The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

Tags:
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Franky

    Franky Active Member

    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010
    Got a navy 2 button sportcoat with brass buttons from a local goodwill. E. Zegna. Will post pics if anyone wants to see, almost perfect condition, fits like a glove, and was only 8 bucks! Probably my first good thrift too. :)
     


  2. odiv

    odiv Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2010
    Location:
    Northern Canada
    I can only speak for myself, but I always want to see pics.
     


  3. Franky

    Franky Active Member

    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010
    Crappy phone pics: [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  4. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke Senior member

    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    thats it?
    thats just warming up


    My area is extremely limited in opportunity. It only takes me 45-60 mins to look through an entire Men's Clothing portion of a shop and I've only got three locations.

    I would gladly spend a whole day if I had more to look at.
     


  5. hyakku

    hyakku Senior member

    Messages:
    207
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2011
    Any advice from the veterans for finding the gems when it comes to shoes? I've been pouring over the stickies and searching, but I'm not yet experienced enough to remember all the names of good designers or go by feel alone, and I'm pretty sure I've already passed on some nice AE's or something similar because I couldn't read the sole and can't possibly remember all the various combos of lettering inside of the shoe without having a list in front of me. Any pointers would be appreciated as I'm finding more info on various makers and materials in the stickies rather than how to find the rare ones while out thrifting.

    There was also a pair of what I believe were Cole Haan's that looked pretty nice at a local GW for cheap, but I wasn't sure about the brand even though the quality seemed pretty sturdy and they were pretty well preserved.
     


  6. EBTX66

    EBTX66 Senior member

    Messages:
    535
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2009
    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    FYI: Look at my ebay auctions: http://shop.ebay.com/crazearcade/m.h..._from=&_ipg=25

    See those hideous sweaters? I was just offered $1,100 for all 4 of them. If you see old RL sweaters with big images on them, BUY THEM.


    [​IMG] [​IMG] - I've passed on two of those recently! I had no idea they'd sell for that much. [​IMG] I thought I read somewhere on here that sweaters were a tough sell...

    That ranks up there with the Versace mega-eurotrash NWT's ($2495!) silk print shirt I passed on. I wasn't selling stuff back then and there was no way I was going to wear it. I probably could have bought a RLPL off of eBay for what that shirt would have sold for.

    I'm sort of there now. I found 3 Brioni (+ 1 Versace) shirts this weekend. The Versace and 2 of the Brionis were cherry-picked but one of the Brionis fits. It is a 100% silk in dark brown with an all- over tan/gold chain-type pattern. The pattern isn't large and the shirt looks unworn but I can't tell if it's looks classy in a Boca Raton sort of way or if it looks like something The Situation would wear to a mob funeral. As I debate a tiny voice keeps wispering in my ear, telling me it would sell for a fortune on eBay. Thoughts anyone?
     


  7. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

    Messages:
    3,052
    Likes Received:
    3,932
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2007
    Location:
    Louisville, KY
    Thoughts anyone?

    When in doubt, sell it and buy something you know you'll wear.
     


  8. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

    Messages:
    3,052
    Likes Received:
    3,932
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2007
    Location:
    Louisville, KY
    Any advice from the veterans for finding the gems when it comes to shoes? I've been pouring over the stickies and searching, but I'm not yet experienced enough to remember all the names of good designers or go by feel alone, and I'm pretty sure I've already passed on some nice AE's or something similar because I couldn't read the sole and can't possibly remember all the various combos of lettering inside of the shoe without having a list in front of me. Any pointers would be appreciated as I'm finding more info on various makers and materials in the stickies rather than how to find the rare ones while out thrifting.

    There was also a pair of what I believe were Cole Haan's that looked pretty nice at a local GW for cheap, but I wasn't sure about the brand even though the quality seemed pretty sturdy and they were pretty well preserved.


    Spend some time browsing at stores that sell nice shoes. Familiarize yourself with what the classic models look like, what nice leather feels like, etc. If you look at enough good shoes, they'll begin to jump off the rack at you in the thrift store.
     


  9. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

    Messages:
    2,999
    Likes Received:
    422
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2008
    .....but one of the Brionis fits. It is a 100% silk in dark brown with an all- over tan/gold chain-type pattern. The pattern isn't large and the shirt looks unworn but I can't tell if it's looks classy in a Boca Raton sort of way or if it looks like something The Situation would wear to a mob funeral. As I debate a tiny voice keeps wispering in my ear, telling me it would sell for a fortune on eBay. Thoughts anyone?


    I am estimating that there is about a 0.0001% chance that you would ever wear that shirt. So sell it.
     


  10. hyakku

    hyakku Senior member

    Messages:
    207
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2011
    Spend some time browsing at stores that sell nice shoes. Familiarize yourself with what the classic models look like, what nice leather feels like, etc. If you look at enough good shoes, they'll begin to jump off the rack at you in the thrift store.

    THanks, been trying to do that, I guess I should try to find out which are the better brands, as Nordstrom's and whatnot all seemed to have very similar shoes / materials except a few that I could tell, but there's no rush, it's a process I'm learning lol.
     


  11. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

    Messages:
    3,052
    Likes Received:
    3,932
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2007
    Location:
    Louisville, KY
    You live in the US? Look for Aldens and Allen-Edmonds of any age, and older Florsheims, Cole Haans, and Johnston & Murphys. Polo Ralph Lauren shoes are good too if they're Made in England. Those are the best shoes you're most likely to find in thrift stores.
     


  12. catside

    catside Senior member

    Messages:
    1,525
    Likes Received:
    538
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    THanks, been trying to do that, I guess I should try to find out which are the better brands, as Nordstrom's and whatnot all seemed to have very similar shoes / materials except a few that I could tell, but there's no rush, it's a process I'm learning lol.

    Back to what is said, one more time. If it fits, comfortable, good looking and in good shape, why would you worry about the brand?
     


  13. catside

    catside Senior member

    Messages:
    1,525
    Likes Received:
    538
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    Got a navy 2 button sportcoat with brass buttons from a local goodwill. E. Zegna. Will post pics if anyone wants to see, almost perfect condition, fits like a glove, and was only 8 bucks! Probably my first good thrift too. :)

    Good find.
     


  14. hyakku

    hyakku Senior member

    Messages:
    207
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2011
    You live in the US? Look for Aldens and Allen-Edmonds of any age, and older Florsheims, Cole Haans, and Johnston & Murphys. Polo Ralph Lauren shoes are good too if they're Made in England. Those are the best shoes you're most likely to find in thrift stores.

    Yes I do, and thanks, this is exactly the basis I was looking for. Perusing the stickies has been helpful but trying to separate 50 different shoe makers into various groups and whatnot was proving difficult.

    I think I'm going to go take another look st those Cole haans loafers I saw. I guess I should start trusting my own sensibilities.
     


  15. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

    Messages:
    3,052
    Likes Received:
    3,932
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2007
    Location:
    Louisville, KY
    Yes I do, and thanks, this is exactly the basis I was looking for. Perusing the stickies has been helpful but trying to separate 50 different shoe makers into various groups and whatnot was proving difficult.

    I think I'm going to go take another look st those Cole haans loafers I saw. I guess I should start trusting my own sensibilities.


    The best Cole Haans were made in England as well. Some of the made-in-USA ones are decent, but there's a whole lot of junk too. And as far as I've seen, most of the made-in-Italy CHs are worthless.
     


Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by