The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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  1. valium

    valium Senior member

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    okay guys,i dont know much but i do know furniture.
    what im about to say is in no way bragging,just wanna give some tips.
    in the last ten years i estimate to have thrifted about $100000 in vintage furniture ,i actually think the number is closer to $120000 to $150000.
    i dont think i spent more then $10K on the lot,now mind you thats over ten years.
    thanks to shows like Mad Men mid century stuff is super hot.
    those chairs are nothing special above ,here is what to look for.
    Teak...if you see a teak chair nine out of ten times its valuable,if it has leather GRAB IT.
    if you see a Rosewood chair (the cashmere of wood) dont even think about it,you will know rosewood when you see it,nothing else compares.
    rosewood was reserved for high end designer pieces by guys like Arne Vodder,Hans Olsen,Johanes Andersen etc etc.
    the extremely high end stuff will often have a branding on it or some kind of stamp,often a circular metal plate as well with DANISH CONTROL written on it.
    guys these items can be had for $10-$50 dollars if you are in the right place at the right time.
    below i will show you some of my best finds from the last 12 months and the corresponding prices (as well as i can remember)
    again im not bragging i just wanna put it out there.


    so this is a hans olsen safari chair,note the branding and it actually says hans olsen on it which is unusual,usually the designer isnt mentioned just the manufacturer.
    by the way this chair was made in 1953 i think if you can believe it,i bought it for $50 sold for $600,could have benn a grand if the leather was nicer
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    again a hans Olsen piece,his defining master piece i think.a dining set with the famous three legged chairs.i paid $300,yes in a thrift store but sold it to a dealer for $1400 who sold it for $2000 one day later.mint condition though

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    a nice danish desk (perfect for typhoid jones who seems to wreck a desk every other week)

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    sometimes it doesnt have to be wood,i was hoping this was a Milo Boughman but the vinyl gave it away,if this was leather and a Milo $1500 easy.
    i still sold this one for $300 and only paid $19.99

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    another danish chair,sadly with vinyl,if it was leather would have been a jackpot

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    this another example of a branded chair,this one was rosewood
    bought for $9.99 sold for $350
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    this is a danish made modular unit,you can move the pieces around.the most famous of these is made by CADO and designed by a guy named Poul Cadovius.
    these go for around a grand,buy them

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    another rosewood piece,johanes andersen rosewood coffee table bought for $100 sold for $700

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    SOLID teak dresser,bought for $29.99 sold for $400
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    another teak desk for Typhoid

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    probably my biggest hit besides the hans olsen dining set,but i only paid $19.99 each for the two.
    these go for $2000 each,up to $4000 if leather...EACH.
    swan chairs by Arne Jacobsen

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    whew that was exhausting.hope you guys appreciated it,and please stop with the jealousy talk...as you can see i do allright
     
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    I would pin the back of the jacket to give it a little more shape and not so boxy
     


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    That's what she said. :nodding:
     


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    Also, forgive me....


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    Yea - sorry if I mislead anyone with my post. I was just excited and 'braggin' that I could finally put something in my condo. meant to clarify that they were not valium level finds. but I will clean them up and re upholster them and feel just fine with myself. considering the minimal cash outlay on them

    Thanks for the post valium - that dresser is really the sex. i remember sitting on one of those swan chairs onceuponatime they have some very strange velvet covering?
     
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    Well good thing I have 2 of them! :devil:


    Those swan chairs I WANT THEM (recovered in black alligator)
     


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    Interesting that you know this story from before my time when you didn't join till after me...
     


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    Gant M short sleeve, linen
    RL Polo Jeans M Rugby shirt
    Gitman Bros Cotton shirt 16 1/2 34
    Vito Papolo Broques 10 1/2 (where is this brand? seemed like good construction)

    left behind (please call me out if I shouldn't have)
    Pendleton blazers
    Brooks Brothers 1918 blazer
    Zanella shirt
    Empra (? looked nice, sounded italian)
    Two Demetre sweaters, one looked vintage
    Brooks Brothers Wool sweater

    oh, and a couple of days ago I picked up a new pair of Mephisto Sherpa's. wore them for the first time today, awesome shoe.
     


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    Brianpore B&S (BS) ambassador-in-chief

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    1918 blazer is rare... so would have picked it up [​IMG]

    I joke, I'm guessing you meant 1818 and depending on the size, color, condition and how much, thats a pretty easy flip. 1818 stuff is newer. What cut was it?
     
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    no i didnt mean to crap on your chairs,that came out wrong.
    the velvet covering...some moron covered them back in the seventies probably to match his shag carpet.
    but i knew Johanes andersen would never do that to a chair,so i bough them and sure enough underneath was mint black fabric..i was hoping for leather but still happy

    PS they are not that comfortable
     
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  13. Samuel Smith

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    find me a grail chair that is. aside from this http://www.dwr.com/product/eames-lounge-ottoman-vicenza.do

    eh - even that is just run of the mill stuff in comparison. but all through architecture school my friends and I lusted over these. and for some reason these chairs have become the poster child for overly inflated retail price.
     
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    Hah, my bad! I think the inseam is too short for me though :(





    I could really use some gray wool (three/four season) pants :D

    35-38 waist, 31-34 inseam (or room to get there)
     


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