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

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

  1. Chotii

    Chotii Senior member

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    A mini saga:

    I went to local thrift and picked up what should have been Micky Sharpz 000 Iron T Dial and 000X Iron Micro Dial tattoo machines. At least, that was what the (authentic) boxes said. and they were priced what you'd expect for those. Got them home and took a better look....and they were $10-15 pieces of Chinese crap that didn't look ANYTHING like Sharpz items. Nothing.

    They were also 'No Exchange'. Fortunately, one of the managers at the place has known me for years and let me do an exchange (they never do cash refunds; c'est la vie. So I had to try to find >$250 worth of things to buy in a store I'd already combed through 3 days earlier.

    Will take pictures tomorrow when I'm more awake. Lots of stuff. I may never get through the winter stuff I have piled up. Some gorgeous men's stuff. Some gorgeous women's stuff too. Just way too frucking much of it.
     
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  2. Fueco

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    Sorry for the late reply, I've been busy catching up on other things since returning the epic road trip a few nights ago.

    I'm honored to be in that sage bit of [no doubt whisky inspired] wisdom... Thanks Spooseph!

    I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me in the past month or so offer words of support. It means a lot to know that people are thinking about us.

    But yeah, road tripping... We made it to 11 US states as well as 4 Canadian provinces and one territory. The new ones for me were Yukon, Alaska, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

    1. Seeing the Aurora Borealis from near Banff, Alberta (according to the Greenland Eskimo tradition, the northern lights are the spirits of children who died at birth dancing in the sky).
    2. Seeing Kluane National Park in Yukon Territory. That place had a vastness and sheer wildness that really appealed to me. Add in that the entire Territory has some 50,000 residents, and you know you're in a remote place. I felt like I was hiking through an episode of Marty Stouffer's Wild America!
    3. Seeing all the wildlife... Highlights were: Canadian Lynx, Grizzly Bears, Moose, Caribou, Elk, Bald Eagle (I've seen a lot of these, but seeing one swoop across the road in front of me was pretty cool)
    4. Spending time with friends and family along the way. We stayed with friends in Arcata, CA; Everett, WA; Penticton, BC. We stayed with family in Nordegg, Alberta and Fargo, ND.
    5. We spread some of Daniel's ashes along with those of his grandfather at a spot on Corkscrew Mountain in the foothills of the Alberta Rockies. My wife's dad worked in logging there when he was a teenager in the early 1940s.


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    Along the Bow River, near Banff, Alberta

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    Denali National Park

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    Grizzly Bear (along the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia)

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    Along the Icefields Parkway (Banff National Park, Alberta)

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    Bull Elk at Edith Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta

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    Kluane National Park (Yukon, Canada)

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    Liard Hot Springs (northern British Columbia)

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    Above Skagway, Alaska

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    Walking around Wye Lake (Watson Lake, Yukon)

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  3. GetBlatzed

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    Yet another pair of bean boots. First ones I've found with the dark leather. Like the look a lot more than the regular light leather ones. Too bad these are a size too small for me (9N)

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    And certainly couldn't leave these behind for a buck each.

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  4. carreragt7

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    Picked up a few pair of shoes tonight. I haven't had much time to thrift lately but it amazes me what I'm still able to find at 8 or 9pm. Makes me wonder what I missed out on during the day, haha.

    Couple pair of AE. Strand and not sure on the lighter colored (walnut?) model's name. Googled and even looked through the AE appreciation thread and didn't find it yet. Anyone know off hand? They appear new but with something spilled on them, hoping to learn how to save them but am assuming it involves just darkening them. Vibram heels and soles.
    Also these anonymous woven penny loafers. Seem decently made, but only markings visible don't help me out much. Will be researching more tomorrow to identify both pairs.

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  5. rhz5001

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    I PM'd you but I'm adding anyway. Your pictures are way better. I'm an amateur with the camera.

    Near Anchorage
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    Near Kesugi Ridge public use cabin
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  6. burgerkong

    burgerkong Senior member

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    And yes, the Kiton is available, I'll be returning all of the PMs soon, shoot me your offers!
     
