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post #77371 of 109264
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Actually funny you mention this.

Saturday I found a decent PRL Corduroy SC. It seemed to be poorly hidden by another thrifter, perhaps in hopes of an upcoming half price day. It was only placed inside another sport coat, leaving the label quite clearly visible. Turns out, Dustinmyself hid it because he was on his bike and decided to stop in, but had no back pack. It was at my house by the time he returned. devil.gif


Moral of the story: If you like it, buy it now. If you don't....someone else will. 
Alternate moral of the story: If you hide something in my territory, you had better hide it well.....or I will find it.

How long does it take for you to "do" a store? There are three on my regular route, all standard-issue, each about the floor space of a supermarket. Because I steal time during the work day, I have to be quick, so it's generally between five and ten minutes per stop, which leaves enough time to check the men's section for new stuff that has shown up since the day before and not much else, with trousers and short-sleeve shirts usually getting a very cursory inspection. A thorough check, not counting the women's section, takes 30-45 minutes. If I did that consistently, I wouldn't have a job or a marriage.

This subject may have come up before, but I'm impressed by how often you score in an area of the country where I wouldn't think that someone could score so well. I'm thinking you must be putting more time into it than the rest of us schlubs.
post #77372 of 109264
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Originally Posted by SomethingsFishy View Post

Fishy went thrifting.
 

 

 

 

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It's so beautiful

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post #77373 of 109264
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post

I have bought boxers, but they didn't count, being brand-new and still in original package (J. Crew, which I swear by). I have bought socks, once, SmartWool type boot socks that seemed obviously new, and I checked carefully.
I also swear by J Crew. But I still don't think I could bring myself to buy even NWT boxers at a thrift. Everyone has their limit. Some people it's stained trouser lining. That's OK by me as long as I know there's a crisp, clean layer of cotton between me and them. And thrifted boxers unbalance that equation.
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post

How long does it take for you to "do" a store? .
My goal is 15 minutes, unless my smoke detector goes off, in which case I spend as long as it takes to find the fire.

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Originally Posted by MZhammer View Post

It's so beautiful
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INORITE??? Wish it were our size.
post #77374 of 109264
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Originally Posted by dustinmyself View Post

since it won't let me quote right now, I'm just going to say:

I admit I made a rookie mistake (by poorly hiding something/leaving it)

But the cord jacket wasn't even my size and probably would have ended up being traded to Wes anyway.

Wes always finds the good stuff.

I know Wes has some goodies in my size & I have some goodies to trade smile.gif


what's with all these meet ups? There needs to be huge east coast get together.

I'm in, lets meet at GMMcL's house in CT it is right in the middle of NJ, NY, MA, PA. fing02[1].gif

post #77375 of 109264
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post


I also swear by J Crew. But I still don't think I could bring myself to buy even NWT boxers at a thrift. Everyone has their limit. Some people it's stained trouser lining. That's OK by me as long as I know there's a crisp, clean layer of cotton between me and them. And thrifted boxers unbalance that equation.
My goal is 15 minutes, unless my smoke detector goes off, in which case I spend as long as it takes to find the fire.
INORITE??? Wish it were our size.

baldy[1].gif WTF am I doing wrong? I am lucky to clear a store in under 2 hours which is why I maybe get to one or two a week. It takes me 15 minutes just to check all of the jackets, suits, and shoes. Than all of the shirts and sweaters, then hit the ladies coats.

post #77376 of 109264
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Originally Posted by MZhammer View Post

It's so beautiful

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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

INORITE??? Wish it were our size.

If it were it'd be the battle of the wallets! fight[1].gif

post #77377 of 109264

I have a pretty set routine unless the store has some jacked up format or they are busy and someone screws up my plan

 

Shoes-2 minutes on avg

Ties/belts-2 minutes

Suits/Sportcoats-5 minutes

Pants/Jeans-Quick breeze, 3 mins

Shirts-slightly slower breeze, 5 mins

quick walk thru purses, womens coats/blazers, stereo equipment, glass showcases-5 mins

 

25 minutes on average to get thru a normal store without my son..if he's with me, add 10 minutes to look at toys

 

However, I've been in stores well over an hour if I'm finding good stuff...seems like I get faster every time I go to the same stores, once you know the layout you can get thru a lot faster.

post #77378 of 109264
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

Love the Lumberg idea. Not sure I could play; I have exactly 0 Keaton style shirts.

