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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. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    On all of my Ray Bans (except wayfarers obviously), the nose piece has something similar to this:
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    Some of mine aren't engraved at the nose bridge, but cheap sunglasses usually have some sort of spiral design where it is crimped to the nose pad.

    Another tip off to higher quality/legit glasses are the hinges. Take a look at them on any pair of nice glasses and you'll often see a more complicated hinge mechanism. The cheaper the glasses, the flimsier/softer the hinges.

    Whenever I pick up a pair of glasses that are either an unknown maker or suspected fake, I look at the following:

    1. Nose pads: As I mentioned, cheap/knock-off glasses often lack a symbol or logo and instead opt for some generic pattern. Normally crimped metal to hold in place on cheap glasses.
    2. Hinges: How far does it bend out and pop back in place? If there is a good spring to it, possibly higher quality.
    3. Lenses: Knock it with your fingernail. Does it rattle? Is it obviously glass?
    4. Weight: How heavy are they? In my experience, heavier glasses reinforce the idea of quality.
    5. Added embellishments: Are they glued on or are they real screws that are added?

    Of course there are plenty of exceptions to each of these such as titanium or rimless framers, prescription glass lenses in no name frames, etc. In all honesty, if I'm unsure I won't buy them or I'll throw them away. Fakes will sometimes have actual UV protection, but often they're just tinted lenses that allow your eyes to dilate and allow more harmful rays in. Not worth the risk in my opinion for a product that you can often find on sale for reasonable prices.
     
  2. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    Koko's Mother? (I know, not a gorilla).
     
  3. AndroFan

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    The Medusa head looks wicked fake to me. Looks more like an "o face" than the Medusa heads I remember seeing. The placement of the "100% silk" tag also seems very...un-Versace. But I'm less knowledgeable on this stuff, so I'll leave the final word for Spoo.

     
  4. TheNeedMachine

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    (figured out multi-quote)

    Both good ones. Leaning towards Curious Georgette.
     
  5. HansderHund

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    I was going for Whistler's Mother but I fell a bit flat.
     
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  7. acosbysweater

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    Of course I do, but it's always at a sale price. Considering most of the things in my budget at "new" pricing are of passable quality at best, I always hold out for finding the best possible item for the best possible price. I often shop eBay for NWT or gently worn SW&D pieces, because if you've ever looked at Oki Ni, Self Edge, Mr. Porter, Context Clothing, etc. you won't be buying things at "new" pricing.

    You aren't selective enough, then. Unless you're shopping boutique thrifts or consignment shops, you shouldn't be spending over $15 at the absolute maximum per piece. Most everything I buy is under $10, so I'd like to think all told that I spend somewhere around an average of $100 a month, especially in the summer.

    Just a couple basics today:

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  8. IRKSM

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    I meant to post this a while ago but this was my memorial day haul
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    burberry pullover nwt size M retails for 175, it is for sale message me for offers or info price: 70
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    cole haan tassle loafers I have since sold
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    creative recreations for all you sneaker head size 8.5 message me if you want to buy, price $20
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    jack purcells I have since sold
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    ralph lauren classic fit madras button down XL, I have it listed on my other posts but I will sell it here as well price $20 see my listing http://www.styleforum.net/t/306325/ralph-lauren-custom-fit-linen-and-madras-shirts-l-xl
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    ralph lauren custom fit linen shirt size L custom fit price $18 see my other listing of it http://www.styleforum.net/t/306325/ralph-lauren-custom-fit-linen-and-madras-shirts-l-xl
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    brooks brothers soft shoulders made in usa mostly unstructured double breasted suit size 41R wait 31 with room to be let out see my actual listing for more details http://www.styleforum.net/t/306314/...houlders-mostly-unstructured-41r#post_5562666
     
  9. capnwes

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    Being made in all one color, makes these Hanover L.B. Sheppard Shell Cordovan Saddles some of the rarest of the entire Hanover line.
    This is what they look like after removing a thick 30 year layer of dust. And to think, I wasn't going to go out at lunch today.

    11 D/B

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  10. IRKSM

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    I was taking pictures of my upper half with this suit jacket for the main picture of my listing for it on ebay when I noticed that with my faded dad jeans and tan I looked exactly like I had just been in italy for pitti uomo. So here it is my very late inspired pitti uomo kit for under 40.
    the jacket was $3.25 (the full suit was 7.50) it is a brooks brothers made in usa summer weight double breasted (i wish it were 4 button instead of 6) chalkstipe and has almost no padding. I got it at a thrift store in berkely
    the shirt is my dads brooks brothers shirt that was too small for him and a little to big for me hence the collar gap.
    the tie is no label and i got it for a dollar
    the jeans are vintage levis I got at mars in berkely for $14
    the shoes are tretorn nylites i got at shoebacca.com for $20 (they are no longer this cheap)
    the unseen belt is unlabeled high quality solid leather and was a dollar at out of the closet(it is an aids benefit charity) thrift store.
    total cost: 39.50 so i guess this is really my under 40 pitti kit… anyway I realize there are some problems with fit ect but since I am not keeping that jacket and the shirt is my dads I think those can slide by, also I forgot a pocket square! I broke menswear rule #1 oh well it looks more casual this way
    p.s. I don’t smile
    pps if I was actually going to pitti uomo I would wear my suede loafers I just already had my tretorns on
    ppps scratch that if I actually went to pitti uomo I would wrap myself in cashmere scarfs and parade around like a brunello cucinelli sponsored mummy

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  11. Jettison

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    Thanks for the info! Not worth risking flipping them I think, so it'll be a (perhaps generous!) gift. Good stuff to add to the thrift corpus all the same.
     
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    Very disappointing lunch thrift. Saw three pair of AEs with the leather in decent shape, but whoever owned them walked straight through the soles - all of them. You could push the insole up from the bottom. Way too much work for me to pay for with a thrifted pair of shoes.

    Then after work I stopped by my sweet spot, and I found a navy Faconnable Wool Parka with the Loro Piana Storm System. It is in perfect condition except for one small hole on the sleeve. Can something like this be rewoven by a good tailor? Shell is 100% wool.
     
  14. AndroFan

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    FTFY.

     
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    I also doubt that I was just taking a chance my main bet is on ebay where I currently have it listed

    I agree it was not an actually outfit that I thoughtfully constructed I was already wearing the jeans and shoes and put the blazer and other pieces on so I could take a picture of just the upper half for the listing of that suit on ebay, after I looked at the pictured I realized that the whole ensable (while kind of rediculous) looked liked many I had seen in pictures from pitti uomo, I posted it not as a legitimate outfit but as a funny coincidence.
     
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    it was not an actually outfit that I thoughtfully constructed I was already wearing the jeans and shoes and put the blazer and other pieces on so I could take a picture of just the upper half for the listing of that suit on ebay, after I looked at the pictured I realized that the whole ensable (while kind of rediculous) looked liked many I had seen in pictures from pitti uomo, I posted it not as a legitimate outfit but as a satire of the dress at pitti uomo, also yes I am new here
     
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    sorry, the humor was lost on me

    eBay is fine, feel free to post a link in your signature, we just don't want to see the thread cluttered up with obvious "FOR SALE" ads
     
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    I've been meaning to get a rolling rack for my inventory.

    Finally got one today from Walmart. $50 and it supports up to 200 lbs. God, I really need to unload on Ebay.

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  20. acosbysweater

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    Just don't post sale prices. This thread is its own microcosm of SF misfits, but one thing we are not are soulless profit maximizers who are only looking for a quick buck. If you want to fit in here, trying to sell us snake oil in the form of horribly cliche Burberry "jumpers" is not the way.
     
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