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

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

  1. DanM

    DanM Senior member

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    I don't think it's him... I bought something from eBay user div25sec9 the other day, shipped out of Canada. Probably just a similar eBay ID.
     


  2. jdrizzy

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    Div25sec9 is confirmed awesome guy, simon is very trustworthy (personally speaking), and not the guy you bought from
     
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  3. double00

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    does no one here ever find decent jewelry?

    i've been waiting to run into some yurman sterling or something, but nope.
     


  4. Bahljs

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    If a Stirling buckle at the end of a RLPL made in Italy Black Alligator belt or PRL Made in USA Stirling tipped Alligator belt, then, yes [​IMG]
     
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  5. drlivingston

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    I can only speak for the local scene. Down here, most thrift stores are predominantly staffed by women. While they may be clueless about Kiton and Brioni, you can be certain that they know good jewelry when they see it. I know a few of the employees personally and have heard stories about workers finding tennis bracelets, fine watches, etc. and taking them to the pawn shops for a quick payday.
     
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  6. Nobleprofessor

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    When you say "taking them" does that mean stealing them or taking them on behalf of the Thrift store?

    That is one thing I have always wondered about. If the employees are sorting through the donations are knowledgeable about what to look for, I would think there would be a huge temptation to pilfer these or at have a deal where they buy the stuff at a thrift price even though everyone knows it is MUCH more valuable.
     


  7. jamesmkeart

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    I know when I worked at goodwill a long time ago a few women really enjoyed sorting jewelry. They had testers to find diamonds and such. One of the women was fired for stealing. Most of it ended up on their website from what I heard. I wouldn't bother looking even if I knew a lot because they're good about sorting and there's a lot of customers in looking at it.
     


  8. double00

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    ^^^

    both cherry picking and theft are common in sorting rooms. but these people often don't have any clue what they're looking at so i don't really worry about it.

    so are civilians picking through donation piles and walking off with stuff.

    so are back room deals. i once watched a local manager offer a bunch of dibs to a flipper regular in exchange for pricing help. i doubt this is illegal or even necessarily wrong, but it definitely defeats my purpose of fostering inefficiency so i can get screaming bleeding deals.
     


  9. Nobleprofessor

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    I'm still catching up on old pages. So, this was 70 something pages ago. I think it depends on what you are looking for. If you want Kiton or Cuccinelli or Engineered Garments, or G&G shoes, a lot of Midwestern areas will not have this stuff UNLESS you are in a huge City. (Chicago is what I am thinking). But, wealthy folks even in cities that are medium sized (relatively speaking) like Wichita, Kansas, we will find expensive items like Oxxford, Chanel, LV, etc. Its just that it is very rare and more likely to be at an estate sale rather than a thrift.

    I would think Midwestern cities further up North would be great places to find things like Pendletons, or Johnson Woolen Mills, or just really high quality cold weather clothing that is built to last for years. That's not something you can find further south (at least not as much).

    I am a little disappointed sometimes in Wichita. Many of you may think of Wichita as nothing more than a town you have vaguely heard of in flyover country. But, one of the wealthiest families IN THE WORLD lives in Wichita. The Kochs live here (at least most of them).

    It was odd when I first moved here. Because there would be the large walls around huge pieces of property that appeared undeveloped at areas of town where the property would be worth a fortune. If you look closer, eventually you will find a well hidden driveway with a fort Knox like gate and security cameras. Having lived here for 12 years now, I can spot most of them pretty easily. And of course, the Koch Headquarters is here. Last year they started an expansion of the headquarters and entire streets were rerouted to accommodate it. I guess the Kochs either don't donate their stuff, or I am not in the know as where to find it.


    Plus, we are the air capital of the World. More planes are made here (or at least huge parts of planes) than anywhere else. Raytheon, Boeing, Spirit, Bombardier, Cessna, etc. All of these executives make big bucks. They and their spouses have essentially unlimited access to planes, so they are probably shopping around the world. I can't figure out why I am not finding more of the stuff you would find in NY, or LA. Maybe other people are and I am just not going to the thrifts often enough.

