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also - i skip pants usually because really, like i am going to find any pants that fit me? ha. it has never happened.
i used to look for men's pants when i was a teen who wanted to disappear and even got some super sweet and durable *perfectly snug* turquoise Levis cords from the little boys section yeeeeears ago (RIP) but i think that covers my success with used slacks/jeans/trousers/pants.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:26 (seven years ago) link

also lol because 'second time around' is just the most common predictable names for a consignment store, like that or 'second helpings' or 'second-hand rose' or whatever.

my boyfriend and i joke that when we open our consignment store it will be named 'sloppy seconds'

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:28 (seven years ago) link

ANYWAY, my clothing scores have been limited lately, the only thing of note would be a couple vintage pendleton wool shirts and a few ties. always, always with the neckties.

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:30 (seven years ago) link

oh, well that's not entirely true, i did buy a vintage denim jacket during my trip to the east bay (i needed a layer, so) -- it's got a navy / gold / red wool plaid for the collar and placket facings, raglan sleeves, and a drawstring waist? it's a bit odd and is fitted more like a parka than a denim trucker jacket. but it's nice & i like it.

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:35 (seven years ago) link

I've lived in poor areas for a while, and the goodwill & second-hand stores are useless except for housewares so that's the only section I check (but housewares can be a good mine--witness the rare Fiesta candlesticks I found this summer). Would have to go way out of the city, or else uptown to rich neighborhoods to find good clothes.

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:39 (seven years ago) link

*gold mine

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:39 (seven years ago) link

i feel like there should be some sort of demographic analysis you could perform to locate the areas where thrift stores most likely to contain treasures

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:48 (seven years ago) link

A long time ago, around 2001-2003, I used to take the train out into NJ to Paterson and Passaic and walk from the train station to a local Sal Arm in a building with one of those big chalet-style rooflines and an all-glass front wall. It always had THE BEST STUFF, including great furniture that I just had no way to truck home. My favorite shirt in the world in my entire life came from there, it says "Vulcan Science Academy" on it and is the perfect degree of falling-apart soft.

The Red, White, & Blue in Paterson used to be amazing as well, I bought a bunch of silk Vera scarves from there for $2 each.

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:51 (seven years ago) link

it would depend on what you consider a treasure, no?

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:52 (seven years ago) link

as far as i am concerned, i long for the golden age of the late 80s/early 90s, when there were lots of people in NEOH giving away their old tiny party dresses
other dream area would be in california in the mid-late 80s (?) when people were giving away their crazy 60s and 70s clothes

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:54 (seven years ago) link

i think higher-than-average median income + low or negative population growth provides a pretty good starting point, tho

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:55 (seven years ago) link

ime it helps to go where the old folks are (or had been, until recently, r.i.p.)

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:56 (seven years ago) link

Bingo.

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:56 (seven years ago) link

one of my best finds is an oscar de la renta shirtdress with gold tinsel and brown embroidered lederhosen
it was like $2 because it was in the kids section

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:58 (seven years ago) link

but i could reminisce about old clothes forever -- there's another thread for that

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:59 (seven years ago) link

i really love church & community thrift stores the most

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:03 (seven years ago) link

and the old ladies who volunteer there 7 hours a week

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:05 (seven years ago) link

oscar de la renta shirtdress with gold tinsel and brown embroidered lederhosen

wait is this one item or two?

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:06 (seven years ago) link

i love the woman who runs the thrift at the episcopal church in providence, she is always there and ALWAYS at least a little bit drunk

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:06 (seven years ago) link

I love the places where they hand-write receipts and you get awesome little old lady handwriting

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:07 (seven years ago) link

oh, i'm kind of obsessed with boxes of old postcards...but those are more often in antique stores than thrift stores

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:08 (seven years ago) link

one item -- the dress had the lederhosen sewn on
i still have it

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:10 (seven years ago) link

wait waht, i thought for sure you were talking about 2 items

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:11 (seven years ago) link

waow

can you take a photo of it? it sounds incredible!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:11 (seven years ago) link

those little poofs all over the dress are gold tinsel

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:13 (seven years ago) link

You mean the dress had little picture of lederhosen embroidered on it or that it had actaul lederhosen attached to it that you wear as part of the ensemble? This is a very confusing sounding dress.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:13 (seven years ago) link

