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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. tonylumpkin

    tonylumpkin Senior member

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    You should have charged more for that, but it was a really nice buy for someone. I undersold a Zegna cashmere last year, myself (for $75, could have doubled that and it still would have been a steal). I've gotten less bashful about asking more, though. [​IMG] You can always drop the price, but never raise it.

    That became apparent very quickly. The first thing out of my wife's mouth when I told her I had 5 very quick offers was, "You should have charged more. Raise the price." But having made an offer and gotten takers, I didn't feel ethically, that I could do that. She agreed. My reason for the low price was I thought (and still do) that the jacket was fused. Coupled with the Zegna tag that I wasn't that familiar with, I thought it was the lower end Z line. You live, you learn. Besides, it wasn't a bad 12 hour return on a 7.99 investment![​IMG]
     
  2. tntele

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    How about $23 to match the number of straight wins by TN over KY?
     
  3. Nataku

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    A pair of trousers jumped off the rack at me today and yelled " Tricked Ya!" I thought they were RLPL but turned out to be Hunt Club. My mind was on Purple Lable b/c I had just passed up a set of 6 RLPL shirts, mostly button down, size 18.

    Damn, grab those RLPL shirts. You can flip them here for some cash and it'll go to someone who'll appreciate it, then you can use the cash to get something in your size! I do this all the time now, as I know someone here will want them. Better then them going to some greedy-ass soccer mom who will sell it on eBay or worse, being sold for rags because nobody bought them, only because they didn't know what RLPL or Charvet is.
     
  4. VMan

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    Then would the opposite of "Hunt Clubbed" be "Zanellad"?

    No, but you can get "Savanne-d" when you think you've found a pair of Zanella trousers.

    Every time I see a Hunt Club item I want to tear the sleeves off.
     
  5. AlanC

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    You live, you learn. Besides, it wasn't a bad 12 hour return on a 7.99 investment![​IMG]

    Very true. I've undersold several times, certainly, but I can't complain about the margins.

    How about $23 to match the number of straight wins by TN over KY?

    You're a hard man. I'll just console myself with the fact that UT will never win a national championship in basketball. And that LSU likely will blow them out in Atlanta. [​IMG]

    Actually, I'm madder about having that [​IMG] field goal blocked when UT had just handed us the game. We should have won at the end of regulation and in OT but couldn't close the deal. Our own fault.
     
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    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    I'm going to take it in for a once over. It should look great with a grosgrain band.

    Woah! Collective consciousness! Did you see my post about such straps? I'd been hoping you would chime in over there as the master of Trad. I wish I'd seen earlier that you guys were talking about this over here too. I try to stay away bec. it makes me jealous, bec. I used to go thrifting all the time in Las Vegas and Boston, but DC has so few and far between!

    Why are they called Nato or Bond straps? I'm guessing Nato issues/issued them and Bond wore them in a movie. Which one(s)?
     
  7. mbell

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    No, but you can get "Savanne-d" when you think you've found a pair of Zanella trousers.

    Every time I see a Hunt Club item I want to tear the sleeves off.


    Those Savannes that look like Zanella waistbands drive me crazy and I see tons of them. I've only seen a few of the Hunt Clubs. There was a John Ashford label there for a while that looked a lot like the RLPL label.

    I recently saw a beautiful orphaned Canali jacket. Perfect fit and recent style with high button stance and double vent. I searched through the whole store including the women's section and couldn't find the pants. I even went back a second time a few days later. Asked the people at the store if they might have seen the pants and they looked at me like I was crazy. Maybe I did look that way. [​IMG] I wanted to sit on the floor and cry.

    mike
     
  8. amerikajinda

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    Those Savannes that look like Zanella waistbands drive me crazy and I see tons of them. I've only seen a few of the Hunt Clubs. There was a John Ashford label there for a while that looked a lot like the RLPL label.