  7. Tom Pepper

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    Semi-thrift related because some of the personal pick-ups need tailoring, is there a rule of thumb for shortening sleeves on dress shirts, as in how far you can go or does it not matter ? I ask because I have read conflicting info on the interwebs and was curious what people here thought. Any insight would be appreciated .
     
  8. Jompso

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    Not a downer, just speaking the truth, nothing wrong in that, also perhaps doing some favors, allowing people to take a seat and catch the breath, relax, cuz that shit ain't Jesus coming back as a fucking Kiton, not close. The words you share are the truth. If retail price was tagged at 10.5K then there is zero shot that jacket is anymore than 10% Vicuna tops, most likely 7%. These percentages of a fiber, specifically that extremely rare protein fiber, is a total fucking Scam. The fact that I happen to personally own a Kiton cash with a low percent of Cuna allows me to say without question, that these jackets are 100% in no way, noticeably different than a classic Kiton cash. However it does allow for Kiton to charge 4.5K more per jacket by doing it...."if it makes dollars it makes sense" - Dj Quik.
     
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  9. dahl5yankees

    dahl5yankees Senior member

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    sleeve shortening and cost will depend on if the placket needs to be moved or not. If theres a long placket (usually with a writst button) you can have the shortnened and lose the button
    which is the cheapest option. If this has already been done and still needs to be shortened or you want to keep the button option its usually double the price. Locally this varies but
    expect to look at $15-$30
     
  10. drlivingston

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    I believe that the walnut ones are Strands as well. AE offered a toe-medallion delete under their MTO program.
     
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  11. Manofstyle85

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    That happens a lot in a particular store in town, except they are priced from $24 to $34.
     
  12. Purplelabel

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    6 Paul Smith shirts. Both 'PS' & 'Jeans' labels. First and second on the first column are short sleeved. All size medium, all available.

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  13. ilikethelights

    ilikethelights Senior member

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    Just one thing yesterday

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  14. dadjeans

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    Here's that Zilli coat from a few months ago. It's since gotten some love from a specialist cleaner and been sent off to @Brianpore (thanks for the pics!). Still not 100% sure about the type of skin and furs since the content tag is so far gone.

    EDIT: Turns out its pig suede and the lining is muskrat. Still not sure about the collar though!
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  15. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Hey Thrifty Gents.

    It's been a pretty quiet summer for me, as you could probably tell. We splurged on a cruise vacation and spent a few months pinching to pay it off. The last month or so I've been working double time to ramp up for the 9 days off (starting tomorrow)


    Enter: Matthew


    So now, our vacation is cancelled... well, at least the one we had planned. We will likely get most, if not all, of our money back, but it will be tied up for at least 3 weeks.


    We are already packed and ready to go, but have no idea where to go.


    We are packed for warm weather but that is easily correctible. I think we can easily re-direct our flights, but I've never had to do something like that so I don't know. Also probably willing to drive up to 6 hours or so.

    I booked my wife on a weekend yoga retreat locally so she can relax while I plan a new itinerary. So I have a couple days to figure this out.


    So, based on your experiences, any recommended October spots?

    Please PM with suggestions.
     
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  16. impuntura

    impuntura Senior member

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    Octoberfest in Munchen.
     
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  17. winny94

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    This.
     
  18. winny94

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    Exactly as is spelled
     
  19. jamesmkeart

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    I'll throw my bfa and art history minor in the ring.

    I wouldn't call that cubism. If it's acrylic paint, that wasn't invented until 1934 and didn't become used much until the 50s.

    Kind of looks unfinished to me. Does it say 67 on the stretcher bar? Might be a more accurate date if it's acrylic.

    Does have some age and nice qualities. I would say it's done by a good painter but not a great one. Although that doesn't mean the artist isn't famous and you might get more clues on technique seeing it in person.
     
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  20. Fueco

    Fueco Senior member

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    The art degree was used after all!!! ;)
     
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