The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

Tags:
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

    Messages:
    3,285
    Likes Received:
    5,104
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Location:
    Austria
    

    Looks great! I can't really tell what color those pants are...stone? Khaki? If it's a two-color herringbone, just take a few steps back from them and look at them. If they appear as one color from a few meters away, treat them as a solid color and match accordingly. A smaller or subtle pattern would allow you to have a busier jacket without messing up the whole look.


    I'm okay with higher pricing as long as it doesn't top market value and as long as it is real merchandise. I have seen (and hate to see) fake items marked up in price. The thrifts here are dealing in a much smaller volume and some of the managers really know their stuff. If I am selling, I have to be careful as my profit margins can be thin. I still do it though as it's fun and a bit profitable. My main goal in thrifts is to shop for myself, so if I am paying a bit more for something nice, I'm fine with it as long as I wouldn't be able to find it cheaper new or online.


    That's a great looking pullover and something you can definitely get some good use!
     


  2. thriftydood

    thriftydood Senior member

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    251
    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2012
    Wow, that's insane. Totally agreed on the "thrill of the hunt." Some of us invest a lot of time in this (instead of money), but when the game is rigged and no treasure is to be found, there's no point.
     


  3. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

    Messages:
    3,285
    Likes Received:
    5,104
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Location:
    Austria
    

    Are you saying that they should be well-hung? :rimshot:

    I agree though, here I can go through them in a few minutes as there aren't a lot hanging. However, in the US, it was an incredible chore to get through them and I abandoned the project more than once as there was such a huge quantity. I did find a couple of great pairs though, including some PRL Corneliani cords and a pair of EZ by incotex wool trousers, both in my size.
     


  4. jamiebryant

    jamiebryant Senior member

    Messages:
    189
    Likes Received:
    31
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2012
    Yeah, I dont have a problem with FOR-PROFIT Thrift Stores charging outrageous prices because its expected.

    But Goodwill's image doesnt entitle them to the pricing they are trying to adapt. They arent a luxury resale shop and even their Boutique's have the good whit mixed in with counterfeit luxury brands and low-mid quality shit.

    It'd be like going into JC Penney and seeing a pair of shoes for $300 when its generally known that they run around the $50 ballpark.

    The people that are willing to spend $200 on a pair of shoes arent gonna buy them from JC Penney. Even if the brand/quality calls for it. Theyd rather walk into Macy's and buy it from them.

    Its all about image and Goodwill just doesnt have it.
     


  5. FaceOfBoh

    FaceOfBoh Senior member

    Messages:
    1,086
    Likes Received:
    342
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Location:
    Canada West
    
    Wha...? Wha...?
    Why you no look like your avatar?
    Great pics! :slayer:
     


  6. CesarC

    CesarC Senior member

    Messages:
    291
    Likes Received:
    39
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2012
    Location:
    greater Philadelphia area
    Yes! I actually prefer this. Old school in a good way.
     


  7. Vintage Leather

    Vintage Leather Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    55
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2010
    Honestly, I have no problem paying semi-crazy (ie $300 for Cuccinelli or Hermes cashmere. Crazy, not bat-shit insane) prices if and only if I don't have to sort through crap. If I am going to pay eBay prices, I expect to find everything in the store to be clean and in good shape, the place to be well lit, and I shouldn't have to worry about my car in the parking lot. To put it another way, the potential for payoff has to be as good as the risk.

    I better be finding $15 Briggs & Riley suitcases if I am risking finding cat turds or tampons in a bag.



    That coat is seriously awesome. Bonus points if you wear it with a top hat.
     
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012


  8. pnutpug

    pnutpug Senior member

    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    224
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    

    GW here already does it. There are cameras everywhere--the store ceilings look like they should be in a casino. And that's with flat-rate pricing. Fortunately, none of those stupid plastic dealies that make holes in things.
     


  9. guyver00

    guyver00 Senior member

    Messages:
    610
    Likes Received:
    126
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2010
    Location:
    Socialist Republic of Canukstan
    

    Awesome DB overcoat, Ebay? I've been looking for a DB overcoat for ages, but sans fur collar.
     


  10. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

    Messages:
    3,285
    Likes Received:
    5,104
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Location:
    Austria
    

    I'm afraid I'm also going to have to carry an old school sawed off shotgun to maintain that image.


    I don't own a top hat, but you never know when it comes to something like this. If I can create a need for a fur collared overcoat, surely I'm creative enough to justify a top hat.


    Etsy, actually. I probably need a tame overcoat, but I couldn't let this one get away...how often do they come along? Keep an eye out on eBay for overcoats, especially during the off seasons. Far fewer choices in spring/summer but unbelievable prices.
     


  11. pnutpug

    pnutpug Senior member

    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    224
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    

    So, you don't have a problem with a for-profit operation gouging or charging what something is worth, but if the proceeds are going to a good cause, that's a problem?

    Don't know about the GW where you are, but you should be very careful when generalizing. GW in many communities, including the one where I live, does a lot of good. Employees, while not highly paid, get health insurance and benefits, including paid vacation. There's opportunity for advancement--I've seen cashiers/sorters move up to management. They have mentoring programs for at-risk youth. They have job-training programs for offenders no one else will hire. They employ the disabled. They'll give anyone a chance who is willing to work. They have programs to help folks pay utility and medical bills. They recycle stuff, including electronics and computer gear, for free that other places won't take or won't take without being paid. And their finances are transparent. As a 501(c)3, their tax statements to the IRS are public records available for free online, unlike the SA, which considers itself a church and so does not make its financials available to the public.

    We've had this discussion before. GW's are independent chapters organized under a national umbrella, so YMMV. But don't go saying that GW has an image problem. That's just not true.
     


  12. pnutpug

    pnutpug Senior member

    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    224
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    

    Why do you hate capitalism? Do you really think it is your God-given right to get something for nothing at GW? Now, I do that all the time, and I'm grateful for the chance, but I don't think that GW is under any obligation to sell stuff for a fraction of its worth. You and I and everyone else here profits because we have good taste and we invest the time and energy into figuring out what stuff is worth and combing racks. Very few people are willing to do that. And if GW does screw up and prices stuff at way more than it's worth, guess what? It won't sell. That's what makes America great. Maybe you should shop at the Moscow Goodwill.
     
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012


  13. tben

    tben Senior member

    Messages:
    2,007
    Likes Received:
    1,093
    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2011
    I found one of these for 6.97, but I haven't be able to get much use out of it.
     


  14. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

    Messages:
    3,285
    Likes Received:
    5,104
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Location:
    Austria
    

    In Soviet Russia, Goodwill steals from the poor.
     


  15. concealed

    concealed Senior member

    Messages:
    2,286
    Likes Received:
    1,707
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2012
    Location:
    404
    my point exactly
     


Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by