The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. dblb48

    dblb48 Well-Known Member

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    haha wierd. I grew up in a small town just south of waterloo, and live in pella for the time being.
     


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    Random thrifting thing that annoys me: There's only one other guy in the entire men's section and he makes a beeline to the rack of (pants/suits/shirts etc) where I'm at and starts looking there. Eventually we cross paths as we're shuffling through the hangers and either he or I moves around to continue the search. Sheesh!

    Can't you go to another rack! There's no one over by the (shoes/pants/suits/etc...) I would happily extend that courtesy to you.
     


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    Literally just happened to me today. This guy runs right to where I am on a huge rack of shirts, camps right behind me and is all bending around me like Gumby "excuse me, if I could....could just get in there for a second." [​IMG]
     


  4. valium

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    actually less good then you think.the only real good they do is provide jobs for people.thats basically the only charity model.i have a few inside contacts and they tell me there is a LOT of shady shit going on.i think GW is even being investigated.the couple of stores iam very friendly with the managers they tell me that their stores regularly do more then 5 grand a day (up to 20 on sales) and a lot of it is cash.so do the math thats $150K a month and these its a regular sized store. their rent is $25K and over head around $30K (salaries,this place has like 12 employees) a month.
    they get all their merchandise for free.so where is that extra 100K per month going every month.thats over a million a year per store and theres like 30 stores in my city.
    oh yeah and i think its tax free,i dont see any signs where the money is going,i asked the manager of another store once and he had no answer for me.i asked him point blank,where are your profits going,as in my donations,and he said that its for jobs for teh people in the store
    . i know SA is a little bit more transparent,and i know that VV dontates to the Diabetes Fund but its only 10%.
    yes i know 10% is better then nothing but there a re a lot of peopel that think its a lot more and wouldnt donate to them if they knew the truth.
    in my opinion the real charity shops here in canada anyway are Bibles For Missions,they are all volunteers no salaries and they only pay rent,everything else goes to the their "mission"

     


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    dblb48 Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm...those look gaudy, ugly, non-functional, and designed for ghetto pimps, or pimp wannabees.
     


  6. Nataku

    Nataku Senior member

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    Score on the Castangia. Also, PM sent!
    That would be me. :) Had a few good finds today: - Recent Paul Stuart Orange/yellow polo shirt. - 3 SW&D type plaid shirts from Jack Robbie. Made in the USA. Slim and perfect length for wearing untucked. - Arcteryx daypack Passed on a shirt that I'm kinda regretting. It was a Miller's Oath x Dockers pink gingham check shirt. Never knew Dockers did a collab with up-and-coming designers. Never knew they did a collab. period. Retail was $150. It was $50. I didn't think i could pull off a pink shirt. If it were blue I would have snagged it in a heart-beat. Had a very unique collar style.
     


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    Picked up a sick nasty Alan Flusser DB 6x2 SC today. Its either MTM or bespoke, fits around a 42R. Anybody familiar with this Flusser label's quality? Its fully canvassed, tons of handwork, dual vents, surgeons cuffs, the works.

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  8. pnutpug

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    No offense, but you are completely full of shit.

    First off, SA is way less transparent than GW, which makes its tax returns a matter of public record so you can see how much they're taking in and how the money is spent, right down to the salaries of exec directors and other top employees. So, if you want to see how much your GW is taking in, from where and how that money is spent, look it up online instead of talking to clerks at the cash register. The website is guidestar.org, which lists the financials for every 501(c)3 in the nation. SA, OTOH, is considered a ministry under the tax code, and so its financials (aka 990s) are known but to God--and SA.

    Secondly, I don't know about the GW where you live, but the GW in my community does a TON of good, from helping the developmentally disabled to helping the poor with power bills so their lights don't get turned off (and that ain't charity--in exchange for help with utility bills, they put in hours at GW) to job training, all without a nickel of my tax money aside from Medicaid for the DD folks. I'm in there every day, and I've personally seen folks rise from sorters to store managers, and so far as I've seen, good work, smarts and initiative is rewarded.

    As far as investigations go, every GW is an independent chapter. There have been scandals in various GW's around the nation, most notably in Southern California, where the folks running a GW (I can't recall the chapter) were found to have been skimming hundreds of thousands of dollars, which is pretty easy when you think about it: The donated goods are, as you say, free, and so it's easy to manufacture records. Chalk that one up to lax oversight by top management and the board of directors. But that's on that one GW, not on the entire organization. Anyone who says that GW, as an entire entity, is under investigation does not understand how the charity is structured.

    As you say, there are a lot of charities out there who lend their names to sharks who run thrift stores and get ten cents on the dollar while the sharks pretend to do good work and issue tax-deduction forms to folks who donate goods. That is an entirely different animal than GW or SA.

    Lastly, GW, at least the one in my town, actually listens to customers and takes suggestions seriously. SA, by contrast, does not--you can complain till the cows come home and they still won't stop writing prices on shoes with permanent ink. That, along with transparency, is why the stuff I don't need and can't sell goes to GW instead of SA. GW takes care of my stuff on the front end, and I know that I can keep tabs on the back end to ensure that they're doing good.

    If the GW in your community isn't doing the right thing, then call someone on the board of directors. They'll respond--at least, that's what happened when I called the president of the board of the San Diego GW (which is 2,000 miles from my house) after nothing came from complaints to the store about swastika candleholders being sold on shopgoodwill.com. He was a nice guy, and he took care of it. By contrast, you can't even find out who is on the board of SA, let alone call them--believe me, I've tried, and they still keep ruining shoes by writing prices in permanent ink..

    If it sounds like I think you are completely out of line, you're right. Do your homework before you say stuff like what you said.
     


  9. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    ^ I forgot who makes those... Mack11211 had a room full of them last fall. You should ask him.
     


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    Thats when eating spicy food the night before comes in handy. A foul smelling toot would be handy for clearance purposes.
     


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    so if i cant speak for all of them to be corrupt,HOW CAN you say that all of them are on the up and up.its the same argument just the other side of it.i guarantee you that the one being investigated is not the excepiton but the norm.i did my homework trust me.i dont know where you live but where i live the GW does sweet FUCK ALL for the homeless or anybody else for that matter.like i say the only good is that they provide jobs for people who have difficulty finding work (which is noble but in no way accounts for the shit load of money they are raking in!!!).
    also in canada,where im from each GW is NOT a individual chapter.
    as far as reporting income,yeah i report my income too but that doesnt mean thats how much i make knwo what i mean.this is a cash busines,i guarante you theres shady shit going on.
    as far as the swastika candle holders,you do know the swastika is a symbol of luck that originated in asia right?
    it just so happens one of the designers who worked for the nazi party liked it and used it,maybe you should do your homework.
     


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    I'm glad you wrote this so I don't have to. My local GWs and SAs do a lot of good.
     


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    Oh boy... This could get ugly.
     


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    like what,be specific..and have you actually seen this with your own eyes?if yes then good,you have a honest location,most are not.

     


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