The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. Patrologia

    Patrologia Senior member

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    +1

    EDIT: Ah yes, supposed to brag, sorry.

    A couple of days ago I asked to see that nondescript little box in the display case marked $6. I thought there was a chance of finding a fountain pen. Inside were three writing instruments: Sheaffer's pencil from perhaps the late 20s, Moore FP from probably the 40s, and a basic cartridge Sheaffer from I don't know when. Sometimes I'm glad they just leave the boxes closed so that you have to ask in order to find out what's in there!

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    There are a bunch of brands out there, that look and feel quality. The Savanne/Zanella is prime example.
     
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    Wait...Savane aren't just rebranded Zanellas??? :fu:



    Lest anyone think I was serious. Clearly joking here.
     
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    +1
     
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    This reminds me of the past week. I usually comb through the suits without anyone around, but the past couple times, there has been someone else. One time, this guy was ecstatic and says to me, "Sometimes you can find REALLY good stuff here." And think to myself, "Crap did he find a Brioni?" And then he says, "It really sucks this doesn't fit. It's a Stafford. Stafford is a really good brand." And I just have to :nodding:

    And a couple days ago, two old hens clucking at each other, looking for suits for their husbands. They pick out a tweed, and the one hen says, "Oh this is gorgeous. Look at the quality of this." Proceeds to take measurements. Then looks at the interior label and says, "Oh no wonder, it's a Chaps. Boy can I pick them!"
     
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    +1, Everyday I think that when I see one.
     
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    I didn't want to revive the light box thread, but I'll use this as an opportunity: If you're looking for a light box big enough for suits (and with some modification would probably work for other things as well), and you are willing to pay modest coin, why not just buy one of those rolling closets with cloth sides, and use that? Bright interior lighting or outside sunlight will light the thin muslin/plastic walls up nicely. Available from Target in, I believe, the $30 range. I already have one (ok, 2) to house all my excess inventory that nobody's trading me for or buying from me. :violin:
     
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    I have one of these. Got it free off Craigslist.

    Have had bad luck with it, which could be my camera, but it does fine when I use just white butcher paper for photos meant to be silhouetted/photoshopped and can blast it with more light sans box with photofloods.

    The sides diffuse too much light. But I'm shooting closeups of fountain pens and storage thereof, not clothes.

    This is in no way a negative reflection of your tip, tben, we always appreciate anyone sharing knowledge -- at least I do :)
     
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    its all relative. I too was once one of those old (male) hen's. :). now I just pass those on by and leave them as they will make someone very happy and that makes me [​IMG]

     
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    I might try using some of these phrases when other shoppers are around to get them to buy the crap thinking they have found a gem. This way the rotation will pick up a bit and the goods will be restocked more frequently.
     
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    Some Joseph Abboud stuff is well made.

    I want to know what menswear ever did to Bert Pullitzer?
     
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    Does vintage Brooks Brothers 346 get any love? I'm not sure of the weave of the wool, but it was in good shape, although the lining was shit. Made in the USA and fully canvassed.
     
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    I've heard the old 346 was good, but the new is carp not the same level. You like it? Good quality? Awesome.

    I picked up a jacket the other day, not knowing the brand, but looked to be decent quality. Googled it when I got home and found out Dunderdon coats aren't too bad.

     
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