The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. catside

    catside Senior member

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    Thanks to Potemkin and Frenchy.

    I didn't mean to come across as the lazy new guy who comes across as "teach me everything you learned from experience in 5 minutes" but I see how it looked.


    If you are buying to sell, you can sell anything if you are good. If you are like me, and buying to wear, sometimes a no brand may fit well, excellent material and/or construction, and then it is a bargain.
     


  2. catside

    catside Senior member

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    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


    I must be really bad. Many years of thrifting, I got a Hermes tie out of this list and one Zegna jacket. Need to work harder. A Vass in a thrift store! really?[​IMG]
     


  3. frenchy

    frenchy In Time Out

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    Fair enough, but relying on a list like this only takes you so far. If I go out and find a Brioni jacket tomorrow, will it be anything to bother with if it's some gawdy example from 1983? I've come across a lot of items by brands on that list that I left behind because of such issues. That said, MOST of the time, if you find items on this list you'll be in good shape. But there are so many others (e.g., I don't see Oxxford, or Borrelli, or Cuccinelli up there), and bespoke as Nataku alluded to. Really, the best way, though not the quickest, to learn everything you could ever possibly need or want to know, is to read this thread in its entirety .... twice! [​IMG]

    yeah but i think he was asking a coles notes version so he can hit the stores like tomorrow and have a bit of an idea,not the whole picture.listen ive been thrifing for about ten years and i still learn something (like the question i asked a few pages back about the EG shoes).
    so yes he should read the thread but come on even if he read 3 hours a night it wil take him at least a week.
    the guy wants to jump in who can blame him.
     


  4. frenchy

    frenchy In Time Out

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    I must be really bad. Many years of thrifting, I got a Hermes tie out of this list and one Zegna jacket. Need to work harder. A Vass in a thrift store! really?[​IMG]

    location+dumb luck+timing+persisitence=great finds
     


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    83glt Senior member

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    Avoid designers like dior and YSL most of the stuff you would find is licensed, Burberrys made is USA junk, i've went through all the stuff i have thrifted over the months and recently found out it wasall licensed. that burberrys trench coat i had, made in USA licensed junk. so now im just going to start aiming at hugo boss type stuff that style forum hates all in all i probably should have left everything i have found, so be selective if its in a thrift store that means some one didn't want it. think of thrifting as shifting through garbage someone threw it away for some reason, it is your job to find out why and if you can deal with it, buy it
    I think that most if not all of us started off in uncharted waters, thrifting items we thought were scores that turned out to be junk. In my case, most of it ended up re-thrifted. I have very few items at all that were thrifted in those early days. But that's also how you learn. Fortunately, it's such an inexpensive hobby that we can afford these "lessons". But when you get to the point that you can look at a Brioni shirt and say, "nah, I don't like it", because you already have a closet full, that's when you know things are ok. I have to laugh sometimes when I'm thrifting, looking at crap that I know I would have totally picked up a few years ago, but today just gets passed over.
     


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    83glt Senior member

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    location+dumb luck+timing+persisitence+really rich guy who either dies or can afford to part with excellent condition EG's because they don't make it into his rotation of 500 pairs of bespoke shoes=great finds

    ^Fixed.
     


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    From the Gilt rack sale picked up a $188 Hugo Boss Selection suit and a $44 RLPL Belt.
     


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    potemkin_city_limits Senior member

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    ^Fixed.

    I assume that 90% of the nicer stuff I find is because some rich guy died. Unfortunately I live in Toronto so even the nicer stuff isnt really crazy high end.
     


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    frenchy In Time Out

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    I assume that 90% of the nicer stuff I find is because some rich guy died. Unfortunately I live in Toronto so even the nicer stuff isnt really crazy high end.

    uh dude so do i,this week alone Kiton suit,borrelli tie,huntsman jacket,peal & co shoes,6 pairs of Brioni pants,and about 10 items i didnt bother with
     


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    potemkin_city_limits Senior member

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    uh dude so do i,this week alone Kiton suit,borrelli tie,huntsman jacket,peal & co shoes,6 pairs of Brioni pants,and about 10 items i didnt bother with

    What stores are you hitting up man?
     


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    for suits look at canavassed items,the top of the line allways has working cuffs.
    not true....and please... [​IMG]
     


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    Nataku Senior member

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    I think that most if not all of us started off in uncharted waters, thrifting items we thought were scores that turned out to be junk. In my case, most of it ended up re-thrifted.


    Very true. My first year I started thrifting, I wasted hundreds of dollars on stuff I thought was great because I had never heard of it, only to find out it was some obscure European version of Express/Gap. Everyone has been there.
     


  13. frenchy

    frenchy In Time Out

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    not true....and please...
    [​IMG]


    9/10 times yeah they do,whats your problem?
    have you ever even seen a Kiton up close?

    [​IMG]
     


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    frenchy In Time Out

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    What stores are you hitting up man?

    come on dude you cant ask a question like that
     


  15. potemkin_city_limits

    potemkin_city_limits Senior member

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    come on dude you cant ask a question like that

    Seriously? Is it really supposed to be some kind of secret? Its a store dude. Lots of people shop at them.
     


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