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^^ Definitely!

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Originally Posted by talitashaloma View Post

Absolutely despicable. Goodwill is cheating disabled workers. 

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100834276

I've heard first hand from employees how awful Goodwill treats them. Not just the disabled workers, but the regular workers as well. Many say they're very unhappy there but can't find work anywhere else. My brother worked for them for a very short time and told me corporate has very unreasonable expectations for their stores and employees and have forced certain pricing employees to read and memorize labels from magazines like GQ, Vogue and Esquire to mark up. If each employee doesn't mark a certain number of pieces at a "premium" price per day, they get a demerit and ultimately can be let go. Ridiculous.


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Originally Posted by wcl View Post

The perils of thrifting. I made my long route today. Wound up getting broadsided by a deer while doing 70 down I-24. How he managed to dodge the 18 wheeler to my left and make it to my side of the interstate I will never know. Somehow he just managed to dent the back door and leave a massive trail of slobber on my driver side window.




Owch! That sucks, but yes, you did get very lucky you didn't hit him head on. I've seen a lot of totaled vehicles due to collisions with deer.
post #73457 of 124741
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

^^ Definitely!
I've heard first hand from employees how awful Goodwill treats them. Not just the disabled workers, but the regular workers as well. Many say they're very unhappy there but can't find work anywhere else. My brother worked for them for a very short time and told me corporate has very unreasonable expectations for their stores and employees and have forced certain pricing employees to read and memorize labels from magazines like GQ, Vogue and Esquire.

I'll see your brother and raise you one ex-sister-in-law (well, nearly--we were never married but lived in sin long enough). A high school dropout. Popped one kid after another, spaced just far enough apart to keep the government money coming. Finally, after being utterly and completely unemployed with no good excuse for 15 years or so, she finally got a job. Guess where? Turned her life around and, after a few years at Goodwill, she got on at Costco and is now a homeowner and paying taxes. Nobody but nobody would have given her a chance, but Goodwill did and she made the most of it.

Again, this may be chapter specific. I don't know about the place your brother worked. I can only speak from personal experience. Sure, they make you work, and they make you work hard. I don't see anything wrong with that.
post #73458 of 124741

found this piece

thought is was pretty cool

English saddleback belt from BR with the old style logo

post #73459 of 124741
Raising 20 kids isn't a good excuse to stay home? peepwall[1].gif
post #73460 of 124741
Also: dat $200 hoodie!
post #73461 of 124741
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

Some cool finds from today.

Cashmere shawl lapel J. Press dinner jacket with cocktail cuffs.
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Wings + Horns hoodie




Great stuff.
post #73462 of 124741
Keeping my run of luck rolling (I hope). This lot cost me $20.

Two minis of Bvlgari The Rouge EDP


Two pairs of Dunkelman shoe trees in my size


North Face polar fleece vet. Very handy with the winter weather hitting us big-time.


TM Lewin tie. Not sure of this colour, but the silk is beautiful


C&J loafers. Vintage, but these ought to clean up quite nicely. Size 9EEE if someone's interested.


Found this Hawes and Curtis shirt in the $1 bargain rack


And this suit Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



I also went to the local parfumerie sale again. I picked up this lot, mostly testers. The haul included Hermes, Frapin, Annick Goutal, Acqua di Parma, Acqua di Biella, Piguet and Honore des Pres. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
post #73463 of 124741

Not at all familiar with this particular kind of thing, anyone know if it's good? Got it cheap so it doesn't matter if it's crap.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MENS-SAVILE-ROW-JACKET-BLAZER-42R-DRY-CLEANED-READY-TO-WEAR-EK3473-/121129103646?ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSA:GB:3160

 

Not finding a whole lot in stores now for some reason. Keep the hunt going men.

post #73464 of 124741
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Originally Posted by wilay05 View Post

Thanks guys! I went back to go get it...its in perfect condition...a size 43R...I'm a noob at this so how do you tell if a jacket is part of a suit or just a sports coat? Are there any identifiers to look for? 

 

Thanks

 

I'm no expert, but the first thing I do is mentally imagine a pair of trousers in the same color and pattern as the jacket.  In the case of your jacket, a pair of matching pants might have been possible at some point in history by some other label, but doubtful from Brooks Brothers.

In my experience, if it's a pinstriped jacket, it's likely an orphan. If it's double-breasted, it's likely an orphan. If there is a size or maker tag, and it has two sets of size indicators, i.e.: "43R/36W" it's definitely an orphan (43R being the jacket and 36W [36 Waist] being the pants that came with it).

I have picked up many a nice label orphan only to re-donate after listing on eBay 3 or 4 times, which was probably the best way for me to learn.  I also browsed Brooks Brothers online and noted what they sold as sport coats vs. suits.  Most tweeds, even if once part of a suit, can be used as sport coats, as can many plaids & checks, houndstooth, etc.

If it's something for myself and I know I have the right pants to wear with it, I pick it up.  If it's for resale and I'm not sure, these days I'll leave it rather than be swayed by the label / maker.

Again, only personal experience and limited at that - someone else may well have more sure-fire ways of determining sport coat vs. suit coat missing trousers.

Have fun!

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Some recent accessories....
















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Some recent accessories....
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Nice finds all around, but I really like that one! Wool?
post #73467 of 124741
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

Nice finds all around, but I really like that one! Wool?

Thanks! Yup, wool. That was ethrifted smile.gif
post #73468 of 124741
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post

I can only speak from personal experience. Sure, they make you work, and they make you work hard. I don't see anything wrong with that.

Pity they can't reward hard work with real pay rates
post #73469 of 124741
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Originally Posted by wilay05 View Post

Found this today but left it because it was missing the pants...should I go back and get it!? Also it was made in usa and $15...thanks! [IMG]

 

 

 

The guiding principle of an odd jacket (sport coat) is that it must not look like part of a suit. Otherwise the wearer might be mistaken for someone who simply forgot to put on the right pants, never a stylish look.

 

So odd jackets (sport coats) have features that distinguish them from suit coats.

 

  • buttons will not match the coat

  • patch pockets

  • louder patterns that would look out of place as a suit

  • cloths with more texture than worsted wool

  • fewer than four buttons at the sleeve

  • buttons with two holes rather than four are considered more 'sporty'

  • a true blazer will always have metal buttons

  • vintage sport coats will often have detailing on them you would never see on a suit coat such as a self cinching belt (a Norfolk jacket) or whatnot

  • pinstripes always indicates an orphan

 

The trickiest orphans to tell are the solid worsted ones; usually navy. If you look close though, the buttons and the pockets will give it away. Having said that, I swapped MOPs onto a navy Canali orphan and it easily passes as a sport coat.

 

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Two finds today, both AVAILABLE for trade.  Where my 46Rs at?!?

 

(1) Polo Ralph Lauren Made in Italy (by Corneliani, yes?) Tweed SC with nice leather buttons and elbow patches.  3/2 roll.  Looks like it was worn maybe a couple times.  Still has spare buttons in one of the pockets.

 

PRL tweed jacket (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2) Ralph Lauren Purple Label (by St Andrews, yes?).  This is an orphan, I think, but it seems like it could be rocked as a SC.  Thoughts?  Sorry that the pictures suck so much.  I might try to take some outside later.

 

5% cashmere, 95% wool.  How would you describe this pattern?  Puppytooth with purple overcheck?  Also, check out the flapped chest pocket.  Is there a term for that?

 

RLPL: jacket (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

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