Today's thrift fit. Everything visible was bought less than retail (thrift, consign, TJX, made by me...)
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Vintage Gray & Lampel orphan converted by swapping buttons
Shirt: Borrelli (thanks, NAT)
Tie: RLPL
Links: Hommade
Square: Dunno
Belt: Trafalger (thanks, SPOO)
Trou: Isaia
Socks: Panthy
Shoes: Alden tasseks

 

Great fit, man. One of my favourites from you. I feel like the solid tie really helps balance everything.

 

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Originally Posted by Shoeluv View Post

baldy%5B1%5D.gifWTF am I doing wrong? I am lucky to clear a store in under 2 hours which is why I maybe get to one or two a week. It takes me 15 minutes just to check all of the jackets, suits, and shoes. Than all of the shirts and sweaters, then hit the ladies coats.

 

Bear in mind too it depends on what kind of store you're going to. VV/Savers are typically much larger than GW or SA. At the VVs around here you can spend 20 minutes just flipping through all the dress shirts alone. Shoes should never take you more than a few minutes though, unless like GMMcL said you smell smoke.

post #77379 of 109264
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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

I have had this happen...and I rented a UHaul van to get it home.  Stored briefly and flipped quickly.  I do have a car but the stuff was way too big - where there's a will, there's a way.  biggrin.gif
  Gotta spend $ to make $.

Folks should also keep in mind that Home Depot rents trucks. $19 for the first hour and a half, $10 each additional hour.
post #77380 of 109264
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

Folks should also keep in mind that Home Depot rents trucks. $19 for the first hour and a half, $10 each additional hour.

 

And you get vans and pickup trucks with Zipcar. 

post #77381 of 109264
Score on that A&S suit! WOW!

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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

GO.

BACK.

NOW.

Wait outside. Or break in.

Tehy do well resale but more importantly, they're sartorial history. Tehy're museum pieces. They're works of art.

Insta kop grail level stuff.

Only reason I didn't comment here is because I already PMed him.


+100000

Passing on Anderson & Sheppard?! ffffuuuu.gif

I'd even pick up A&S if it had moth holes. This is the stuff that's worth re-weaving.
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post

How long does it take for you to "do" a store? There are three on my regular route, all standard-issue, each about the floor space of a supermarket. Because I steal time during the work day, I have to be quick, so it's generally between five and ten minutes per stop

Good stores that get a lot of good stuff take me a good hour to 1 1/2 hrs to comb through. This is with me going fairly quick through stuff while battling obvious flippers. If I get there on the off-chance that things are quiet and relaxed where I can take my time I'd say 2 hours. Then again I go through everything from clothes (men's & women's coats/suits) to housewares to books.

Meh stores in lower-income districts that I generally only find old stereo equipment, records and maybe some old workwear/camo stuff take me about 1/2 hr.

One thing that holds me up is the guy who parks his cart right in the middle of the suit isle and tries on every damned coat. I've been close to pulling a Frenchy multiple times, but the fact that these guys usually smell like they haven't bathed in months usually deters me.


Also, picked this up on a morning run. Ben Silver black 3 roll 2 blazer. Patch pockets. Sterling silver buttons. Too bad they have initals engraved on them, but being sterling silver, they're worth money on their own. Fits like a 44-46. Available.





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Edited by Nataku - 8/13/13 at 10:49am
post #77382 of 109264
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post


How long does it take for you to "do" a store? There are three on my regular route, all standard-issue, each about the floor space of a supermarket. Because I steal time during the work day, I have to be quick, so it's generally between five and ten minutes per stop, which leaves enough time to check the men's section for new stuff that has shown up since the day before and not much else, with trousers and short-sleeve shirts usually getting a very cursory inspection. A thorough check, not counting the women's section, takes 30-45 minutes. If I did that consistently, I wouldn't have a job or a marriage.

