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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. TheWGP

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  2. vinasity

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    Does anybody recognize these markings, I bought some brogues with no labels except for this.
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    Interesting.

    My method uses Borax (pretty much the same as oxy clean I think, but cheaper).

    Soak for a good half day in warm borax water, take out and scrub any stain with borax and toothbrush, then wash normally.


    Ah - I'll have to give that a shot sometime!


    Not sure if this qualify...

    Picked up this Woolrich wool field coat NWT this morning for $49.

    Maybe I can start a blog called Lumberjack In The City. [​IMG]

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    Very nice! Love the vintage workwear vibe!


    While going over the Zegna Su Misura suits I bought yesterday, I found something a bit alarming The trousers with the solid charcoal suit were not the actual suit trousers, but were OTR odd trousers in a very similar color. So I got a cool pair of recent Zegna trousers. Cool. Now I'm stuck with an orphan suit jacket. Not cool. I went back to the store this morning and to my relief I found the trousers for the charcoal suit hanging on the rack. $5. Got those. Then I move down the line and find a super nice pair of charcoal flat-front Incotex wool trousers in my size. Also $5. Then I found another pair of Zegna Su Misura suit trousers. Navy with silver pinstripes. Sadly the jacket was nowhere to be found. Still, for another $5 I grabbed them in hopes that I will come across the jacket within the next week here.


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    L to R: Zegna Orphan trousers, Incotex, Zegna trousers for the charcoal suit


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    The Zegna trousers I got last night with the suit
     
  5. lynch_king

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    It's real, albeit not all that impressive.

    Those old black Dior tags, and "Dior Monsieur" tags are from Dior's licensed menswear line that was around in the 80s and early 90s and sold at JCPennys among other places.


    I've seen it on ties, sweaters, pants, suits, overcoats and they're middling at best.

    I always like it when some thrift store/ebay seller has a junky old Dior Monsieur tie priced at $75.


    ahhh ok, thanks for clearing that up for me. when i started this stuff i went through the entire thread wrting down brands i saw alot of people buying dior (which i now know is just licensed)

    thank you
    i'll add dior to the pass on list
     
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    Don't write off Dior altogether. Just the old/dated stuff that licensed. Lots of people snag any Dior because they don't know about the licensed stuff. If you see something that looks pretty new and isn't obviously fake that has a tag like this, I'd grab it. Most are made in Italy, whereas most of the licensed stuff was made in Hong Kong. Still, 99% of the Dior stuff out there will be the old junk. I've never come across a newer Dior piece. You'd probably have to live in LA or NYC to find something like that, but you never know. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Don't write off Dior altogether. Just the old/dated stuff that licensed. Lots of people snag any Dior because they don't know about the licensed stuff.

    If you see something that looks pretty new and isn't obviously fake that has a tag like this, I'd grab it. Most are made in Italy, whereas most of the licensed stuff was made in Hong Kong. Still, 99% of the Dior stuff out there will be the old junk. I've never come across a newer Dior piece. You'd probably have to live in LA or NYC to find something like that, but you never know.


    so silver label that just reads Dior (excluding the jeans )

    is hedi slimane and newer right?

    wasn't there a "christian dior homme" line in the 1970's that was actually a designer label?
     
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    I've never seen the stuff in person, but I think any plain labels that just read Dior is the newer stuff. You can easily tell by the fabric content tags too if it's new or old. Not sure about the 70's era stuff. I've seen a lot of Christian Dior Homme stuff from the 70's that looks like junk.
     
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    Bought a '80s Brooks Brothers 3/2 roll sack blue jacket. It fits absolutely, utterly perfectly. I figure it's '80s, the tag is in the all caps block lettering, is that right. Also: it's a lightweight cotten blend, washable too according to the tag on the inside of the pocket. Passe' or awesome? I am torn, but the fit was far to good to pass up.
     
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    EG

    Thats what I was hoping but not sure of because I have never owned a pair of EG before, anyways here a some pics of the shoes.

