Well, I made it back. My wife and I had a blast during our trip and I was able to make it coast to coast. I am working on pictures, so they will get posted soon enough. I do want to take the time to thank everyone that offered help, advice, recommendations, and meet-ups. I don't want to mention specific names as I wanted to protect identities and prevent those members from getting blown up with PMs asking for stores to visit.
I have to say that I was completely caught off guard by the number of people that got into contact with me. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't think I was able to respond to every PM or post due to my lack of internet access throughout the trip. However, I can say that posters from nearly every region got in touch with me. When I arrived and none of my bank cards nor credit cards worked (except one), I actually had people I'd never met offering to send money. I was able to get it worked out easy enough (right, easy
), but I was shocked that strangers were offering unsolicited monetary help.
I was also able to meet with several of you guys and it was great to put a face to a name. I am always happy to host anyone that wants to visit, though thrifting will certainly be nothing compared to what you're used to in N. America. I even had one member pick my wife and I up from our hotel, take us to sites across the city and to his best stores. He let me take most of the finds in his territory. Truly a great experience and had a blast doing it. I can't say how cordial and easy-going he was, my wife even commented that he was one of the most accommodating people she'd met. I'd agree.
I was texting a number of members in various cities as well, sending pictures of a few finds, getting directions and lists of the best stores, etc. Again, I would have been going store to store blind had you guys not pitched in and helped.
As for my finds, I brought home a pretty good amount of stuff. Some of it was seriously great, others were picked up when I was tired. Having spent time in thrifts in 7+ states, in rural towns and major cities, I can honestly say things can be found ANYWHERE. I picked up Isaia in Springfield, Illinois, Burberry in Zanesville, Ohio, E. Marinella in San Francisco, DSquared2 in LA. Just about everything in between. I also had the heartbreak of finding and leaving some Kiton pants (possibly orphans, but who's counting?) that were too torn to buy.
Anyway, TL;DR, there are some terrific and generous people on here and I hope to return the favors that I was offered. I'll get to the fun part of posting a few things a bit later.
Oh, and a public thank you to my wife, though she doesn't really read this, for not complaining as I popped into shops throughout our sightseeing. Though I'll likely post primarily thrift/consignment find photos, we by far spent the most time enjoying our vacation rather than inside shops.