Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.
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Took myself down to the recently re-opened Salvos in Bourke St today. To say I was flabbergasted is an understatement.
$35 for used shirts from the likes of Gap and Duchamp (Australia). $65 for used suits by the likes of Dom Bagnato. $25 for orphaned Flair suit jackets. $13 for dead ordinary ties without even a makers label. $20 for a tie from "Dolce and Gabbena", a fake so blindingly obvious you wouldn't credit that they'd try to sell it at all.
I did spend $16 on a Boss tie, but only because it was NWOT. I'd be very surprised if this store got much repeat business at these prices, and I doubt they'll be "re-opened" for very long. I sure hope this is not a sign of things to come in the op shop world.
Just in case anyone is interested, they did have a Mont Blanc briefcase for $90. Couldn't say if it was genuine, or worth the money.
^^ I went yesterday. I totally agree, the prices are ridiculous. I felt like trying to bargain them down on a Rhodes & Beckett tie, then felt bad and paid the $17 for it, and now I've realised it's too long.
The hell?! That's how much I paid for my Ben Sherman tie at Myer last year.
I find it varies from store to store. My local Salvos store has a bad habit of taking the piss: they were asking $55 for an old (1990s vintage) Hugo Boss SC the other day, as well as $7 a throw for mainly crappy ties. That said, I've also had some unbelievable scores from some of the other Salvos stores around the place, including a $7 pair of Brioni trousers and a $3.50 pair of Corneliani corduroy trousers (that don't fit and haven't got around to posting on B&S yet).
Put This On had an interesting article on thrifting, and they made a valid point: often it's the smaller op shops for certain causes with well-heeled benefactors that yield the best results. I've found this myself in Adelaide; one of the local hospitals had a tiny op shop in the CBD for a while and they had great stuff in there.
I've noticed the Salvos seem to have lost he plot with prices lately. @ $22 for very ordinary used shirts with some wear - when I can get new from online - better shirts with fractional collar and sleeve sizes in pure cotton and my choice of colours for $25 - makes it a strange experience.
Maybe I'm being silly and they manage to clear a lot at these prices - I'm not sure. Perhaps they are now working on the model that its better to sell one shirt @$22 and throw away 3 others instead of selling them all at $6.
I know many opshops with books give first offer to some booksellers before books go on rack. The thinking is its better to get $200 for a bunch of books in one go than have thousands sitting in the shelf.
I often see very ordinary orphan suit coats for $30.
It might be a response to bulk rag /clothes prices - in that they might get more but bundling up kilos of "rags" and selling them by the bale than by having huge stocks of unsold items.
Opshops used to work on the model of selling low cost clothes to people who couldn't afford much. They were also seen as providing opportunities for volunteers to contribute and get out of the house and do something rewarding and social.
Now they seem to think its better to use the opshops to make $ from better heeled sniffers like me and others and use that $ for other programs such as homeless shelters etc. They also use the shops as employment training in retail etc for participants from their programs.
I don't have any real argument and I tend to see my purchases as giving a donation and perhaps getting a bargain, ( I tend to give stuff back that doesn't work for this reason) but more often getting something that just isn't available elsewhere.
Anyone want a Ralph Lauren spring jacket in pink - 42R
or Ralph Lauren Business shirt - XL
On a related op shop note, the Vinnies in Bridge Rd Richmond has a pair of NWT Prada jeans size 38x34 for $75. Not blue denim, sort of a light to mid-brown IIRC. High price, but I would probably have bought if they were my size.
'Scuse my ignorance, but are we allowed to do b&s here? Got a pair of new Allen Edmonds, unlikely to be able to sell back i nto the US market, so woiuld prefer to put here than the main b&s board.
I don't think anybody here would complain. What size?
What size and style?
And has anyone ever bought the GQ style manual? And if so what did you think of it?
If I add a friend to the Harrolds mailing list I go into the draw to win a $500 shopping voucher. Anyone want to join?
Finally got the chance to visit Sydney. Aiming to get a measure up at P Johnson and have a look at their fabrics (these boys are hard to get a hold of though, left a few messages and emails, still no reply after a few days!) and hopefully get some nice shoes while I'm there.
In the $200-$250 range for leather shoes, where am I best to look while in Sydney?
Shoes typically don't fit my foot that well and take awhile to find one that does. So sadly, in person is the only way I'd be comfortable to buy.
Until I find a brand with sizing that works for me everytime, then it's off to the internet I go.
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