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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. potemkin_city_limits

    potemkin_city_limits Senior member

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    Fair enough. I actually hate those same cyclists even when I am riding my bike. I tend to drive a rental car quite often and I know what its like when shitty cyclists are taking up the whole road thinking they own everything, but I also know what its like to be a vulnerable guy on a bike hoping he doesnt die that day. I tend to try to ride my bike with the same mentality as when Im driving a car. Its unfortunate how many drivers as well as cyclists there are in Toronto ruining it for everyone. It also sucks that the mayor of Toronto is a fat piece of shit and he hates the idea of bike lanes. At least the few streets with bike lanes have even a small sort of semblance of organization to keep the bikes from getting run over by the cars.

    I ride my bike through the odd red light but only after slowing down to assess the situation. When I know that there are no cars coming I will ride through but I would never chance blindly cruising through a red light with the hopes that I dont die. I also keep as far to the right as possible whenever I am on my bike.

    Someone was just run over and killed the other day while riding in a bike lane here in Toronto. Its unfortunate that I have to leave my house every day thinking that I hope I dont get run over by someone who isnt paying attention. I have been very fortunate so far.
     


  2. Achilles_

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    But those Brionis are so awesome!

    Did you ever measure those blue flannel oxxford pants? I'm regretting not seeing how much they could be let out :(

    I wore the cashco the other day. It's awesome for this fall weather! You said you have something similar in the closet still?
     


  3. Achilles_

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    I commented earlier as well. I would like to add that I was talking about the bikers that don't stop at stop signs, always have the right of way etc.

    I also used to drive through Uptown in MN and it was a madhouse. Pedestrians would walk all over, no matter what the signs were saying. Some of the bikes I saw were not even trying to stay to the side. Traffic was terrible in the area!

    I used to drive a motorcycle and I remember when idiots in cars did not notice me. I usually saw the driver on a cell phone not really paying attention. Very frustrating. I drove with the idea that cars always have the right of way since they can kill me so easily :laugh:

    I like the bike lane idea, I think it's terrible that someone died because of an idiot driver. :(
     


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    Nataku Senior member

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    Who said I was getting rid of the Brionis? :D

    I'll measure the Oxxfords tomorrow and let you know. I have a similar corduroy jacket (peak lapels, unknown Italian maker) with a thinner wale fabric. I'm thinking I'll wear it sometime this week.


    Minneapolis is known as the city of (at least) 10,000 bikes.

    http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles/10000Bicyclists.asp

    They are known as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the nation and a lot of the roads do have bike lanes. In the older, busier areas of town and in downtown, it's tough to do this. Still, I see it as progress and hope they can integrate them more into our roadways. Keeps bikes out of the middle of the road and gives them a (somewhat) sense of security. I ride my bike often too so I know where you're coming from.



    Nice find! Especially NWT! I love Etro stuff, especially their jackets. Though I've only found a couple, they have a lot of very cool details.
     
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    So i need to somehow get 1k in like a month to go on a senior trip /: is that possible through thrifting LOL
     


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  7. robbie

    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    Found this Eaton's 3.5 point trapper blanket :
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    $8.50. Gee I love thrifting in Central NE.
     


  8. woolnotmutton

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    maybe if you hit up more than just clothes, but that requires a lot of knowledge base or you will get screwed over.
     


  9. Achilles_

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    Good to see another Nebraskan :slayer:

    Truth be told, it does not get much better here in Omaha :(
     


  10. robbie

    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    ^ I agree.

    If you really want to make 1000 bucks you need more than a month, or you need to find really good stuff: 1st editions of books, shoes, t-shirts, original art, cameras, collectibles, et cetera.

    For example : that blanket I found cost 8.50. I could resell it on ebay for 100-150$. I bought a Big E (Levis) type 3 last week for less than 10$, considering LVC is over 200 I could resell it for 75 and make someone elses day, as well as my own. I bought a polaroid Sx-70 camera in the box, with a case, and a ton of ephemera last year for 5$, sold it promptly for 200$ on etsy.


