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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. Matt

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    how does that work Alan? The thread just an ongoing thrift flipping board? Dont people get lugged with stuff they cant sell, or do people post what they find and the price and see if anyone wants it before they buy
     


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    The prices on the suits were $36 for the gray, and $44 for the glen plaid.

    I will probably go back to the store next week some time (this store is in one of the worst areas of the city, and not super close to my house, so I don't check there daily). Do you think there'd be enough interest on AAAC to get $50-$60 (Suit + Tax + Gas + my time) for the suits?


    What size on the suits?
     


  3. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    how does that work Alan? The thread just an ongoing thrift flipping board? Dont people get lugged with stuff they cant sell, or do people post what they find and the price and see if anyone wants it before they buy
    Yeah, it's pretty much an ongoing thrift flipping thread. People sometimes post about seeing something, checking interest, then go back to get it. I tend to pick up things that I'm pretty certain will sell, and that I figure I can unload if those guys don't want it. Of course, thrift prices around here are cheaper than they are where VersaceMan is, so I'd be a lot more hesitant to buy at his prices. With thrift flipping I'm pretty price sensitive on the buy end. I probably also let stuff go at cheaper prices than I could sell on ebay at times, too, but I also appreciate the quick flip and lack of ebay charges (much like the B&S forum here).
     


  4. VMan

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    What size on the suits?

    I tried on the gray one and it seemed to fit one size larger than I was, so I would assume a 42R.
     


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    Yeah, it's pretty much an ongoing thrift flipping thread. People sometimes post about seeing something, checking interest, then go back to get it. I tend to pick up things that I'm pretty certain will sell, and that I figure I can unload if those guys don't want it. Of course, thrift prices around here are cheaper than they are where VersaceMan is, so I'd be a lot more hesitant to buy at his prices. With thrift flipping I'm pretty price sensitive on the buy end. I probably also let stuff go at cheaper prices than I could sell on ebay at times, too, but I also appreciate the quick flip and lack of ebay charges (much like the B&S forum here).
    well in that spirit, if someone comes across a decent cafe style leather motorbike jacket to fit a 40R at, say, sub $50, then I'd like to hear about it...since it will be used for motorbiking as opposed to pretending that I am Fonzie, prefer that it has some of the inbuilt protection and padding if possible.
     


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    $10 Private Member navy/brown/blue striped shirt, has the plastic tabs in the collar to keep them straight. A little tight in the shoulders. Has cuff links.

    $25 Point Zero light blue with orange/black stripes and an embroidered pattern, feels very good and my GF loves it. Also has the collar tabs.

    $25 Hoerst white shirt with blue stitching. Collar tabs and cuff links (sort of, I'd have to buy some, they're actually buttons tied together.

    $15/$29 CCS jeans with paint splattered and rips built in. They're tight making the pockets useless for anything except my keys, Kershaw scallion and shoe horn. Comfortable but a bit restrictive for jumping over large puddles. I got the first pair at $29, then they dropped in price so I got another pair.

    $23 black/gold private member cords. Very comfortable and durable. I've used them in submission wrestling training.

    All prices Canadian.
     


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    Aran-style sweater by Gucci done up in a suitably absurd lux mix of mohair, cashmere, and silk ($5.49). Jil Sander tailor-made donegal tweed overcoat in dark green with flecks of olive, seafoam, russet, and grey--a great vintage-style cloth for a modern minimalist coat ($13.99).
     


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    Aran-style sweater by Gucci done up in a suitably absurd lux mix of mohair, cashmere, and silk ($5.49). Jil Sander tailor-made donegal tweed overcoat in dark green with flecks of olive, seafoam, russet, and grey--a great vintage-style cloth for a modern minimalist coat ($13.99).



    I envy you..... [​IMG]
     


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    VM, there's an ongoing thrift exchange thread at the AAAC Trad forum that would probably eat those suits up, depending on price. Your margins might not be real high, but if you get the suits cheap you can get a pretty easy flip for a lot of 3/2 roll, dartless, pleatless stuff.

    Interesting, I've seen that thread before, but never really read into it. I saw a BB sack suit in a thrift shop this weekend for $25. In the end, I left it on the rack.

    Meanwhile, speak of trad style, I bought this Oxxford blazer on ebay just now for $45. I suppose that would be a candidate for trad-flipping too if it doesn't work for me when it arrives.