    I recently saw a beautiful orphaned Canali jacket. Perfect fit and recent style with high button stance and double vent. I searched through the whole store including the women's section and couldn't find the pants. I even went back a second time a few days later. Asked the people at the store if they might have seen the pants and they looked at me like I was crazy. Maybe I did look that way. [​IMG] I wanted to sit on the floor and cry.


    Was the Canali jacket priced like the sportsjackets or was it priced like the suits? (i.e., was it $9.99 or $24.99?)
     
  9. DocHolliday

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    Those Savannes that look like Zanella waistbands drive me crazy and I see tons of them. I've only seen a few of the Hunt Clubs. There was a John Ashford label there for a while that looked a lot like the RLPL label.

    I recently saw a beautiful orphaned Canali jacket. Perfect fit and recent style with high button stance and double vent. I searched through the whole store including the women's section and couldn't find the pants. I even went back a second time a few days later. Asked the people at the store if they might have seen the pants and they looked at me like I was crazy. Maybe I did look that way. [​IMG] I wanted to sit on the floor and cry.

    mike


    That's the worst part -- not knowing whether the trousers are lost somewhere, or if the coat ended up at the thrift because something happened to them.
     
  10. mainy

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    That's the worst part -- not knowing whether the trousers are lost somewhere, or if the coat ended up at the thrift because something happened to them.

    Yes. Recently had this occur with a Gieves and Hawkes bespoke suit. Found the jacket, couldn't find the pants. Small size, ridiculously good looking jacket, no pants in sight. Jacket will go to ebay now and I will hope somebody is willing to pay $35-40 for a orphaned pinstriped suit jacket [​IMG]
     
  11. VMan

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    That's the worst part -- not knowing whether the trousers are lost somewhere, or if the coat ended up at the thrift because something happened to them.

    Some thrifts that I visit are REALLY bad at separating suits upon donation. Once I saw a super nice Canali jacket, but no pants. Passed on the jacket, the next week the pants were there but the jacket had been sold.

    Now I pick up the jackets (if they are under $10 or so) hoping that the pants will come along further down the line. I have, at times, been ready to re-donate a jacket that never had pants turn up, when lo and behold three weeks later the pants show up on the racks.
     
  12. mainy

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    Some thrifts that I visit are REALLY bad at separating suits upon donation. Once I saw a super nice Canali jacket, but no pants. Passed on the jacket, the next week the pants were there but the jacket had been sold.

    Now I pick up the jackets (if they are under $10 or so) hoping that the pants will come along further down the line. I have, at times, been ready to re-donate a jacket that never had pants turn up, when lo and behold three weeks later the pants show up on the racks.


    Bingo... I've done this a couple times. Still crossing my fingers the trousers for my G&H bespoke suit pop up when I go back in a couple of days. It's so frustrating to know they're probably there, in the store *SOMEWHERE* - I just can't get to them / find them. Damn thrift store employees [​IMG]
     
  13. amerikajinda

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    The worst part is when you find a wonderful orphaned suit jacket, and instead of being priced like the sportsjackets ($9.99) it's priced like the suits ($24.99) so you know that it arrived with the pants and was priced accordingly... and you know it's in the store somewhere -- the price is proof! [​IMG]
     
  14. mbell

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    Was the Canali jacket priced like the sportsjackets or was it priced like the suits? (i.e., was it $9.99 or $24.99?)

    All of the Goodwill stores here in Austin have fixed pricing except for the "boutique" items and one of the stores that tends to get in better stuff. So most of the stuff is not individually priced. And of course the Canali didn't get to join the elite Hilfiger, Beene, Perry Ellis, etc in the "boutique" section. [​IMG]

    Yeh, thrift store employees can be pretty bad about just tossing stuff in piles and getting stuff mixed up. I've probably rejoined about 8-10 suits in thrift stores, two that I actually bought. Hopefully someone appreciated the others.

    mike
     
  15. distinctive

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    While visiting the in-laws for Thanksgiving, I was able to stop in a local Goodwill. I had quite a bit of luck:

