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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. LooknGr8

    LooknGr8 Senior member

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    Dude, you crack me up. I look forward to this thread to see what you come up with next.


    I think you're spot on here. Some of these things you're talking about (i.e. where the economy has dealt harshly in a city/region, the thrift stores are more combed over) already happens.

    To your point #4: In a former career, I covered the sports collectible/memorabilia market for several publications, even edited one of those fat baseball card price guides you can get at Barnes & Noble. As part of the job, a lot of casual collectors or people who inherited/were given a bunch of baseball cards emailed me "what's it worth" questions, with dollar signs in their eyes.

    Most everyone had junk, and I advised them to garage-sale what they had. As I did myself at one point, a trunk full of 35,000 cards (Flea Market Dude drove off with them for $100, and I got the better end of that deal -- and I edited the price guide, I definitely had market research on my side). If this thrift show inspires a million armchair experts to do the same...they will tire of it.

    Every once in a while there was an amazing find I referred to a major sports auction house...oh wait, that literally NEVER happened. People who had the great finds had put in the research and work to know what they had in the first place, and weren't casual collectors who randomly found that $50,000 1952 Topps Mantle.

    So I'm not particularly worried.

    There is one more point to be made about this Oxygen show: THose of us who flip stuff on eBay might get more $$$ for their finds once the public becomes more educated about what the good brands are. Awareness-building can only help as viewers decide they want this stuff and grow frustrated that their local stores only have HSM, Stafford, and Johnny Carson suits or whatnot. So they go to eBay for their bargains. And you gents will be waiting for them, having larded eBay's clothing sections with the stuff you've been posting...
     
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  2. AndroFan

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    Dude, I have a theory on this. In law school, we're beaten over the head with a brand of utilitarianism-as-religion. What on earth could possibly be more utilitarian than getting insanely expensive clothes for an infinitesimal fraction of their asking price (even factoring in the time-value of money)?

    Finds for the day forthcoming, will edit after I catch up on the thread...

     


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    Also 4 pairs of prl by corneliani slacks. 32 I think.
     


  5. acosbysweater

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    I was kidding, my GF has migraines on occasion. I believe I've had a few myself, though I have attributed them to having a too weak prescription in my glasses at the time. Wish you luck with dealing with them when they do hit; I hope you aren't wearing Kiton when you have the next one!
     


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    The thing about the RG shirts -- speaking as someone that covered sports collectibles -- is not that they are particularly well made or, er, good looking. They label them as collector's items (what do the hang tags say? "You've not purchased a shirt, but an individualized work of art" or something like that).

    They're doing a great racket along the lines of individually numbered sports rookie cards. It didn't matter the card design or quality of the picture, the card companies -- and RG -- taps into the collector mentality. The color and design of the shirt are almost secondary concerns.

    That's my theory.

    I mean this thing is one of the butt ugliest cards I've ever seen, but it is THE LeBron rookie.

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    One sold for $6675 last month. I've seen them go for five figures, but

    a) Other players like Blake Griffin, this Lin kid, etc. are hotter in the market and
    b) LeBron is an NBA antihero now, which makes his Exquisite rookie "only" worth that.
     


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    From seeing the higher priced robert grahams that sell on the bay, the one above as an example, it seems that a majority of them are in the XL-2XL range.

    Are larger sizes more inclined to the "style" of a Robert Graham? Or do they feel that a Robert Graham "style" shirt somehow softens their size?
     


  8. acosbysweater

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    Hit a few stores today and feel like it was worth my while.

    Found my first Stefano Ricci tie. 7 fold, from the "Luxury for" line. I wish I could "pass this around the classroom" so those of you who haven't handled a 7 fold could see how STOUT these things are. I think in particular, the Ricci ties don't scrimp on material when making ties. They aren't understated like the Hermes ties I just picked up. Doesn't look like it'll flip for much, but it was nice to snag something of such good repute.

    The first thing I picked up today was an obnoxious Robert Graham shirt which will pay for the gas money at the very least, and hopefully much more as evidenced by that galactically hideous paisley number to which someone just posted the eBay link. I love how these things are essentially currency, of no personal value to any of us, but exchangeable for fine durable goods.

    Spoo, I passed on some Versace Sport chinos in extremely good condition, in my size for $30. There's a half off sale coming up on Monday; should I go pick them up or is this too far of a diffusion line to mean much? I would consider snagging them and dying them to a more tasteful, stylish shade rather than the light khaki that they currently are. I would peg them as authentic due to the tags, but I don't have any pictures to substantiate that claim.

