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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. DeadBoy

    DeadBoy Senior member

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    Varvatos can be nice, depends if you like the aesthetic (I'm not usually into the whole American rock-y vibe). That jacket looks alright if it fits you and you can pull it off. Quality-wise (since that's what so many people here care about), some of the stuff is made in Italy and is really good, some is made in Thailand or China and meh, and the JV*USA line is the worst.
     
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    That Varvatos is the tits. I used to have a pigskin by none other than Varvatos just like it until it got destroyed by my carelessness.
     
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    don't understand how a peacoat in size THIRTY FOUR is even close to fitting me...

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    I am on the fence about keeping it though I feel like a j crew tool in it
    peacoat thrifted, scarf found on ground in berkeley after a show, shirt lands end discount, jeans apc from barrel, shoes ae chukka from the bay
     
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  4. csoukoulis

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    is that a cali thing?
     
  5. Fueco

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    Might be... I worked as an assistant manager at Walgreens for a while. I remember it from the training.
     
  6. sparrow

    sparrow Senior member

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    that is an amazing fit, I would keep it.
     
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    North Face isn't bad, quality does not equal price though. Unfortunately the same can be said for Patagonia.

    Here is a list of outdoors/techwear brands that is way better, but I would be shocked if it showed up in a thrift, probably about the same odds as an Anna Matuozzo shirt showing up.

    Triple Aught Design, Isaora, Rapha (more cycling), Outlier, Arcteryx Veilance, Aether, White Mountaineering and I think Rayxliu actually scooped some Acronym in SF, which blew my fucking mind.
     
  8. Fueco

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    TNF went through an incredibly shitty phase in the early to mid 90s. No one that knew their stuff would touch it. I'm biased against them because I was working in the industry at the time. Patagonia was the bees knees back then, so I'm biased towards them.

    All these companies make decent stuff, it's just the pricing that suffers. I flipped a TNF Denali fleece in order to buy a Patagonia R3. My cost was $10 more for the R3, but it's way more me(and only $41 at the outlet sale).
     
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    Pea coats measure like overcoats. Typically 6-8" larger than chest size. A 34 would measure out near the size of a 38-40 sport coat. Remember, they were originally meant to be worn over a full military uniform. I am a size 44-45 sport coat, but a 40 overcoat/pea coat fits just fine with just a shirt underneath.
     
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    Concealed's and Fueco's post are very helpful, thanks guys. In general, are most of the brands mentioned made in countries we would look for in an article of MC clothing (England, Italy, US, etc.) or has the production been shipped elsewhere (China for example)?

    And ATLjon, suit looks good, could definitely wear it for Valentines, but as Grendel said the sleeves eventually need to be let out a touch. Glad it worked out for you.
     
  11. concealed

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    The stuff that they sell at REI (Patagonia, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Outdoor Research, Sierra Designs etc) is all Chinese/3rd world country made at this point.

    Out of the brands I mentioned - they are made in Canada/USA/Japan and Acronym is made in Germany.

    You can still flip the made in China stuff, outdoorsy folks often don't have qualms about buying pre-owned gear and you can expect to recover a pretty good percentage of original msrp compared to classic menswear. unless you are spoo and you are selling tom ford ties.
     
  12. shadesofbeige

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    FYI the Made in Italy Rugby suiting is done by Caruso, who makes RLBL, although with less handwork on Rugby. Very very good stuff for the price.
     
  13. Fueco

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    Mostly, it's about us dirtbags not having any qualms about buying secondhand clothing. Thrifting and dumpster diving is almost de rigueur in the outdoors sports world (or at least the parts I've been a part of, having come of age sleeping in the backs of trucks or squalid dusty campgrounds for pennies to save a few bucks to buy more climbing gear). That being said, most of my outdoors clothing is either thrifted, from a discount rack, old rental gear or very old (or two of the three). The Patagonia fleece I'm currently wearing is Made in the USA and was purchased from the discount rack in 2002. The only reason I bought a replacement is that the patches and embroidery from a long ago trip to Nepal are starting to fade. I want to preserve that memory.

    Made in the third world doesn't always mean shitty quality and poor labor conditions. I've yet to have any issues with any of my mountain gear, even the newer stuff.

    That being said, Feathered Friends is still made in Seattle, and Western Mountaineering is still made in my hometown- San Jose... And I forgot that Bibler was bought out by Black Diamond... If you find older Bibler stuff (I think all they made was tents), it was made in the USA.
     
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  14. jamiebryant

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    Alright ya'll....just a couple of things from today. I have a shitload more but im way toooooo lazy right now to post pics.

    2 pairs of The West is Dead NWT for me. Raw Selvage and Coal Dust Selvage. I already own the Work Rise in Raw Selvage in a size 34 and they were horribly big. But these are nice and slim on the legs but around the waist it fits weird. They gap up on the waist at the back. Maybe my ass is too big? I tried one size down from these and they were pretty damn tight, but im assuming theyre gonna stretch right? Where my elite SW&D heads at?
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    Ok. As a few of you know, I wasnt big on shoes before. But since my John Lobb find last year, ive stepped up my efforts and have looked more. Today I found these. They popped my cherry. First "....for Brooks Brothers" shoes. I knew they were Cordovan right off the bat. I've trained myself well and can now tell them just by looking at pics. Woot Woot.

    Im having problems identifying the maker. Ive looked at many listings on the 'bay and none them have the V-Cleat. Rares or Garbage?

    Brooks English by Brooks Brother's Cordovan Leather Wingtip Balmorals with V-Cleat...
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  15. acosbysweater

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    These are all fucking divine.
     
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    I bought a pair of work is rise before and when i first put them on it was tight but now loosened up. Also you can see the color fade from the thigh and butt area wear it streched. probably same thing for these! I would keep em and get the sick fadez
     
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    [​IMG] That sucks! So they "decided" it was a mistake, huh...

    Or you can just wear shirts with shorter sleeves. [​IMG]

    Dude, I say keep it! You might want to dress up like a J Crew tool once in a while. If not, you can always send it to me. [​IMG]

     
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    Dropped in at the local Marshall's for about 30 minutes before dinner to see if I can find another Billy Reid shirt in the clearance section. Sure enough!

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    I've actually been passing this shirt 3 times due to the label being faded. This time, I did a double take and kinda made out Billy Reid on the label. I had to ask my gf to verify. She couldn't see. So I went to the register to ask them to check in the system. Nope. Nada. Anyhow, I tired it on and it felt ok. It's a little tight due to all the bench press and push ups I've been doing. Anyhow, went home, jumped on https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/textilern/wrnquery$tts_rn.queryview?P_RN_TYPE=RN&P_RN_SEQ=113814&Z_CHK=6100 and sure enough, Billy Reid! Ya!

    And here's what I had for dinner! 12 oz. rib eye! Yum!

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  19. size 38R

    size 38R Senior member

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    ok, i' asking the thrift gods for help. i have found a heap of denim. mostly size 29. but what i am asking is.... what is it about numbering on levi's big E's ???
    Big E - check, red line selvedge - check. worth picking up? i don't know. are 502's better than 501's ? age?
    i think they are still making them, might be wrong. =not old.
    what do i need to look at?. because i'm not buying a lot of stuff to flip. too time consuming. but if some are good, i'll get them. they are about $50-$70 each.

    might ebay some iron hearts in a few weeks though, the internet says so. an easy double.
     
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