The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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  1. whacked

    whacked Senior member

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    This one is so good I can't wait to get home and take pictures. I gotta brag NOW.
    Stopped into the same store where I picked up the recently posted Charvet. Went through the shirts hoping they may have had others from the same donor as the Charvet. Nothing. Just before I left I walked into the back room and about died. First thing I see is a brand new, with trees, never had a foot inside them, pair of John Lobb Matta IIs. They are perfect. I'll post them later but they are identical to these posted on the Shoe Pictorial. http://img279.imageshack.us/img279/5..._mattaII_2.jpg They cost $2.

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    Very nice! Are they your size?
     
  2. rnoldh

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    This one is so good I can't wait to get home and take pictures. I gotta brag NOW.
    Stopped into the same store where I picked up the recently posted Charvet. Went through the shirts hoping they may have had others from the same donor as the Charvet. Nothing. Just before I left I walked into the back room and about died. First thing I see is a brand new, with trees, never had a foot inside them, pair of John Lobb Matta IIs. They are perfect. I'll post them later but they are identical to these posted on the Shoe Pictorial. http://img279.imageshack.us/img279/5..._mattaII_2.jpg They cost $2.


    My BSometer went off a bit after reading this.

    Brand new Lobbs with trees! Well OK.

    But $2.00. Beep-beep, BS-BS. Here in Texas, even garbage shoes (think of KC), are more than $2.00 if they are new. And with the trees, it's very hard to believe.

    If you had said $15-$20 (which essentially is a meaningless difference, given the Lobbs value), it would have been believable.

    Now, I'm not saying that it's impossible to find NWT Lobbs for $2.00 (with the trees). But it's as likely as winning the lottery.

    The only one that I have ever known to find things like this at these prices is pejsek. And he is truly the King of the Thrifters. And Vman, is truly a pro at thrifting, and I don't think has ever found new Lobbs for $2.00.

    I'm awaiting the pictures, and would like to be proved wrong. But when that BS meter goes off, it goes off.
     
  3. whacked

    whacked Senior member

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    ^^ Thrift store pricing is anything but predictable from store to store; I've seen dress shoes priced anywhere from $1.99 to twenty-something dollar. Same w/ almost everything else, I've acquired minty E. Zegna sport coat for under 4 bucks.
    Hence getting a pair of Lobb for $2 is definitely possible, regardless of whether pejsek or VMan has done it or not (huh?).

    Then again, I wouldn't mind some pics. [​IMG]
     
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    The one rule of thrifting is that you can find anything and everything--but only in a random order, of course. I think the fact that tonylumpkin scored these at the same store that yielded the $4 Charvet makes the story plausible. Many of the old school thrifts are run by older women who carry on the customs of sorting by color and thinking in pricing increments of ten cents or so. It's a vanishing world, but the places definitely still exist (even with the massive tectonic shifts currently afoot). I have no trouble at all imagining a store where mens shoes are all priced at $2--from glorious bespoke Lobbs to run-down Reactions. In part this is simply a reflection of the nearly-forgotten idea that thrift stores are there to help the less-fortunate get the things they need without financial hardship.
    Okay, well I've got a tiny bit of bragging to do myself: Kiton navy blue micro-herringbone suit, two bespoke T&A shirts, and a pair of Ferragamo Tramezza lizard loafers. Pics and story to follow.
    How is the meter working, rnoldh?
     
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    YoungAmerican Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Wonderful finds, gentlemen, I am profoundly impressed. I've had a lot of good finds myself at Community Thrift in San Francisco, and in the various high-end thrifts clustered around Divisadero.

    I recently moved to LA... does anyone have any good bets here in the Southland?
     
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    pejsek. with you the meter is turned off. Remember when I used to doubt you.

    You proved me wrong and I'm glad.

    I hope tonylumpkin does too, but a BSometer is a BSometer.

    As a completely different example. When I first heard of $1,000 Bespoke shirts my BSometer went off. After I stuck around these forums and learned about Kabazz, I was proven wrong.

    BTW: Robert, have you ever found a Kabazz shirt while thrifting? I've never heard of anyone finding one. Though it's very easy to imagine someone not knowing what a Kabazz shirt is, and passing it up.

