The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. EBTX66

    EBTX66 Senior member

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    Either way you look at it...Flippers SUCK

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    I just had to give you the shout-out because I figured you'd be in town picking up winter supplies, trading beaver pelts, and hitting a few thrift stores.
     


  2. cptjeff

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    . The size tags of the jackets are hanging out of the coat pockets. You would think that would be one of us since flippers usually don't care about sizes but we tend to tuck the tags back in (don't we, guys?).

    Actually, I tend to leave them out when I can find them on a piece as a courtesy to the next guy; they can be pretty damn hard to find sometimes, if they even exist. Never occurred to me that flippers would care either way.
     


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    Actually, I tend to leave them out when I can find them on a piece as a courtesy to the next guy; they can be pretty damn hard to find sometimes, if they even exist. Never occurred to me that flippers would care either way.

    I tuck them back in, because sometimes they're vulnerable to being torn or frayed the more they're handled/out. This reminded me of an interesting story though:

    I was once behind a flipper on a rack of suits - he was after the usual Tommy/Hollister/etc crap so I wasn't concerned. Anyway, long story short... he gets to the suit rack, takes one off the hanger, pulls the label out... and flips the whole jacket inside out to put back on the hanger. Waited a bit... sure enough, he was doing it to every single one.

    I couldn't resist, so I asked him 'why are you doing that?" and he said "well I gotta see the label to know if it's something cool, and then I turn them inside out so I know I looked at it for next time!"

    He must have been new... I actually felt a bit bad for the employees, and said something along the lines of "that makes a lot of work for them, and they'll just flip them back anyway." He just shrugged and moved along. I admit I didn't have time to go through the whole rack flipping them back (there was nothing worth getting, as usual) but golly, it looked RIDICULOUS.

    Found a Banana silk & cashmere sweater for myself today, but that's it. Pickings have definitely slowed down around here, unfortunately. Even been hitting the women's sweaters & coats but still nothing.
     


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    Things are pretty bad here. [​IMG] There's a section of about 20 outfits called "suits and maternity". It's got a couple SCs, a tux from a graduation and some women business suits. Plus the aformentioned maternity wear. There's generally a division of men's and women's stuff, but for some reason not in pants. So I'll be looking around, spot a nice wool pattern, wonder what size it is and find out it's a 12.
     


  5. dahl5yankees

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    I'm a flipper. I enjoy thrift stores as a hobby, I get a chance to wear a lot of the stuff I buy and
    make a little extra money for my family. I try to be considerate about it and see the people
    clogging up the aisles too. However, to the average person, Polo is as exciting to buy than
    Eton or Etro, so it's all good.
     


  6. The Deacon

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    Fantastic luck last Saturday. A Goodwill by my work was having a Friday/Saturday sale, every clothing item $2, and shoes 50% off. I've been busy, so I didn't go check it out until almost the end of the sale, late on Saturday right before going to work.

    First thing my eyes see in the shoe section are a unbelievable pair of Florsheim Imperial shell longwings. In my size! These are in amazing condition, and all I've done to them so far is rub them down for a minute each with a cotton cloth. No sooner do I pick them up, but someone announces over the PA system that the manager has just declared all shoes are $2 as well.

    I'm pretty excited, so please excuse all the pictures.

    I didn't have much time to look around, but I also found a NWOT black leather Ike Behar belt in my size, and a blue pinpoint Sulka shirt with french cuffs that fits me as well (although it is a little baggy, so I'll either eventually pass it on, or wear it only when I know I'll be keeping my jacket on).

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    It's not all good news though. I was at this same store (which is normally pretty expensive) the Saturday before, and left with 6 pairs of shoes, and paid over $80 for the lot. If I had paid attention, and thought a little, and waited for this sale... well, I won't let it spoil my mood.


    Nicety!
     


  7. EBTX66

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    I'm a flipper. I enjoy thrift stores as a hobby, I get a chance to wear a lot of the stuff I buy and
    make a little extra money for my family. I try to be considerate about it and see the people
    clogging up the aisles too. However, to the average person, Polo is as exciting to buy than
    Eton or Etro, so it's all good.


    I think you're more like us: I also sell nice stuff occiasionally so that I can finance my own purchases. We're talking about the scorched earth flippers who could care less about clothes. They're the kind of guys that have a moral crisis because they're not sure if they should sell that "sweet" Ed Hardy hat they found or keep it for date night with their cousin.
     


  8. potemkin_city_limits

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    Today I came across a great cordurouy vest which looks great with the blue blazer and any of the many ties I picked up last week.
     


  9. frenchy

    frenchy In Time Out

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    couple of days ago i asked you guys about some Florheim imperials if they were shell,well sadly they werent but today i scored a pair of royal imperials that are.
    sadly they are no where near my mutant size 13 foot (they are 8.5 D),so if anybody is interested shoot me a pm.
    on a side note,even though the other ones are nice as well i totally see what you guys referred to in terms of quality and construction.

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    Beautiful, shame they don't fit you, that's a fantastic shoe.
     


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    ^You guys both did splendid. Excellent. My turn will come. If I can get there before the flippers:))
     


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    I'm a flipper. I enjoy thrift stores as a hobby, I get a chance to wear a lot of the stuff I buy and
    make a little extra money for my family. I try to be considerate about it and see the people
    clogging up the aisles too. However, to the average person, Polo is as exciting to buy than
    Eton or Etro, so it's all good.


    Checked what you sold. I don't believe you qualify as a flipper with your volume. I think there should be a difference between a couture recycler/archeologist and a flipper!
    Having said that, I do hope you hang around somewhere else than me:))
     


  13. frenchy

    frenchy In Time Out

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    Checked what you sold. I don't believe you qualify as a flipper with your volume. I think there should be a difference between a couture recycler/archeologist and a flipper!
    Having said that, I do hope you hang around somewhere else than me:))


    heheh i like that,we're not thrifters we're couture archeologists
     


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    They're the kind of guys that have a moral crisis because they're not sure if they should sell that "sweet" Ed Hardy hat they found or keep it for date night with their cousin.

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