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Help me out guys.


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Aug 19, 2006
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Hey guys, recent lurker and first time poster here.

I was rummaging through a 2nd hand shop recently and found a Pierre Cardin velvet blazer that had a beautiful classic look. The jacket is labeled as from the 1950s and the price is $220. I've no liking for current Pierre Cardin but from what I understand the label used to be very respectable decades ago before it licensed out everything.

I'm not too sure on canvus/fused or any technical tayloring aspects of the piece, but it has none of the bunching/stiff shoulder/lapel moving problems that I've had with all my other off the rack jackets. It has a comfortable slim fit and I can move around easily.

The problem is that I'm always reading posts here about you guys picking up awesome pieces for $5-$20, which makes the $220 price tag seem rather steep for 2nd hand. Plus the place I found the blazer (Cheap Jack's on 5th) is rather notorious for marking up items for the hipster doofuses who will buy it anyway.

I'm not sure if I've found a good deal or if there are tons of pieces like this sitting in other thrift/consignment shops for much cheaper. I've been to a couple in the village/chelsea and frankly they all seem very picked over. Should I be checking out places on the UWS/UES or waiting until jan/feburary which is when I presume they will get a lot more stock?

Vintage Gent

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Mar 12, 2003
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I've purchased a fair amount of vintage clothing in my time, so let me be blunt: this is not a particularly good deal. You're right in thinking that Cheap Jack's is "jacking" up the price.

Ivan Kipling

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Aug 19, 2006
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There's nothing wrong with thrift shop bargains . . . my size is small, so I find bargains at out of the way places, too. But if you're concerned about this purchase, just forget about it. Wait until something you love at a legit department store or boutique, goes on sale. Buy that, instead. I've gotten tremendous buys . . . simply by waiting and watching.

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