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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. LabelKing

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    I have always found that a very odd ad scheme.
     
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    That campaign was running up until just a few years ago. I remember Bob Costas was one of the models.
     
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    Aaaar, matey.
     
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    Page 5. Argh... I've been slacking off lately too.

    Picked up a Chester Barrie for Austin Reed glen plaid 2-button suit today, looks to be in perfect shape. The pants are pretty short. I will measure it up later. Flat front pants, semi narrow lapels, full canvas of course. Don't even know what size it is but it's somewhere around 38-40ish.

    $12.sth
     
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    Nothing too exciting. Picked up a Bobby Jones royal blue polo shirt for $4, almost new condition. Oh, and a paperback reading copy of Forester's Flying Colours. All the Austin Reed suits I see are made in USA for Parisian department store. *sigh* Thrift store gripe: Some great condition Gucci ties were on sale for $15. What's up with that highway robbery? This is a privately owned thrift chain. I need to stick to Salvation Army, I guess.
     
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    speaking of ties, i picked up 2 robert talbotts, 1 jhane barnes, and a (drum roll) pierre cardin. oh also a wool knit tie by pendleton. something like $2-3/ea. don't ask me why i got them. i never wear ties.

    also found a kinda cool zippered mock turtleneck by 'bachrach'. it has a pocket on the sleeve and those kindof nylon-ish patches on the top of the shoulders, i guess it's military inspired.

    couple sportcoats that fit perfectly, no fancy brand (dominic d'bruzza), but pretty nice material.

    going to pick up my shoes saturday (see previous post), can't wait. ...i forgot to mention, the black AE 'Austin', that's a wholecut shoe. no broguing, just two smooth leather size 13's.
     
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    Picked up a Ermenegildo Zegna Soft suit today... I like it, but I am trying to decide whether to have it altered to fit me, or sell it to some lucky soul who it might fit better. Pants would need to be let out about 1.5 inches (there is plenty of room) . Sleeves are probably 1/4" long. Anything else you can see? (yeah I know - the shirt sucks. I'm working on that. Sorry) [​IMG] And a detail of the fabric. [​IMG]
     
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    (braces himself for the inevitable ridicule)
     
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    Nope, none from me. [​IMG] Jon.
     
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    Shirt sucks. Â [​IMG] The suit works. Â [​IMG] Yesterday I picked up a Nicky tie, green with woven narrow yellow and blue stripes. Very nice.
     
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    i am transfixed by your power-tented fingers. like a deer in the headlights. i know i must run, but i just stand and watch. [​IMG] anyway, like the jacket. /andrew ***edit: hard to tell, but does it seem a little loose around the waist? and the shoulders seem to be pooching out just a bit, but that may be a product of your slightly raised arms.
     
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    oh, before i forget, yesterday i found a norman hilton jacket, grey with stripes. pick stitching all over the place. massive roll on the lapel.

    there's a dormeuil jacket at the store that i wish fit me - a great blue patterned fabric, SB 2b PEAK lapel (hard to find those at the thrift), skirt kindof flared a bit. just too darn small, ZUT ALORS.

    maybe i could flip it on ebay - how much would a dormeuil sportcoat sell for? the label has 'TISSU' in small block letters above the 'Dormeuil' script.

    /andrew
     
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    [​IMG] power tent. heh.
     
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    This thread was so hard to find I had to call in the big guns to locate it. A shameful thing for thrifters everywhere. Today at a usually poor producing thrift store was a Dunhill tie and an Atkinsons repp stripe (all silk rather than their silk/wool "Irish Poplin"). Also included in the picture below is a recent acquisition, a striped Nicky tie from a consignment store. Total for all three was about $8, retail would be in the $300-$400 range. (pardon the shadow in the hastily snapped picture, Nicky, Dunhill, Atkinsons, l to r) [​IMG]
     
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    Look, I can't keep the thread going myself. Y'all are finding stuff, I know you are. J, we need a list of your latest Chester Barrie findings. Today I discovered a new (to me) thrift shop off the beaten path. Ties were awful, but I picked up a couple of shirts (Brooks, Land's End, nothing to write home about). But the big strike was the pristine Norman Hilton charcoal and white herringbone tweed sport coat for $3.88, thankfully marked down from it's original price of $4.88. It's got the classic three-button roll to two. If I'm really motivated I might replace the somewhat worn leather sleeve buttons, but otherwise the thing looks like it just came new from the shop. I don't know what it would have sold for as Hilton was defunct for several years, but I see that Ben Silver currently sells their NH blazer for $995. Surely equal if not superior to the J Press tweeds that sold this past season for $495. Not bad, if I do say so myself.
     
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    hey, two norman hiltons in the space of a month. i'm envious of your markdown. i think i paid a mindboggling 9 bucks for mine. price gouging, i say.

    i have only found random assortments of shirts lately. one is by 'Allen Solly', is that familiar to anyone? the fabric is called 'peached poplin', which i thought was a quaint term. kindof a lavendar gingham check.

    also got a decent-quality J Crew shirt, blue with multicolor stripes (not quite a 'stripey shirt' though). split yoke, bias cut. ordinarily i don't bother with JCrew, but it was such a nice color and pattern, and in 2-ply 100's. however when i got it home i found bleach spots. oh well...i might turn it into a pocket square.

    there are other shirts, but really nothing to write home about.

    oh wait, i did find another interesting item, a green wool cap, almost a pork-pie. might be fun for taking a saturday stroll in the neighborhood.

    /andrew


    *** edit: sorry to steal your 'nothing to write home about'...it was totally subconscious.
     
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    Don't'cha hate that? It's like, "I took a chance on you, and this is how you repay me..."

    Allen Solly makes some reasonable knit goods- I have some of their boxers and I've seen some sweaters and shirts. Typically it's not-bad fabric in really "wide" cuts.

    As for me, I found a Chester Barrie suit, glen plaid double vented, in 40S, for 14 bucks a couple weeks ago.
     
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    $9?. You should have waited for the markdown. Â [​IMG] I see a lot of Allen Solly stuff at TJ Maxx/Marshall's but have never paid enough attention to it to comment on it. No problem on the 'write home' thing. I didn't come up with it either. J, I was actually making a joke above about the Chester Barrie. That's ridiculous that you found more. In almost 18 months of regular thrifting I have never seen a Chester Barrie anything in any type of condition.
     
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    Yeah, I didn't notice that you had written that until after I posted. I guess dead Seattleites just had a taste for his stuff. [​IMG]
     
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    i found five complete canali suits and a cashmere sport jacket today.. all in size 40R.. in excellent condition.. and only $110 for the whole lot. however, i normally wear a 38R.. the shoulders seem to fit fine, but it's just quite roomy throughout the entire body. could a good tailor could make it fit properly?
     
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