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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. SpooPoker

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    You really want the hangers? :confused:
     
  2. 330CK

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    No. I wish the people that did would just shut up so I could hurry and hit the next thrift.
     
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  3. TheNeedMachine

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    Fine by me. I skip the rest and start on the other side, different rack, different section, whatever. It's all for the taking, first-come, new stuff all day every day. Times like that I check sections I usually skip - vinyl rekkids, housewares, electronics, rugs. Has paid off a few times, but usually not.

    I saw that here last weekend - dude had 3 carts - THREE CARTS - loaded to the top with shirts, pants, you name it. It was 1/2-off day at a local indie thrift place (not just 1/2 off a certain color, but 1/2 off everything if you have the right coupon). Then he went off into a corner and painstakingly looked everything over for damage. I was all kinds of pissed off at this hoarder, until I looked at what he left behind on an empty rack in the back - all Stafford, Van Heusen, CK, Izod etc. I should not have been worried - I was working the racks right behind him and grabbed a Robert Graham he passed on.

    I do not own that rack - I own one side each of two opposing racks - one left and one right - and you can wait your turn. Not like there's much to find up here in hillbilly town anyway; y'all would be kind to leave it for me...though I read with some dismay a few pages back about a pro flipper at the Roswell GW store (I believe ATLjon posted it)...wasn't me (not "youngish" and I rarely get out on a weekday), but that is one GW on my bi-weekly route. I like to think that these folks are the people with perpetual yard sales / resale shops who buy anything with the color of the week in decent shape and a name-brand label, and make 2 or 3 bucks per item - volume sales. And hey - I thought ATLjon was strictly ITP?!
     
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    I mean yeah...if you're talking the branded wooden suit hangers (J. Press, BB, Samuelsohn, Zegna, etc.), or even the nice unbranded ones. I actually only ask on rare occasion (when I know that they give them away anyhow...I'm always short on suit/jacket hangers), and always offer to buy them first...but I've had them offered to me very frequently and I never turn them down when that happens.

     
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    actually no,you own the spot immediately in front of you and thats it...but i digress.
    how about the douche that decides to take off whatever jacket he is wearing ,put it on the suits rack and try on jackets right in the aisle.and when you try to move their stuff they ask you why you are touching their shit.
    i have actually picked up peoples stuff and flung it across to the next side/aisle with them looking in disbelief.once in awhile someones says something and i tell them the fucking changeroom is over there!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I'd probably follow.

    Some men just want to watch the world burn, bro.

     
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    If I ever find anything crazy (Isaia, Brioni, recent Oxxford suits or jackets, etc), I'll usually make my rounds as quick as possible and wait for the line at the checkout to die down so I can roll up and check out as quick as possible. Run out to the car and lock the stuff in the trunk, then return to the store and continue to putter on through everything else without worry.



    Enjoy! :)



    I do this all the time. Usually get a huff and puff as I move on.


    +1. This works well.


    I've sent one lady's cart sailing half way across the store once because she tried to use it to block me from checking out the other half of the "New Arrivals" rack and hit my ankle in the process. She hasn't messed with me since.


    Years ago I used to watch in horror as they ripped open my shirts to get the hangers off. Ever since, I always take the hangers off before checking out. It makes it much easier for them as well and they appreciate the gesture.
     
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  8. TheNeedMachine

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    I'm 75% flipper, 25% keeper, and if I make a few bucks off a flip, I'm happy. One of my first posts related that I started doing this to supplement my income after we all took a pay cut at my company and unpaid furloughs were imposed to the tune of 2 to 4 unpaid days off per month. Ended up being more than a 20% pay cut. Has gotten better but not back to 100%. I gotta make up that "lifestyle" money somehow (mortgage, utilities, food and other luxuries) - I didn't recently divorce Tom Cruise, after all.

    That said, I do get a rush when I find something great to flip, and I do get the same rush when I find something I'm keeping for myself. I also like rolling the dice and picking up 2 or 3 unknowns on speculation, and looking them up when I get home to see if I found something, or nothing. More often than not, it's nothing. I notice that I'm keeping more and flipping less, however - I used to be 95% / 5%. The disease is invading...
     
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    I generally try to remember to, but not always. I really hate when they slide my ties all over the dirty counter or decide that ties go into the bag before shoes!!!
     
  10. frenchytoo

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    hey Listen,in todays economy do what you gotta do to survive,im not gonna hold it against you.
     
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    Only once, when the sport coat was Canali and the hangar was too...and they wouldn't let me have it. This was at an indie thrift shop in town - I've never been to a thrift that allows you keep the hangars but I should have offered them a buck or two for the thing.
     
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    Target had their big box of 24 wood suit hangars on sale yesterday at 6 bucks for the box. I bought 2 boxes - 48 new wood suit hangars for $12 could not be beat around these parts.
     
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    Hah! I saw a dude take off his shirt - not wearing an undershirt mind you so he was bare-chested - and try on multiple shirts right in the aisle. I was flabbergasted. He was nonplussed - it was what he did.
     
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    HAHA. This was my exact thought.

    I'm precisely the type of dude that rummages through your parked carts while you are in the ladies rooms swapping in a new maxi pad.
     
  15. frenchytoo

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    let me guess...Asian?
    actually no,edit,asian dude would have a wifebeater on what was i thinking
     
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    I stole these items out of some guys cart today. Nothing crazy like the 500+ posts I just read with the millions of dollars worth of clothing finds. But, nevertheless, some pretty nice staples for someone who is not me since they are available.

    3X Hickey Freeman Suits 44L 35"W 30.5"I 1.5"cuffs
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    Hackett of London- Size Large
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    And I picked these up for a song...Not from a thrift-store though...
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    All available except for the Jack Purcell's..I also left about 25 BNWT T&A ties that were all priced at around $30 a piece for anyone that cares.
     
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  17. TheNeedMachine

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    No, but "ethnic" yes. In my line of work, because we are sensitive to such things, the term is African-American.

    This particular guy left an authentic G. Versace behind - first I have ever seen in a GW. Sheer black fabric covered in black velvet pouf-balls or something. The sheer part was riddled with fabric pulls and I debated with it for a good half hour - it told me to buy it and list it on eBay as "good for wearing over a black shirt, or if you're already more or less black in skin color" but even at $5 I put it back. There's good passes and bad passes and I have no idea on that one...
     
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    You know what Im going to say, right?
     
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    Nice haul!! Those HF are VERY recent (I think I saw an 07 date)? WHY CAN'T THE NAVY BE MY SIZE?!?!?! [​IMG]
     
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    I don't use a cart but I am tempted to start doing so now.

    Also, I don't drive a jag, but generally have kind of a pissed off expression when pounding the racks.
     
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