    With an initial investment of 100$, 80$ for merch and 20$ for gas I think you could make 1000 in a months time.

    This would mean you spending friday afternoon and then all day saturday and sunday for at least 3 of the four weeks at thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales,scouring craigslist then if you spent Mon-Thurs listing the items on ebay/etsy/supermarket/market here you could come up pretty damn close to a $1000. There are a lot of great blogs out there you can learn from, just make sure when you search to use really specific terms 'thrifting' turns up a lot of girls with really crappy 'hauls' of 80's cat sweaters and LA gear sneakers.

    Also, you need to have taste. This isn't something you can learn. You can find 'cool' stuff for sure, but having taste is critical. You have to assume everyone else in the thrift store is looking for 'valuable' things too. So you have to find niche stuff, stuff that's easily overlooked. I've made a ton selling mis-matched or slightly chipped Fire-King mugs and dishes. Most people will scoop up a set of 4 mugs if they're in perfect shape... but a slight chip and they don't want to pay 1$ a cup from Goodwill. I take those same mugs put up for 16$ with 8$ shipping (a deal on shipping) and they're gone! Fire King is insanely ubiquitous, but like Coca-Cola is sought after despite it's ubiquity.

    If you're serious spend some time at the thrift stores, going down every single aisle walking through a single store about 3 or 4 times. You'll have to haggle some, you'll have to dig. It will be work, a lot of work but it could be worth it in the end.

    honestly though if you NEED the 1000$ get a part time job tending bar or something, you'll make the money a lot faster and a lot easier too with less time involved IMO.

    Also, you're gonna have to beat all the guys in this thread to the punch if you wanna make 1000 :D
     
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    mainy Senior member

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    You can make way more than $1k in a month if you know what you're doing, live in a major metropolitan area and are willing to really hustle... but you better have free time to burn and be willing to go every single day
     
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  12. woolnotmutton

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    this is the type of advice that you pay $$ for.
     


  13. robbie

    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    Ohh man... Omaha has some of the best thrifting ever. I'd fill up my tank with 12-15$ worth of gas and cruise around. I love Thrift World, the one downtown is the best.

    I also like the goodwill on ... 84th near 80.

    And of course all the thrifting in La-Vista,Papillion,etc.

    I am jealous.

    Lincoln is where it's at in terms of thrifting. O street, holy shit man, holy shit there is so much stuff. Not to mention up near Wesleyan... them's my stompin grounds. I probably passed up more stuff in Lincoln than any place else. The thrifting is just so good. It's also an epic garage sale town.

    I probably should care giving away all of these 'secrets', except I know less than 1% of folks on styleforum have any idea the places I am talking about.
     


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    A big +1 to what everyone has said so far. You need to have an eye and touch for quality. Know what you're looking at and think of who would want it. People pay big money for vintage hifi gear. With that said, only the more expensive stuff of the day brings in money. A Marantz receiver will bring you $150+ and a Realistic receiver will get you $10 if you're lucky. Housewares too. Know your stuff. Beat out the competition. You've gotta have a lot of time to burn.

    There are a few things that will get you there quick, but you need to know a wide variety of values. Here's a couple of semi-realistic finds that have netted me a good amount.

    1) Pioneer RT-909 reel to reel tape deck. Found two of these within a 3 year period and make about $700 each.

    [​IMG]

    2) Polo Bear sweater. Be care who you sell them to, though. Use insurance and cover your ass as much as possible.

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    3) Mulholland Bros. Leather golf bag. Found two once. One was all leather, the other was leather and canvas. Got $400 for the leather/canvas and $600 for the all leather one.

    [​IMG]

    4) Vintage Pioneer SX-1980 receiver. This thing is a monster. It's huge. You might be able to pick one up on the cheap because most people think this stuff is old and obsolete. Wrong. Sold one a couple summers ago for $500.

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. robbie

    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    shit... that dude know's his stuff.

    my advice : buy him a REALLY nice dinner and ask him for his un-free advice.
     


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