The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. acosbysweater

    acosbysweater Senior member

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    I often go into the real deal NM and during this most recent visit oogling the summer wares from Loro Piana and Cucinelli, I had a half hour conversation with one associate about his time working at record stores and collecting obscure records (a mutual passion). Turns out that if you take it easy and tell them straight up you aren't a baller who can afford $1,500 sport coats no matter how much you save up, they can warm up to you. It's not like there are dozens of people lining up to throw their money at them, so it was probably a welcome diversion.
     


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    Not I, but I also passed on a moth eaten Aquascutum at another area store recently. Damn the moth!
     


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    That was me. I assume you're the guy who asked if you knew me? Why'd you pass on the T&A shirt?
     


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    Theft? Yes, and here's why:

    Folks here are addicts. We go to thrift stores like smurfers to Walgreens for meth precursors. We have, if you will, lost perspective. We are in the minority. The average GW shopper sees what the OP saw, employees skimming the best goods, and has an entirely different reaction than folks like us, who flock like proverbial moths to flames in search of epic scores. That's why it is wrong. It causes folks to lose faith. That lost faith costs charities money because it discourages patronage. And that's why there are policies against it, and cameras to enforce that policy (and to prevent shoplifting, to be sure).

    I wouldn't be so blunt, but you used the term "asinine." Look in the mirror, dude, and ask yourself what you have become. If you can't understand why this sort of thing is fucked up, then I say, all due respect, that you are fucked up and need a thrift-store intervention to help you understand that GW exists for reasons beyond your being able to wave Brioni in the air and yelp "Yee haw, look what I found!"
     
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    I just tap shoppers on the toes from the other side of the rack.
     


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    HA! I thought you were workthatwedo.

    To be honest, I was tired and running home, and had just come back from a few after-dinner drinks, so I wasn't really in the mood for a flip pick up. And I had to watch the epic Braves game that just ended.


    Thrifting in Atlanta sure is crowded ........
     


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    You are making a mountain out of a molehill. My guess: the average GW shopper sees what OP saw, audibly goes "hmm", proceeds not to give a flying fuck, then continues on with the rest of their day. I don't think I've lost any sort of perspective. I do this for fun and for the thrill of the hunt. I would have not given a flying fuck before I started thrifting seriously if I saw someone breaking a "store policy" by grabbing some shit for themselves (and I certainly wouldn't have seen it as "tantamount to stealing"), and I don't give one now.

     
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    ... Sandy Springs? CAN I GO NOWHERE???
     
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  10. AndroFan

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    ^^^^^ This. It's kind of fucked up to say, but your average GW shopper isn't looking for/doesn't really know what "the best stuff" is. The people who lose out most by employees breaking store policy and snagging the good stuff are savvy fashionistas (see: SFers) and flippers (see: SFers). This isn't the execution of some large-scale defrauding of "the little guy" by GW employees we're talking about here.

     


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    Don't worry, I will be raiding Grendel territory instead in no time.
     


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    No way man! That lady with the three teeth, wearing only a baggie t-shirt, and all of the construction boots in her cart looking through the men's section is trying to beat us all to the Brioni. Didn't you know??
     
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    LET'S FOCUS, PEOPLE. DID SOMEONE PICK UP THE T&A? IF SO, IS IT A 17X35ISH? ASSUMING YES, PM ME

    OK, thanks. As you were.
     


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    Whelp...my ebay store is officially closed...for vacation. First time I have had zero active kistings in almost 7 years. Feels kinda weird. Don't worry, 50+ Listings scheduled to begin next Monday and Wednesday.
     


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    The only time in almost 10 years I didn't have auctions running was when I was on my honeymoon for 2 weeks. VERY weird.
     


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