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Sarene

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Welcome to the new thread.


For posterity, here's what we did in part 1 :




And part 2 :

https://www.styleforum.net/threads/the-official-thrift-discount-store-bragging-thread-part-ii-may-2015-sept-2018.480919/



In this thread we :

1. Will tell you to read the whole thread from start to finish, and that may include part 1
2. Do not blatantly sell items unless you're either awesome or in that picture up there ^^ and only then "selling" is defined as not putting "N/A" next to your post
3. Treat each other with respect and be kind to the noobs that we all once were
4. Post epic shit.

And some pointers from @HansderHund :

Welcome! You probably have a few questions, so let’s look at the most popular:


Why is everyone here an asshole?
What is this worth?
Is this a thing?
What are the best stores in my area?
I’m just trying to improve my wardrobe and want simple answers!




Why is everyone here an asshole?

I don’t think anyone here is inherently an asshole. I’ve dealt with a number of people here and can honestly say that I don’t have problems with anyone. Some are a bit more abrasive than others. Some have opinions with which I disagree. Having said that, no one has yet to steal things, not return favors, etc.

This is the internet. This is also a place where people share a hobby and enjoy perfecting it. This is the perfect environment for people to develop strong opinions. It would be no different if you ventured into any other type of specialized forum and broke long-standing, albeit unwritten, rules.

What is this worth?

It’s worth what someone will pay you. That’s not sarcastic, that’s the truth. This thread isn’t about estimating the value of your finds. For starters, it depends on quite a few factors: age, style, condition, size, etc. It’s not easy to do considering all of the variables and people here generally don’t like to do it, especially for newer members. In order to employ the double standard, you'll often see long-standing members assign values to finds. Sometimes this is ignored, sometimes people are vocal about it.

If you’d like a general idea, use ebay completed search results and see how many are actually selling. Of those that sell, are they similar to yours? How about the sizing? Of that limited group, what’s the price range? $/€/£ 10-50? If that’s the case, assume your find is somewhere in the middle.

If you have more detailed questions about value and selling, take a look at this thread: ]Buying & Selling on eBay: Tips, Tricks, Problems and Questions

Is this a thing?

Before you ask this question, search the thread. If you’re logged in to StyleForum, there is a link at the top that says “search this thread.” Click it and a search box opens. Your search should reveal a number of results and you can see each post. It’s more than likely that in the 60,000+ posts within this thread, your “thing” has been discussed.

If you are saying to yourself “I don’t have time to look everything up!,” then why do you think anyone else should do that work for you? Is our time any less valuable than yours?

Beyond searching the thread directly, you have other options. Google images will help narrow things down, completed eBay searches will give you an idea of desirability. Once most of the common haunts have been exhausted, bring your question back to the thread.

What are the best stores in my area?

To many, if not most, this question is akin to asking what color underwear someone’s wife is wearing. It’s pretty much off-limits, even if most stores are readily accessible online. The exception to this, I’ve found, is that people are more than happy to help via PMs. I’ve visited a number of different areas and once I mentioned it, people with whom I’d never had contact were sending me messages offering their spots, best times, offering to meet, etc.
I’m just trying to improve my wardrobe and want simple answers!

Well, simple answers are often elusive. The best answer to this, again, is doing a bit of research. StyleForum is full of beginner material. Beyond that, there are any number of menswear blogs and tumblrs that offer visual ideas. In fact, there are threads that list these.

Your lifestyle, preferences, size, and budget are all unknowns. Without this information, any suggestions are just blind guesses.

Here are some general guidelines for CM:

1. Light blue shirts and grey trousers are safe.
2. Avoid black suits. They aren’t staple.
3. Make sure everything fits. Pants can be hemmed easily.
4. A jacket with pinstripes should have pants 99% of the time.
5. If you’re wearing a tie, you should probably wear a suit/jacket.
6. If you have to dress up: grey/charcoal suit, light blue shirt, black shoes, navy tie. Make sure it all fits.


Ill start with a #onestop of 45 Turnbull & Asser shirts. PPU $4.

Thank you sir, for not getting monograms and buying stock sizes instead of bespoke!



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That is a huge selection of shirts. If someone buys a shirt but needs it tailored for the perfect fit, who would you recommend?
 

Centaurus3200

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As someone who loves militaria, that gregory G1 is killer. Super rare issue. Looks like a C series, 1967. Wonderful jacket!

If it fits you, I'd be hard pressed to sell it. G1's to me are like the perfect leather jacket. Form fitting, but not constricting with the biswing back. Interior pocket, warm with the Mouton collar but not a sweat box.

 

SimonC

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Talking of military suits. I once thrifted a cream shantung silk bespoke suit with SAS buttons. One of those ‘would love a drink with the owner’ moments….
 

Nobilis Animus

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Reminds me of this story I read once about a British Secret Service officer in the 1940s who was recruiting for a top-secret program - basically a resistance group in case the Germans landed and occupied Britain, which was a very real possibility at the time.

Anyway, apparently he would meet prospective agents at a pub/some place where drinks were served and he'd ask if the guy wanted a beer, and then if he said yes he'd keep ordering them as they were drained. After one interview he told another officer that he did that because he wanted to see how often the agent would have to excuse himself to the bathroom and that 'he didn't trust a man who couldn't hold his beer.'

Odd story, but apparently he was very good at sussing out the best operatives.
 

Sartoriamo

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Been a bit. Glad to see y'all are still out there hustling. Geez, @eazye, I'm tuckered just from looking at all those kops.

Anyway, I escaped the blazing furnace of AZ to the Santa Ynez valley in CA for a couple weeks, to a friend's horse ranch. 75F every day, yay. There was a little thrift nearby that was almost never open, but I peered in the window and saw a few choice items, so noted the next time it would be open and drove over. Damn. Tented. That's a first.
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So I decided to roll on over the hill to Santa Barbara one day. I'd forgotten how beautiful that town is, and figured that with that fat-cat demographic, I'd kill it. But damn, what a bunch of scuzzy, filthy, tiny stores, mostly filled with crap. Seven or eight stores in and all I had were these five items: APC, RLX, Pata, PRL suspenders and a pair of Barbera pants.
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But then there was this, so that made up for it: Hermes cotton sarong. Around 6'x5'. I'll get something for that.
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Heading back across to AZ, stopped for gas just outside Indio, and took this pic just before I pulled in. I've been out in 122F before, but this was a new personal record. So fkn hot it makes you cringe and squint your eyes.
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OK, back to backlog . . .
 

Jackstraw001

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Haven’t been able to get out much lately due to work and generally pass on most of what I see these days. Here are some of my random finds from today.

1996 Olympics Sweatshirt
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1994 Orlando Magic Single Stitch
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1995 Peachtree Road Race Single Stitch
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‘80s Single Stitch
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Sony Walkman Shirt
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‘80s Levi’s Orange Tab
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‘80s LL Bean Flannels
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Le Creuset Stoneware
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Going back for this on Tuesday if it’s still around. My anti-hoarder brain cell kicked in and told me not to buy it as I have literally no use for an empty box, but now I’m getting remorse.

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Some finds from this week

just in time for the heat. MIJ rayon N/A
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lulus are surprisingly nice. Gonna keep these for biking to the office in colder weather.
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I really wish this was a different color
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big pop on GC - and in my size! I mean I haven’t worn dress shoes in 3 years but still. I don’t know cleverley very well, these are marked
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11-01

I’m guessing last, size



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And some free suits
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edit, forgot a couple
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