The official thrift/discount store bragging thread - Part II (Return to the Thunderdome)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SpooPoker, May 18, 2015.

  1. Jompso

    Jompso Senior member

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    No other way around it, you're 100% correct. It's just not worth it..at all..ever. We're here as a community to share and help each other and getting into shit is counter productive to that and being combative to the status quo obviously is as well. New leaf, new me, I mean obviously I still gotta prove myself, but getting heated on here never fixed anything, if anything just made things way worse, just not the move, for anyone involved.

    And you know me, 1. Always ready to thrift 2. Ready to hit whatever whenever, got no secrets here. When you're in town, grails is the mission.
     
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    Nope, let some little shit drive his baby and he failed, moms wasn't feelin it..haha

    Now could you buy a Ferrari, or could you afford one? I'm really tempted to post my storage pic now..
     


  3. barrelntrigger

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    Fuck it! Do it! Bro, I'm serious when I say this. You don't need to prove anything to anyone more than what you've already proved by posting your grails consistently. I wish I could thrift 1/4 of what you pull in on a constant basis. Ok, I guess I'm done stroking...The ego and not the cock.

    Been checking out your tumblr...F.U.C.K.
     
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    Alright I will... and thanks man, a couple years ago I was really into it, I did essays on people like Hedi a long with a variety of stuff ....recently I've been slackin but postin finds started getting me a bunch of new followers so I guess I may just throw a few posts up right now and get back at it. It's a fun creative outlet for sure and going through backlogs of designer campaigns for photo shoots and shit like that, that stuff is fucking awesome.

    Also dude, thank you so much. I know a lot of people think it may be easier out here than other places, but as I was just discussing with a fellow member who only came for a day with some spots I gave him, he doesn't know how its even done. Growing up here helps, a lot...but getting feedback for all the time spent like this means a hell of a lot too, so thank you.
     
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    Both.

    I would also like to post storage pics, but there's a lot of stuff that's in heaps and countless bankers boxes... Not very sexy pics. I wish I had double the space and double the rolling racks to sort everything. I use terms like "The commes des garcons pile" and "sweater room" often lol. I'm working on cleaning and organizing it all right now to start working on listing it in an organized manner. Lately I've actually just been donating trash bags filled with stuff just to clear out space. Last bag was filled with Trafalgar belts I picked up years ago, misc. Tweed jackets and Lacoste Polos... Ain't no one got time for those.

    But god damn. Every time I turn around there's another pile of AE belts or rack of HF suits that need sorting -_-. #Overwhelmed
     


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    Bro, I know what you mean. Competition is fierce out there! Members like Nataku and Sngooz have hit LA before and they've told me there's a method to this game. You can't just expect to hit every store and score big because little, fat Hispanic ladies to the tall, lanky hipsters are all your competition! I got a few tips from members and I have gotten some cool stuff but there are stores I went to at a certain time, were all picked clean like, if you don't get there when new racks are coming out, you might as well not try to go through what's on the floor because you won't find shit. I went to a particular store that produce grails consistently but I went there at a time when it was dead meaning all the good shit was gone. But I'd thought I would try my luck. Guess what? I found an Etro patch pocket SC hanging there on the rack with like feet of gaps to either side of it. I was stoked BUT it was fucking moth buffet! No fucking wonder it was hanging there like a fucking corpse! Anyhow, from the PMs you've sent me, I know how much trouble and details you go through to do what you do. I respect that. I think you would gain more followers on here if you just post grails and leave the rest at the door.

    Bros, my last run was a fucking bust...Only 5 items...Too lazy to post. Wish me luck this week! Gonna stay a bit closer to home and see what I find.
     


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    When I moved into the office it was such an eye opener, cuz I didn't wanna move shit that I wasn't gonna be posting for whatever reasons. Not crap but stuff like you mentioned, or oprhaned HF jackets w/ LP wool (few of those), but just so much stuff in general you just wonder how much fucking money you've just tossed. If there's one thing for sure, and I have 2 20x20x20 storage boxes and one 16x16x16 all full to prove, it's that don't even bother unless you've got upfront and you're ready for a steep ass and sometimes painful learning curve. Thankfully it was all stuff I had on a couple junk racks that were just taking up space and from way back in the early months, nothing of recent or anything haha but yea, especially here with some of the prices, just gotta be smart about shit.
     


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    It really depends what areas you hit because depending on location you're dealing with different types. There's high end, there's mid tier, there's the quantity over quality, it's about persistence, learning routines, mesmerizing routines, and then re learning the fucking things because the stores will switch em up now to avoid certain times just being packed or whatever. I'm just glad my favorite spot has totally changed....there was zero new shit or turnover for months and it turns out cuz the last manager was back roomin all day. I found 3 Kiton Cashmeres and 2 Pure Cash Brionis at this place... Twice, first starting out almost.....anyway he got caught up and booted so they're back legit and shit is back on track....but in general, it's really dead here right now, donations are super low and everything, dunno about everywhere else but supply is on the downside at the moment here.

    And best of luck as always, all about staying at the grind and not lettin shit get you down. This shit is ups and downs, we all get em and some can just be fucking brutal, but the shits there, it always has been and always will be, maybe not today or the day before, but tomorrow is a new fucking day.
     
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    Fuck, I wish I were doing backroom deals all day with owners and not middle management and banging the owners' hot daughters all night.
     


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    A bit off-topic...

    Copped some 4/5 oz Veg-Tan Cowhide at the leather shop today. Already got the pieces for a new CC holster cut out, shaped, dyed and ready to stitch together tomorrow. Does anyone else here do Leatherworking? And would anyone be interested in seeing some of my projects? Got a new wallet prototype coming off the drawing board and into the flesh next week, as well as new watch bands soon.

    Tons of other stuff I should be doing, but I enjoy working on leather things late at night with some Sierra Nevada Pale Ales. [​IMG]
     


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    I could use some hints on spots to watch in LA. I'm new blood, small time grabbing stuff mostly for myself, and I don't get to hit stores very often or in mass numbers. I don't really know any good second hand stores where I have a higher chance at scoring better stuff at good discounts. Just been sticking to true thrifts, mostly in the valley. If I could get even one baller item for my wardrobe every couple of weeks, I think I would be happy.
     


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    PM...back room deallss...
     
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    @vexco Bean duck boots usually have the size imprinted on the arch area of the sole in block numbering. It can be subtle and easy to miss.

    Folks wanting to learn to drive stick: my roommate taught me on a test drive car from a used car lot. He drove it off the lot and around the corner, we switched places and he had me shifting smooth in about 15 minutes. Obviously this only works if a salesman isn't riding along.
     


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    Thanks man, will check for it.

    Also @jompso I hope you remain healthy. I went through a lot of the same shit when I was 20. Just learn to give less fucks!
     


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    I think I just got offered a back room deal. 100 Kiton Cashmeres wholesale straight from "distributor" NWT's. Direct from Italy. I fucking wish...
     


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