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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. IrateCustomer

    IrateCustomer Well-Known Member

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    This has to be the manliest gift of all time...just by reading your post, I have sprouted 18...wait, 19 chest hairs.
     
  2. Klobber

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    In England where I used to live, a firearm license required that ammo and shotgun / rifle be kept in separate and secure parts of the house (pistols were illegal). Cases of self defense involving a firearm inevitably involved a long jail sentence (since armed invasion in the UK was rare and taking the steps to loading a shotgun / rifle would be interpreted as minimally 3rd degree murder although some people have been done for 1st degree).

    In England, my self defense weapon was a crossbow. I kept that thing under the bed with a bolt right next to it. It was only 175LB's and I could cock that in less than 10 seconds (not much longer than loading a break barrel shotgun). Once armed and loaded, that thing was lethal. It would ply a bolt through 2mm thick steel, go through 2 X 4 wood as if it was nothing. I had no doubt that shot at a person, the bolt would pass right through them. I did have an occasion when I almost used it. It was late at night, like 1am in the morning and I heard some noises outside and tapping on the window. I looked out and saw two guys with a flashlight. Fearing that they were burglars or worse, I cocked that crossbow, went straight outside and .... it was friends, drunk out of their skulls after a night out on the tiles and needing a place to crash!

    Now that I am in USA, I leave my guns locked up safely in my house, that trusty crossbow is still my self defense weapon. I think a 400grain arrow with a massive broadhead blade at the end is an intimidating weapon that would likely make an assailant flee rather than fight.
     
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  3. YoungAmerican

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  4. Jettison

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    Regarding mannequins, I've just recently got a great pinnable tailors dummy from ebay. The high shipping cost probably put other bidders off, so I got it for a really fair price in the end. I think I'll make my money back from increased interest in auctions even with a handful of items. These photos were taken with just my phone camera (all I have...) in a bright conservatory. Well worth it IMO.

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    L-R: Gieves & Hawkes wool/silk suit, posted ages ago, Chester Barrie diffusion suit, Versace shirt. ([​IMG])

    Regarding the shirt- anyone know if it's real, and if so if it's for men/women? (I know Spoo is out for the big 20K).


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  5. Acme

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    But it's certainly a high when I've got the coat in my hands and I'm looking for the pants.

    It's a letdown not to find them but not as big as having 10 orphans in the closet. ;)
     
  7. Acme

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    I'm sure the investment will pay for itself. Those are very nice photos.
     
  8. Typhoid Jones

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    ^^^ I think that natural lighting works well when you don't have the space or $$$ for an artificial lighting setup. I'm not sure what every one else's results have been with artificial light, but I haven't had very good luck with it. Regular light bulbs give everything an orange or reddish cast and those halogen / energy saver bulbs give everything a washed out look. Just try putting the mannequin next to a big window during a Sunday morning and see how that turns out.

    Also in other news: Christian Chensvold of Ivy-Style.com mentioned my Etsy shop on his blog today when discussing vintage Trad / Ivy League menswear! Thanks CC! [​IMG]

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    ^^^ BNWOT Rogues Gallery two-toned blue & white boat shoes. "Handmade in Washington County, ME." (I traded for these at a buy / sell /trade consignment store near my place.)​
     
  9. Cotton Dockers

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    Some recent finds:

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    Clockwise: Armani White (XL), Wilkes Bashford Plaid (XXL), Victorinox White (XXL), Borrelli Blue Stripe (16.5), BD Baggies Red Herringbone (15.5)
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    Clockwise: Hartford Plaid (XL), Santorelli Brown Plaid (15.5), Hilditch & Key Blue/White Stripe FC (16)
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    2x James Perse 4 (White and White Tonal Stripe)
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    Jil Sander (42)
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    Talbott, Santorelli, Ricci, Missoni, T&A, Brooks Brothers:
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    Ricci, Recent Zegna, No Name Green Knit, Polo LInen, Gant Madras, T&A, BB
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    Plus 2 bad pics of 100% cashmere navy blazers - BB (46) and Polo (39)
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    Everything other than the horizontal stripe Turnbull & Asser is available.
     
  10. Typhoid Jones

    Typhoid Jones Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ I just picked up a James Perse shirt today (is that a thing?) not knowing anything about it because I thought it looked SW&D. Does anybody know anything about the brand?


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  11. madmacs

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    I guess it depends what you want to portray in the photo.... with ebay giving you 12 free photos now it opens up a lot more options for details... when trading watches a small homemade lightbox worked wonders.... for coats, I like early morning light from the east streaming through a glass door... acts like a spotlight and creates natural background shade... maybe a little arty farty...

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  12. troika

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    Just went to their retail store in SF on Saturday. Seems to be pretty good stuff.

     
  13. YoungAmerican

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    Perse makes high-end casual basics. Don't know what the resale is on them, but the price point at retail is pretty high. They're sort of a $50 white t-shirt brand. More women's than men's-focused.
     
  14. capnwes

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    This is my "thrifted" light booth. It's a CVS (color viewing station) used by a graphics company to check test plots and photos. It uses a special 2x4 troffer fixture with six 5000K "Daylight fluorescent lamps. The 2x4 troffer fixture costs about $1000 and the lamps are roughly $60 a piece. I have no idea what the stand would cost. The desk surface is large enough for a 36"x 48" print with room around the edges.

    The same buddy from my previous "shot gun" story worked for the company who owned this and they were giving it away for FREE. Score!! I love it, although, at 4'x5' and 8' tall it does take up a considerable amount of space in my office.

    For those of you looking for lighting solutions, try out the 5000K compact flourescent bulbs. They will likely give you a better result than the standard CFL.

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  15. Acme

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    Yes, that's the game now. Some people get their kicks buying lottery tickets... The thrill for me is playing find the pants.

    Lows: going into a newly opened GW near my house, finding half a dozen decent jackets, but not one of the pants is present. Now I know when they open a new store they just stock it with stale product from the other locations.

    Highs: Went to the GW closest to my house a couple months ago, found half a dozen Paul Stuart jackets on the racks. Searched the pants aisle, and found about twice as many pairs of pants as I needed to go with the jackets.
     
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    Congratulations!
     
  17. VLSI

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    Is there an easy way to tell how much payment you have received in Paypal? A 1099, I do not want.

    Also bummed that the size medium shirt I bought myself last night has a 24" p2p... wtf
     
  18. Jpmorris

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    Speaking of orphans, for basic colors and shit we should start an pants stockpile. That way people know if they find the pants to your suit, and or it will be good for basics at least... Maybe this is nuts, but it sounds like it could work better than the current system, which is just being SOL
     
  19. grendel

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    You don't need anything that complicated. I bounce a flash off the ceiling / wall behind / to the side of the camera and it gives a nice chiaroscuro while sufficiently lighting the whole mannequin. Lighting with a flash is really very easy once you get used to it.
     
  20. horse's_ass

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    I hate guns, and I find their presence in our society to be a pervasively bad thing. The "bad world" syndrome is one of the more puzzling things I can think of.

    Haha, anyway...for lighting, I use a light tent. I get the best results when I place it outside and hit it with a handful of 250 watt lamps placed around the item (3 point, like YA p[osted above). I'm constrained in terms of available camera/lenses (DLSR died a couple weeks) ago, so the results aren't perfect....but adequate, I think. Example:


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