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

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

  1. SpooPoker

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    Actually, I have a question for you.

    Being based in the UK, is it more exciting for you to find American brands rather than your own local, say Savile Row bespoke? For me, finding American designer things (like say, Polo or vintage Tommy) is cool but it doesn't rattle the heartbeat. But if I find some Row stuff, that really gets me going. Is it the same for you?
     


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    For me, the biggest thrill I get when thrifting is spotting a nice piece of tailoring and finding that label in the inside pocket with a Savile Row name attached. It's not about the money it's worth, but the history behind the name and the skill and hours that went into making the piece.

    But finding say Ring Jacket, Orazio Luciano or even or Common Projects is a close second, because of the rarity (in charity shops at least) and quality. Possibly because US brands are a bit more ubiquitous I don't think they are surprising to find here as some of the Japanese or even high end European makers.

    Then again, I've probably passed on lots of cool vintage RL pieces due to ignorance! Anyone know of a resource to help educate me?
     


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    Apart from this thread!
     


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    Wow, thats interesting. Being in the mecca of bespoke tailoring, thats the stuff that gets you pumping. I would have thought the opposite. Have you ever thrifted here in the states? I can only imagine its a different experience. Ive only thrifted outside the US in Paris, which sucked horribly. I tried it in the Caribbean but then realized that A. there was nothing like a thrift shop there and B. I was in the Caribbean.
     


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    I think it's partly a reflection of my interest in clothes - I like everything but love quality tailoring - and also the fact that it's still really hard to find Savile Row bespoke clothes in charity shops. In London at least, prices tend to be pretty high too, so I leave a TON of stuff behind.

    Not really thrifted overseas. In San Francisco once I think but that was before I knew what I was doing so I think I bought one white t-shirt! I'll probably come to NY next year as it's our 5th anniversary (we were married in NY) so I'll hopefully have a spare afternoon to thrift!
     


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    Hey guys. I am looking to go on a thriftcation. I am looking at two cities: Chicago and Las Vegas. Which city do you think will give me a better chance at finding grail stuff like Kiton?

    Other cities I am considering include Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh
     


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    Chicago over Las Vegas for sure. And from Chicago you can drive to a lot of other midwest cities.
     


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    I'm holding it down it Australia, well in Sydney at least.
    & if any of you yanks feel like watching some real sport, tune into the Rugby World Cup Final between Australia & New Zealand in 3 hours :nodding:
    Only if you're cheering on Australia though
     


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    I'll be watching, good luck Aussies, don't think any Kiwis post here!
     


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    I haven't found Kiton or anything quite that high end in Chicago but obviously there was a thriftening earlier this year and others continue to find smaller volumes of similar stuff. I don't recall having heard anything great about thrifting LV but I believe that there are some members with experience in that part of the country who could speak more authoritatively...
     


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    AHAHAHAHA!

    Seriously, Cincinnati? How did my city get on this list? I've been thrifting here hardcore for 4 years and found 1 Kiton tie at a consignment.
     


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    Springbok supporter checking in. Looks like I'll be cheering for the All Blacks today! Send Richie off in style!
     


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    Paging @richnet12 -- check your PMs.
     


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    2 e-thrifts.
    New & Lingwood grenadine tie, and a Vineyard Vines one from The Meadow Club of Southampton, Long Island.

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    Vineyard Vines seem pretty unknown here in England.

    Then, this morning I went to the Sue Ryder sale in Nettlebed, and came home with some great ties.

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    And in a further stroke of good luck, I spotted these old Church shoe trees when heading out the door.
    The woman hadn't got change to break a 20 so just let me have them for nothing.

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