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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. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Senior member

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    What's the big diff?
    Okay, I have two lots of RL shirts on eBay. Not trying to get oglers with this post, just wondering what someone else sees that makes these two lots so different.
    Both lots are for 5 shirts, size L. Same BIN. Listed at the same time.
    This lot has 9 views and zero watchers...whereas this lot has 70 views and 7 watchers.
    Is it the photos? The colors (one lot is darker / more autumn, and one is more summery)? That in one lot all 5 have a pony, but the other only 3 have a pony?
    As touched on earlier, I have an interest in the psychology of these things and wonder why one lot is 8x more popular than the other. Baffling.
     
  2. chiron

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    Better main photo...
     
  3. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Senior member

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    ...which Paul F is that? I see Paul Frederick all day long and have never picked any up...a different Paul F? I need schooling...
     
  4. TheNeedMachine

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    That might well be it - the one with the views & watchers does look pretty snappy, and the other is blah. Thank you.
     
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    Strange. Went out today found 3 sportcoats with this label. All of them pretty nice fabrics (2 navy wool hopsack, 1 navy and red windowpane 100% Loro Piana Cashmere) but the styling was questionable. Jetted pockets, Low-ish gorge, low button stance, lightly structured shoulders. So I passed. Did I eff up?

    Passed on the following too, mostly because I'm low on cash and can't really front purchases that don't fit me. Figured I post incase anyone into trad was interested. Shoot me a PM, could go back for it.

    Gant navy hopsack Blazer, 3-2 roll, undarted, center vent, half-lined, flap patch pockets. No tagged size, tried it on myself, my guess would be about a 42 maybe 43. Anyways, I thought it was cool despite not fitting me.
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    Ok, so where do you guys get your bargains from? I fear there's just a different mentality in the US which makes it much easier to find things. We have a few small-ish second-hand stores (that's a thrift store, right?), but they either sell crap or focus on high-end couture and therefore know how to price. What about flea market and such?
     
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  7. AndroFan

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    Well I hate to be the one to tell you this man, but you fucked up in a major way. A MAJOR fucking way....

    You included a Pinterest button on one but not on the other. Bam. There that shit is, plain, hard, stone-cold truth. It's only because I love you that I say this man, only.

     
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  8. Klobber

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    Thrift store is another word for charity store, in principle.

    Second - hand store could mean shop owner buys used clothing to sell or consigns them, hence the pricing.

    Flea market - a place where random crap comes together mostly segregated by individual sellers (a bit like a Car Boot fair or an elaborate yard sale with many sellers). Some stuff is collectable, most is junk. I have yet to score high end clothing from a flea market although did get the wife a pair of True Religion once for a competitive price.
     
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    No its Paul Fredrick... It went well with the blue zanella pants.

    Please do not purchase Paul Fredrick for reselling. Even if they look better then half the stuff posted in this Thread.

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    Ah, sorry, I guess my phrasing was a little misleading. I know what a flea market is, they're popular around here. Thrift stores.. not so much, there's a small one from Oxfam, I guess I'll take a look at their stuff, but they don't have a lot.
    So you get all your stuff from thrift stores?
     
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  11. TheNeedMachine

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    I get my bargains from thrift stores, which are second-hand stores and insofar as clothing goes the vast majority in The States have not (yet) caught on that they occasionally have some valuable offerings. Many have volunteer experts who evaluate something the staff puts aside as it "might be something" but most have not started doing this with clothing...and again I say "yet". Sheer volume prevents them from doing so, I think, and hope they have the mindset of "an occasional treasure will keep them coming back". We have other second-hand stores - consignment shops and the like but I have yet to step foot in one. A few chain stores that sell new items with big markdowns for odd sized items that didn't sell in-season (usually very big or very small sizes), and with patience one may find something. Auctions, estate sales, an infrequent moving sale. I've been meaning to check out church bazaars in affluent areas, just to see what they might have - lots of upper class religious folks in my area. Craigslist for non-clothing items - too many counterfeits on CL for clothes. I go to the flea market only when I need bungee cords, a blunt hatchet, zip-ties, or a fake Movado that shows the correct time twice a day.
     
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    Ok, this isn't really the place, but WTF is pinterest, i know i looked once, and have yet to get a single succinct answer to that question. Also, should it be included in listings? The one with the button has the far superior number of views and watchers. BTW In my opinion, the picture is better on one than the other, and I personally happen to think almost all of the shirts listed in the high interest listing are more interesting that any in the first...
    Also, the Gucci briefcase Beck sent me it entirely shout out worthy, that thing is fucking AWESOME! (Spoo, It doesn't look a lot different after the renovateur, but i'll shoot you a pic anyway [​IMG]
    Also, I need some input from all the wize denizens of this thread, What is this leather? [​IMG] I thought shark initially, but Wes schooled me there. Wes has also suggested Bison, but the bison pics I pulled up don't quite look like that. I'd really like to have a solid idea of what im selling before I list these bad boys. Either way, these are the Edwin Clapp shoes I posted the other day, IF YOU SEE ANY SNAG THEM! They are fucking awesome, and seem to sell for very high prices.
     
  13. TheNeedMachine

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    I fucking laughed out loud for the first time today with that one. Christ. Thanks, I needed that.
     
  14. TheNeedMachine

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    pinterest: good goddamn question. I looked at it too a while ago on someone's recommendation and couldn't make heads or tails of it. I quit Facebook 3 or 4 years ago (tho we all know that one does not simply "quit Facebook") and have no desire to get involved in anything else social-media related.

    Apparently eBay adds a pinterest button to your listings now - I know I did not opt in or out of that when listing my crap.

    Thank you for your feedback on my two listings.
     
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    Damn spoiler is still coming in above, but anyway check out this closeup of bison leather...its pretty close, but it's hard to say.
     
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    Mostly yes, but I am not impartial to consignment stores either.
     
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    Thanks for the shoutout, Brian P- looking good!!


    Hit a few stores today, pickings were a little slim but did pick up the following:

    Normally wouldnt pick up something like this, but was a really cool fabric/pattern, and was in a small size so I grabbed in case anyone here ^^ might want it

    Harris Tweed for Stafford, no tag size but appx 36ish- 16.5 shoulders, 18.5 pit to pit, 25 sleeve, 29 BOC

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    Pendleton Made in USA Blackwatch jacket shirt, size L, keeping for now

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    NWT Bill's Khakis shorts (32 W)

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    Salvatore Ferragamo Sport Coat, size 46 EU, Made in Italy, double vented
    Shoulders- 18", Pit to Pit- 20", Sleeve 23.5 + appx. 1", BOC- 30"

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    I'm back kids. Hey, what's the pit to pit on that Salvatore Ferragamo sportcoat? Maybe one time I could get lucky...
     
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    I think you're missing the WTF moment here... You made over $100 selling PRL shirts? [​IMG]

    I think I need to take a bunch of these BB, etc. shirts I have sitting around and make up some lots
     
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    I remember a few hundred posts or so ago, there were a number of people interested in high quality short sleeve shirts. I've been looking for some for myself too, and today I found these:

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    Apparently someone around me does not like Zegna Su Misura. I found 4 short sleeve shirts (white, tan, light gray & black), all about 23 p2p = too big for me = all available.
    (FYI - these are not polo/pique shirts, but s/s cotton dress shirts, made in Spain, thick MOP buttons)

    Luckily I was able to grab a Su Misura all white dress shirt that does fit, as well as a white Zegna for Neiman Marcus with a p2p of 23 that does not.
     
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