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CWOyaji

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From yesterday, some AE Mcadam boots to sell and a sleeveless and guilt-free NWOT Patagonia organic cotton shirt for me.
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Then from my bike ride this morning, this guy who lives large right near my house with his fifteen yup, fifteen girlfriends.
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Haven't been out in a while. No thrifted Rolexes or omegas like Frenchy, but some fun stuff for $7 all in.

I loved the movie district 9, so I'll rock the shirt.

Looks like a legit late 80s public image shirt. Someone cut the tag off, but single stitch, heavy and just looks fricken old.

Persol 5716 sunglasses. Prescription lenses, but whatever.
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Jar.
Also a jar of silver 525 grams .
Damn. I'm glad for you that you're able to find such valuable things at such low costs.. But I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I really wish the stores around here were as ignorant to values as the ones in your area.

Around my parts nearly every single piece of jewelry gets screened. Anything gold or silver gets sifted out. Anything marked 925 or sterling definitely gets sifted out (including silverware). Something would have to be virtually unmarked and really bad looking to remotely make it past their screening system. I'm aware that they do acid testing to some items as well.

As for watches, they do the jars too but nothing more than a Timex gets put in them. Watch jars typically range from $30 to $100+. I used to see the occasional beat up Seiko back in the day, but now they're combing those out too. It's all just bubblegum machine watches in there nowadays, with the occasional Timex.

Been doing this nearly 12 years and I look at those jars somewhat frequently, as well as jewelry in the glass case.. I've never once seen a good watch worth buying, nor anything of good value jewelry-wise. Yet you'll still see these guys in there with jeweler's loupes going over every jar lol. You're better off looking for sterling cuff-links left on a shirt, or belt buckles but the staff know about those now too.
 

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yup, not saying Frenchy is full of it, but the chances of me finding an Omega (let alone a Rolex) at a thrift store... well, getting struck by lightning would be more probable.

Damn. I'm glad for you that you're able to find such valuable things at such low costs.. But I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I really wish the stores around here were as ignorant to values as the ones in your area.

Around my parts nearly every single piece of jewelry gets screened. Anything gold or silver gets sifted out. Anything marked 925 or sterling definitely gets sifted out (including silverware). Something would have to be virtually unmarked and really bad looking to remotely make it past their screening system. I'm aware that they do acid testing to some items as well.

As for watches, they do the jars too but nothing more than a Timex gets put in them. Watch jars typically range from $30 to $100+. I used to see the occasional beat up Seiko back in the day, but now they're combing those out too. It's all just bubblegum machine watches in there nowadays, with the occasional Timex.

Been doing this nearly 12 years and I look at those jars somewhat frequently, as well as jewelry in the glass case.. I've never once seen a good watch worth buying, nor anything of good value jewelry-wise. Yet you'll still see these guys in there with jeweler's loupes going over every jar lol. You're better off looking for sterling cuff-links left on a shirt, or belt buckles but the staff know about those now too.
 

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You're better off looking for sterling cuff-links left on a shirt, or belt buckles but the staff know about those now too.
Somebody on here found 18k or 24k gold nugget buttons on a no-name sport coat a few years back, can anybody remember who that was?
 

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Damn. I'm glad for you that you're able to find such valuable things at such low costs.. But I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I really wish the stores around here were as ignorant to values as the ones in your area.

Around my parts nearly every single piece of jewelry gets screened. Anything gold or silver gets sifted out. Anything marked 925 or sterling definitely gets sifted out (including silverware). Something would have to be virtually unmarked and really bad looking to remotely make it past their screening system. I'm aware that they do acid testing to some items as well.

As for watches, they do the jars too but nothing more than a Timex gets put in them. Watch jars typically range from $30 to $100+. I used to see the occasional beat up Seiko back in the day, but now they're combing those out too. It's all just bubblegum machine watches in there nowadays, with the occasional Timex.

Been doing this nearly 12 years and I look at those jars somewhat frequently, as well as jewelry in the glass case.. I've never once seen a good watch worth buying, nor anything of good value jewelry-wise. Yet you'll still see these guys in there with jeweler's loupes going over every jar lol. You're better off looking for sterling cuff-links left on a shirt, or belt buckles but the staff know about those now too.
There is one simple reason why I find what I find.
Most of the stores here hire recent immigrants and from social outreach programs .
Especially some of the stores in rougher neighborhoods ,and this stuff just slips by.
You think some 50 year old lady from India knows what an Omega is,no.
And yes they have some supervision guiding them etc,but after a while they just let them go on their own.also there is just so much volume it inevitably slips by.
Combine that with going often and chances are on your side .it's just a numbers game .
For every 1 cool watch I find I look at 1000 timex's.
Having said that i do seem to have a bit of a horseshoe up ****** when it comes to watches lol.
 

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