Thrift shops.

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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 3:06pm

This article made me think of this board, since it touches on two issues hotly debated here: Thrift shops and designer bags, except the designer bags at the thrift shop are real.

Look Who’s Shopping Goodwill

GRACE BELLO clutched her prize to her chest. “This Marc Jacobs dress is making my day — I need it,” she said. At that moment, Jim DePaolis, a sales associate, raced toward her with a Diane Von Furstenberg frock in one hand and a black cocktail dress in the other.

Darren Hauck for The New York Times
A Goodwill boutique in Milwaukee.
Ms. Bello held up the little black dress, assessing its charms, as Mr. DePaolis began courting her in earnest: “I’m seeing a little retro ’60s girl,” he said. Next, he produced a punkish satin gown that bristled with safety pins, urging Ms. Bello to “imagine this with a pair of motorcycle boots.”

A style-struck pair, Ms. Bello, a writer, and Mr. DePaolis, who has worked for Banana Republic, might have been haunting some Manhattan citadel of chic — Jeffrey in the meatpacking district or Barneys on Madison Avenue. In fact they were in Chelsea, spelunking for treasures at the Goodwill store on West 25th Street.

Across the country, Goodwill is competing for shoppers with a keener eye and sometimes deeper pockets. A few stores are adjusting prices accordingly. The many who think of the brand as a graveyard for no-name castoffs would be surprised — or dismayed — to find a Prada bag marked at $200 and climbing at auction on a Goodwill Web site, or a Pucci shirt for $800.

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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 3:34pm

Are you trying to start a riot? LOL. I forsee a thread consisting mainly of "This Message Deleted" bars in my future ;)

They're pulling the same thing with vintage sewing machines suddenly. The world's worst boat anchors apparently need nothing more than a petrified "stabber thingie" (aka needlebar) for thrift stores to decide it's a 'rare antique' worth $500 or more. :::eyeroll::: Half the time you're lucky if the thing was manufactured 50 years ago.

I did, however, manage to score a 'worthless toy' machine that was, in actuality, a very highly sought Kenmore chainstitcher and with just a bit of sewing machine oil have produced some really lovely stitches. I see a redwork quilt in my future. :)

(I've also got a bid in on a Willcox & Gibbs chainstitcher machine head. I'm hoping that will bring me a W&G treadle table, but if not, I'll find some orphaned irons and franken-fit a wooden table top--the W&G machine heads need very little on a table top beyond bolt holes to fix the head and a couple of larger holes for the treadle belt.) Guess I really needed 12 machine heads ;)

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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 5:13pm
That's depressing, lol.

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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 5:37pm

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Goodness, if that's how much they cost at Goodwill, how much do they cost retail?

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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 6:49pm
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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 8:37pm
ROFL! A thousand dollars for a fancy sack, and the Pucci site looks like a scene from Austin Powers. That's hilarious, what people see fit to spend their money on.
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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 3:08am
Well spotted. Pucci was really big in the 60s/70s.
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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 3:40am
Oh, and it absolutely cracks me up every time that a leather trimmed canvas tote will cost close to a 1000 bucks because it says Prada on the handle. Surely you have to be either cognitively impaired to buy that or else have way too much money to throw around that could be better spent by Habitat or something.
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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 9:07am

I LOVE my Goodwill Store -- it looks like a Marshalls or a TJ MAX -- we donate alot of stuff to it and we shop there too!


in semi related news a huge outdoor fleamarket in Hollis NH recently had a slew of vendors busted and arrested for selling knock off designer handbags - apparently it was a sting operation that was months in the making and had ramifications throughout New England and beyond. Here's the link to the news story


http://www.theunionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Derry+flea+market+raid+2+years+in+the+making&articleId=fc45cdff-540c-4881-9cad-94df531d91ef


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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 9:15am

$200 is still too much for a pocketbook. IMO. WOW. I don't think I've spent $200 on my purses combined in the past 20 years.

I don't understand it. I don't understand the shoe thing either. Comfy all the way for me.

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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 9:48am
lol!! To each his own :)

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