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

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

  1. PLaydice

    PLaydice Senior member

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    I have hung jackets in my bathroom with dryer sheets in the arm pit's. after a couple days of indirect steam and being aired out the musty smell goes away
     


  2. Nobleprofessor

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    Anybody know how to clean an LL Bean Canvas Boat and Tote?
     


  3. Koala-T

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    I'm'ma tag onto this, because I bought an old Day-Planner leather wallet the other day and it's got a musty, mildewy smell to it. I don't know about the vodka vinegar trick, but it sounds like an awful drink.
     


  4. dieworkwear

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    I've heard of people spraying things down with really diluted vinegar, or sometimes diluted vodka. Vinegar is a common cleaning agent. Presumably the vinegary smell also goes away. I assume the vodka stuff is just to use a non-harmful alcohol to kill off any germs or bacteria. Just a guess though.

    So far, my plan is:

    1. Hang this jacket outside a few days, so it gets some direct sunlight.
    2. Wipe it down with diluted vinegar. Maybe also diluted vodka.
    3. Condition the leather.

    If you apply any kind of conditioner or cleaning agent, you'll probably want to make sure your leather is a "finished leather." Meaning it's not just a bare material, as sometimes conditioners and cleaning agents can seep through -- either darkening the leather or maybe even penetrating through and damaging the lining. That's my understanding, anyway. To see if you have a finished leather, just put a couple of droplets of water on the surface to see if beads up. If it does, it's a finished leather; if it soaks in, you have a bare leather. I'd be more careful with the second, since everything you put on will just get soaked up.
     


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    Define big
     


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    $10 bottle of beer? one of those 1 liter microbrews i guess?
     


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    Vodka (alcohols in general) are really volatile, wouldn't that be a great way to really dry out your leather? Maybe a prompt use of conditioner after the cleaning session, would be good, too.
     


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    I just tossed an old smelly shearling in a garbage bag filled with coffee beans for a week. Smelled like coffee for a few days, but once that passed, the original funk was gone.
     


  9. PGRoadhouse

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    Only been going part time the last few weeks, but I managed a pretty solid array of finds and a pseudo thriftening experience of my own (hats off to silverware and eazy, that Brioni/Zilli haul was just unreal. Good luck with the withdrawl, I know those feels).

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    A string of pretty awesome headwear- all available

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    Borsalino fur fedora for the small-headed gentleman:

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    Brooks Bros red wool driving/mario cap, made in the states:

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    NWOT Kangol summer cap, made in England

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    NWOT Brooks (Brooks ltd, not bros, pop!) wool cap for the large-headed gentleman:

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    Belts-

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    Coach Italy, coach USA, and a moneybelt! A must for any paranoid traveler. N/A

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    Ties:

    Brooks bros England, RT Estate, VV for the metro golf association x2, and Lilly Pulitzer (pop)

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    A thing? Lambswool, made in Italy GV

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    For myself- RLPL england, Ferragamo hunting scene, J Crew silk d ring, and an ashear square.

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    And finally, a much awaited pop, my very first Hermes! (assuming its real etc)

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    The rest:

    Burberry suit bag, pendleton wool bag for my sister, CD Monsieur(!) wool/silk scarf, burb cash

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    That burberry scarf look legit?

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    Oh and 4x pairs of NWT gray merino socks, made in england! 3x hilditch and key, 1x pantherella. Size 12.

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    Pants:

    These might be a thread first - Verdera "luxury slaks" trousers. Made in Italy, pretty impeccable construction and fit. Not too much on the web but the retails on par with incotex and the like.

    One pair in gray checked cotton:

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    And one pair in seersucker. Both fit me perfectly, NA

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    Not really thrifted (ebay at a reasonable discount), but I've wanted a pair of black selvedge jeans for a while now. RRL Japanese selvedge, fit beautifully, if a little lower rise than I usually wear.

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    Another ebay find: a vintage cashmere shirt jacket, made in England for Saks. A few small holes, but otherwise primed for winter lounging.

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    Sweaters - glad to see these and winter coats getting more rack space these days. All available.