    Sorry for the rant.
     
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  10. white collar

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    Found a solid gold bracelet hanging out of a fake purse once.
     


  11. dukedishin

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    Whenever I visit my parents or in-laws in the midwest, I'm always struck by how everyone looks. Sweats everywhere, people wearing oversized "button up" casual shirts with jeans to weddings (no jackets or ties to be found), cargo shorts, etc. I really don't care what people choose to wear, but I would be lying if I said I didn't notice a stark difference from my area of the south where a much higher percentage of people look put together.
     


  12. Orgetorix

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    Since errybody else done it:

    Sizes and general ideas are in my profile. Like most here, I'm not hard to please. Love most CM stuff, and I'd be happy with anything even Brooks Brothers quality. I love vintage stuff. Shoes are my crack. I am to Harley gear as Spoo is to Ferrari gear. I collect old tobacco pipes (and they don't need to be clean, I have a guy who restores them). Ditto old cufflinks.

    Actually, since I'm such a CM-leaning guy, my casual game needs serious help. If that's your specialty, help me out. Jawnz, flannels, tees, henleys, casual shoes/boots...I know very little and have very little beyond one pair of LVCs and one pair of Gustins. I'm definitely no goth ninja, but short of that, I'm open to some help on my SW&D game.

    I love coffee. If you have a really good local roaster, send me a bag of something good and I'd be thrilled. Or even if you just have access to the big names like Intelligentsia, Counter Culture, Stumptown, Blue Bottle, etc., that's good too. I also like bourbon. :)
     


  13. AlexJ1100

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    Just curious, I might have missed this, but where in the south are you and where in Midwest are your parents/in-laws?

    PS: I 99% agree with you, growing up and living not too far away from the area you are referencing.
     


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    I live in San Diego, and people here don't dress well no more neither fella's, so I hate to inform you, its the age we are in. Frumpy clothes are everywhere cause thats whats mostly sold. Everyone's closet from 30+ years ago I look into shits on the modern chinese Target clothes people wear. Pendleton's must have been falling off the damn trees in the 60's cause every oldster he passes here has some in the closet. Kids are going to change things, they have been paying attention to their clothe's for the past few years and Its getting great. If I go out to a Nicer restaurant I usually see some younger dude's put together pretty well, but my problem is its always too Hip and modern and skinny, even with the traditional look's, I think it get's fucked up a lot by the younger generation with fit. I sell the old school 90's clothes and I SMH overtime i see one of the new kids in some tight jeans and a big ass windbreaker. Some kid at the rose bowl swap meet was wearing some Tommy hilfiger shorts cut so damn short, if me and my homies would have caught sight of these kids in the 90's rocking this shit like that I we would have chased you like a pack of hungry wolves for dinner lol. Even with the clothe's, its a dying art to put all this shit together proper for just the regular dude now mostly. We are in the age of Under Armor, Runner shoes, Basketball shorts.
     


  15. Nobleprofessor

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    I'm not exactly where you mean in the midwest. But, I think that is an unfortunate trend everywhere. I have lived in a lot of different places (I'm an Army brat) and I moved around some as an adult. For example, I was born and lived in Springfield, Missouri but it can't be compared to anywhere else. It is unique in that it is Lily white, ultra conservative, very religious, but is also a college town and has a ton of money in it because of the Medical community that is there. But, I have lived in Kansas City, Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, St. Louis, down South on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, several places in New Jersey, Topeka, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. My perspective is that anywhere you go there are people who dress like crap and people who take pride in their dress. Although I know farmers out in western Kansas that don't own suits, but they certainly take pride in their starched and ironed Wrangler jeans, and $1000 handmade Cowboy boots.

    I don't know where you live in the South, but southern style has dramatically improved or least solidified into an almost identifiable style that I like. Going to an Ole Miss football game or tailgating at the Grove is a totally different experience than Tailgating in Columbia Missouri.
     


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