“If a man you do find to be of good quality then force those qualities to the forefront of his character. I would be amiss to take credit en full for the person I am today. The woman in my life has made me want to be a better person. Manners while inherent in their kindness are not coded into our DNA and therefore whether due to too much dubstep, not enough tea, or a simple lack of trying most men will fall by the wayside whilst beautiful ladies like yourself pine for men of stronger stuff. So to you I say as I have, find a man who is of good spirit and bring out those good qualities that are in him so he may not only enhance but refine them. Ask him, kindly, to pull out your chair, open the door, offer you his umbrella, compliment you on your grace. Lastly but of course not least if you search for a measurement by which to eye perspective men then fall to the mother. How a man treats his mother is how he shall treat his wife. And that is all I have. Never settle for a man who does not respect you, as long as you have respect for yourself.”—timetravelingscamp.tumblr.com
What are some good thrift stores to shop for guy clothes?
What are some good thrift stores to shop for fashionable guy clothes? What kind of things should I be looking for?
the god of thrift for men says (brokeandbespoke.tumblr.com):
There’s a ton of excellent information out there on thrifting, but I’ll share some of the most basic approaches I take that often yield substantially rewarding outcomes…
1) Go thrifting often. Do not be discouraged if you have an outing and find only crap—that’s going to be the case 90% of the time, especially if you’re on a quest for high-end menswear.
2) Be thorough when you go through racks and stacks. For example, there’s been a lot of talk of late about Anna Matuozzo’s Neapolitan custom shirting—one of my greatest thrift finds ever was two Anna Matuozzo shirts mixed in with the usual stuff by Gap, Van Heusen, Geoffrey Beene, etc. This was at a Goodwill. They weren’t my size, and at that time I’d never heard of the brand (around 8 months ago, when this happened, a Google search for Anna Matuozzo yielded few results), but I could discern their quality by all the handwork. I flipped them at a substantial profit. While a cursory glance at the shirt carousel might have suggested that everything was blah, a thorough flip-through netted me ~$200 in profit…This brings me to my next tip…
3) Sure, search for labels you know to be good, but be on the lookout for quality too. This can be determined by the feel, or hand, of the fabric on jackets, or by the stitchwork and buttons (i.e., real mother of pearl) on a shirt. But don’t hesitate to buy something you like, especially if it fits well, because it’s by a maker you’ve never heard of—it might end up being the next label to be drooled over by #menswear.
4) Contrarily, don’t hesitate to buy something that you like and fits well because it is from a brand or of a type of construction that gets pooh-poohed in the blogosphere. Sometimes the things that make a garment of particularly high quality and price point are things that only matter if you want to keep the garment for a lifetime. Sure, fused jackets bubble in the chest if you dry clean them enough times, but if you find a jacket for $10 that’s fused, and it fits you like a glove, and it’s in a fabric you like, buy it and dispose of it if and when it does begin to come apart in the chest. I’m guessing you’ll have moved on in your own personal stylistic evolution long before that happens.
5) Examine items closely. 90% of the stuff is there because something is wrong with it—it’s stained, it has a hole in it, it’s threadbare. I’ve definitely come home with a haul that I thought was flawless, only to find a stain, discoloration, rip, or run on a shirt and/or tie. It’s going to happen, but try as best as you can to examine items in good light—near a window or other reliable source of illumination. 10% of stuff is there because someone died and it was donated by a relative, or because someone outgrew something—either by gaining or losing substantial weight, or by changing their sartorial sensibilities. This is the stuff that is gold.
5) Don’t buy stuff that gives you any reservations—that Zegna tie that looks super early-90s, that Brioni shirt that has sort of disgusting ring around the collar, that pair of longwings that’s a little too narrow. If you’re buying for yourself—that is if you’re not planning on flipping it for a profit—then leave things behind that do not meet your exacting specifications. You will, if you thrift often, come across something that fills that same gap in your wardrobe/soul sooner or later.
6) This isn’t always true, as there are varied logics behind how donated things get distributed, but it is generally true that the things in thrift shops located in affluent areas are nicer than those in less affluent ones. If you live 30 minutes away from a well-heeled suburban area where many professionals who wear expensive clothes reside, drive (or take public transportation) there and scour their thrift shops. And this brings me to my final piece of advice…
7) Go to yard, garage, and estate sales in fancy neighborhoods. The people who are having them are well-to-do, they probably buy and wear nice stuff, and they’re clearly trying to get rid of it. It’s a win win situation.
I could go on, but this ought to help get you started. Good luck!
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First I just wanted to say, I love your blog! Out of the 193 tumblr blogs I follow, yours is my favorite. I am a big time thrifter too! Second, I think the 30 by 30 challenge is a great idea. I’m going to reblog the challenge on my blog. I will submit my daily photos to you and I will post them on my tumblr. I’m excited to do this. My wardrobe has been lacking in the creativity department lately so this should definitely help! Thanks for being awesome!
Well. This is exciting. Thank you so much for the compliment! I love your blog and have been following for a while now!
I will be posting my 30 items bright and early tomorrow…. as well as out fit number one! You should post yours tomorrow/tonight, too!
If anybody else wants to hang out with us cool kids and get creative to make 30 outfits out of 30 items of clothing, then let me know!
PS- If you want to just post your photos to your own blog, I can simply reblog from you, rather than you submitting…. this could save time and trouble. :) Just let me know that you’re participating and I’ll check in on ya.
i have been researching different challenges to do for the month of march, as i am completely lacking motivation to make a presentable outfit and i have a lot of winter clothes that i have yet to wear.
1. Pick 30 items or less from your closet. Shoes are included, but accessories and jewelry are not.
2. Remix the 30 items into 30 different outfits.
3. Don’t shop for 30 days.
seeing as how i wear the same damn things all the time, i don’t think i will feel too limited/stressed with only 30 items of clothing. and it will force me to work with clothes and create outfits around pieces that i haven’t worn to their full potential this winter.
and i’ll save money by not shopping. win.
of course, all most of my clothes will be THRIFTED, they will be “winter themed”, and i will share the 30 articles of clothing i choose february 29th (tomorrow) . i will post daily outfits of the mix and matched outfits throughout march.
my only change to the rules… because… well… i’m an adult and i get to make the rules… is that i will not be including shoes as part of the 30 items of CLOTHING.
if you want to visit my 31 thrifted outfits of tumblr project i did in december (through january, let’s be honest), check it out here.
INVITE FOR PARTICIPATION: if anybody wants to do this project with me, submit photos, and be featured on femmeinnest… you just let me know!! my bent is that some of the clothes be thrifted. the submission button on my page DOES work. fyi. ;)