The Official Thrift Reclamation Thread

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  1. DanM

    DanM Senior member

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    Gents, scattered throughout SF is a wealth of information on how to reclaim our thrifted finds by removing stains, rehydrating vintage shell cordovan, slimming billowy dress shirts, and reweaving the damage of villainous moths.

    Going forward, let's try to collect all that knowledge in this thread, as well as photographic evidence of how well (or not) our methods work.
     


  2. size 38R

    size 38R Senior member

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    I guess a good place to start is, " buy a sewing kit" whether you get a complete kit, or select what you want.
    get some quality needles, and several common thread colors.
    like Black,Navy,White,Brown,Red,etc. and take every chance you get to collect buttons.

    find a good sewing store. they will have all you need. and new buttons, buckles,and other stuff. you would be surprised.


    if you are really keen, buy a sewing machine, (i have 2) play with it and learn to use it. then check on Youtube how to do basic repairs on your own.


    you can then replace buttons, re-sew split seams, shorten pants, and make your own pocket squares as a start. all the info you need is online, a good kit will enable you to maintain and repair your clothes.
    - so you need not pass a suit with a ripped lining etc.
    Most (not all) of my kit:
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    I started with a "Snoopy & friends" sewing kit (on sale) and added to it.
    items like scissors, thread picker, slim box knife, more threads, and a chalk triangle. plus a measuring tape, pins&cushion. make basic repairs simple.
     
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    Orgetorix Senior member

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    The Method:

    http://putthison.com/post/441812762/cleaningshirts

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/9006/th...t-store-bragging-thread/6800_100#post_3039885


     


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    My broad shoulders and slimmer waist will appreciate this thread. Now I need to learn
    how to use my girlfriends sewing machine.
     


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    I thought this was going to be about #takebackthethread [​IMG]
     
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  7. DanM

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    Only if the thread is a marinara covered tie or piss-stained Zanellas (are there any other kind in the thrift?)
     


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    If ^ is too much work for you then plug your sink, Fill it with hot water, throw in 2 scoops of Oxyclean and dump 3-4 shirts in it at once for the next 24 hours. This usually gets rid of the neck stains etc and all the shirts tested came out clean. I have mixed white with navy blue using this method without any color bleeding issues but ymmv.
     


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    Bro, when you are up and running, look for some hemp threads!

    Oh, I get it! Reclamation as in reclaim your thrift pieces from shit and piss stains!!!
     


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  12. DanM

    DanM Senior member

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    @orgetorix I always meant to ask about that one - that's just for woven silk ties, right? Would that actually work on a fine printed silk tie? I've got a Ben Silver that I absolutely love, and am ashamed to say it got a pull while in my care, I know not how.
     


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    Well, all ties (except knits) are made from woven fabrics, so it should work. The challenge will be that printed silks are usually a finer, tighter, smoother weave, so it'll make it more difficult to get the needle in the right place.
     


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    Really, really good to know. I toss any tie with pulls on the front blade so this should help quite a bit if I can get it working even half the time.
     
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    ^agreed. I have a pile of ties where I missed pulls during my store check, perfect to test this out.
     


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