Wait, you got a thrifted pair of shoes resoled?? I hope they were something special. And if they are, skip the white outsoles.
The fun for me with thrifting is finding stuff I don't need to have altered, though there are a few key things I would have altered for myself if found!
Fueco, I agree that it is possible (and awesome when it happens!) to find things at the thrift that need no alterations but I personally have things tailored that I've bought from the thrift frequently. Of course these need to be high quality items and also something that I was looking to purchase anyway thrift or not. You also need to know what is possible/worth it tailoring wise. The way that I look at it is, even if I bought that item brand new at a discount store, I would STILL have to bring it to the tailor anyways. So I feel like I am still winning. Nowadays I am more likely to pass up a brand new item that needs alterations because I am usually able to find quality for much cheaper going the thrift route and then even with the alterations expense I'm still coming out better money wise. My advice is, don't pass up an item that is high quality and that you TRULY need in a thrift just because it needs (reasonable) alterations. Yea it seems weird to pay $80-$100 to tailor something that you paid maybe $20 for, but if the item is worth it, it still makes sense. Again Fueco, I agree that eventually people that thrift as much as you and I do (I'm out there 5 days a week) will find the perfect item with no alterations needed quicker but the average thrifter who goes much less might be looking forever.
I just wanted to put that out there for anyone that is newer at doing this.
And also, Fueco thanks for the tie again! It is being put to great use!!