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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread - Part II (Return to the Thunderdome)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SpooPoker, May 18, 2015.

  1. Edmonton

    Edmonton Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't pass (especially if it fit!), and I would most likely post too as that would be a very good find (even a grail) in my area. I think it's just the stream of questions that has people rankled.
     
  2. rhz5001

    rhz5001 Well-Known Member

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    That's not a bad buy in my opinion. I would probably pick it up as well. There were some other things that weren't horrible. Attitude and overflow of stupid posts. I rather see pictures of shitty finds then mindless text over and over again.
     
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  3. eazye

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    I'd be willing to bet the shoulder pads on that thing are equal to a linebackers.
     
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  4. jamesmkeart

    jamesmkeart Well-Known Member

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    That's fair. The way people were attacking the coat felt pretty elitist. I would pick it up and I've seen worse stuff posted here plenty of times.
     
  5. drlivingston

    drlivingston Well-Known Member

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    True thrift? Buy
    Consignment? Pass
     
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  6. rhz5001

    rhz5001 Well-Known Member

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    I have been making a living with mediocre shit for the last 2-3 years. I probably know mediocre shit better than anyone on this forum! [​IMG]
     
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  7. div25sec9

    div25sec9 Well-Known Member

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    It isn't a horrible buy, but I would have passed as would many of the people here because it's not outstanding. The real reason that it got so much hate is because it was posted with a (perhaps only perceived) attitude as "screw you guys and your opinions on my previous finds, look at this grail item". If he would not have gone off on senior members here the page before, it would have just been ignored.
     
  8. Cj52racers

    Cj52racers Well-Known Member

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    Considering I'm the only one who mentioned the cost, I assume you mean me?

    Elitist? No, not really, but it's a dated black overcoat. I wasn't even attacking it, I was just saying why it will get old asking for the history of every piece posted.

    That said, I wouldn't even look at it twice at true thrift.
     
  9. GMMcL

    GMMcL Well-Known Member

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    Let me take a run, just once, at calmly and politely explaining what our collective opinion is based on.

    As you'll learn if you read the history of this thread and it's predecessor, or if you do some research or stick around a while, we're judging quality based on a few things:
    1. quality of fabric/materials
    2. quality of construction
    3. rarity

    In the case of the items you posted, they fail all tests. They're not rare -- neither when they retailed nor now. I fact they're pretty common at all the stores we go to. We see them all the time. The fabric is not particularly well milled wool, and it certainly isn't cashmere, angora, or anything finer. And as for construction, it's fused and not canvased, and was not hand sewn as some of the stuff you'll see in here. It was likely also made in a third world country, or at least in a lower grade factory in the USA.
    The stuff we brag about (fetishize?) is generally hand made by master tailors (20+ years of expert experience), full canvased, and often made of elite tier materials. Same goes for shoes -- high quality leathers, bench made using a last, Goodyear welted (sometimes Blake, but really well made), always by hand, etc etc. These are things where their high retail price is truly justified (well, relatively speaking) by the amount of time, effort and quality that went into it.

    So it's opinion, yes, but it's very well informed and founded. Sort of like how most thinking individuals are of the "opinion" that climate change is real. And that the theory of evolution probably pretty closely approximates what actually happened.

    YMMV.
     
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  10. Henry Boogers

    Henry Boogers Well-Known Member

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    FREE SHOES (sz. 12C but fit a smaller, D sized foot as well - I am 10.5D and wore them fine: 12.75" x 4 3/8")Thrift find from maybe 2-3 years ago that I never posted but am posting now as a Re-thrift to you because: 1. I love Nettleon shoes. This great American company was not more than an hour or two from where I live now and quite close to my Cottage. They made some fantastic shoes that still hold up today. 2. The buckle on the left shoe broke (the metal snapped and needs repairs). I am not going to make these repairs but I hate to toss them...if anyone wants to pay shipping they are yours. Feel free to fix and wear them, donate them, gift them, even sell them.....I just can't bring myself to throw them away. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  11. jamesmkeart

    jamesmkeart Well-Known Member

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    I just think everyone needs to relax. If you just ignore posts you don't like things will be fine. Fighting just exacerbated the issue. This is a bragging thread. It doesn't need to be so serious.
     
