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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. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Senior member

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    Keeping my run of luck rolling (I hope). This lot cost me $20.

    Two minis of Bvlgari The Rouge EDP
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    Two pairs of Dunkelman shoe trees in my size
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    North Face polar fleece vet. Very handy with the winter weather hitting us big-time.
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    TM Lewin tie. Not sure of this colour, but the silk is beautiful
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    C&J loafers. Vintage, but these ought to clean up quite nicely. Size 9EEE if someone's interested.
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    Found this Hawes and Curtis shirt in the $1 bargain rack
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    I also went to the local parfumerie sale again. I picked up this lot, mostly testers. The haul included Hermes, Frapin, Annick Goutal, Acqua di Parma, Acqua di Biella, Piguet and Honore des Pres.
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  2. flirtkakat

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  3. TheNeedMachine

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    I'm no expert, but the first thing I do is mentally imagine a pair of trousers in the same color and pattern as the jacket. In the case of your jacket, a pair of matching pants might have been possible at some point in history by some other label, but doubtful from Brooks Brothers.
    In my experience, if it's a pinstriped jacket, it's likely an orphan. If it's double-breasted, it's likely an orphan. If there is a size or maker tag, and it has two sets of size indicators, i.e.: "43R/36W" it's definitely an orphan (43R being the jacket and 36W [36 Waist] being the pants that came with it).
    I have picked up many a nice label orphan only to re-donate after listing on eBay 3 or 4 times, which was probably the best way for me to learn. I also browsed Brooks Brothers online and noted what they sold as sport coats vs. suits. Most tweeds, even if once part of a suit, can be used as sport coats, as can many plaids & checks, houndstooth, etc.
    If it's something for myself and I know I have the right pants to wear with it, I pick it up. If it's for resale and I'm not sure, these days I'll leave it rather than be swayed by the label / maker.
    Again, only personal experience and limited at that - someone else may well have more sure-fire ways of determining sport coat vs. suit coat missing trousers.
    Have fun!
     
  4. SpooPoker

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  5. HansderHund

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    Nice finds all around, but I really like that one! Wool?
     
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  6. SpooPoker

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    Thanks! Yup, wool. That was ethrifted :)
     
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    Pity they can't reward hard work with real pay rates
     
  8. messenger309

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    The guiding principle of an odd jacket (sport coat) is that it must not look like part of a suit. Otherwise the wearer might be mistaken for someone who simply forgot to put on the right pants, never a stylish look.

    So odd jackets (sport coats) have features that distinguish them from suit coats.

    • buttons will not match the coat
    • patch pockets
    • louder patterns that would look out of place as a suit
    • cloths with more texture than worsted wool
    • fewer than four buttons at the sleeve
    • buttons with two holes rather than four are considered more 'sporty'
    • a true blazer will always have metal buttons
    • vintage sport coats will often have detailing on them you would never see on a suit coat such as a self cinching belt (a Norfolk jacket) or whatnot
    • pinstripes always indicates an orphan

    The trickiest orphans to tell are the solid worsted ones; usually navy. If you look close though, the buttons and the pockets will give it away. Having said that, I swapped MOPs onto a navy Canali orphan and it easily passes as a sport coat.
     
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  9. timmygoestothez

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    Two finds today, both AVAILABLE for trade. Where my 46Rs at?!?

    (1) Polo Ralph Lauren Made in Italy (by Corneliani, yes?) Tweed SC with nice leather buttons and elbow patches. 3/2 roll. Looks like it was worn maybe a couple times. Still has spare buttons in one of the pockets.



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    (2) Ralph Lauren Purple Label (by St Andrews, yes?). This is an orphan, I think, but it seems like it could be rocked as a SC. Thoughts? Sorry that the pictures suck so much. I might try to take some outside later.

    5% cashmere, 95% wool. How would you describe this pattern? Puppytooth with purple overcheck? Also, check out the flapped chest pocket. Is there a term for that?

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  10. Orgetorix

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    That Peter Johnston repp... :drooling:
     
  11. pnutpug

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    No one's forcing anyone to work at Goodwill or anywhere else. And if you work hard and show promise, you get promoted.

    Why do you hate America?
     
  12. noob in 89

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    Haha....I don't know how you can reconcile these two statements, though:

    No one else will hire them.

    No one's forcing them to work at Goodwill.


    Tomato, tomato
     
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  13. noob in 89

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    PS I hate 'muhrica right now because I can't Google porn without thinking someone at the NSA is having a good laugh.
     
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  14. barrelntrigger

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    Dude, I don't know if I agree with that statement...I work hard, and shhhiiiieeeeetttttt, I haven't gotten a promotion since...I don't even remember...

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  15. HansderHund

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    :rotflmao:

    The morning radio show I listen to does a variety of prank calls. Why they still do it over the whole thing that happened at the hospital in London is beyond me, but they can be creative. Anyway, the other day, they called the American embassy in Vienna. The host explained to the woman that answered that he'd somehow lost all of the pictures from his daughter's wedding and he had heard that they can recover them. The woman was confused and asked what he was talking about. He said that he heard that they have copies of everything and he'd like some help recovering the photos as they were important. He said they were on a thumb drive and asked whether he could send it to the embassy or if he had to send it directly to the US. The woman was furious and just sent him to the automatic voicemail. :happy:
     
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  16. pnutpug

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    Find a different job, then. Maybe not easy, but not impossible. Sheesh. Reading some of these comments, we should start calling each other "comrade."
     
  17. pnutpug

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    Easy. When it comes to disabled workers, no one else will hire them because they can't accomplish enough in an hour to justify minimum wage. And neither the disabled or able-bodied employees are forced to work at GW or anywhere else--slavery was abolished a long time ago. Finally, how many other employers offer vacation, health insurance and other benefits to unskilled workers?
     
  18. barrelntrigger

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    Comrade in thrift!

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  19. size 38R

    size 38R Senior member

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    "Comrade" is a term of address, and identifies addressed peers as equals. so......... why not? [​IMG]
     
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  20. Brianpore

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    And to think I woke up late and debates not going this morning.....

    This is the stuff after I weeded out the issues and left a lot of so-so stuff on the racks. Still in the store but had to post :)

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