Regarding posts about flipping, and thrifting exposure:
Quite obviously, I post a ton of items that I intend to sell. I post them because I think they were cool finds, and I don't mention the flipping aspect. For me, posting is not money related: it's about sharing my excitement about items that I find. That's not meant as a defense, or judgement upon people who do otherwise, it's merely an explanation of my approach to posting.
The whole exposure to thrifting deal... well... I don't take it that seriously. Part of that is the fact that thrifting is already very hot in the LA area. From a business perspective, I try to diversify my thrifting strategy, which helps counter the "drying up" of certain stores.
Other than that, I want to mention that I wish I still posted a bunch. Part of it is time constraints, and part of it is lack of motivation to post. I was a bit of a drama queen (ironically, Frenchy and I are friends now), and that left a bad taste in many members' mouths. I was young and restless, what can I say. However, because of that truth, my posts aren't as well received as initially. I wish that weren't the case, but I have mostly myself to blame.
On the entrepreneurship front, I'm working on some very exciting projects. For me, the "business of thrifting" has become a multifaceted and creative endeavor. It has changed my life. I left college, shifted much of my life direction, and now run small business with Connor (Mainy). I am happier, and more comfortable with myself than I have ever been!
As this has progressed, I have also become much more interested in fashion itself. Initially, I was obsessive about quality: I had an eye for quality, construction, etc. Now that's changing. I feel comfortable dressing in tune with my emotions. I'm almost at the point where I'm the guy walking down the street in full goth-ninja garb. That is something that I would have never felt comfortable with.
In the last week I've hung out with an immensely talented designer, and have all but finalized a large purchase from a popular streetwear brand. I'm continuously growing, learning, and am enthralled doing so.
Here's my advice to all of you. My dad is a geologist. Many of my excursions as a kid were gold panning, fossil hunting, metal detecting, etc. That is what thrifting is and should always be to me: a treasure hunt.
+1 - You should post more though!
"Discount" Brag of sorts.... this is my fav. so far! Wish it was my size, sooo bad ass. I've never seen a "summer" tweed before but this is as close as it gets. Call it Spring/Fall
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Brian I am so jealous of all the NWT Belvest stuff you have floating around your eBay... I would be in the poor house if I had a way to procure that kind of quality! You have the discipline of a monk my friend
Its super easy when nothing fits. A true blessing in disguise.