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  12. freehand

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    Welcome! And great first post here. I'm in the UK too - I think thrifting here might be a bit harder as the shops are generally smaller than in the US by the look of things. But it also depends where you are looking. I have a sense that I wouldn't find much Savile Row stuff thrifting in my home town of Bolton. Whereabouts are you located?
     
  13. MikeChevelle

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    Thanks for the explanation.

    Explaining why its shit is different that just saying thats shit. One is a lesson, the other is just condescending.

    So then how does one ask questions? I did search through threads, but sometimes I dont even know what to search for.
     
  14. GMMcL

    GMMcL Well-Known Member

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    I happen to agree with you. And I hope we move on quickly to finds.

    Unfortunately, that's not how the internet -- particularly Styleforum -- works.

    This thread is better than most, and if you stick around, you'll form wonderful friendships. So I hope you give us a chance. Lots of new folks get the business, so don't let the heat get you down.
     
  15. cpmac7

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    We all have been in the situation that you are in right now. My two cents will be to do research like others have suggested. Many of us have read this thread, and many others, all the way through. After that if you still have a question you can easily look up whatever you are asking about on Ebay search results. If you are still confused then I would suggest asking a question on here. The thing people have problems with is when you ask literally every question that you have, and could of easily looked on ebay search results. You arent going to get anywhere doing that. Many of us have helped many new people like your self when PM (Private Message) as well.
     
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  16. jamesmkeart

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    I just like looking at cool shit, so here's a few things I got recently that I think are cool.

    Old made in USA chaps hat I got from @SpooPoker as part of a trade
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    It goes with this 90s chaps denim jacket with metal buckles
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    Some Brooks brothers makers ties
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    Dead stock prl tie with a similar aged one
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    If you're into a more casual look here's a PRL tennis jacket
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    And I enjoy this L.L. Bean military style made in England wool sweater
    [​IMG]
     
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  17. My Main Man

    My Main Man Well-Known Member

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    Like others have said, there are thousands of posts in this thread and the previous thread. (here if nobody has linked it yet: http://www.styleforum.net/t/9006/the-official-thrift-discount-store-bragging-thread/0_100)

    Asking questions about things that have been answered countless times can get on people's nerves. It's one thing to find something rare, coming up blank on your own search, and asking if anyone knows anything about the maker. The licensed Christian Dior stuff has been covered ad nauseam so that's why people will answer harshly.

    Imagine this is like a basketball messageboard or something. If the main conversation is based around nuances of the game and someone started asking what a free throw is. It really is a brag thread with a lot of people willing to give answers and opinions to anyone. It's just that so much info is already in here that it breaks the flow and becomes tiresome to the people who have been posting for years.

    Definitely trying to not be a dick. Getting used to nuances of new boards/threads isn't easy. Just giving my $0.02.
     
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  18. namdaemun

    namdaemun Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, this may be a TLDR post

    This is not a poke at you but more of just a general observation/opinion


    It boggles my mind when "new" people aka noobies come onto this thread asking for information to be answered and/or asking for places that have the best places to find goodies. NOTHING is free in life. Provide value and value will be provided back to you. I used to be one of those noobies who would open EVERY SINGLE jacket and look at the inner label tag to determine if I found something good. Now, I just do a quick feel of the jacket and determine whether to move on or not. This has taken me from 30 minutes searching in a store to 10 minutes max. Same goes for waistbands and etc. All of this is from the RESEARCH I had to allocate toward, which amounts to 100+ hours of "studying". Also, a lot of it is from people on here who I've befriended and will annoyingly text them if this is something they've seen before. Thank you to Bob, Brett, and Brian

    DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!! This entire thread (more so the previous one) is an entire encyclopedia of knowledge regarding labels, history of brands, and other fodder. If you don't want to do the research then don't hate on someone for not wanting to provide you 1. the info or 2. pointing you in the right direction of where to look.

    Lastly, if you are simply buying stuff for yourself then beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If to flip/sell/trade, whether or not you want to invest x $ into something that will get you a crap return is solely up to you. I do the latter so I only go for stuff I know I can get a great return.

    Anyways, I'm not poking fun at you. I'm simply pointing out why you don't feel this isn't a great place to learn ... Do you want me be taught or told what to do?
     
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  19. vexco

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    Rick Owens DrkShdw gimp hoodie(deep discount)
    Rag & Bone tee(deep discount)
    Naked & Famous indigo stretch selvedge(from @Koala-T )
    Common Projects(from @Takai )
     
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  20. Koala-T

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