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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. capnwes

    capnwes Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the store. There is a large SA near work. I hit it 3 times a week. The first day I am a little more thorough (but quick), I look at all the menswear items to catch up from the weekend. I peruse the other sections looking for obviously misplaced/hidden items. It take about an hour, could be longer, but lunch is over. On the other two days, I only have to look for the new tag color since I have seen everything else. On those days I am in and out in about 25 minutes.

    During my monster Friday runs. I try to keep a tight schedule and move fast to be sure I hit all of my desired stops. I use my hands as my extra eyes and work very quickly. The hangers move in a blur. I generally peruse shirts and pants looking for stand out items at these stores and focus mainly on shoes and SC suits. I can do about 11-14 stores (large and small mix) including drive time in about 8 hours. No breaks unless it is an emergency.

    There are 75-80 stores I hit on a regular basis, I generally get to all of them within a 3-4 week period. I don't often thrift on the weekend, unless my wife wants to go along, or we are donating.

    I also check all of the women's jeans at all stores for certain designers. I proxy them for my ebay friend in Appalachia VA. She doesn't really have any influx of inventory and there is only one thrift store within a 2 hour radius. I try to send her 15-20 pairs a week to help out. It's her only source of income.
     
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  2. PointDexter2014

    PointDexter2014 Well-Known Member

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    I have to pair of Vintage Florsheim shoes. I have the tassel version in black. And the oxxford wingtip in black as well. I love them both. Good find.
     
  3. silverwarebandit

    silverwarebandit Well-Known Member

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    I generally stick to a routine as well. This is what I try to keep to at SA/goodwill etc. VV is so huge I really only skim unless I've got enough time, which I almost never do. I also probably have jeans higher on the list than most of you guys.

    Shoes 2-3min
    Jeans 1-2min
    Outerwear 1-2min
    Jackets/suits 5min
    Trousers 2-3min
    Shirts 3-5min

    If I have time to check the women's section, since that's where I've found Dior homme, tellason and jil:
    Jeans 2-3min
    Jackets 2-3min

    Also found a cloak piece, nothing crazy though, just a polo.
     
  4. pnutpug

    pnutpug Well-Known Member

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    Interesting stuff on how long it takes to go through stores. Keeping track of color tags is helpful, but I'm careful about that. Just today, found my first-ever Corneliani sport coat, blend of lambswool and cashmere in a perfect autumn hue, mint condition. It was half-off, so it had been in the same store I visit daily for a month or so. It must have been stashed in the women's section or something and finally moved to its proper place--no way that I could have missed it if it had been where it was supposed to have been, which is where I found it. At another store, I found a vintage LL Bean Norwegian sweater, the birdseye pattern in navy-and-purple, for 25-percent off, which means it was set to go to half-off next week. Can't explain how that one got through, either, although stuff like this bolsters my belief that there isn't much flipper pressure around here.

    Not to totally derail again, but I wonder how it is that Savers and VV have so much more stuff than SA or GW. I would never donate to anything other than a non-profit because I want the tax deduction, but I've seen the same thing in larger towns that have VV's and Savers (there are none around here). The for-profits always have tons more stuff than the stores run by tax-exempt charities.
     
  5. Nataku

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  6. ChetB

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    I'm in and out quickly most times. Most sections I can scan in a minute or two, and visits take less than ten minutes often.

    First step is always to scan any just-wheeled-out racks. Then:

    • Shoes: 1-2 minutes (Scan the shelves quickly for good designs/non-plasticky leather with leather soles—inspect those more closely.)
    • Ties: 1-2 minutes (Look for good designs, then inspect labels of those ties. Knit ties/Hermes-style ties always get a closer look.)
    • Suits and jackets: 2-4 minutes (Scan quickly for quality fabrics/desirable patterns and look closer at those. Often I rule suits out by the neck-area tag style, lapels, buttons (blazers), or the style of lining, without seeing the maker.)
    • Shirts get a quicker scan. I look mostly at blue and white shirts and at desirable or unique patterns. Yellow, gray, brown, etc., usually get skipped. Polo shirts get skipped. Until recently tees got skipped.
    • Outerwear gets a minute or two. I also spend a minute in women's to check scarves.
    • I'm lazy with pants and do a quick walk through every couple visits.
    • Always a quick glance at furniture and electronics, though I have little faith I'll find something there.
     
