In the office, there was a ton of random containers of things (medical supplies, office supplies..etc). One in particular caught my attention, because the gold wrappers were staring at me. Umm...they had an entire plastic container of condoms stored in the office. Now, I can definitely see people finding them in donated goods, but these were carefully stored in ziplocs and stored. Why does this very large chain have these here? This baffles me! They were right next to boxes of gum or something. They were clearly consolidated from donations or something, but why not just discard them?

 

5. The volume is inane. I didn't expect the volume to come through the door that did from this small little donation center. If only I could have been able to pan through the suits for a moment...

 

Anyone else ever have an experience with the way thrifts operate? Knowing their distribution schemes and times that donations go out often help snag some of the best deals or unite orphans across two stores.

 

Okay, carry on.

post #67998 of 124695
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Originally Posted by Oscarm58 View Post



Allen Edmonds McClains

I have those in black-and-white and love them. AE closed them out a few years ago and a bunch ended up at Nordstrom Rack. The folks at a Rack in Minneapolis were kind enough to send me a pair via the mail, total cost just under $100. What's the color? They look dark brown on my monitor.
post #67999 of 124695
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Originally Posted by Dolfan954 View Post

My attempt at putting the train back on the tracks. No great finds to post (I have some stuff I will post tonight or tomorrow, but no Kiton Vicuna or anything).


My school requires a fair amount of Pro Bono to graduate. I, with the "pressure makes diamonds" attitude, have neglected to finish this requirement and the semester is almost up. I decided to stop by a local Goodwill donation center (not a store, merely drop clothes off and sort). I figured I might be able to sift through the stuff, but that wasn't my primary motivation of volunteering. My motivation was, lets get these hours done however damn possible.

In any case, the donation center is used as a fantastic center to train adults with disabilities. I actually only worked in the main offices doing work preparing reports for the work of the employees (there is a TON of paperwork needed when dealing with adults with disabilities, reports from all over the place because the liability goes through the roof). While I was in the office though, I noticed some really interesting things that I thought I would share.


1. The next time you get pissed the price tag has two plastic things causing a big hole, giant staples through a fine piece of silk, or anti-theft tags through your leather shoes, think twice before cursing the people who did it. Many are learning the most basic things for the first time in their lives, and are just doing their best.

2. There was a HUGE water jug (think office water cooler thing) in the office that was filled with change. Yep...you guessed it. When sorting through the clothes, if anyone finds any money, they bring it and drop it into the cooler. I saw at least three occasions while I was there with people adding money to the jug.

3. The "Boutique" section for tagging clothes was HILARIOUS. I will have to see if I can get pictures when I go back (there is a giant banner with the brand names listed). The employee actually plugs each brand into the computer, and the computer spits out a price accordingly. Let's just say there was not a single brand we would care about that made the list. Not one.

4. In the office, there was a ton of random containers of things (medical supplies, office supplies..etc). One in particular caught my attention, because the gold wrappers were staring at me. Umm...they had an entire plastic container of condoms stored in the office. Now, I can definitely see people finding them in donated goods, but these were carefully stored in ziplocs and stored. Why does this very large chain have these here? This baffles me! They were right next to boxes of gum or something. They were clearly consolidated from donations or something, but why not just discard them?

5. The volume is inane. I didn't expect the volume to come through the door that did from this small little donation center. If only I could have been able to pan through the suits for a moment...

Anyone else ever have an experience with the way thrifts operate? Knowing their distribution schemes and times that donations go out often help snag some of the best deals or unite orphans across two stores.

Okay, carry on.

I've done volunteer work at a local "Catholic charity" thrift shop. I helped sort clothes... Amazing volume, but that was before I knew anything about clothing, so I wouldn't have known what to look for anyway.

Anyone remember the episode of Malcom In The Middle where they get busted for flipping stuff that was donated?
post #68000 of 124695
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Originally Posted by Dolfan954 View Post

My attempt at putting the train back on the tracks. No great finds to post (I have some stuff I will post tonight or tomorrow, but no Kiton Vicuna or anything).


My school requires a fair amount of Pro Bono to graduate. I, with the "pressure makes diamonds" attitude, have neglected to finish this requirement and the semester is almost up. I decided to stop by a local Goodwill donation center (not a store, merely drop clothes off and sort). I figured I might be able to sift through the stuff, but that wasn't my primary motivation of volunteering. My motivation was, lets get these hours done however damn possible.
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In any case, the donation center is used as a fantastic center to train adults with disabilities. I actually only worked in the main offices doing work preparing reports for the work of the employees (there is a TON of paperwork needed when dealing with adults with disabilities, reports from all over the place because the liability goes through the roof). While I was in the office though, I noticed some really interesting things that I thought I would share.


1. The next time you get pissed the price tag has two plastic things causing a big hole, giant staples through a fine piece of silk, or anti-theft tags through your leather shoes, think twice before cursing the people who did it. Many are learning the most basic things for the first time in their lives, and are just doing their best.

2. There was a HUGE water jug (think office water cooler thing) in the office that was filled with change. Yep...you guessed it. When sorting through the clothes, if anyone finds any money, they bring it and drop it into the cooler. I saw at least three occasions while I was there with people adding money to the jug.

3. The "Boutique" section for tagging clothes was HILARIOUS. I will have to see if I can get pictures when I go back (there is a giant banner with the brand names listed). The employee actually plugs each brand into the computer, and the computer spits out a price accordingly. Let's just say there was not a single brand we would care about that made the list. Not one.

