Thrift Stores vs. Billy Reid – Store Wars Rd. #1

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STORE WARS: Thrift Stores vs. Billy Reid

Store Wars 8sStarting March 17th and running through April 7th, is hosting a bracket based tournament with the purpose of eventually crowning the all around Affordable Men’s Style Retail Champ for 2014.  For a full introduction see this post. The bracket on the right will be updated as the tournament progresses. Click on it for the full size. Make a case for your preferred competitor in the comments section, but don’t forget to vote at the bottom of each match up. On with today’s showdown:


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Strengths: Who doesn’t like a treasure hunt? Picking through the racks and finding something incredible at thrifting prices is extremely satisfying. It’s the way (other than ebay) for guys on a super strict budget to find heritage, sometimes luxury pieces. In our world where most affordable new clothes are made with some level of disposability in mind, you can still find extremely well made, built to last goods hidden in the racks and on the shelves of thrift stores. From furniture to cars, the variety of desirable, great-looking stuff can be tremendous.

Weaknesses: No matter how many great, in-depth guides to thrifting you read, if you live in an area that just does not send good stuff to thrift stores, you’re going to waste a ton of time. Some of us have flat out given up. It’s a gamble, and it can be addicting. And if you’re losing 99% of the time, but still head back on the hunt, is it worth it? Also, with the younger, internet & ebay-savvy generations aging, will thrift stores become less and less likely to acquire tempting stuff? Or will the previous owner choose to sell his more desirable items online?


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Strengths: Sure they’re probably over-seeded, but this is one of only a few labels that hits that odd area between affordable and unattainable designer goods. They’re more expensive that most (all) of the other competitors, but if you save up, stumble across something at Nordstrom Rack, or hang out for a sale… you can pick up some of their incredibly well made goods at fair prices. They’ll still be pricey, but their outerwear, shoes, accessories, and even basics like henleys and polos are worth (to some) saving up. Lots of goods are made in the USA or Italy. Has a rugged but still polished feel. Their in-store experience is incredible. Outerwear is awesome, especially the Bond Peacoat.

Weaknesses: C’mon. Surely over-seeded, and maybe lucky to even be in the tournament. Just flat out too expensive. More of a niche than a go-to. Suit jackets / blazer can often look chopped. While they do offer casual to dressed up stuff, the line can seem a little limited in terms of selection.

Your votes determine who goes on to the next round.  Cast your ballot below.  Voting closes at midnight ET.

Store Wars: Thrift Stores vs. Billy Reid

  • Thrift Stores (62%, 867 Votes)
  • Billy Reid (39%, 541 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,405

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