The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Senior member

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    I bought a fake Hermes purse once and sold it to a lady friend for 5x cost. She knew it was fake, but didn't give a toss. I know lots of women who are quite happy to rock the fakes they buy on holiday in SE Asia. I've never understood it.
     


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    A lot of people pay insane prices for fake purses. I see booths at large neighborhood garage sales and flea markets selling "Replica" purses for $50-$70!
     


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    My wife is pretty good at spotting the fakes. She always makes it a point to tell the stores what is fake and asks them who authenticates their purses (a couple stores here say they do). However the fakes are getting so good it hard to tell. We saw a small Louis Vuitton at the GW where my parents live that neither of could tell. All the LV's were correct (a real one will never cut off the LV), and the dust bag it had with it looked real (most fakes don't have dust bags). But we both felt $40 was a bit high to take a chance on.
     


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    Just found this outrageous lambskin leather peacoat. Anyone recognize this tag? It says "Yannick" and "made in France"?

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    Yannick is probably the name of the man who commissioned the piece. According to Wiki, 'Yannick' is also the name of a French-Canadian hockey player.
     


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    ^ Love that coat, SnarlPatrick.
     


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    I found two cashmere Kiton suits and Brioni silk sport coat at the Goodwill on Rockville turnpike in Gaithersburg, MD
     


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    This is also helpful with women's belt racks.

    I sometimes glance at the purses, but I'm so clueless I don't even bother. I did pick up a Brooks Brothers clutch for my wife one time.
     


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    SnarlPatrick, that's a great example of something awesome with character to pick up for yourself. A label needn't be SF-approved or "high-end" to be amazing! :)

    I've never seen a designer purse worth picking up that I was positive wasn't fake. I see a LOT of awful fakes hanging on "showcase racks" with super-high price tags slapped on them, and apparently people buy them.

    The one possible exception is Coach - their stuff is essentially the bottom-entry-level and cheap enough that they might reasonably make it to a thrift store pretty often. Cheapness is relative, of course - but I've seen small Coach bags tagged $100+ at thrift stores that - even if genuine - were likely no more than $200-250 at FULL BOAT RETAIL.

    Of course, from what little understanding I have of womens handbags, most of it is crap anymore anyway, other than Hermes and a tiny bit of the more expensive stuff at other makers. Guys, I highly recommend reading the book Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster - it's really eye-opening if you haven't read it. Check it out of the library at least. Seriously.
     
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    Went out today....found not a damn thing.
    These flippers have scoured every interesting item and left pretty much not even mediocre garbage.
    Its been quite some time since I have seen anything exciting.
    I used to find at least some cool pants or shirts, but as of late, I get excited when I see a 20 year old zegna tie.
    Could it be the times of finding Brioni casmere blazers and Kiton suits are gone for my market?

    On another note, thrifitng with Nataku is FUN. We need to have thrifting ambassadors who we can connect with when traveling!
     


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    Sounds like I'm pretty much in the same boat as you. Looks like you have some pretty good finds, I especially like the Oxxford. My only advice to you is to be careful buying things that are pretty dated. Its easy to get excited when you see a good brand, but you need discipline to tell you its too old and outdated. If you keep up with your thrifting, you'll eventually come across some nice, recent suits and sportcoats. You'll have a full closet, and will want to get rid of all the old stuff you bought a few months earlier, only to find that it isn't worth much on ebay. That's what happened to me at least. It looks like you made better purchases than me though, so you should be able to sell most of the stuff if you want to.
     


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    It sounds like fakes are more common than I thought. I can spot a fake LV, but my eye has not spotted how to tell a fake Hermes, Gucci, etc bag. I think I only ever pay $10 - $60 for bags when I get em, Im thinking I have scored a bunch of fakes. Dammit - it is being like told as a little kid Santa Claus does not exist :(

    Quick question - if a Hermes garment has inner tag with washing instructions in chinese, what does that mean?

    I know the answer sound obvious, but do Hermes make exclusive stuff for Chinese only market?
     
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