    My biggest doubts were about the $2.00 price, not the find. Houston is a very inexpensive place to live and I would think that is reflected in it's Thrifts. I can definitely see a pair of Lobbs turning up at a Houston Thrift, but not priced at $2.00. I'm not a pro or semi-pro like you and Vman, but I have an idea of Houston pricing.

    Off the top of my head, GW, Salv Army, Bluebird, Value Village, Guild Shop etc., are all priced well above $2.00 for new shoes, let alone new Lobbs with trees.
     
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    seems like thrift stores toss the trees, they think it's garbage
     
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    Just a few odds and ends today. The prize of the day was a camel Byford cashmere sweater (Made in England). The Brooks Bros. silk cummerbund was $.69. Yes, I did buy a pair of 'Mani' trousers, but for $4 I figured they be fine for knocking about in. They are wool and made in Italy. Also pictured is a copy of King Edward VIII by Philip Ziegler. Has anyone read it?

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    Not pictured are a Brooks Bros. button down and a Lacoste button down (made in France). Both are hang drying after a run through the delicate cycle.
     
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    Without further ado:

    Manhattan II, navy herringbone, Super 100s--42L

    chest: 22.5"
    sleeve: 25.5"
    shoulder: 18.75"
    length from bottom of collar: 32.25"
    waist: 17.75" + ~1.5" to let
    inseam: 31.75" + 1.5" cuffs

    Gibbons, charcoal with brown and grey stripes, Super 130s (according to interior pocket tag)--42L

    chest: 22.5"
    sleeve: 25.5"
    shoulder: 19.25"
    length from bottom of collar: 33.5"
    waist: 18" + ~1.5" to let
    inseam: 32.5" + 1.5" cuffs

    Here is the very bad picture again. True colors are much darker, true navy and true charcoal.

    They're relatively recent as they have the newer interior pocket tag. One is a navy herringbone, the other charcoal with subtle brown and grey(?) stripes. Here is a horrible picture of them before steaming, Manhattan II (l), Gibbons (r):

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    just for the record, i have seen a kabbaz shirt in a thrift store - only once, just a few weeks ago. i didn't buy it, not my size, and left it for another lucky person to find.
    and i have seen bespoke cleverly's with lasted trees for under $10, maxwell's for a similar price.
    but those prices seem to be rarer with the rise of the ebay flippers buying things that don't fit them to sell.
     
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    My BSometer went off a bit after reading this.

    Brand new Lobbs with trees! Well OK.

    But $2.00. Beep-beep, BS-BS. Here in Texas, even garbage shoes (think of KC), are more than $2.00 if they are new. And with the trees, it's very hard to believe.

    If you had said $15-$20 (which essentially is a meaningless difference, given the Lobbs value), it would have been believable.

    Now, I'm not saying that it's impossible to find NWT Lobbs for $2.00 (with the trees). But it's as likely as winning the lottery.

    The only one that I have ever known to find things like this at these prices is pejsek. And he is truly the King of the Thrifters. And Vman, is truly a pro at thrifting, and I don't think has ever found new Lobbs for $2.00.

    I'm awaiting the pictures, and would like to be proved wrong. But when that BS meter goes off, it goes off.


    Here are the pics (including one of the receipt[​IMG] ) Sorry, not giving up the store!

    They appear to be sized 9 ee, which I am very sorry to say, is nowhere near my size. So, since I don't envision opening a shoe museum, that means I'll be flipping them.

    By the way, you referenced the Lobb's value. Any idea what retail would be on these?
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    Here are the pics (including one of the receipt[​IMG] ) Sorry, not giving up the store!

    They appear to be sized 9 ee, which I am very sorry to say, is nowhere near my size. So, since I don't envision opening a shoe museum, that means I'll be flipping them.

    By the way, you referenced the Lobb's value. Any idea what retail would be on these?


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  13. DocHolliday

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    Here are the pics (including one of the receipt[​IMG] ) Sorry, not giving up the store!

    They appear to be sized 9 ee, which I am very sorry to say, is nowhere near my size. So, since I don't envision opening a shoe museum, that means I'll be flipping them.

    By the way, you referenced the Lobb's value. Any idea what retail would be on these?


    About $100. I'll give you $125 right now...



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    epic.
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