The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    I went to Montreal last week, and I was very excited to go thrift shopping in a big Canadian City. I walked into the Salvation Army (or ArmÃ[​IMG]e du Salut, as they called it) with hopes of getting a really warm wool coat or perhaps some swanky new snowboots, but it sucked. They had no good men's clothing. All I got was a crappy Canadian beer shirt because it was the only piece of clothing I could find with French writing on it.

    This a warning to anyone who's planning on going to Montreal and thrift shopping.


    The key to thrifting is that you have to keep looking. I go to the same salvation army once a week and there is new shit all the time. Mostly it sucks but one day I found a pair of new suede Ferregamo wingtips. $20. Keep trying.
     


  2. SimonC

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    I flew up to Edinburgh mid-week to catch up with some friends, and realised how spoilt I've become by the standards of the stuff we get in London. I looked in all the shops in the better parts of town and found absolutely nothing of interest, regardless of size.

    Walking round London today, I found nothing worth buying in my size, but saw along the way:

    One pair of black Church's grain corrected cap-toes £15

    Pair of Ferragamo gc cap-toes £15

    Bespoke Airey & Wheeler blazer £10

    Bespoke 3-piece, looked quite nice, £8

    Dunhill canvassed suit £10

    Canali canvassed suit £15

    Shipton & Heneage brown loafers, lovely but too small £8

    2 (MTM?) Loro Piana shirts £6 ea

    100% cotton Burberry trenchcoat £15

    Nice Italian sportcoat (forget the brand, canvassed with lots of handwork), body fit well but too short on the sleeves £10

    As well as plenty of other MTM, bespoke, and higher-quality stuff that didn't stick in my mind. Part of the problem is I'm a difficult fit, and very picky about it. Ho hum....
     


  3. California Dreamer

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    A near miss for me. A Savile Row suit made of H&S Super 100s cloth for $10. Then they found that they'd gone and sold the trousers separately.
     


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    I flew up to Edinburgh mid-week to catch up with some friends, and realised how spoilt I've become by the standards of the stuff we get in London. I looked in all the shops in the better parts of town and found absolutely nothing of interest, regardless of size.

    Walking round London today, I found nothing worth buying in my size, but saw along the way:

    One pair of black Church's grain corrected cap-toes £15

    Pair of Ferragamo gc cap-toes £15

    Bespoke Airey & Wheeler blazer £10

    Bespoke 3-piece, looked quite nice, £8

    Dunhill canvassed suit £10

    Canali canvassed suit £15

    Shipton & Heneage brown loafers, lovely but too small £8

    2 (MTM?) Loro Piana shirts £6 ea

    100% cotton Burberry trenchcoat £15

    Nice Italian sportcoat (forget the brand, canvassed with lots of handwork), body fit well but too short on the sleeves £10

    As well as plenty of other MTM, bespoke, and higher-quality stuff that didn't stick in my mind. Part of the problem is I'm a difficult fit, and very picky about it. Ho hum....

    damn! Think I may head to London again just so you can take me shopping!
     


  5. SimonC

    SimonC Senior member

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    It's an open invite - anyone around West London on a Saturday morning is welcome to join me. I'll warn I usually cycle round as it's the easiest way to do the loop, but it can easily be amended to work for cars, taxis or buses. Or even reversed to arrive in Kensington just in time to catch Hornets opening up.
     


  6. cldpsu

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    While picking up AE's for various members at Last Chance today, I found myself a pair of Frye Brando Engineer boots for $49.99...

    Tobacco colored and look to be brand new... must have been the wrong size or style because these have pretty clearly never been worn...

    [​IMG]


    I hate you. lol.
     


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    Nothing at the thrift stores this past week. However, I did pick up several pairs of Pantherella (some are 100% cotton, some are a cotton-nylon blend, there were no cashmere) at a local Marshall's for the final clearance price of $1.50 per pair.
     


  8. SightseeMC

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    Finally hit it! R.M. Williams boots in very good shape (those scuffs are minor in real life & should disappear with a professional shine), so new they still have the ridge in front.

    $14.50, mistakenly tagged as Boss (how?!?). Only problem, they are two sizes too small. [​IMG] So I'll be selling them; expect a new thread on that shortly.

    [​IMG]
     


  9. AlanC

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    Finally hit it! R.M. Williams boots in very good shape (those scuffs are minor in real life & should disappear with a professional shine), so new they still have the ridge in front.

    $14.50, mistakenly tagged as Boss (how?!?).


    Very nice. Clearly they were mistagged because of the "BOSS" clearly written on the pull tabs. [​IMG]

    (And everyone knows Boss is made in Australia.)
     


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    Unworn M&S Wool/Silk biege/brown summer-weight small-pattern jacket. 10GBP (Retail 179GBP)

    I've only been wearing "proper" (post-sf) clothes for about 6 months, so all my stuff is Autumn/Winter. Now looking to pick up some summer stuff.
     


  12. mack11211

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    A long sleeved white cotton casual shirt from the No Name studio.

    The label looks like the one on my favorite night jacket, shown here:

    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=7844

    So it's from 10 Corso Como, which sounds like a great store.

    Shirt has double breast pockets and a collar with long, rounded points, like a casual shirt from the thirties.

    Five dollars.
     


  13. blueorigami

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    Slow times recently, but I did pick up a pair of green Borrelli cotton pants at Filene's Basement on clearance for 33 dollars. The care instructions are a bit over the top, I felt, informing you to do your best to avoid exposing them to the horrific effects of ultraviolet light. This led me to wonder if they are not meant so much to clothe as be properly stored. Throwing caution to the wind however I wore them anyway to a b-day part with a beat up old jacket from the Salvation Army and felt relatively comfortable with their level of exposure to the harsh realities of nature.
     


  14. mohwld

    mohwld Well-Known Member

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    Hickey-Freeman "Canterbury", from SFO....after all the discounts, $150

    Still marked with the $1,195 price tag!
     


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    Yesterday, I picked up a beautiful 3/4 length Joseph Abboud chocolate shearling coat (suggested retail price of $2,660) at Syms for $229 after sale and discount coupon.
     


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