4. In the office, there was a ton of random containers of things (medical supplies, office supplies..etc). One in particular caught my attention, because the gold wrappers were staring at me. Umm...they had an entire plastic container of condoms stored in the office. Now, I can definitely see people finding them in donated goods, but these were carefully stored in ziplocs and stored. Why does this very large chain have these here? This baffles me! They were right next to boxes of gum or something. They were clearly consolidated from donations or something, but why not just discard them?

5. The volume is inane. I didn't expect the volume to come through the door that did from this small little donation center. If only I could have been able to pan through the suits for a moment...

Anyone else ever have an experience with the way thrifts operate? Knowing their distribution schemes and times that donations go out often help snag some of the best deals or unite orphans across two stores.

Okay, carry on.

Good on you for giving your time, whether it's required to get ahead or not. More of us should give our time to the organizations themselves rather than bicker about pricing.

Second, this was the most interesting post that I've read in the past week or so, and I have read every single one.


Oh, an ATLJon: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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Whats up guys? Its been awhile. Any awesomeness in the past 2k posts? This will be my first gap in reading the thread, but I can't bring myself to go though 2k posts. Havent been thrifting in about 2-3 weeks, broke as a joke...

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Originally Posted by DeadBoy View Post


Honest question, Wes: does anyone in Pennsylvania have an inseam longer than 31? There are so many nice items in that list that would all make great pedal pushers.
Funny, whenever I see someone make a gay=bad joke, I don't think of them as adults. A joke with hate at its basis is not a joke, it's hate.
In that case, welcome to the 21st century. And where were you for the last 40 years?
+1

 

Member seajen is like 6'5". I am also longer than a 31. So that answers your question.

 

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Originally Posted by ATLjon View Post

I wasted five minutes of precious procrastination time for this?

 

Do I qualify as old? Today's my 30th birthday.

 

Uh oh. You old!

 

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Originally Posted by Jpmorris View Post

Whats up guys? Its been awhile. Any awesomeness in the past 2k posts? This will be my first gap in reading the thread, but I can't bring myself to go though 2k posts. Havent been thrifting in about 2-3 weeks, broke as a joke...

We aren't allowed to post pictures of our finds anymore...

post #68003 of 124695

Dude who got ripped off on a Tom Ford suit deal with another SFer, got a Kiton Vicuna suit on "deep discount".  That's all....

 

I SAID THAT'S ALL.

 

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Originally Posted by Jpmorris View Post

Whats up guys? Its been awhile. Any awesomeness in the past 2k posts? This will be my first gap in reading the thread, but I can't bring myself to go though 2k posts. Havent been thrifting in about 2-3 weeks, broke as a joke...

post #68004 of 124695
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

Good on you for giving your time, whether it's required to get ahead or not. More of us should give our time to the organizations themselves rather than bicker about pricing.

Second, this was the most interesting post that I've read in the past week or so, and I have read every single one.


Oh, an ATLJon: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I've toured the local GW operation and this is spot-on. It's nothing short of amazing. With the volume they see, there's no way to separate out the rare high end stuff. Also, employees get discounts but can't shop on days they work--it's a firing offense, and managers must approve every sale to employees. Every chapter does things differently, but that's how it works here.
post #68005 of 124695
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Originally Posted by FaceOfBoh View Post

I am a huge fan. I frequently listen to Somethin' Else when I'm thirfting. Autumn Leaves comes on and I'm in the zone.

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+1

Cannonball is great (love the stuff with Joe Z on the Wurlitzer!!!!!)

and I like the Miles Quintet Prestige records...I have most of Miles' recordings but this is my fave track, I can just listen to it on repeat all day...nice collar too -- that guy knew how to dress, didn't he


post #68006 of 124695

Jesus Christ, I went back and saw that Kiton Vicuna. Did EddieVddr snag it from C21? Please fill me in on the TF suit ripoff, you bunch of gays. devil.gif

PS for the love of god, someone please find me some spectators in size 8, ill rock fucking cole haan! Also, SPAM daddy's gotta pay rent so if you're a size 46R and need an entire recent label Brioni black tie kit minus shirt and shoes hollacha boiii, or if you want a sweet despos SC I got you 46's on that too :)

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Stop #1...

Barbour Fleece
EMS Down Parka
Stanford Blood Center cycling jersey (now I don't have to give blood 50 times before I can get one!)
Vineyard Vines tie NWOT for the Congressional US Open







post #68008 of 124695
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Originally Posted by FaceOfBoh View Post

I am a huge fan. I frequently listen to Somethin' Else when I'm thirfting. Autumn Leaves comes on and I'm in the zone.

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That would be a grail find for me. Adderly is great, and Davis is transcendent.
post #68009 of 124695
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Originally Posted by Jpmorris View Post

Jesus Christ, I went back and saw that Kiton Vicuna. Did EddieVddr snag it from C21? Please fill me in on the TF suit ripoff, you bunch of gays. devil.gif
PS for the love of god, someone please find me some spectators in size 8, ill rock fucking cole haan! Also, SPAM daddy's gotta pay rent so if you're a size 46R and need an entire recent label Brioni black tie kit minus shirt and shoes hollacha boiii, or if you want a sweet despos SC I got you 46's on that too smile.gif

WOW!!!!!

No room in the closet....refer to pictures.

Welcome back JP...how is law school treating you?
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This thread briefly turned the excitement I feel when I see it has new posts into dread.
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