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post #77386 of 113039
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post


There are 75-80 stores I hit on a regular basis, I generally get to all of them within a 3-4 week period.


post #77387 of 113039
I'm in and out quickly most times. Most sections I can scan in a minute or two, and visits take less than ten minutes often.

First step is always to scan any just-wheeled-out racks. Then:
  • Shoes: 1-2 minutes (Scan the shelves quickly for good designs/non-plasticky leather with leather soles—inspect those more closely.)
  • Ties: 1-2 minutes (Look for good designs, then inspect labels of those ties. Knit ties/Hermes-style ties always get a closer look.)
  • Suits and jackets: 2-4 minutes (Scan quickly for quality fabrics/desirable patterns and look closer at those. Often I rule suits out by the neck-area tag style, lapels, buttons (blazers), or the style of lining, without seeing the maker.)
  • Shirts get a quicker scan. I look mostly at blue and white shirts and at desirable or unique patterns. Yellow, gray, brown, etc., usually get skipped. Polo shirts get skipped. Until recently tees got skipped.
  • Outerwear gets a minute or two. I also spend a minute in women's to check scarves.
  • I'm lazy with pants and do a quick walk through every couple visits.
  • Always a quick glance at furniture and electronics, though I have little faith I'll find something there.

Edited by ChetB - 8/13/13 at 12:20pm
post #77388 of 113039
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post

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.

 

I also check for the last week's color too. I have been thinking recently that they have stuff tagged in the back and haven't had room to put it out until the following week. I suppose that could happen at any time to any color tag if the rack just never get's put out for a few weeks.

post #77389 of 113039

I picked several pairs of shoes in various sizes and styles.  I didn't post good photos of the AE in size 12.  I post pictures later tonight of all shoes.  I also have a a few shirts Theory, John Varvatos, Custom Made French Cuff.

 

Also, if you find a pair of shoes you like that's in decent condition that you love you can always change the color by banishing (a.k.a antiquing) change the color, or just polish to patina shine. I antiques a pair shoes that cost me about $60.  Made in Italy by some company for middle tier shoes as private source for well known brands.  I can't remember.  But main point is that you always give shoes that you love new life.  Here what I've done with a pair shoes that were in fair condition.  

 

 

Here are the photos of the Romano Martegani shoes before deglazing. I didn't properly care for the shoes because I didn't wear them often. Maybe a total of six times since purchase them used.

 

 

Before applying Fiebings Deglazer. After deglazing applied 2 rounds of leather rejuvenate on both

shoe to condition and prepare the leather for burnishing (antiquing)

 

 

 

After deglazing and two coats of British Tan leather dye. Notice that after 

2 coats of leather dye the shoes already looks 110% better compared to what 

I started with.

 

 

 

Here's what the first round of burnishing a single shoe looks like after a total of 

three layers of Chocolate leather dye over the British Tan base color.

In between layers I would apply leather rejuvenate before moving on to the other shoe. Notice that the shoe is taking on a

a deep multi color brownish tone with a slight bit of shine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am 3/4 finished. I decided to wear the shoes to work today to see what kind of feed back/compliments I would receive.  I got a few compliments from female co-workers.  They couldn't believe that I did the work myself.  

post #77390 of 113039
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post

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.

 

Savers funnels shit in from nearby communities, sometimes states apart.  SA/GW varies, but they all often share semi-local regions.

post #77391 of 113039
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Originally Posted by ChetB View Post

I'm in and out quickly most times. Most sections I can scan in a minute or two, and visits take less than ten minutes often.

First step is always to scan any just-wheeled-out racks. Then:

Shoes: 1-2 minutes (Scan the shelves quickly for good designs/non-plasticky leather with leather soles—inspect those more closely.)

Ties: 1-2 minutes (Look for good designs, then inspect labels of those ties. Knit ties/Hermes looking ties always get a closer look.)

Suits and jackets: 2-4 minutes (Scan quickly for quality fabrics/desirable patterns and look closer at those. Often I rule suits out by the neck-area tag style, lapels, buttons (blazers), or the style of lining, without seeing the maker.)

Shirts get a quicker scan. I look mostly at blue and white shirts and at desirable or unique patterns. Yellow, gray, brown, etc., usually get skipped. Polo shirts get skipped. Until recently tees got skipped.

Outerwear gets a minute or two. I also spend a minute in women's to check scarves.

I'm lazy with pants and do a quick walk through every couple visits.

Always a quick glance at furniture and electronics, though I have little faith I'll find something there.

EXACTLY what I do. I've started checking the women's outerwear, scarf sections recently with decent success. Stores have no idea how to sorts men's and women's coats and jackets.
post #77392 of 113039
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post


+1. My dreams of someday approaching the kind of volume and profit Cap does went up in a puff of smoke when I read that. I'd have to drive to Indy, Cincy, Lexington, Bowling Green and Nashville to hit that many stores.
post #77393 of 113039
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Originally Posted by PointDexter2014 View Post

I picked several pairs of shoes in various sizes and styles.  I didn't post good photos of the AE in size 12.  I post pictures later tonight of all shoes.  I also have a a few shirts Theory, John Varvatos, Custom Made French Cuff.