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  7. capnwes

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    I also check for the last week's color too. I have been thinking recently that they have stuff tagged in the back and haven't had room to put it out until the following week. I suppose that could happen at any time to any color tag if the rack just never get's put out for a few weeks.
     
  8. PointDexter2014

    PointDexter2014 Well-Known Member

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    I picked several pairs of shoes in various sizes and styles. I didn't post good photos of the AE in size 12. I post pictures later tonight of all shoes. I also have a a few shirts Theory, John Varvatos, Custom Made French Cuff.

    Also, if you find a pair of shoes you like that's in decent condition that you love you can always change the color by banishing (a.k.a antiquing) change the color, or just polish to patina shine. I antiques a pair shoes that cost me about $60. Made in Italy by some company for middle tier shoes as private source for well known brands. I can't remember. But main point is that you always give shoes that you love new life. Here what I've done with a pair shoes that were in fair condition.


    Here are the photos of the Romano Martegani shoes before deglazing. I didn't properly care for the shoes because I didn't wear them often. Maybe a total of six times since purchase them used.


    Before applying Fiebings Deglazer. After deglazing applied 2 rounds of leather rejuvenate on both
    shoe to condition and prepare the leather for burnishing (antiquing)
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    After deglazing and two coats of British Tan leather dye. Notice that after
    2 coats of leather dye the shoes already looks 110% better compared to what
    I started with.

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    Here's what the first round of burnishing a single shoe looks like after a total of
    three layers of Chocolate leather dye over the British Tan base color.
    In between layers I would apply leather rejuvenate before moving on to the other shoe. Notice that the shoe is taking on a
    a deep multi color brownish tone with a slight bit of shine.

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    I am 3/4 finished. I decided to wear the shoes to work today to see what kind of feed back/compliments I would receive. I got a few compliments from female co-workers. They couldn't believe that I did the work myself.
     
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    Savers funnels shit in from nearby communities, sometimes states apart. SA/GW varies, but they all often share semi-local regions.
     
  10. matty long legs

    matty long legs Well-Known Member

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    EXACTLY what I do. I've started checking the women's outerwear, scarf sections recently with decent success. Stores have no idea how to sorts men's and women's coats and jackets.
     
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    +1. My dreams of someday approaching the kind of volume and profit Cap does went up in a puff of smoke when I read that. I'd have to drive to Indy, Cincy, Lexington, Bowling Green and Nashville to hit that many stores.
     
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    Orgetorix Well-Known Member

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    Nice job! Here's my thread when I did this a few years ago: http://www.styleforum.net/t/171904/first-attempt-at-shoe-antiquing-dyeing/0_100
     
  13. DanM

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    Ftfy. :) just kidding, you're welcome here anytime, just give me a headsup so I'm not following empty handed in your wake.

    Also, 75-80 stores? Holy cow, I don't think I've even BEEN in that many thrift stores in my life. And that's running through Louisville, Indy, Cinci, Dayton, Columbus, and Boston combined. Wes, do you live in some discount store promised land???
     
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  14. Brianpore

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    No breakdown, but good stores take me about 1-1.5 hours. Quick stores I can knock out in about 30 mins. Only hit them once a week or every other week so have to be pretty thorough.
     
  15. capnwes

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    No not really, have car will travel
     
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    75-80, dang. Most of my stuff comes from 10 stores.
     
  17. ilikethelights

    ilikethelights Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure I have a regular amount I spend in a store but I for sure have a set path I go through every time. Luckily most stores are set up the same.
     
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    What about time during the day? Has anyone noticed differences depending on when they get to a store? I mostly go at lunch time or late in the afternoon, but only because its convenient.
     
  19. staxringold

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    This is basically me, although I usually skip womens/furniture/electronics.

    Suits (and to a lesser degree shirts) are the place I found the most time shaved as I got more experienced at this. Just running a hand over the shoulders of jackets you can rule out like 60-70% without a glance.
     
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