This subject may have come up before, but I'm impressed by how often you score in an area of the country where I wouldn't think that someone could score so well. I'm thinking you must be putting more time into it than the rest of us schlubs.

Depends on the store. There is a large SA near work. I hit it 3 times a week. The first day I am a little more thorough (but quick), I look at all the menswear items to catch up from the weekend. I peruse the other sections looking for obviously misplaced/hidden items. It take about an hour, could be longer, but lunch is over.  On the other two days, I only have to look for the new tag color since I have seen everything else. On those days I am in and out in about 25 minutes. 

 

During my monster Friday runs. I try to keep a tight schedule and move fast to be sure I hit all of my desired stops. I use my hands as my extra eyes and work very quickly. The hangers move in a blur. I generally peruse shirts and pants looking for stand out items at these stores and focus mainly on shoes and SC suits. I can do about 11-14 stores (large and small mix) including drive time in about 8 hours. No breaks unless it is an emergency. 

 

There are 75-80 stores I hit on a regular basis, I generally get to all of them within a 3-4 week period. I don't often thrift on the weekend, unless my wife wants to go along, or we are donating.

 

I also check all of the women's jeans at all stores for certain designers. I proxy them for my ebay friend in Appalachia VA. She doesn't really have any influx of inventory and there is only one thrift store within a 2 hour radius. I try to send her 15-20 pairs a week to help out. It's her only source of income.


Edited by capnwes - 8/13/13 at 11:41am
post #77383 of 109264
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Originally Posted by marc roberto View Post

Wool/cashmere Hickey Freeman blazer unlined, double vented, patch pockets.

700

 

Can anyone give some more info about this label. Never seen it before (Click to show)

700

 

700

awesome pattern. fishscales? (brown and blue)

700

 

 

 

Some shirts

Beauty Turnbull & Asser

700

 

VV x2 different colors

400

400

All together now

700

 

Stefano Ricci cotton blazer double vents! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif Funky or what!

700

 

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700

 

700

 

700

 

 

 

Vintage Florsheim shoes. Are these flip worthy?

700

 

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700

 

700

 

700

 

 

 

I have to pair of Vintage Florsheim shoes.  I have the tassel version in black.  And the oxxford wingtip in black as well.  I love them both.  Good find.

post #77384 of 109264
I generally stick to a routine as well. This is what I try to keep to at SA/goodwill etc. VV is so huge I really only skim unless I've got enough time, which I almost never do. I also probably have jeans higher on the list than most of you guys.

Shoes 2-3min
Jeans 1-2min
Outerwear 1-2min
Jackets/suits 5min
Trousers 2-3min
Shirts 3-5min

If I have time to check the women's section, since that's where I've found Dior homme, tellason and jil:
Jeans 2-3min
Jackets 2-3min

Also found a cloak piece, nothing crazy though, just a polo.
post #77385 of 109264
Interesting stuff on how long it takes to go through stores. Keeping track of color tags is helpful, but I'm careful about that. Just today, found my first-ever Corneliani sport coat, blend of lambswool and cashmere in a perfect autumn hue, mint condition. It was half-off, so it had been in the same store I visit daily for a month or so. It must have been stashed in the women's section or something and finally moved to its proper place--no way that I could have missed it if it had been where it was supposed to have been, which is where I found it. At another store, I found a vintage LL Bean Norwegian sweater, the birdseye pattern in navy-and-purple, for 25-percent off, which means it was set to go to half-off next week. Can't explain how that one got through, either, although stuff like this bolsters my belief that there isn't much flipper pressure around here.

Not to totally derail again, but I wonder how it is that Savers and VV have so much more stuff than SA or GW. I would never donate to anything other than a non-profit because I want the tax deduction, but I've seen the same thing in larger towns that have VV's and Savers (there are none around here). The for-profits always have tons more stuff than the stores run by tax-exempt charities.
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