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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. ATLjon

    ATLjon Senior member

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    Awesome.

    I write this off to the downward spiral of communication. I have no doubt that Ian is a smart guy who can write well, but for people not to far removed from my age, I think text speak (and I get that this isn't really text speak, but it is a close sibling) rules the day when in informal settings.

    But maybe I'm just full of it.

    I'm feeling old this morning.
     
  2. capnwes

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    Thanks Hans.

    First Brioni jacket. Have only found pants and tie before.

    Interestingly. Prior to Jan 1, 2013 I had never seen a single piece of Brioni (except for the French cuff shirt Dig traded to me that I wear on special occasions). On New Years Day I hit up my fav out of town GW and found two pairs of Brioni pants. They were at the same GW I found the Ricci pants. Apparently it was one huge tax donation as the Brionis and Riccis were all the same size. Wish i had found some suits along with all that. Going back next weekend.

    All together now since Jan 1, I have found 3 pairs of pants, two ties and now this jacket.

    The jacket was found on the weirdest spot yesterday in the middle of Amish PA. Go figure.
     
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  3. HansderHund

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    Here are some of the pictures from yesterday. It's only a fraction of what I brought home, but a lot of things are uninteresting for the thread.

    Ties:

    L-R: Drake's, Etro, Zegna, Gucci. I don't know about the Gucci. The tie keeper was coming off and there is no content tag. Is this vintage Gucci or a fake? I'm not into more than .25, so it won't be heartbreaking if it's fake.

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    A bunch of wool ties. I found piles of them on the cheap, so I just grabbed a bunch. I particularly like the one on the far right in the first photo. Various makers, mostly Austrian and Scottish.

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    Holliday & Brown, Unlined silk, Firemen helmets for Holt Renfrew, Mark Stephen Marengo

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    The most interesting Canali that I've seen. It's my size, so I intend to wear it as soon as it warms up. Unlined thin cotton. Madras(?)

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    Finally, my Pièce de résistance...a full Dior suit. Pants not pictured. It's a 53% wool, 47% silk blend. The serial number begins with a 3, so I believe that means it's from 2003? I know next to nothing on Dior, so any help in the way of useful info would be appreciated. The pants have been hemmed to a normal length with the unfinished edge left intact. Pockets of the suit are basted shut.

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    The following is a short recap of the day with pictures. I spoilered it in case you're not interested.
    I didn't spend any time in the city center or at any of the sites, so I only took a few pictures. Next time I'm in Vienna, I'll try to get better shots. Overall, it was a hectic day constantly on the move. Each time I do these one day thrifting trips, I get better and more efficient. This time I had mapped out about 12 stores and ended up getting to 10 or 11. I walked a lot with a full rucksack and ended up a bit sore today.

    As I mentioned before, it would have been pointless to try to drive and find a parking spot at each of the places, so I took a train and used public transportation/walked within the city to each of the places. Train left at 6:25, so I arrived around 9:00am in Vienna. I had warm weather and was actually sweating under my jacket.

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    First store I hit, I met an older woman that was a volunteer. Incredibly nice and she was handing me things to take. Everything was on sale for €1 and she told me that I have to come back next time I was in Vienna. I really think that they deal with so many impolite people that they were willing to throw discounts just for being polite and making conversation.

    I left quite a few things that I would have loved to have picked up if it weren't for the price. A number of Dunn hats and overcoats and this:

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    A beautiful, vintage, handmade SILK velvet smoking jacket with giant pearl buttons. Fit me well, but they knew what they had and was therefore expensive.

    I think an Italian shop must have closed and everything was donated. I saw PILES of nice Italian clothes that were from the 1950s, all NOS. It included a number of robes as well. I was trying to get the basics from the Italian-only tags. I need to brush up on my Italian vocab :embar:

    This suit was another pass. It was a bit pricey, but I was excited to see the Attolini label. On second glance, I saw it wasn't the familiar C Attolini, but rather V Attolini. Super 150s, but it was too expensive and I knew it wasn't exactly Cesar. Later found out it's a well-made knockoff.

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    An interesting store that I didn't have time to visit. It looked like they had furniture and books inside, but the sign was what caught my attention...

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    Quick street shots when I remembered that I should take a few photos. The sticks against the buildings warn you of snow/ice that is melting and falling. We use these and flags as warnings.

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    I had lunch at a Viennese Gasthaus. It was great food and nearly empty. I had homemade potato pancakes covered in pork gulasch.
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    Quick shots from the tram of Parliament.
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    This was my last stop of the day, 20 minutes before they closed. I try to get to this place every time I go to Vienna. The clothes are expensive, but it's a guarantee to find some decent names. Not flipping prices, but great if it's for personal use. The best part, though, is that they have a couple of giant warehouses of furniture, electronics, home goods, etc. I love going to look through it. I didn't have time to get through any of it this round, unfortunately.

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    I try to make it to Vienna every couple of months, but I think I'm going to try to do this once a month, time permitting. If anyone is ever interested in thrifting in Vienna, please send me a PM!
     
