Jesse from Put This On lists his Top 5 Places to Buy Stuff in 2009
1. My Secret Thrift Spots
Everything in LA is a miserable drive from everything else, so I don’t get to my spots as much as I’d like, but when I do, I always find something. My greatest find was about a dozen Oxxford suits and sportcoats in one fell swoop. Not my size, but they financed the purchase of quite a number of other pieces elsewhere.
The Electronic Bay was a friend to me this year. I really got on top of the whole saved-search RSS feed thing, and found some real gems. Oxxford for Abercrombie & Fitch pants in black and grey houndstooth for $9.99, for example. Now all I have to do is figure out how anyone could ever wear black-and-grey houndstooth pants.
3. The Nordstrom Rack.
The general mookiness of Southern California means that the Rack near my house is infested with tatoo-inspired t-shirts, but I still find great stuff. The great Robert Talbott Over-the-Calf Sock and Facconable by Heuer wool tie haul of early 2009, for example.
4. The Cabazon Outlet Malls.
What could be more exciting than finding a piece of RLPL on the one rack of the Polo outlet that isn’t dedicated to crappy made-for-the-outlets BS and second-rate Lauren suits? Visiting the dinosaurs from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, that’s what. And they’re right next door. Tell ’em Large Marge sent ya.
5. Gilt Groupe.
That ticking clock tricked me into buying some amazing stuff this year. I’m particularly happy that no one besides me seemed to have any interest in the Benjamin Bixby stuff they had to sell over and over again. 1930s college student is one of my sartorial ideals.