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    Thats what I was hoping but not sure of because I have never owned a pair of EG before, anyways here a some pics of the shoes.

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    They look nice! I have never owned a pair of EG either, whats the size??? [​IMG]
     
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    so im finding out, almost everything i had "found" were just shitty licenses. i don't know about that burberry's trench coat it doesn't say made in england and has poleyster mixed into the content so im guessing it's a license. can any confirm that these are also licensed goods? [​IMG]
     
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    Is there a definitive guide / post about identifying items when thrifting?


    I am quite new to both the forum and thrifting and feel like I could be missing some great things.
    I have no problem with Step 1: If it looks good and feels good buy it
    It's identifying quality that is tough because I have no experience or guide.

    The primary reason I go is to build my wardrobe affordably and to learn what looks good on me and what "my" style is.
     
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    EG

    can you be more specific?is there a code or the letter "E"?
     
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    Is there a definitive guide / post about identifying items when thrifting?

    I am quite new to both the forum and thrifting and feel like I could be missing some great things.

    It's identifying quality that is tough because I have no experience or guide.


    Ah yes there is. It's called THIS THREAD. Try reading it.
     
  16. aridhol

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    Ah yes there is. It's called THIS THREAD. Try reading it.

    Read all 648 pages and 5 years worth of posts and write stuff down so I can take it with me when I go?
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    Read all 648 pages and 5 years worth of posts and write stuff down so I can take it with me when I go? [​IMG]
    You wouldn't be the first. Or, I suppose one of us who has read this thread can take time out of thrifting (and everything else we have to do in life) to summarize for you all 648 pages and 5 years worth of posts.
     
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    I seem to have touched some nerve and I apologize. I was just curious if someone had already done something like that or had seen a guide on another site. I do intend to read the thread.
     
  19. frenchy

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    I seem to have touched some nerve and I apologize. I was just curious if someone had already done something like that or had seen a guide on another site. I do intend to read the thread.

    oh dont be so hard on the new guy,heres some tips (short version)
    Brioni
    isaia
    kiton
    attolini
    tom ford
    caruso these are the grails

    stuff worth picking up
    canali
    zegna
    etro

    for suits look at canavassed items,the top of the line allways has working cuffs.
    for shirts look at the buttons besides the brand (mother of pearl thick type)


    ties
    hermes (natch)
    tom ford
    brioni
    kiton
    dolcepunta
    (anything seven fold)

    shoes
    Vass
    Edward green
    Peal & co
    Lobb

    this is a short vesrion but will get you started
     
  20. potemkin_city_limits

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    I seem to have touched some nerve and I apologize. I was just curious if someone had already done something like that or had seen a guide on another site. I do intend to read the thread.

    You just get better at it with time. Even if there was a list of rules it would be useless until you actually went out and started checking out the stores yourself. Every city will have different brands that pop up more often than others so memorizing a list of 500 different random companies seems kinda useless if 450 of them may never actually end up anywhere near the city you live in.

    Most of the time I find that the actual brand name doesnt mean a whole lot for anything other than bragging on here that you found X brand for Y dollars. You can tell right away if a fabric is decent or not just by looking at it. If it looks nice, and it is the correct general size, it either fits properly or it doesnt. If it doesnt, then you have to figure out if its worth paying the extra money to get it tailored to fit better.

    When I started looking at thrift stores I would find a lot of shirts that were really nice fabric, fit well in the shoulders and collar, but the mid sections were huge so I passed on them. These days I have been picking those same types of shirts up for around $5 each, taking them to my local tailor to have them altered for around $20 each and now I have a decent collection of nice dress shirts that fit me perfectly for around $25-$30 each. Not a bad price when you think about it.

    Eventually you will start to recognize the brand names a little more but really its not so crucial. Thats what I have found anyway. Im sure some of the other forum members will have something different to say about it and thats cool too.
     
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