The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

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

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  1. frenchy

    frenchy In Time Out

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    Perhaps I was less than clear. I was saying that Navi's was NOT dated, based on a side by side comparo with my dated lapels.

    Sheesh!


    Digmenow,you look like you could be on The Sopranos,Paulies cousin or something
     
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    I dunno, this thread's more pleasant without someone chiming in every five seconds to crap on someone's joy in finding a piece that interests them; especially under the auspices of 'helping out'. For every two people bored by making a living sifting through others' stuff, surely there's a hundred more equally bored by snipes that stem from that boredom...

    Who's with me!?

    Also, cheers to either Orgetorix or Mr. Midwester for sharing, on their blog, the tip on how to ID pearl buttoms by temperature(!). It came in handy

    Also, just copped a 1st ed. Gravity's Rainbow. Suck it, plebez!

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    Part of what I like about this thread is it seems more newbie friendly. I know I've spent a lot of money at thrifts finding out what I like. I'll buy a piece, wear it once or twice, and then realize there's no way in hell I'm going to wear it again, despite numerous vain efforts to pair it, and then I just give it back to Goodwill.

    So, for me, the gorge looks to low on that jacket. But I only know that because I've bought, worn twice, and given back a few jackets whose quarters are too open, or whose shoulders are too tight, or whose gorge is too high, etc. Now I know what I like.




    Also, double check your 1st Ed. info. It's 1st printing that's money, and a book that says "1st Edition" isn't always what you think. There's a book, something "Points," I forget the exact title, that lists how different publishers mark legitimate 1st Editions, and another book that lists typos, errors, etc. to verify any individual book (i.e. pg. 39, line 74 has "tired" for "timed"; thus, it's a legitimate first printing).
     
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    Digmenow,you look like you could be on The Sopranos,Paulies cousin or something
    Hah! You're not the first to notice! This was two years ago, before I shed some tonnage. [​IMG] The hair in this pic has reached maximum growth and is soon to receive the attention of a trained professional. [​IMG] Sorry for the derail. Back to the treasure huntz.
     
  4. frenchy

    frenchy In Time Out

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    Hah! You're not the first to notice! This was two years ago, before I shed some tonnage.

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    The hair in this pic has reached maximum growth and is soon to receive the attention of a trained professional.

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    Sorry for the derail. Back to the treasure huntz.


    i didnt say its a bad thing!!!
     
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    7FAM Austyn dark wash jeans. 27 dollars. Retail 180
     
  6. Digmenow

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    i didnt say its a bad thing!!!
    I never take it as a bad thing and appreciated it this time, as well. My grandparents came over from Italy and I embrace the heritage that has determined my physical appearance.

    The "fat" genes...not so much.
     
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    I picked up a pair of Trafalgar braces (solid navy) the other day, and it was the first time I'd ever seen brand name braces at that thrift. Somebody must have decided to clean out their closet though, because I passed on a couple of others. Cole Haan where I didn't really like the pattern (rectangles?) and the stragest, at least to my mind, a pair of PRL that were all elastic. The pattern on them wasn't bad, I'd just never seen a pair of all elastic that I would have said were decent. Am I missing something here?

    Also grabbed a couple of ties. Polo and Liberty of London - both woven wool, I like 'em.
     
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    can anyone tell me how I can determine if sleeves can be lengthened on a Sport Coat?
     
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    can anyone tell me how I can determine if sleeves can be lengthened on a Sport Coat?

    Start at the end of the sleeve with one finger inside the sleeve and one outside. Now slide your pinched fingers up toward the shoulder. Your inside finger will slide onto the lining; keep going. At some point anywhere from one to about four inches up from the end of the cuff you will feel a bump. That's where the turned-under fabric ends. Now, you probably need an inch at minimum to stay turned under for the sleeve finishing and lining attachment. So, if there's three inches turned under, 3-1 = ~2 inches left to lengthen the sleeves.
     
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    mostly as a PSA for the belt shortening non-enlightened.

    Picked up a belt at nordstrom rack. Nothing special, a joeseph abboud (retail is 70 but these probably sell every day at $30) belt for $16. Unlike the JA belts they had in the other sizes (which all felt crappy and cost twice as much), this one had really supple feeling leather and had clearly been marked down several times from the nordstrom rack price.

    The key is that this belt was something like a 40 or a 44. But by examining it, one can quickly tell that the buckle was held on with 3 stitches...remove those, cut off a few inches, make a new hole for the buckle, and stick back together. variations on this technique work on a majority of the belts you see--only a few designs make it truly hard to shorten (and some, like most reversable belts, make it really really easy).

    Better instructions and pictures in NOBD's thread (but the pictures are all imageshacked so you have to paste them into a browser.
     
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    Start at the end of the sleeve with one finger inside the sleeve and one outside. Now slide your pinched fingers up toward the shoulder. Your inside finger will slide onto the lining; keep going. At some point anywhere from one to about four inches up from the end of the cuff you will feel a bump. That's where the turned-under fabric ends. Now, you probably need an inch at minimum to stay turned under for the sleeve finishing and lining attachment. So, if there's three inches turned under, 3-1 = ~2 inches left to lengthen the sleeves.
    This is a used coat? One other thing to consider when looking at the sleeve - if a coat has been worn and cleaned more than a few times, the end of the sleeve might have some wear. If you add an inch to sleeve length you'll then have a faded/worn fabric line one inch up the sleeve. You can usually see this by rolling the end of the sleeve between two fingers to see if the fabric shows any discoloration.
     
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    This is a used coat? One other thing to consider when looking at the sleeve - if a coat has been worn and cleaned more than a few times, the end of the sleeve might have some wear. If you add an inch to sleeve length you'll then have a faded/worn fabric line one inch up the sleeve.

    You can usually see this by rolling the end of the sleeve between two fingers to see if the fabric shows any discoloration.


    Good point, I forgot about this. It will be especially noticeable with flannels and other fuzzy, nappy fabrics because the nap tends to wear away at the end of the sleeve.
     
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    and the stragest, at least to my mind, a pair of PRL that were all elastic. The pattern on them wasn't bad, I'd just never seen a pair of all elastic that I would have said were decent. Am I missing something here?


    Not missing anything. The ones with elastic front pieces are junk IMO.
     
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    Found a Robert Graham shirt... exactly identical to one I found quite awhile ago. Did a double take and checked the closet when I came home to make sure my wife didn't donate the other one. [​IMG]

    The real find: possibly the nicest piece of outerwear I've ever seen, a vintage chesterfield, black, made out of 100% mongolian cashmere. Mint shape except the cashmere tag is coming loose. This sucker has lots of hand sewing - buttonholes, buttons, collar, label, extensive pick stitching, and so on. Single vented, three buttons with a slight roll on the top one maybe. It was custom made for/by a shop in Columbus called Dunhill's - can't find any information on them, but they're obviously long gone. Not the most prominent thing ever, but it's really nifty in my book!

    Here in Columbus it's very, very rare to see good outerwear (people use it to death, both literally and figuratively) so a cashmere chesterfield isn't something I've ever seen before, though I've seen cashmere coats. Would that it fit me; it's more like a 46 than a 48-50 like I need. [​IMG]


    Pics of the coat (all but the first are thumbnails, click to enlarge):

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