The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. troika

    troika Senior member

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    Great finds everyone. Kind of new here...but had a decent day yesterday.

    Pardon the bed spread and the shitty camera, didn't want to get my DSLR out.

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    Shirts: T&A, Boss, Canali x2.
    Tie highlights: unknown wool made in italy knit, Talbott, dunhill, harvey aimes, luciano barbera.
     


  2. TheWGP

    TheWGP Senior member

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    QFT. It's nice to see unusual and vintage stuff sometimes, but I do agree that the licensed Dior and YSL is getting old. Using brand as a shortcut for quality only goes so far. You have to pick things up because they're good. That's how I picked up that trench that turned out to be a real Mackintosh, and that "Abla" suit that turned out to be a Caruso. One also needs to learn to tell the difference between "faking quality" and "real quality" or else you'll be drowining in fancy-looking-but-lousy Daniel Gray and Tasso Elba stuff.

    It's been said many times, but reading the whole thread is the best education. And don't see the proliferation of, frankly, lousy brands as an endorsement - just a sign that everyone makes mistakes, especially when starting out. Over time it's easier to pick out interesting things that may be of high quality or attract interest EVEN IF they don't have a crazy brand label. Complaining about 45 minutes and finding nothing is exactly the mark of a beginner, frankly - those of us who have been at this awhile may go out ALL DAY and find nothing AT ALL, let alone anything worth posting here. I've had that happen a couple of times - visit eight or ten stores and find nothing but fumes left in the gas tank. Sure, it's groan-inducing, but it's how you learn, and you can't find anything if you're not out there looking.
     


  3. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    THIS. +1.

    My favorite thrift find for me is a DB sportcoat that has no maker's label in it at all. I've felt LOTS of Hickey Freeman and Oxxford, NWT Canali, and a Brioni and this is as nice or nicer than those. I'm guessing it was bespoke for someone, but I identified it by the feel of the fabric and the quality of the craftsmanship.
     


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    In agreement. Due to posts like that people who were once wetting their pants over Christian Dior Monsieur are now popping up here with Kiton and Brioni etc.. This is one of the most educational threads on SF.
     


  5. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    WIWT thrifting edition, 3 days worth. Keep in mind that I dress purely to amuse myself, so there's no rhyme or reason from day to day

    2 days ago:

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    Oxxford SC from capnwes
    Astor & Black shirt, thrifted
    HF tie, thrifted
    BR sweater
    BR brown herringbone pants, thrifted
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    Florsheim Gaffney boots
    Excellent grey overcoat from Henry Boogers

    Yesterday

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    Hickey Freeman Collection suit, thrifted... medium gray with a double blue pinstripe
    Pale blue Charles Tyrwhitt shirt traded from Henry Boogers
    Navy tie, Bruno Piatelli, eBay
    "Navy" socks, Target
    AE shell cordovan from MikeH

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    Great Oxxford overcoat proxied by Guitar Preacher
    E. Zegna silk scarf, thrifted

    WIWT

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    HSM reddish brown herringbone tweed SC, thrifted
    Tweed driving cap, thrifted
    Brooks Bros 346 sweater vest, thrifted
    Astor & Black shirt, thrifted
    Guy Laroche tie, thrifted
    LL Bean old-man-pants, olive with a gold overcheck, thrifted
    AE Arlington kiltie tassel loafers, thrifted
     


  6. Thrifter

    Thrifter Senior member

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    To play devil's advocate on behalf of some of the new thrifters, if one has never had the opportunity to handle a good quality piece it can be difficult to imagine what one should be looking for.
     


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    Forgot how much I loved that first one, looks good on you.
     


  8. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    That's what she said?
     


  9. LooknGr8

    LooknGr8 Senior member

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    Nah, it's more like...at some point, your closet gets full. Then you must start upgrading, because you don't stop thrifting. Ever. But when your closet is full of BB and BR, there's nowhere to go but...up. The turnover begins anew.

    Or you could be smarter than some of us (uh, me) and aim high to begin with. Costs a lot less.
     


  10. tben

    tben Senior member

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    Hit one store very quickly on my way back to work. Christian Dior Monsieur tie....Wasn't going to pop on anything but when I looked at it, it made me all trippy.

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    Just kidding, it's Turbull & Asser.
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    +1. Someone had to say it. I pass over at least 3 Christian Dior Monsieur ties each time I go out (generally 1-2 per store on average). I was amazed when someone posted their Dior Homme suit a few days ago. That was worth bragging about, not a polyester blend Dior Monsieur tie from 1982.
     


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    I can dig it. Really, I was taking umbrage with the notion that there are no articles of clothing, which don't cost more than most of us make in a week, that are worth bragging about when found in a thrift store. If you find a pair of AEs for ten bucks, and they are serviceable it is a good day - I am guessing that is why the thread was created in the first place, not just for the "one in a bajillion" chance that you find a runway YSL article.

    If you are making $60K, and you only pick up runway runway YSL or Dior Homme at thrift stores, the odds that your wardrobe sucks are high.


     


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    A few shirts:

    RLPL, RLPL, RLPL

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    Duchamp; Daks by Timothy Everest

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    Kiton, unknown (Do these tags look familiar?), Kiton

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  14. Nataku

    Nataku Senior member

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    ^^ :worship:

    I want that RLPL keaton collar shirt! :drool:
     


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    3 Brooks Brothers no iron dress shirts ... goodwill ... $3 a piece .. MINT ..
     


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