    >2 Oxxford SB 2-button suits (one navy pinstripe, and one black/white bird's eye). Both jackets fit perfectly, but the pants will have to be taken in a bit ($12.99 each). They actually had the black Oxxford suit hangers, but they wouldn't include them. Oh well...
    >Brand new Banana Republic 'Gavin' chinos - they are a very dark brown color; almost chocolate. $5.99
    >Finally, a pair of black Alden 681s IN MY SIZE. These are a bit beat up, but they only cost $2.99. These will be heading back to Alden for restoration - a new-ish pair of 681s for $137.99 works for me!!!
    [​IMG]

    I'll post some pics of the suits once I have them back from the alteration shop.



    I don't think you're going to get a "newish" pair back. The uppers are heavily creased. You're more likely to find this shoe near new on eBay for around the same price. Although I am very curious how the restoration program would do on these
     
  16. Nataku

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    Picked up a mint Paul Stuart Plaid "Cooper" style shirt today for $1.99. Also found some nice button downs from Kuhlman and a really nice grey plaid 2 button J. Lindeberg blazer. Seems to be very recent with the square engraved buttons, slim lapels w/ high gorge and was brand new with the pockets still sewn shut. Rant: Is it just me, or you do hate when the stupid volunteers/employees misplace clothing items. For instance, the J. Lindeberg blazer, which is obviously men's by the style, location of buttons and the size. It was in the women's suit-jacket section! I now feel the need to go through pretty much every rack in the store in order to find the good stuff. Then, of course, going through the women's racks gets you the odd looks from everyone else nearby until you pull out something that's obviously men's and smirk. I've even found a RLPL button down with the children's clothing. Absurd, I tell you. Edit for link: found my PS shirt on the homepage. http://www.paulstuart.com/product_in...SUBPRODCATID=0
     
  17. 42 Dandy

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    Picked up a mint Paul Stuart Plaid "Cooper" style shirt today for $1.99. Also found some nice button downs from Kuhlman and a really nice grey plaid 2 button J. Lindeberg blazer. Seems to be very recent with the square engraved buttons, slim lapels w/ high gorge and was brand new with the pockets still sewn shut.

    Rant: Is it just me, or you do hate when the stupid volunteers/employees misplace clothing items. For instance, the J. Lindeberg blazer, which is obviously men's by the style, location of buttons and the size. It was in the women's suit-jacket section! I now feel the need to go through pretty much every rack in the store in order to find the good stuff. Then, of course, going through the women's racks gets you the odd looks from everyone else nearby until you pull out something that's obviously men's and smirk. I've even found a RLPL button down with the children's clothing. Absurd, I tell you.


    Yes,fellow thrifters-I too have the suit jacket woes.Here's a small sampling of my latest frustrating finds: Oxxford MTM multi-colored PS suit jacket with a KILLER custom silk lining-pants?-nowhere to be found,Canali Super 120's 3 button beaded PS suit jacket-no trousers,Corneliani micro houndstooth suit jacket-trouserless.And this is after scouring the store racks to see if I could salvage a whole suit-nothing doing! Yea,makes me angry.Then there was the time I found a pair of Oxxford Gibbons PS pants on a double suit hanger-yet no jacket! Some idiot purchased the jacket,left the pants-just aggravating!!![​IMG]
     
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    I found a very traditional looking Swaine Adeney (no briggs) necktie today...
     
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    I don't think you're going to get a "newish" pair back. The uppers are heavily creased. You're more likely to find this shoe near new on eBay for around the same price. Although I am very curious how the restoration program would do on these

    Honestly, I'm actually skeptical to send them back to Alden, considering the creases. I saw these on Ebay - obviously restored by Alden. In any forum members experience, do you think mine will come back looking this good?
     
  20. J'aimelescravates

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    Is anyone here a 54L that needs a 3 button sport jacket?
     
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