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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. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    I don't particular care for it. I just like to buy things that I can use and sell when I get tired of them for at or over what I paid. Pass it is. Regarding kommode, perhaps night stand? A small table with drawers that goes next to your bed.
     
  2. HansderHund

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    The same word can be used for a few different things such as you said. I normally say Nachttisch for a bedside table, but I'd say Kommode for a dresser. I say Kleiderschrank for closet/wardrobe and Kommode for sideboards and things that would go under a TV. Weird. :nodding:
     
  3. plei89

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    Nvm
     
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  4. HansderHund

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    I was thinking about this earlier, but I thought I'd mention it. For those of us that flip, make sure you're keeping in mind the return. I'm sure most people take a quick look at completed listings on ebay, but my rule is to find the average and subtract 20%. Ebay buyers are incredibly sensitive to things and a coat that sold well the week before might not sell well the following week if it's unseasonably warm. Another factor is the number of flaws your item has. I seem to be too excited when I find something to see all of the flaws until it's home (without being able to return it). I assume there is something that I'll miss and that will factor into what I expect to get out of it.

    Example:
    Item X will cost €20. Average completed listings say it sells for €40. Double the money, right? Wrong. Mine will be a bit different/have different viewers/flawed and will get €35. Factor in the fees for ebay and paypal and I can expect €29-30. Not such a great deal.
     
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    Dang...interesting. Worst part is it was the cashier who called up presumably the manager.

    I thought about being abrasive but realized I had little to gain to pound down on some middle-aged man who's just a store manager at Marshalls. Or the high school cashier. Blazer had a weird chest pocket structure anyways. I was kind of hesitant to even try and purchase it but I figured $50 was nothing to lose...maybe next time (hopefully there is no next time for that situation).

    But anyways, I think I got my last laugh at another Marshall's today:

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    Excuse my dirty mirror...maybe I should thrift some Windex...and no this is not a shirt I would wear with it normally, just a mini fit pic...

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    Samuelsohn tie as well at Nordstrom Rack. Not a great steal, but the tie is such great quality I couldn't pass it up.

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    The lesser known Peter struggled under his brother's shadow, so he moved to Thailand to sell his wares.

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  7. LooknGr8

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    my pebblegrain find yesterday sent me on a "Great vintage American shoes" Internet reading deep dive.

    Which always ends up with an eBay tear searching for Nettleton's. Love those. Bought these, on a best offer I'm still feeling guilty about (especially if the seller's one of us, ha...but still way higher than I'd pay for anything at a thrift store FWIW).

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    Hey wait, those f@ckers aren't mismatched are they?
     
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  8. ocooney

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    First decent day in a while. Best part, all my size:

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    Woolrich jacket. Don't get the love that Pendleton does, but this fits me nicely and I like it. There were 2 other similar ones in M if anyone wants a proxy.

    Filson sweater, Barba shirt (my first in the wild), Zegna wool tie, Andover shop tie, Florsheim V-cleats PTB.

    Near misses: Brioni cashmere overcoat that fit my chest and shoulders perfectly, but was about 3" too short on my T-rex arms. Only about an inch to let out :fu::fu::fu:
     
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  9. Klobber

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    Pick Up advice:

    I took a big gamble today and picked up a pair of brown suede boots by Martin Maison Margiela, the real deal (no H&M thing). Condition of leather is superb and soles are leather and lightly worn.

    They probably retailed for 600-800 and I would imagine the SW&D folks would gladly offer up something desirable for me to trade - however this aspect I am unsure of.

    Question:

    If I paid &90, is this a good pickup? I picked them up not for myself but to perhaps use as trade kudos or worst case sell on eBay if nobody I know wants them.

    Please let me know the truth in regards to "good pickup". You do not need to be nice about it, harsh words do not hurt my feelings etc... I want to know because this is a huge gamble for me and am twitching my fingers nervously - it is the not knowing that causes me grief.

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    RANT COMING:

    Well, thats it, I am never visiting large thrift stores again - the ones with huge amounts of merchandise. I worked my ass off going over racks and racks of stuff to come away completely empty handed. This is the third time this store has done that to me (although it is possible to come away with a haul, it just seems extremely rare). I pop to a very small out of the way Goodwill, and within 5 minutes I have a Ralph Lauren Purple Label Sport Coat reamed over my arm, 2 Ralph Lauren Black Label Shirts, Etro shirt, a Loro Piana Cashmere POW Sport Coat made for Nordstrom, and some blackwatch Zanellas that were not pleated beyond recognition. Overall, small thrift stores rule, the big ones suck.

    Further Rant Points.

    1. Why the fuck do people keep looking at me? Fuck off mind your own fucking business.

    2. Leave my shit alone. I placed a basket down so obviously mine and some bearded asshole started helping himself while I was inspecting the racks (looking carefully at an Etro shirt wondering if it was worth taking snagged collar and all).

    3. Do not cut out in front of me or lean over me (it is only polite manners because I never lean over someone else or deny them a spot). Some woman behind me stretched out her arm and pulled a Gucci leather jacket about 12 inches to my right. I was inspecting a Ralph Lauren Polo Bomber Leather jacket wondering whether worth a pick up - made in USA forced me to consider it before I reckoned it was too 1980's to peak anyone's interest. Fuck shit, I was 12 inches away from a Gucci leather jacket. :brick:
     
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  10. VLSI

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    Retail was probably closer to 900-1000 honestly. They should be 300+ on B&S
     
  11. HansderHund

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    I love reading things you write. Seriously, whenever I see Bill the Butcher, I prepare myself for something great.
     
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    Well thanky! :slayer:
     
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    I have nothing to add. [​IMG]
     
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    You are one of the resident cool dudes here, lots of love here for you :nodding:


    Thanks buddy :fonz:
     
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    Question for anyone in the know...

    Found three pairs of vintage sunglasses at an estate sale. They're all ladies. One was a pair of Christian Dior butterflies, the other was a 14k gold plate Persols. I picked up this third pair simply because the other two were so nice, but I can't find anything about these. They're well made (if a bit gaudy, and likely from the same era as the aforementioned butterflies), and the only markings I can find on them is one arm says "Parilux" and the other side has the stylized "Paris, France." Anything ring a bell?

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    High and low on my one purchase today.. Found my first Gieves and Hawkes suit. It was a 44, but not what I needed (44L). Was still quite excited about it.

    Then when home, I saw the flaw on the pants.. doh... The pockets had an extra stitch or two at the top and bottom -- and looks like they pulled through on one side. Sort of along the seam. Anyone familiar with the complexity of a fix?

    Thanks!


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  17. LooknGr8

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    Klobber, maybe it's time we reprise the "if and when it's appropriate to pass gas while thrifting" discussion. I think you had some legit justifications for pulling the trigger...sometimes you need some space.
     
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  18. FaceOfBoh

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    Staxringold & LookinGr8: I can't tell you apart! Your avatars are so similar! I get confused... or maybe distracted. :D
     
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    the weirdest thing to me about this thread has always been that you guys think this is hilarious
     
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    I really like how they look but then I AM an AE brand whore!


    I have yet to see one. If I ever do, you've got first dibs!
     
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