Oh so it has like suspenders embroidered on it. I think I get it now.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:14 (seven years ago) link

Sometimes I go to the Episcopal thrift shop with my grandma, but I can never find anything. Also, I can't deal with the old ladies complaining bitterly when the shop doesn't open EXACTLY on time.

tokyo rosemary, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:14 (seven years ago) link

can you see it?
it's like the gold paisley wallpapered room with an orange carpeted conversation pit of dresses only it is not sexy at all

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:15 (seven years ago) link

that is a fascinating dress LL!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:16 (seven years ago) link

that's one word for it ;)

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:18 (seven years ago) link

my boyfriend is having lunch with his aunts in newport today and i KNOW he will be visiting a thrift store afterwards so he better bring me back something nice is all i'm sayin

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:19 (seven years ago) link

daddy needs another tie

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:20 (seven years ago) link

bring me all of the ties

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:21 (seven years ago) link

we are friends with another couple who thrifts a lot, it's pretty awesome because we all know what the others like and what they collect so it results in a slow but steady stream of $2 gifts

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:22 (seven years ago) link

for me it's a really solitary activity, though i do find things for people and give them away all the time.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:24 (seven years ago) link

haha yeah, i like to do it by myself too, most of the time for me it's about getting rly rly high and patiently going through every object in the store so nothing is missed.

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:27 (seven years ago) link

Oh see I could probably get behind that pretty quickly.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:47 (seven years ago) link

Greetings, thrift clothing shoppers of ilx. My wife likes vintage-y skirts and wrap dresses like this:

http://ak1.ostkcdn.com/images/products/P10678860.jpg

but pairs them with what I think is pretty unflattering footwear. When we first met she would often mix flowery skirts and Teva sandals for sort of a hippie college student look. The Tevas finally bit the dust, thankfully, but she has replaced them with something similar to these (if these didn't have a back on them, like a glorified flip-flop:)

http://www.designershoes.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/300x300/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/r/e/revolve_44487200.jpg

She doesn't really like shoe shopping in thrift stores, hates malls in general, and hasn't shopped much online. I think she kinda just doesn't know what to wear with them. Any recs? She used to have some black oxfords, but wore them til they disintegrated.

The specifics are these, which is those principles I described (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 19:54 (seven years ago) link

I am glad she's gotten past the Tevas at least. That's promising!

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 20:00 (seven years ago) link

There are shoe threads, I think, Dan--this one is specif FOR thrift stores, so maybe your question will get more traffic on another thread?

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 20:03 (seven years ago) link

I do believe it's called "Just got feet, don't got SHOES."

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 20:03 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

so has anyone tried twice.com? i haven't had the chance to do much recreational thrift store shopping but i'd like some new winter clothes. mine are old and -- i'll admit it -- somewhat decrepit. i do have some plaid wool skirts that i bought when i was in college and STILL WEAR every winter, but i'm interested in some new sweaters.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Monday, 22 October 2012 19:35 (six years ago) link

i still can't bring myself to pay retail for sweaters

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Monday, 22 October 2012 19:38 (six years ago) link

they're so expensive! and most are such shitty quality!

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Monday, 22 October 2012 19:38 (six years ago) link

agree! i try not to spend much time in the sweater section but i'll usually run my hand over them as i walk past. i found a nice lambswool pendleton sweater this weekend! it didn't fit me (aw) so i bought it for my boyfriend.

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Monday, 22 October 2012 19:42 (six years ago) link

They are! I did get a really cute sweater at Target for $20 bucks the other day though. I'm sure it'll fall apart after (or during) this winter but hey - $20!

ENBB, Monday, 22 October 2012 19:43 (six years ago) link

also 2 wool work shirts and 1 wool dress shirt, all pendleton. it was a pretty good day! xp

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Monday, 22 October 2012 19:44 (six years ago) link

Elmo, I'm gonna come down to Providence one of these days and go thrifting with you so you can show me how it's done. Sound good?

