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post #77476 of 118231
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Originally Posted by MZhammer View Post

It get's pretty easy to tell horn from plastic after a while but there are some sure ways to tell
1. Check for a seam on the button edge, if there's a seam it's plastic
2. Check the grain, if there's repeating grain across multiple buttons they're likely plastic.
3. taste the buttons. If they are cold they are horn (or Elephant Plant for Pal Zileri) if they are warmer then they're plastic.
4. Burn the back with a hot pin, horn will burn and smell like hair/nails. Plastic will melt.

I can see the headline now:

Thrift store destroyed by fire, shopper arrested for arson

Sounds like it's the same test used to discern plastic from MOP. If that's the case, I use my lip, which is sensitive enough to feel the temperature difference without putting anything in my mouth.
post #77477 of 118231
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THRIFT STORE FIRST!
18.5-ISH WAIST
JAPANESE SELVEDGE DENIM
"THAT STUFF'S MADE IN NEW YORK CITY!"
"NEW YORK CITY?"


AVAILABLE.





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CLUB MONACO LIGHT PANTS
Size 30, TTS
Exactly what I need for my wardrobe...wrong size. ffffuuuu.gif
AVAILABLE. If anyone could point me to the corresponding style on the web site, that would be awesome.





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BILLS KHAKIS, 42
BLACK OR MIDNIGHT BLUE.
AVAILABLE!
post #77479 of 118231
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Originally Posted by concealed View Post

My firm is in the process of opening an office in LA, seriously considering applying for the same role that I do here... wouldn't particularly help my career, but the thrifting and being close to the beach................................................................

Am I nuts?  How much is reasonable rent/price for a condo in West LA??

There are lots of reasons to make a move to LA, but I would say thrifting is not one of them. Depending on what city you currently live in, the difference in the cost of living is very unlikely to be made up with ebay sales. My wife and I are looking to buy, and I can tell you, the market is brutal. For $350k you could probably find a less than desirable condo that feels more like a first apartment, in a neighborhood with the occasional discarded mattress on the sidewalk. If you want something nice, in a neighborhood you enjoy stepping out into, maybe $600k+ (+$300-$600 a month in HOA fees). Rent is all over the place. If you have, or plan on having kids (my wife and I thankfully are both whole-heartedly against it) consider that most people here either send their kids to private schools (college tuition level money), pay premiums to live in a neighborhood with a good public/charter school, or commute an hour plus to live in an area that has both good schools, and is affordable. I only mention schools as it seems to be the major topic of conversation among anyone with children.

I love living in LA, and I recommend it if you live in a city that is boring and/or cold; but don't take the LA thrift hype into consideration when making a decision to move here.
post #77480 of 118231
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Originally Posted by noob View Post


CLUB MONACO LIGHT PANTS
Size 30, TTS
Exactly what I need for my wardrobe...wrong size. ffffuuuu.gif
AVAILABLE. If anyone could point me to the corresponding style on the web site, that would be awesome.
Believe that's an older label (by atleast 2 years or so). Probably don't make those exact pants anymore- although likely you could find something similar.
post #77481 of 118231
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Originally Posted by noob View Post

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I hate it when people destroy nice clothes.
post #77482 of 118231
Speaking of horn buttons, just harvested these because the previous owner of this Isaia jacket clearly got blasted with some bird-shot. ffffuuuu.gifcensored.gifangry.gif Not the worst $1.90 I've spent though.

AppleMark


Also, phase one of the Lumberg costume: complete.

post #77483 of 118231

Picked up a pretty good tie-haul a couple days ago. Haven't gotten around to snapping pics yet, will soon. Today, however, I didn't find much but did grab Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is..." vinyl. Jacket was pretty beat but the vinyl itself is in great shape. Listening now. Mmm, so good.

post #77484 of 118231
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Originally Posted by s_allen_p View Post

There are lots of reasons to make a move to LA, but I would say thrifting is not one of them. Depending on what city you currently live in, the difference in the cost of living is very unlikely to be made up with ebay sales. My wife and I are looking to buy, and I can tell you, the market is brutal. For $350k you could probably find a less than desirable condo that feels more like a first apartment, in a neighborhood with the occasional discarded mattress on the sidewalk. If you want something nice, in a neighborhood you enjoy stepping out into, maybe $600k+ (+$300-$600 a month in HOA fees). Rent is all over the place. If you have, or plan on having kids (my wife and I thankfully are both whole-heartedly against it) consider that most people here either send their kids to private schools (college tuition level money), pay premiums to live in a neighborhood with a good public/charter school, or commute an hour plus to live in an area that has both good schools, and is affordable. I only mention schools as it seems to be the major topic of conversation among anyone with children.

I love living in LA, and I recommend it if you live in a city that is boring and/or cold; but don't take the LA thrift hype into consideration when making a decision to move here.

Well said, and even though I've dreamed of living there my entire life, California's situation is only going to get worse, and that's a guarantee. It's a real shame, too, it's such a beautiful place. The politicians and the people who elect them seem pretty determined to eventually make it nearly unlivable for anyone other than those on the gov dole or the elite.
post #77485 of 118231
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Originally Posted by silverwarebandit View Post


I hate it when people destroy nice clothes.

laugh.gif Is that ruined? I thought it was just the wash or something.

How do I correct this? A steamer? An iron? patch[1].gif
post #77486 of 118231
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Originally Posted by noob View Post

laugh.gif Is that ruined? I thought it was just the wash or something.

How do I correct this? A steamer? An iron? patch[1].gif

Thats what raw selvedge looks like when you wash it/dry it in a conventional washer/dryer
post #77487 of 118231
Found a pair of like new pair of Maui Jim sunglasses at the thrift today, $2.99. Threw them on real quick and discovered there are prescription lenses. baldy[1].gif I would have kopped but the line was long enough to not make it worthwhile. Worth a trip back? They were these:

post #77488 of 118231
Derail incoming. Hopefully someone will PM me though and not waste everyone's time. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
So does anyone here have an MBA or a real estate license? Either of the two please PM me I have many questions.
post #77489 of 118231
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Originally Posted by noob View Post

laugh.gif Is that ruined? I thought it was just the wash or something.

How do I correct this? A steamer? An iron? patch[1].gif

List it on eBay as "crinkle wash" laugh.gif


Dumb name, cool T. farm tactics N/A


post #77490 of 118231

Went to a small hidden thrift shop today that I haven't been in a while. This is the place where I pulled all of the 50L Hickey including the NWT last year and some other stuff.

 

Unfortunately today it was pretty empty. There were a pair of Church's Custom Grade black captoes that the uppers were in good shape, but the sole was worn through to the cork. If they were my size I would have picked up and gotten them re-soled, but they're a size 11 UK. 

 

Oh, but I did e-thrift some flat-front Zanellas in brown, BB gray cords, a gorgeous Ben Silver tie, and a pair of NWOT C&J Conistons. 

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