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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. Fueco

    Fueco Senior member

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    Did I read it wrong, or did he get the holy shirts free? Free is kind of a no brainer... At least he can snag the buttons.
     
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  2. acosbysweater

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    I realize you're Whistleblower Maximus here in the thrift thread, but this detail could lead them to become very high quality skeet rags down the road. I once saw a photo detailing frayed cuffs worn by a person who was otherwise dressed immaculately, with the caption being something like "Earn the frays on your shirt." Perhaps an elegant patch would increase the personality of these shirts. Not to mention that if you're wearing a fine dress shirt, you also likely have a SC over top, thus hiding a good portion of the shirt.

    Alls I'm trying to say is that you should probably lighten up in old age and not worry so much about how many shirts someone has accumulated in their lives. Maybe a good amount of us could be featured on Haute Hoarders. Do our small pleasures in accumulating nice things really bug you that much?
     
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  3. pnutpug

    pnutpug Senior member

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    It's not that, and to each his own. And I'm not bugged, per se. The issue is, at least for me, at what point does it become a label hunt as opposed to an effort to build a quality, serviceable wardrobe? Of course you can hide holes, as you say, and of course you can use a patch, which is how I handled the CCC shirt that was torn on my watch. The question is, why do it? If it is true that a shirt without holes is more desirable than a shirt with holes, and it is equally true that there are lots of fish in the sea, why settle for tilapia when there are plenty of Copper River kings to be had?
     
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  4. FillW

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    I bought a jacket (I think it's wool) that has a plaid pattern that I really like. It fits me like a glove. The problem is there rare 3 small holes in one of the sleeves (might be burn holes or moth holes- I don't know). They're really small and I hope they're repairable. I think the material is wool but there isn't a tag in the garment that says what it's made of.
    It only cost $3.50 so I figured I't be worth getting it repaired somehow. I have pics of the little holes I'll try to post tomorrow.

    Anyone have info on if these types of holes can be repaired?
     
  5. ChetB

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    ^ Orgetorix has had success with Fabric Reweavers USA for reweaving. With patterned sport coats, though, you may be able to get away with just a cheap mending job.
     
  6. datsunfan

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    The holes can probably be repaired. It just depends on whether you are willing to spend the money on the jacket to get them fixed. Try to find someone in your area that does "French Reweaving." You should also search this thread; the topic has been discussed before and some members have posted recommendations of places that have done the work for them. The place that does it here charges around $70 a hole. I think that was in line with others have posted.
     
  7. FillW

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    Thanks, I'll ask my regular tailor about it. Hopefully she'll be able to take care of the jacket.
     
  8. FillW

    FillW Senior member

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    Hey, thanks!

    I actually think that I like this jacket so much that I'd pay $210.00 to get it perfect but I'll check all options first. I'm pretty sure it fits perfectly and even feels comfortable as it is so there will be no other tailoring done to it.
     
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    Terrible things happened at my GW during my hiatus - they got internet access! I saw a lovely pair of Christian Louboutin heels yesterday - I've never seen them here before. They were in great shape. Except for the $499.99 price tag they were carrying. Geez, what's the fun of that?
     
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    Whats the retail on those shoes? Also, who does goodwill think is going to buy those? Last time I checked, your typical goodwill customer walks in expecting cheap used items, not $500 shoes...

    Oh well, when they sit on the shelf for a year they might consider lowering the price.
     
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    You'll have to teach her how to get to the shops before Mainy does.
     
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  12. Fueco

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    Found an "interesting" pair of selvage Levis 514s. Also picked up a NWT Etro shirt (womens?) and a pair of Red Wing steel toe work boots...

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    awesome jacket; if only the sleeves were longer!
     
  14. mp906

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    ^Truth. I came up with one pair of Incotex slacks, made it Italy...but pleated :(. Hit 4-5 stores. Pretty cleared out. Not even a good tie to be found.
     
  15. FillW

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    I think it's that damn song playing on the radio.

    The end of Goodwill thrifting as we have known it...
     
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    Not to sound too harsh, but many of the people that work at these stores in my area are just clueless. One GW has a "painting" (it's actually a really bad print) covered in glass with a $300 price written on the front with permanent marker. It's been there for the 6 months that I've been going, and probably much longer. You have to remember that most of these people haven't shopped anywhere other than cheap retailers like Walmart their entire life, simply because they never had the means to shop anywhere else. They have absolutely no idea what things cost, and most of them probably don't use the internet on a regular basis, if they even have access to it at home.
     
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    The shirts with the holes were free. I wouldn't have purchased them, even though you'd be surprised what they'll go for on Ebay. I'm sure I can snag $10-$20 a piece, and starting a quality shirt like T&A at $0.99 should bring some traffic to my other listings (even though they have holes).
    It can be fun going with your significant other, although she might slow you down :)
     
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  18. toscano_adottato

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    One use for shirts with a nice pattern is to re-purpose them into pocket squares. Not as stiff as linen or as poofy as silk but my wife made a couple into some decent squares for use in the summer. Depends on the pattern of course.
     
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  19. mainy

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    Speaking of which, pick ups from Friday/Saturday:
    Salvatore Ferragamo animal print tie
    Ben silver animal print tie
    NWOT J Hilburn pants
    3x NWOT gitman vintage shirts
    Mint dolce & gabbana shirt
    J Lindeberg shirt
    Theory short sleeve shirt
    Hugo Boss fitted shirt
    Truzzi milano shirt
    Paul and Shark yachting linen/cotton shirt
    2x robert graham cotton / silk shirts
    Burberry london novacheck shirt
    woolrich buffalo plaid vest
    Allen Edmonds Leeds shell cordovan
    Florsheim imperial shell cordovan vcleat
    2x Fred perry shoes nwt
    2x clarks desert boots nwt
    Ermenegildo Zegna suede chukkas
    Mint Bruno Magli zip boots
    Brooks Brothers golden fleece gray flannel suit
    NWOB brooks brothers x keds

    too lazy to post pics it's all on Ebay already anyway
     
  20. Ejay415

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    Hi, a few things from my last week's thrift hunting-
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    RL purple label pants
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    women's blazer
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    NWT talbott
     
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