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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. eazye

    eazye Well-Known Member

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    That was me, quoted from pnutpug.
     
  2. evolutionofRW

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    Sorry for the long post. This is a re-post from my blog but I wanted to also share here.

    Those of you that follow my blog/know me outside of SF, know that I am also a watch collector and I am very passionate about watches. Most you also know that I run an eBay store as a side business, so I go thrifting at least 4-5 times a week. I have been looking to purchase a Vintage Omega for a while now. I am partial to piepan constellations and have been very close to purchasing one a few times. I was giving myself a budget of $1000 max to spend on it. Well, on thursday night, I stopped into one of my regular thrift spots and after browsing the store for about 20 mins and finding nothing, I decided to leave. On the way out I did my customary check of the jewelry cases which usually never yields anything good but to my surprise, I saw two beautiful vintage Omegas!! The way they were positioned I couldn’t see the price and I was a little nervous because this particular thrift store will sometimes jack the prices way up if they know they have something good. This store had a fake Cartier priced at $1599 one time. Anyways, I had someone come and open the case for me and to my absolute delight, the gold seamaster below was priced at $14.99 and the other was priced at $9.99. Now I was wondering if they were running. I shook the silver one and it immediately starting running. Score!! I wound the gold seamaster and that also started running. Score again!!! My heart was racing. I had the employee ring me up and I got out of there as fast as I could!! I was also very nervous that they weren’t real, but I figured for that price, they were worth the risk. They also had some hideous busted up bands on them which made the watches look bad, but I saw the potential.
    I get them home and I discover that the vintage Seamaster was made in the 50’s, 14K gold filled with a beautiful chocolate dial and also features the highly sought after “bumper movement”. These go for close to $1000 or more on eBay under the right circumstances! The silver watch is a vintage Omega Geneve and was made in the 70’s. That watch could probably fetch $300-$500 on eBay if I sold it. I also discovered that they both have the original crystals on them because I was able to find the small omega logo that was etched in.
    As as far as the condition, they both seem to be in great shape to me. The crystal on the silver watch is pretty scratched and the crystal on the gold watch is scratched but not as badly. Honestly, I love the way they both look and I really don’t think I’m going to do much as far as polishing them or replacing the crystals etc…These are vintage watches and I want them to look as such. After a trip to my watchmaker to get them cleaned and put some new bands on, I love the results! I also bought a NATO strap for the silver one. The best part is that they are both keeping great time! When the time comes I will service them as needed. These are staying in the collection!!

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  3. Fueco

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    We've been through this before, but for what it's worth, I have twice in recent weeks spotted folks I know at GW shopping for clothes. One was a school teacher, the other a lawyer who works for the local prosecutor's office. Neither is anything close to indigent. This is a relatively recent phenomenon. I never used to see anyone I knew at thrift stores, nor did I ever see high school kids shopping. Now, I see high school kids nearly every time I go to GW. Frugal is in and has been, I think, since the recession hit. You might also want to point out to your GF that if GW and SA are really there to clothe the poor, they wouldn't be charging some of the outlandish prices we've seen on this thread.
     
  5. acosbysweater

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    Take her to a Goodwill Outlet and show her all of the clothes that are flying off the shelves into the hands of the less fortunate. Once they've been bricked and dropped off in Africa because they sat on the racks for weeks here in the US.

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  6. Oshuns919

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    Vintage Gucci 18K gold leather strap watch (available)
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  7. DanM

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    @evolutionofRW that warms my heart. I'm a collector of vintage Hamilton watches (although I wouldn't say no if I saw an Omega) and that is truly the kind of find that keeps me hitting at least two stores every day. Well done, man.
     
  8. evolutionofRW

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    Thanks Dan!! I love flipping things as much as the next guy, but there is no better feeling than finding something that you have genuinely wanted and were planning to buy and spend good money on. I'm so pumped!
     
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  9. Lirum

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    Norman Hilton a thing? I left several SCs on racks because I didn't recognize the brand. Great jackets though, the ones I checked were fully canvassed.
     
  10. IRKSM

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    Random made in Italy black suede slippers in my size for 25 fuck Stubbs
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  11. highvoltorb

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    Anyone else not get their Tellason crap shoot yet?
     
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    So does Sartoria Napoletana just mean a any tailoring house in Naples or one in particular?
     
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    Nothing earth shattering, but a small selection of items I've thrifted for myself over the past month.

    Ties: Zegna, BB, Ricci, Banana R, Nautica
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    Jackets: BB sport coat (available), J & F blazer, Bill Bass Camelhair, Miltons houndstooth, Armani Collezioni orphan (from first thrift trip--got real excited when I saw the $1,995 sales tag in the pocket)
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    Pants: J Crew, Brax, Hugo Boss James Brown, Banana Republic--all NWT
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    Shirts: I've purchased a few, but the fits have not been great on the nice ones and I've had to resell locally. The profit has been decent.

    General comment: As I only purchase for myself at this point, if anyone is flipping in northern or central NJ, I'm happy to pass along info on various finds I leave behind. For example,

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  14. GM-H

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    I am still waiting on mine...
     
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    Still waiting on mine as well..
     
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    Just an interesting aside: I found this in the chest pocket of an electric blue striped 3-piece polyester wonder:

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    Had to bring it home (store was a bust) and show you guys.
     
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    +1, I'm sure this "ebay head" works harder than that jackass does.
     
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  19. marc roberto

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    Can anyone please id this[​IMG]
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    This is so awesome. I love it.
     
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