    Edit: Also found this unbranded piece that noobizor and I could high five on. It's basically what's hot in Margiela, Raf Simons, Rick Owens land...a schlubby knit shawl collar cardigan mashed up with a leather blazer. This thing is pretty incredible to me as I didn't think it was anything that was ever made outside of mid-aughts high fashion. The fact that it has no manufacturer label is puzzling to me, it's like someone made this in their own home. It does have a materials tag, but that's it. It's a size or so large for me, and the sleeves are quite bulky, but that's the fun part...playing with proportions is what these designers do best, and I found an understated piece that does this for less than 5 bucks.
     
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    This is the most hilarious and spot-on description I've seen for what RG shirts are to me. Thanks for this.

     


  10. SpooPoker

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    Pass em, even for $15 to flip. VSport isn't shit.

    The RG analogy is classic. iLoled.
     


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    :laugh:

    QFT. This is what I love about them. I have no problem selling them as I really couldn't care less about them besides the fact that they are worth some decent bread. I have a little more trouble parting with the Isaia dress shirt in my size.
     
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    Be sure to place the order through Ebay so you can file SNAD when they arrive 5cm too small...

    Seriously though, some interesting pickups today. Nothing super-epic at all, but a few tidbits, including a Cooper leather A2-style bomber jacket in size 40. Also, found another Southbridge shirt - don't forget guys that Southbridge was Robert Graham's first label. The couple of Southbridge shirts I've picked up now have been IDENTICAL to older R&G shirts I've sold in the past. I don't expect the Southbridges to sell as well - certainly never had anything go for 400 bucks, even NWOT - but an easy 20 bucks isn't out of the question.

    Also scored an Oxxford hanger... wishbone. :( I almost left it because I want the thicker ones, but no, those things are rare enough to be a kop. This one was a shove-in-the-bag-with-all-my-other-crap move, didn't want to risk the trade-a-hanger conversation since the store was SUPER busy and the employees SUPER frazzled (all but one register was down!).

    Geographical tidbits... those of you from Ohio may recall Bunce Brothers, the clothier from Cleveland - came up with a mint shape Southwick for Bunce Brothers 3/2 here in North Carolina today. I swear, geography... I mean, I expected the Southern Tide polo, the Vineyard Vines tie (nifty car with christmas tree on top, might keep it) and the Bills... but a sack from Cleveland? Really? Most of the snowbirds I've met seem to go further south than NC! :lol:

    Visiting the store that produced insane Isaia/Caruso/RLPL/etc tomorrow... don't expect to find anything, if my intuition about the "thrift gods" is correct. :confused:
     
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    Ok. Now that its been a few hours since I posted the Vicuna Kiton pic and I've had a chance to bask in the glory that is Spoo wanting something in my possession......I have a few confessions to make about my find today.

    First, and least depressing: It's not 100% Vicuna, but rather 90% cashmere, 10% vicuna (hand of this fabric is f*ing :slayer:)

    Second, and the absolute heartbreaker: It's a women's jacket :fu: :hide: :fu: :hide: :fu: :hide: :fu: :hide: :fu: :hide:


    Found it in a "boutique" resale shop that I never go to, because the ratio of womens to mens clothes is about 10:1. Popped in cuz it was near where I was running an errand. Would never have found it if they hadn't accidentally placed it on the mens rack. Despite the utter stupor I was in when I found it, I actually considered leaving it since A) its a womens piece and B) was priced at about 3x the normal thrift suit price. But then I snapped back to reality and told myself I couldn't leave Kiton Vicuna, regardless if for the wrong gender.

    Given the vicuna content I know this thing had to be up around the $8K mark (maybe higher?) But damn, the resale market for womens clothing is absolute sh*t. I think for the time being I'll hold onto it, its a size 50 Italian (I think this is like a M-L womens but I'm not sure). Won't fit any women in my life - I may consider trading it if anyone here wants to give it to one of their lady friends.

    So, unfortunately, I have to renounce any title as thrift find of the year (thanks Nataku), but hell, I'm still stoked nonetheless.

    Some quick pics below. It appears very recent and in absolutely mint condition. Color is nice tan/brown herringbone (appears gray in the pics).


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    I'll trade you a bag of crisps for it.
     


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