ENBB, Monday, 22 October 2012 19:45 (six years ago) link

yessssssssss
i can only travel in the summer or winter but i am fully into this idea and not even joking

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:41 (eight months ago) link

yknow i have seen online animosity/competitive behavior between kondo-enthusiasts and thrifters -- 1) this is divisive and 2) who cares? don't fight amongst yourselves. keep giving it away/recycling your stuff and everyone's happy, the ecosystem is healthy. it's cooperation not competition!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:40 (eight months ago) link

so weird! - the animosity/competitiveness - is it that the kondo-kin think thrifters are hoarders or gluttons in need of discipline or ...?

sarahell, Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:04 (eight months ago) link

idk what they think honestly -- that seems otm based on what i can glean from the snarking i have seen.

to me it just seems like "defending my 'position' means insulting yours" mindset that seems to plague some modern online discourse. unfortunate, imo. i'm sure some people would say "lighten up, it's a joke" but isn't that what people always say to excuse themselves? idk i wish we could celebrate because this is a win-win for everyone.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:26 (eight months ago) link

That is so strange! Yeah, it would seem like a mutually beneficial system.

Yerac, Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:32 (eight months ago) link

also there is the shared value of objects providing pleasure, er, joy

sarahell, Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:47 (eight months ago) link

it is symbiosis of the highest order, what's not to like!?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 22:23 (eight months ago) link

also, it's not like I keep all my thrift scores forever -- I let things go when they cease to be useful or there are enough other things that have surpassed it in terms of joy and use value ... granted, I might have more things than some people believe I should, but what can I say ... i have so much love to give

sarahell, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:14 (eight months ago) link

especially when it comes to things that are relatively unique ... like the things I get rid of first are the more generic-looking items that would be easy to replace if I changed my mind

sarahell, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:16 (eight months ago) link

like i said, symbiosis!

“It’s a good time for thrift shopping. I have the people who are purging, and then I have the people that need those things and can have access to them at a lower price. It’s a beautiful, mutual symbiotic relationship,” she said.

https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/01/11/marie-kondo-has-everyone-tidying-up-and-chicagos-thrift-stores-are-reaping-the-rewards/

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 11 January 2019 15:41 (eight months ago) link

i have plenty of things to get rid of too. maybe i should organize a swap. i found the handout i made for aspiring swap organizers for my speech class last semester and i make it sound so easy! maybe it is easier than i think it is.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 11 January 2019 15:42 (eight months ago) link

i think you just need a space and willing participants and a plan for what to do with stuff that is left behind ... clothing swaps have always been awkward for me because I'm significantly larger than most of my friends

sarahell, Friday, 11 January 2019 20:30 (eight months ago) link

four weeks pass...

since we don't have a thread for swaps, i will put my q here in the hope someone can give me a quick answer:

what is the most inclusive language for inviting women + femme people of all stripes ?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 16:30 (seven months ago) link

is the swap just for women's clothing? Others I've seen have been "all genders/gender identities welcome" -- but if you want to specify that the clothing to be swapped is gendered, do that separately? Also, you may want to say something about sizes.

sarahell, Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:15 (seven months ago) link

opening it up to men's clothing would open a whole new can of worms that i am not ready to host in a week, so yeah -- just women's + children's at this point. the swaps that i have been to are all women's clothing but there are people of various identities there (not cis het men though)

this is why i haven't hosted before. too complicated!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:25 (seven months ago) link

i am definitely going to mention that there will be diversity of sizes and style + a changing room w a mirror
it's the invitation process that is giving me hives at this point :-/

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:26 (seven months ago) link

then i would say, "women's and children's clothing!" "all sizes and gender identities welcome!"

sarahell, Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:28 (seven months ago) link

ok thank you -- that is helpful!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:30 (seven months ago) link

let us know how it goes!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:37 (seven months ago) link

someday i would like to host a monster swap for everyone but not right now. party planning is so hard for me! i get really hung up on things that aren't important and then the stress fritzes me out
i also want people to know that even if they don't have stuff to bring or don't want to swap they are still welcome to come over and hang out and meet some new people/talk with me and who knows -- maybe a free accessory or other item may fall into their laps! you never know what you're gonna get at a swap.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 20:07 (seven months ago) link

i will def let you know how it goes.
it's a week from tomorrow :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 20:08 (seven months ago) link

five months pass...

i have since let go some of the items i found at the beginning of this thread almost 7 years ago! wow
time flies!
my swap failed btw. i had to cancel it!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 2 August 2019 23:52 (one month ago) link


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