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My point of view is I joined this forum because of the extreme camaraderie I witnessed and everyone seemed to be having fun. I am guessing that in 2005 when the thread first started if you had made it members only Style Forum itself would be smaller and less interesting and you would have nowhere near 70K posts. This thread was the only reason I stopped lurking and joined, actually it was the only reason I even lurked I love this thread and read it almost obsessively.

 

I heard this same theory in the mid-2000's about auctions and flipping houses that if you publicize it everyone would start doing it. I don't think you realize the amount of work it takes to get to the level of a Spoo or Brianpore etc. First how many of us can look at a label like Spoo and say counterfeit, very few. That's because you need a deep knowledge of the brands and their history. Yes you might get the kid who walks into a thrift and finds 10 Kiton suits from a dead guy, but more likely you will get someone like me who buys a Saddlebred XXL 40% Polyester shirt for $7.99 and finally gets a bidder for .99 and $5 shipping then actually spends $5.70 to ship it... What do you think the chances are I am going to quit my Engineering job and try to thrift for a living? I will continue to go thrifting mainly because I think it is exciting when you do find something great for a low price. After my fiasco of trying to sell on eBay I will find things in my size or sizes of friends on this forum and leave everything else. Although if I do find 10 Kiton suits I will be buying them mwink[1].gif

 

Also, you can see one of my first posts was to give away a few SWUs' on American Airline, the reason I did this here instead of giving them to co-workers or a travel forum is expressly due to Spoo and the others on this thread spreading their knowledge and having fun doing it. I think it would be a huge disservice to yourselves and everything you have built here at StyleForum to hide away your knowledge.

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(I can't wait for fall to list winter items!)

+1000

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Originally Posted by FaceOfBoh View Post

Re: DM7
+2. I'd say past actions are water under the bridge, especially in light of your own admission that you felt you behaved in an immature manner. There are new people here and new perspectives and experiences to share with them. I'd welcome hearing more of your - and others' - experiences.
 

 

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+1 - You should post more though!


+3 Quite frankly I'm here for both the thrift brags and seeing the lucrative nature of what Spoo and others can do. Not everyone is in LA or NY or even gets out as much as they'd like and I love to live vicariously through your finds. Post more please.

 

Also that sober admission that you had a hand in how you were initially received is much more mature than most of the other people who have come in hard and fast.

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+27 on the treasure hunt.
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(I can't wait for fall to list winter items!)

+1000. I'm stocking up for "Operation: Cover a Relatively Small Geographic Area With Tweed".
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I have been thrifting for 20+ years and sorely wish I had found this thread sooner as I know I have passed up many an item that I could of banked on.

there will always be something new, so no worries, bigstar[1].gif

each find is a treasure!

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I agree. I was also hoping this thread would become a sf members thread and not a publicly viewable one.


Good point.

Now what would you guys say if you initially became a sf member because of coming across this very fine informative thread and after joining sf, you respectfully and meaningfully contributed 99% of all your sf posts to this thread. Then for no apparently valid reason, you have your private messages function disabled and lost all abilities to post in any sf thread, essentially forcing you to only be a logged-in member lurker?

 

Sorry guys, I don't mean to add bullshit here but can a moderator/administrator look into why I was banned? (ejay415)  I sent several messages thru the feedback contact form without response.

I read the TOS and I didn't violate anything listed there but I know SF has the right to suspend or disable anyone's account at their sole discretion.

But really, was my last post such an egregious one to merit getting banned? Was it because I didn't trade or sell some of my posted items to certain members who messaged me?

Yeah I know I was fairly new here and my post count was small compared to a lot of you, but it sucks to have to start over again- and maybe get banned again.

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I think I'm going to take the next few hours snapping some pictures to post smile.gif

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Originally Posted by antirabbit View Post

Ive not posted in super long, but here is a roll call on my latest finds:

...

A shit load of pocket squares, all hand rolled, most are vintage, I also started picking up vintage fabrics and making my own hand rolled pocket squares. Its super fun and very much helps me understand the difference in quality of squares out there.
Also have taken a few stabs at antiquing shoes-meaning changing the colors and dying shoes. Again, super fun, but wow a lot of work.