Also, if you find a pair of shoes you like that's in decent condition that you love you can always change the color by banishing (a.k.a antiquing) change the color, or just polish to patina shine. I antiques a pair shoes that cost me about $60.  Made in Italy by some company for middle tier shoes as private source for well known brands.  I can't remember.  But main point is that you always give shoes that you love new life.  Here what I've done with a pair shoes that were in fair condition.  


Here are the photos of the Romano Martegani shoes before deglazing. I didn't properly care for the shoes because I didn't wear them often. Maybe a total of six times since purchase them used.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Before applying Fiebings Deglazer. After deglazing applied 2 rounds of leather rejuvenate on both
shoe to condition and prepare the leather for burnishing (antiquing)







After deglazing and two coats of British Tan leather dye. Notice that after
2 coats of leather dye the shoes already looks 110% better compared to what
I started with.





Here's what the first round of burnishing a single shoe looks like after a total of
three layers of Chocolate leather dye over the British Tan base color.
In between layers I would apply leather rejuvenate before moving on to the other shoe. Notice that the shoe is taking on a
a deep multi color brownish tone with a slight bit of shine.
















I am 3/4 finished. I decided to wear the shoes to work today to see what kind of feed back/compliments I would receive.  I got a few compliments from female co-workers.  They couldn't believe that I did the work myself.  

Nice job! Here's my thread when I did this a few years ago: http://www.styleforum.net/t/171904/first-attempt-at-shoe-antiquing-dyeing/0_100
post #77394 of 113039
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

+1. My dreams of someday approaching the kind of volume and profit Cap does went up in a puff of smoke when I read that. I'd have to drive to Indy, not Cincy, Lexington, Bowling Green and Nashville to hit that many stores.

Ftfy. smile.gif just kidding, you're welcome here anytime, just give me a headsup so I'm not following empty handed in your wake.

Also, 75-80 stores? Holy cow, I don't think I've even BEEN in that many thrift stores in my life. And that's running through Louisville, Indy, Cinci, Dayton, Columbus, and Boston combined. Wes, do you live in some discount store promised land???
post #77395 of 113039

No breakdown, but good stores take me about 1-1.5 hours. Quick stores I can knock out in about 30 mins. Only hit them once a week or every other week so have to be pretty thorough.

post #77396 of 113039
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Originally Posted by DanM View Post


Ftfy. smile.gif just kidding, you're welcome here anytime, just give me a headsup so I'm not following empty handed in your wake.

Also, 75-80 stores? Holy cow, I don't think I've even BEEN in that many thrift stores in my life. And that's running through Louisville, Indy, Cinci, Dayton, Columbus, and Boston combined. Wes, do you live in some discount store promised land???

No not really, have car will travel

post #77397 of 113039
75-80, dang. Most of my stuff comes from 10 stores.
post #77398 of 113039
I'm not sure I have a regular amount I spend in a store but I for sure have a set path I go through every time. Luckily most stores are set up the same.
post #77399 of 113039

What about time during the day? Has anyone noticed differences depending on when they get to a store? I mostly go at lunch time or late in the afternoon, but only because its convenient.

post #77400 of 113039
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Originally Posted by ChetB View Post

I'm in and out quickly most times. Most sections I can scan in a minute or two, and visits take less than ten minutes often.

First step is always to scan any just-wheeled-out racks. Then:
  • Shoes: 1-2 minutes (Scan the shelves quickly for good designs/non-plasticky leather with leather soles—inspect those more closely.)
  • Ties: 1-2 minutes (Look for good designs, then inspect labels of those ties. Knit ties/Hermes-style ties always get a closer look.)
  • Suits and jackets: 2-4 minutes (Scan quickly for quality fabrics/desirable patterns and look closer at those. Often I rule suits out by the neck-area tag style, lapels, buttons (blazers), or the style of lining, without seeing the maker.)
  • Shirts get a quicker scan. I look mostly at blue and white shirts and at desirable or unique patterns. Yellow, gray, brown, etc., usually get skipped. Polo shirts get skipped. Until recently tees got skipped.
  • Outerwear gets a minute or two. I also spend a minute in women's to check scarves.
  • I'm lazy with pants and do a quick walk through every couple visits.
  • Always a quick glance at furniture and electronics, though I have little faith I'll find something there.

This is basically me, although I usually skip womens/furniture/electronics.

Suits (and to a lesser degree shirts) are the place I found the most time shaved as I got more experienced at this. Just running a hand over the shoulders of jackets you can rule out like 60-70% without a glance.
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