The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. k4lnamja

    k4lnamja Senior member

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    Need help. An Isaia 3btn 44 long but with 33" sleeves. Light brown/grey Maybe s heringbone or a shadow stripe. For $85?
     
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    From the end of the coat sleeve to the length of the jacket is around 6-7". This is too long, right?
     
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    k4lnamja Senior member

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    Congratulations! That looks to be a very fine sportcoat. Also, that fabric will make it very versatile. Also impressive is that you found it on your very first thrifting adventure! Few here have ever found a Kiton anything, let alone a sportcoat, even after many years of thrifting. Good for you!

    I have had some success having shoulder padding removed. I think the most important thing is to find the right tailor to do it. Shortening sleeves and length is no problem, I do it on probably 75% of the jackets I find.

    Maybe my next vacation will be to Berlin!


    so you're saying you've removed the shoulder padding? how much does that run? also, what would my the shoulder area look like? the problem with my shoulders are they are wide and broad b/c i work out. sometimes when i put a jacket on the sides of the shoulder will indent in a little and that is tacky in my op. i think if i was to remove the pads then there wouldn't be an indentation. is this right?

    how do you shorten the length? i saw a few nice suits today but it was too long. around 6-7" long.
     
  4. CasmirRadon

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    Hey guys, felt the thread could use more pretty pictures, so here are some new items and some old ones that I never got around to reporting. Sadly none of them for me, the shoes have been sold already and the rest will be up on ebay soon (I say this not as an advertisement, but instead to be clear that I'm not fishing around for a buyer in these forums, I'm tired of trying to name a good price on styleforum and to save the headache I just throw stuff on ebay now and let nature take its course).


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    Florsheim patent leather formal shoes. Found these in a "free" box on the sidewalk.

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    Found these over the summer and didn't post about them at the time. My first pair of NWOB shoes, made by Santoni. I don't think I've ever seen this style of heel, where the entire sole is a continuous surface.

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    frenchy In Time Out

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    San Francisco thrifters: I passed on a beautiful cashmere (camelhair? I remember camelhair feeling rougher when I was a child, but it's that color; I didn't see a blend label) Brooks Brothers sports coat in 42 L at the Goodwill on Clement, for $14. There were also several BB 346 suits, including a grey glen plaid one that pissed me off for being a perfect fit in the chest and sleeves, but waaay too long. (I'm a 38R or S, usually, if that makes anybody wanna go check it out.)

    I picked up a Rugby Ralph Lauren vest:

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    I have no idea when I'll wear that thing, but I figured, for four bucks, I'd like the option.
     
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    If there are any Boston thrifters, I just donated a ton of older stuff to the Goodwill in Quincy, including a couple of Brooks Brothers navy blazers in 36S and a Boss (ugh, black) suit. Also gave away some lightly used J.Crew/BR shirts and chinos.
     
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    Had high hopes today by seeing all the cars in line to donate stuff today. Sadly, out of 7 stores, every one was a bust. [​IMG]

    I did meet up with member Achilles_ who happened to be in town. We did a thrift trade of sorts. I traded him a nice shirt for a pair of gray flat-front Incotex trousers. Fit looks about perfect, I may not even need to have them hemmed!


    Glad the pants fit so perfect! Wore the purple shirt tonight to a party [​IMG]

    I hope that after the stores get the inventory out into the store some nice stuff will surface. I will be gone at that point unfortunately [​IMG]
     
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    so you're saying you've removed the shoulder padding? how much does that run? also, what would my the shoulder area look like? the problem with my shoulders are they are wide and broad b/c i work out. sometimes when i put a jacket on the sides of the shoulder will indent in a little and that is tacky in my op. i think if i was to remove the pads then there wouldn't be an indentation. is this right?

    how do you shorten the length? i saw a few nice suits today but it was too long. around 6-7" long.


    yes, i've had padding removed. it didn't cost much, maybe $20 or so. it creates a more natural shoulder, but it can also lengthen the sleeve a bit, so that might have to also be adjusted. and yes, removing the padding can help eliminate the shoulder indentation, but if it's real bad that might be a sign that the shoulders are too wide and need to be taken in slightly. a jacket can only be shortened about 1" before it starts to throw off the balance.
     
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    I think I put together a respectable new year's eve outfit from mainly thrift and discount stores.

    Harris tweed sport coat: $5
    Liberty of london made in italy tie: $2
    Vintage tie clip: $1
    ben sherman charcoal trousers: $12 at daffy's
    (not pictured) alden cordovan plain toe bulchers in #8: $2 (I think I peaked early in my thrift store luck...)

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    yes, i've had padding removed. it didn't cost much, maybe $20 or so. it creates a more natural shoulder, but it can also lengthen the sleeve a bit, so that might have to also be adjusted. and yes, removing the padding can help eliminate the shoulder indentation, but if it's real bad that might be a sign that the shoulders are too wide and need to be taken in slightly. a jacket can only be shortened about 1" before it starts to throw off the balance.

    Wait, I was told if the indentation is fairly noticeable that meant the shoulders are too tight, which meant it was pointless to alter it.
     
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    Yesterdays finds most of which arent my size just need to find new homes. Try to take pics today.

    Hickey Freeman Bespoke Blue Blazer ($1.79)
    Prada suit coat ($6.99)
    Saks 5th avenue tan 100% cashmere blazer ($6.99)
    3 NWOT Brooks Brothers shirts, 2 are my size! (less than 5 bucks each)
    3 Ralph Lauren "Lauren" Sport Coats 2 my size! (under 5 bucks each)


    Hope to make some good scores today with alot of the local thrift stores doing 1/2 off everything sales!
     
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    Maybe my next vacation will be to Berlin!

    Then in case you wanna know, it were the shops all from Humana.
     
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    Found at least two dozen Robert Talbott ties yesterday. Unfortunately they were all of flimsy construction and in early nineties patterns like they used to wear on Frasier:

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    ^^ I've found that newer Talbott ties feel like they're made a lot better than the old ones too. Same with a lot of stuff. Zegna too. Their older stuff feels like garbage, but some of their newer stuff is amazing. What's the deal? I've heard of quality going down with time, but quality going up?
     
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