I only ever find pocket squares at the more boutique/antique type shops - never at GW or VV. Do you find them with women's scarves, or are there Goodwill stores that actually display pocket squares next to ties?
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No pics yet, but I scored my first ever sport coat that actually ALMOST fits me! I need to sew the lining back on, as the prior owner managed to tear it out in a few places, and IMO the padding looks a bit silly, but with some tailoring work, I will have an old-school PRL brown POW check tweed sport coat smile.gif. It'll probably need 1-200 bucks of work, but that's cheaper than buying myself a number of equal quality that actually fits me. 


#34RProblems 

Hey man,
I'm in Seattle, so I'll keep my eyes open for size 34 stuff for you. You'll at least have dibs on anything that's too small for Brian Pore! wink.gif
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+1000. I'm stocking up for "Operation: Cover a Relatively Small Geographic Area With Tweed".

Hey now. Careful, that's borderline slogan infringement.
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I think I'm going to take the next few hours snapping some pictures to post smile.gif

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Originally Posted by darkmatter7 View Post

I think I'm going to take the next few hours snapping some pictures to post smile.gif

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+1

 

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Originally Posted by SomethingsFishy View Post

No pics yet, but I scored my first ever sport coat that actually ALMOST fits me! I need to sew the lining back on, as the prior owner managed to tear it out in a few places, and IMO the padding looks a bit silly, but with some tailoring work, I will have an old-school PRL brown POW check tweed sport coat smile.gif. It'll probably need 1-200 bucks of work, but that's cheaper than buying myself a number of equal quality that actually fits me. 


#34RProblems 

Hey man,
I'm in Seattle, so I'll keep my eyes open for size 34 stuff for you. You'll at least have dibs on anything that's too small for Brian Pore! wink.gif

 

I working on getting my hands on some EU 44 stuff....not sure if it's going to be too small for me yet, but if so I'll let you know.

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Originally Posted by AndroFan View Post

 

What I was saying is that I don't ever care what someone bought and sold something for, regardless of the item or the profit margin.  It has absolutely nothing to do with the nature and spirit of this thread, and I don't believe it's ever relevant.  Yet there has been a precipitous rise in the number of these kinds of posts.  

 

 

 See the 2012 Cheapies (the winners there were ALL about how much the items were worth and/or sold for)... This thread has been all about BRAGGING and FLIPPING for as long as I've been a member (a little over a year now).

 

 As one who flips for some extra cash, I have absolutely no problem with flipping talk in this thread. It's just a small part of why I hang out here.... The "brotherhood" aspect helps as well. We all share some common interests, if not a sense of style. This thread is the crossroads between the MC and SWAD sides of this site. I come here to see what you guys are interested in, and it surely has influenced my sense of style, even if I still wear shorts and a t-shirt most of the time when I'm not working. And yes, I do occasionally sell stuff that I post here. Most of the stuff I post here, though, is for my own use or made available to the bros here...

 

 The vast majority of the "stuff I flip" would be lost on most of the folks here, so I don't post it....

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All this car talk has inspired me to share my own thrift -for-car story. About 3 years ago I was in the Downtown Oakland (CA) Salvation army. Had canvassed the store with nothing to show for it. Was heading for the exit past the maternity clothing, and lo and behold, I spot 7 vintage Schott one star 613s from the 60s and 70s in a neat little row amongst the mumus . This place is awash with flippers, albeit in the middle of a sea of fish markets and massage parlors in Oakland Chinatown, so I nearly swallowed my tongue in shock that they were still there (might have been cached there for all I know). I bought them all at about 20 bucks a jacket, and sold them all to the tune of about 3k between Craigslist and eBay.

I turned around and a few weeks later used the dough to buy a 1964 Plymouth Valiant (CA car, perfect running cond) from a very elderly gent in Redwood City. Her name is Orabelle, incidentally

I did all of this without telling my wife, which was just an awful idea, but there it is. So after picking up the Valiant, I go to pick her up from the Bart station, and she nearly beheaded me in rage. Though now the car is one of her favorite things in the world, so I feel both vindicated, and thrift empowered.

The end



 

 

 And here I think I'm being bad by ordering a new DSLR body with my flipping proceeds... Should be arriving today! It's gonna be awesome to have a better camera when I go to the east coast and Europe in July!

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