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    Ancient EG Malverns on the 202 last in a very nicely patinated burgundy ($8.49). Chocolate brown Stuart's Choice cap-toes ($12.99).
    grimslade, that's a great Oxxford blazer. Not too trad, imo, but certainly one of the canonical Oxxford pieces (what with the hopsack, machined buttons, flattering non-sack cut, etc). A real bargain, I'd say!
     


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    For the most part, thrifting is its own reward, a rich pastime combining social and cultural history (from the highest of highs to the very lowest of the lows) with the thrill of the hunt. And who can forget the music? Sometimes you get great stuff too, though mostly dribbling out a couple of things at a time. Once in a great while, however, there is the big score. My first big score was a lot of 8-10 perfectly fitting and nearly new Henry Poole suits at the Goodwill. Later memorable scores would have to include the collection of Henry Maxwell shoes and the Donaldson, Williams and G. Ward of Burlington Arcade wardrobe from a couple of Decembers back. By its very nature the big score can be overwhelming--sometimes these are collections that took years of care and effort to assemble, other times they are simply an unsettling display of wealth and carelessness (who would buy all this stuff and then just toss it without even a thought?). When it's right, though, it just feels like karma.
    Anyway, all of this is just a roundabout way of introducing my latest thrifting adventure. I hit a few stores this morning and though hope springs eternal I just wasn't finding much of anything. Well, as I said, it is its own reward. I pressed on as I nearly almost always do, eventually ending up at the store that recently yielded up the Borrelli saharienne/safari jacket and the amazing unlined Kiton cashmere jacket. Right away I found two interesting things: (1) a gorgeous Oxxford The Crittenden for Wilkes Bashford navy blue dupioni silk jacket with really lovely styling and finishing--1/4 lined in the same cloth with two buttons and side vents, and (2) blue flat front Incotex cords. So far so good. I would have been happy to leave right there (and who wants to be Mr. Greedy?), but something pressed me to keep on snooping. And once again, there on the womens rack, I struck one of those rare true deep veins. All bunched together, new without tags, I found the following: four pairs of Lorenzini pajamas made for Barneys NY--wonderful fabric and much nicer than the shirts (which have always, without fail, left me cold), with great detailing like box pleats and a drawstring on the bottoms and an interesting large rectangular pocket with side access on the tops; two Avon Celli sweaters made of Millionaire Cashmere in the fruity colors of peach and lime; Avon Celli Sea Isalnd Cotton v-neck in sea foam green; Brunello Cucinelli for Bergdorf Goodman cashmere v-neck in striking, slightly variable shades of forest green; burnt orange Borrelli cashmere pullover; striped orange, blue, and gray Borrelli Archivio 1957 Luxury Vintage cotton pullover. The sweaters were all $7.99-$9.99, with the odd exception of the Cucinelli which was one dollar for some inexplicable reason. The total haul was about $130 and, though they may not yet know it, the men in my family are well on their way to a very Merry Christmas.
    I imagine many of you, gentle readers, will now be shaking your heads, wondering how so much brand new high-end clothing came to wind up selling for a pittance in a thrift store. And while its not necessarily a bad question, the experienced thrifter will recognize it as just one of those ineffable mysteries, a koan to roll around on the way home. It's happened before and it will surely happen again. It falls like gentle rain.
     


  12. aportnoy

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    Dude, do you play the lottery? You might want to think about it.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    Inspiring as always, pejsek. You make me want to run out to the thrift store, but alas it will likely be next week.
     


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    Send some of that thrifting luck my way Pejsek!
     


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    Inspiring as always, pejsek. You make me want to run out to the thrift store, but alas it will likely be next week.

    Okay, Alan, but just remember that it pays (off) to shop regularly--though there are reports of far-flung forgotten thrifts out there filled to bursting with Pucci print dresses and custom chesterfields.
    You know, aportnoy, I've never been a gambler. For a brief time before the birth of my first child back in 1997 I worked for the University of Nevada in Reno. I drove up from San Francisco on monday morning and checked into one of the many fine casinos offering very attractive weekday rates. I don't think I once stopped to put so much as a quarter in the slot machine. I guess there's just something about the lobby of a casino at 7:00 am on, say, a tuesday morning that just makes it seem like it might not be the road to riches. Otoh, I'm sure my wife would be pleased if I came home with several million some afternoon. She might even like that better than a vintage Vivienne Westwood coat. The big question, however, remains: Would playing the lottery somehow impair my thrift store karma?
    Nataku, not to be cryptic, but the luck is probably already yours if you just go out and look for it really hard! Or maybe not (but don't let that stop you).
     


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