The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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  1. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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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.
     


  2. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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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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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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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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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Um, no, no not at all. The best thing to do is ship them to me... Â [​IMG]
     


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    (cl5 @ May 05 2005,13:51) 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?
    Um, no, no not at all. The best thing to do is ship them to me... Â [​IMG]
    kermit looks more like a 32S...
     


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    Since my tastes exceed my means, I spend a fair bit of time hunting at thrift stores, primarily Goodwill.  

    My best deals have probably been these suits- Mani ($15), Canali($25), Giorgio Armani ($40) and a Zegna ($25).  I know Mani is not so well regarded, but I really love this one that I found.  The fabric is really beautiful, soft and supple.  The funny thing is I didn't know so much about clothes when I found the Mani and Canali.  I had never heard of either of them at the time.  

    I found a dark navy or midnight blue Oxxford blazer for all of $5.  I really love it, but since it is a medium heavy weight I am limited in how much I can wear it here in Texas.

    I've had some good luck with pants finding a handful of Zanellas, Zegnas, Jhane Barnes, Axis, et al. I found two silk Tommy Bahamas recently.  Silk and Linen are pretty critical in the heat around here.

    I've done pretty well with casual/sport shirts including around 10-12 Jhane Barnes, which I actively seek.  I haven't found anything exceptional in dress shirts, but I've found some decent things including several BB, a couple John W. Nordstroms and a few Ike Behar.

    A couple weeks ago I found a pair of casual Aldens.  Never thought I would see them in a thrift store.  A few years ago I found a pair of AE Park Avenues.  The soles were shot, but the rest was very good and they were only $7.  I had them resoled.

    I pretty much never find good ties at thrift stores.  At a yearly charity sale I found a Talbott and a Jhane Barnes.  I found an XMI Platinum at Goodwill recently.  I wish my luck with ties would change as I could really use some good ones.

    mike
     


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    Stop...keyboard shorting out...cannot control...unsightly drool....
     


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    The first consideration for me would be the fabric. I cannot tell for sure about the "hand" from the pics, but it seems to be great - a bit unusual form of herringbone (perfect reason for designer fabric) but great color and stripe contrast. If i liked the fabric, I'd have the shoulders taken is about 1/2 in on each side and the fit adjusted to tighten it up under the arms / across the chest about an inch. Cannot tell about the length.

    Here is the real deal - if you had bought it off the rack, you would still need the same alterations. So you are in for about $800 - $1,000 cheaper. Use a small part of the savings to make it fit you perfectly.
     


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    You may be looking at $100 per jacket to get it right, using the right tailor. Wonderful deal, if you like the jackets. Otherwise, EBAY is calling.
     


  12. AlanC

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    Really? That's surprising as great ties are what I mainly find. There will be dry spells, certainly, but my tie rack is populated by great thrift ties. I'm amazed by your clothes finds. It's rare that I find any useful tailored clothing. I do pick up casual shirts and the odd dress shirt from time to time. Suits and sportcoats are rare, indeed.
     


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    Most of the ties I see here in Austin at thrift stores are old enough to be either very wide or very narrow.  Lots of poly.  I saw one recently that proudly proclaimed "Made from Imported Polyester."  The more recent ones I see are typically cheap to mediocre.

    There's a great consignment store in town, but they know what they are doing and the better ties will be about $25-$35.  A decent deal, but generally more than I want to pay.  I might have to break down and pay it though, as I really need to get one or two more good interview ties.  My thinking being having more interview ties will mean getting more interviews.  Does it work that way?

    mike
     


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    I have avoided this thread but yesterday I found a big Mark Cross leather folio for $2 in a wacky church bazzar. It's in pretty good shape. I am big and tall so I usually don't find things to fit me at thrift but I have found that it's worth going through the bags etc.
     


  15. mack11211

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    Don't mean to brag, don't mean to boast, but....

    The Tommy Nutter blazer [see thread in Buying & Selling] was actually an SA purchase.
     


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