The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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  1. Lord Foppington

    Lord Foppington Active Member

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    Had to run home and find this thread to boast about my thrift-store new...

    Kiton (for Louis Boston) 100% cashmere DB suit, charcoal with light window pane pattern. $20. I'd say excellent condition: doesn't look very worn, and as wearable as anything I own--but maybe it just has a slight feel of wear, maybe very good +.

    The Kiton label is green. Does that mean older? Inferior? I don't care because the thing looks and feels beautiful.

    So the fit in the body is perfect, and around the waist, in crotch and seat, perfect. Needs to be lengthened, which will mean taking out the cuffs probably.

    One thing that worries me is the sleeve length. They need to come down a little (1/4 inch? 1/2 inch?), but I'm worried that this will make the working button holes look a little off. Anybody have any thoughts on this alteration?

    I posted a while ago about my angst at finding three Oxxford suits that didn't fit me--at this same Salvation Army. What is going on? This Kiton is for a totally different body, so we're not talking about the same rich dead man. Something very odd about this S.A....
     


  2. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I've seen those--hilarious. I saw one recently that bragged of being made of polyester woven in France. [​IMG] Thankfully, our local consignment store doesn't really know its ties, although I think they're starting to figure it out. Still, I don't think they'd ever raise them that high.
     


  3. AlanC

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    Not all items in thrift are from dead guys. I think a lot of the nicer, recent stuff is from guys who've added too many pounds. I'm sure a lot of things, too, are from people who simply clear out their closet for something new, especially ties (bless 'em.).

    Congrats on the Louis. I found an as new Louis Boston suit one time. Not my size so I sold it for $10 to my brother-in-law.
     


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    Charley Senior member

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    (Lord Foppington @ May 06 2005,19:41) ...we're not talking about the same rich dead man....
    Not all items in thrift are from dead guys. I think a lot of the nicer, recent stuff is from guys who've added too many pounds. I'm sure a lot of things, too, are from people who simply clear out their closet for something new, especially ties (bless 'em.). Congrats on the Louis. I found an as new Louis Boston suit one time. Not my size so I sold it for $10 to my brother-in-law.
    Lots of people have eaten themselves from a 40R to a 46P. Food is cheap in America. Thank goodness.
     


  5. stache

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    I can relate to that. I used to find quite a few things at thrift back in the day but I always had problems with the length (6'6").
     


  6. Fashionslave

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    Well,I hadn't hit the thrift store in awhile so I hopped the subway.I saw a lady struggling with a baby stroller so I helped her down the stairs with it.BAM-Instant great Karma. I walked out with a fantastic bespoke Huntsman(..) 3 button sportcoat(Winter weight,but who cares?)Also,Tyrwhitt,Dunhill and Barbera dress shirts.YIPEEE... [​IMG]
     


  7. AlanC

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    Note to self: Help woman with baby stroller. Help woman with baby stroller. Help woman with baby stroller...
     


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    Awesome find LP. Sell it on EBay for $600+ or wear it in style. If the sleeves are too long, you might have your tailor lengthen them and then add a fifth buttonhole (and button) to match the others. There's nothing wrong with a jacket with 5 buttons. I saw a photo recently of a politician who had a 5-button sleeve on his suit jacket. Didn't look unusual or off at all.
     


  9. j

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] Possibly the coolest tie I've ever seen, though a tad narrow for my taste. $0.50 Also found a Paul Stuart suit, dark gray flannel 2b, size 42-44ish - $15 My aunt found a heavy sterling Hermes link bracelet that she later found out last retailed for $1875 - it was $2.50. This blows my best margin way out of the water, though I doubt she could get more than 500 bucks or so for it without papers or box. It's really nice though.
     


  10. faustian bargain

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    most of you probably know about my recent acquisition of two pairs of lobb-st james, and even more recent holland and holland shoes. today i bought the game 'Diplomacy', with metal pieces, for $3. [​IMG] /andrew
     


  11. mack11211

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    Where do you live, fashionslave, or more accurately where do you shop? 'subway' suggests nyc.

    I have had lousy luck recently; a few good shirts from les copains, arnys, agnes b, and one nice kiton tie, but little more.
     


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    I think there's some sort of a disease at work here. I'm constantly feeling like the good old days of thrifting are all gone, but then when I total up the last two weeks I find I've uncovered 1 RLPL suit, 2 Borrelli shirts, 1 Loro Piana shirt, ties by Etro, Charvet, Hermes (why do the scarf prints get no respect?) and loads of nice stuff for my wife--the lightest vintage Hermes reversible alpaca coat, Hermes scarves, and highly impractical Richard Tyler shoes. Could it really get much better? Sometimes I think my idea of a find has become so refined that it only encompasses things like vintage Savile Row (or Caraceni or Knize), Sulka dressing gowns, Connoly luggage, and immaculate unworn bespoke shoes from the masters. If I don't reach this level it's just another ho-hum day. Is there any help for me or will I just keep ramping it up?
    BTW, I love old Brioni stuff. The stores here used to be full of it and I've seen plenty of ties like the one in j found. I have a vague painful memory of a pink Brioni dinner jacket I once passed up on the Halloween rack at the Goodwill. Why did I think that $5 would have been put to better use somewhere else?
     


  13. faustian bargain

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    there is definitely a disease, although in my case it's the one that makes me spend most of my lunch hours at the goodwill, as opposed to sitting in a nice cafe somewhere or running some useful errands. it's also the one that makes me conceal my too-frequent purchases from my wife, sneaking them into the laundry in the hopes that she won't notice. it's not a matter of money, but of Space and Stuff.

    however, as addictive or obsessive behaviors go, this one is fairly benign, so i'll stick with it until something even more benignly interesting comes along.

    /andrew
     


  14. Fashionslave

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    Mack,I live in NYC but my job involves travel throughout the entire Northeast,so on a given day,I can be in Hartford,Greenwich,Boston,or Wash.DC.,etc.I have a working grid of all the good thrift shops which I visit regularly.NYC's been really well picked over lately. I guess your Tommy Nutter blazer was the best thing unearthed recently.I found the Gieves suit and Fallan&Harvey jacket in Providence.Good luck picking. [​IMG]
     


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    Anyone know if Keezer's in Cambridge, Mass. is still any good for quality togs?
     


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