    VV nautical cotton quarter zip

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    Zegna sport cotton or cotton blend - doesn't have tags, about an L

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    Waliki Bolivian alpaca sweater, extremely soft with a subtle fair isle throughout.

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    Harrods made in Scotland cashmere vee - tag reads 46"

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    NWT St James wool mockneck, L

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    Shirts-

    Big Mac flannel workshirt- great shape, fits well, NA

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    2x Burberry polos, made in Great Britain, L and available

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    Uber recent NWT PRL indigo chambray buttondown, XL

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    BR slimfit chambray - probably enough keywords there to quadruple my money

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    Uniqlo x undercover flannel, mostly picked up for oddity's sake

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    Single needle Indian madras, made in USA, NA

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    Rag and bone western herringbone chambray, small, made in USA, available

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    A strange one: BR safari bush shirt with Congo Cricket Club embroidery on the back. Might keep but has a whiff of colonialism about it.

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    Hilditch and Key linen spread collar ging, NA

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    Pretty cool Carroll and Co English twill safari shirt, NA

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    And 3x Viyella wool/cotton shirts, woven in Scotland, all my size, all NA

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    For kaps:

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    Just plain viyella:

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    Just a couple pieces of outerwear, both available

    Sawyer Nappa sheepskin - 46

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    Ladies' Barbour microfibre. Made in Estonia rather than England but still very nicely constructed.

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    Another one for the ladies, a pretty sweet PRL blue velvet jacket, made in the states

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    Tan wool Rubinacci jacket, 46 and available

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    I had a pretty stellar run reuniting orphans. First off, the pants:

    Zegna Italy 15 milmil gray db. Simply beautiful. My size, definitely a keeper.

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    Double breasted, double vented, double pleated.

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    Two minty Oxxford suits, both 44 Tall

    First is a pencil stripe gray flannel:

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    Second is a gray super worsted with a faint red windowpane:

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    Particularly amped about this find: I wouldn't have minded a tweed Brooks Bros suit in the first place, but intuition led me to dig around the vest section. Glad I did. My size, not available.

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    And then, at the end of a long, not especially productive day, I decided to hit a final, distant store, and had my own brief thriftening. It was a triumphant disappointment (or perhaps a disappointing triumph), for reasons that will soon become clear.

    The first Kiton super 150s got my attention:

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    The second Kiton sent me into a sort of mechanized trance, burning down the rack as frat bros crowed over hugo boss all around me.

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    And yet both are unvented, and probably orphans - no pants to be found (I'm picturing the superfine 150s fabric disintegrating into thin air). But of course it wouldnt be a thriftening without Brioni:

    In this case, a navy herringbone striped suit, double vented, likely a 46, available

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    I also copped a Brioni orphan, navy with red stripes, in the hopes that its other half would materialize. As with the Kitons, this never happened.

    Onwards! Heavy black twill Sulka. Might be cashmere. Might be a wool blend.

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    And then this happened:

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    Staple gray wool - super 150s English fabric

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    Of Caraceni, as I understand it.

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    Three times:

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    Navy herringbone DB.

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    Navy DB

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    All about a 46, all with some wear, dated, and unvented, but it is immediately obvious how well made these suits are. Unshowy but extraordinary workmanship.

    And finally some art to decompress:

    According to a note on the back, this is authentic egyptian papyrus. Don't know what, if anything, this means, but I liked the look of it.

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    And a signed print for my kitchen:

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    Can't quite make out the signature.

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    That's about it. Good luck out there gentlemen, may we all have a grail-heavy autumn.
     


  10. eazye

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    Ken P is the fucking man. Grail achieved, thanks again homie.
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  11. eazye

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    Damn PG, the thriftening continues.......... :slayer: :slayer: :slayer: :slayer:
     


  12. jdrizzy

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    Can't compete with those finds ^^^
     
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  13. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    +1 Came here to tell you the coffee bean treatment is the tits.
    What leather jacket did you kop?
     


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  15. dieworkwear

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    An old Schott Perfecto.
     
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