  4. jcb9

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    I am nearly 30 so I feel I straddle the line between the Gen Y and Millenial generations. My first cell phone was when I was 16 and it was a giant Nokia brick. Instant messaging came out long before that and grammar, etc. had already begun to deteriorate online. I can say that after college, having to use proper spelling and grammar in the workplace reversed whatever deterioration had occurred in my writing style. I assume the same will be true for Ian. It is a cultural and generational phenomenon that is temporary. Professionals will never stand for shorthand in formal written word, whether a simple memo internally or a published work.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. HansderHund

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    It's really weird how those things work. I have caught myself thinking "I wonder why I haven't ever found XYZ brand," and moments or days later, it pops up somewhere. I don't know whether it's because I'm suddenly more focused on finding it or pure coincidence.

    I went through 300+ ties yesterday and thought "I haven't found a Drakes, even vintage." Two minutes later and I had one in hand. I thought the same about Kiton and Hermés. No one in my city sells Hermés, but they do in Vienna. I had really hoped to find my first.

    I had simply assumed that you had found other Brioni stuff simply because you hit so many stores. Congrats, then, on your first jacket! You did really well on it!



    I actually just read the recap of a survey that discussed grammar in written business communication. The respondents said that they don't put a lot of thought into their own writing, nor do they feel that it is important. However, those same respondents said that grammar was very important in emails they receive. The managers even said that terrible grammar was a worse offense than being overcharged.

    I don't have a problem with typos or mistakes for the most part. I just get distracted when I read sentences that have misplaced commas or lack punctuation. I didn't mean to single Ian out on this, but it's true. I have no doubt that as he gets older, he will likely change his writing style.

    I personally feel that writing (especially in the business environment) tells you a lot about the person. It gives indications of their attention to detail, education, and sensitivity to readers. If you've ever received an email that is simply a block of text rather than separated thoughts, you know what I mean. It's hard to read and the writer didn't think about the reader's point of view.
     
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  7. Brianpore

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    At store now..... Anyone know age of real vtg polo made in Great Britain??? Over 1/2" MOP buttons

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  8. HansderHund

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    It can be from the late '70s through the late '80s. That one looks to be early '80s if I were to guess. The sweaters sell, I believe, not sure about vests.
     
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    Check my signature.
     
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    Left it, thanks.
     
  11. sn0wman

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    Didn't realize that you were on here. Reading your blog about a year ago is what got me interested in seriously thrifting.
    Thanks for keeping it going!
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  12. Beck

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    This haul+post was something very special. I just would like to know, how did it feel finding a real Dior suit? I mean finding Brioni and Cuccinelli, and other high-end labels is more then a rush but an authentic DIOR HOMME Suit?? I can't even imagine. I congratulate you with the highest of thrift honors for this extravagant find! I hope someday I can quote this post; and list one of my own :). Thank you for posting this great story as well, I like learning about other cultural experiences and the life-style pictorial was ravishing! I wish to visit Vienna someday. Enjoy your finds and good luck to finding more on a return trip!
     
  13. ChetB

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    +1. Great find, Hans. Glad your day trip paid off.
     
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    That is a very fair statement, in my defense the worst of my posts happen when I am in the field and on my phone. I will definitely make a concentrated effort to be more clear with my words in the future

    I accidently deleted this post thinking it was posted twice when it wasn't...


    What is in my opinon my best haul ever in terms of restraint and only picking up nice items. I have learned a lot on this forum and have been hooked up countless times. I thank you all, I never thought I would be able to (like I plan to tomorrow) afford to wear rl purple label, apc, and alden (thrift fit forthcoming...)
    first up is a DEADSTOCK bb golden fleece unionmade 3 PIECE SUIT in prince of wale check (so totally not available unless you offer something awesome or oodles of cash because I am sending it to spoo first thing tomorrow)
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    first aldens ever and they are in my size exactly except I already have pair of black dress shoes... currently n/a
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    dries van noten not even close to being available. I am sending to spoo for him to work magic (searched everywear for pants they are not to be found)

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    daks 3 roll 2 tweed with a ticket pocket and super slanted pockets that fits me perfectly n/a
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    ^^^^^ Much better. ;)
     
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    Did I want to grab the Donna Karen Couture blazer I just passed on?? 40/41R Black
     
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    Same price as the "346" ties.
     
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  18. Nataku

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    That Dior suit. :slayer: Looks like you had a great trip! I'd love to get over there someday. Those potato pancakes have my mouth watering. :drool:
    Now that's more like it! :D
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    PMed you the first part of my response, but I'm posting the last part here because it might be good for others to hear as well:

    The thing with thrifting is that, to be good at it, you need to really know style in general and (more importantly) your personal style. That means having a pretty good idea of who you are, what you look good in and what you feel good in. Once you figure that out, you'll become a better shopper in general, and a much better (ie. more selective) thrift shopper. If you try build your style around whatever latest item you found at a thrift, you'll look like someone who has no idea who they are.

    I know, I know... "says the guy who's keeping the moto jacket he thrifted."

    I'd say avoid USA made 'Polo University Club' stuff as well. It's an old diffusion and not all that well made. There's been a PUC jacket sitting at one of my locals for weeks. Along with a Burberrys suit haha.

    HansderHund, between your awesome rant about the English language and your trip/haul, I'm nominating you for winner of this thread for the day.
     
  20. AndroFan

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    Jesus man. You're on a tear.

     
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