I live in the South (US), and my favorite way is to do multiple day Thrift Store adventures. I live in my car for 3-5 days at a time and just travel gypsy style. That way I'm in fresh territory every day and I can soak up the nightlife after the stores close. There's nothing like walking into a venue in some strange city smelling like 3 days of roadtrip/thrift store funk and watching bands play and meeting new people. Ahhhh, this is the life for me.
You should check out raghouses on your journey.
Distributors/raghouses: The main thing is to visit them. You don't want to receive a box/bale of random garbage and it'll give you sense of how organized they are, what their customer base is like and what they're picking out for themselves.
Thrifts: Make friends with the staff.
You'll also learn with time where to source what. I've got one guy who grades UK rags so he gets alot of belstaff/barbour etc, another who grades almost exclusively LA rags (good for NWA type stuff- Oakland raiders etc) and another who gets alot of old military due to his location.
I like to keep a regular route of thrift stores. That way you get to know which ones have the most volume of merchandise coming in and when. And when you do score, it will almost always be for cheap.
Estate and garage sales can be the best places to get first dibs on rare stuff straight from the closet or storage. But there is a lot of luck involved since most people don't buy or keep good clothes in good condition for decades.
I also am a big road trip guy. I've driven across the country several times. Over the years I have combined my love for traveling the open road with hitting thrift stores along the way. I recently took a trip to DC for leisure hitting a bunch of stores during the trip.
I am also a garage sale nut in the summer time. Unfortunately, summer time in Maine last about 3 weeks.
That's a bit counter-intuitive, isn't it? Raghouses may sort more in a day than your local thrift does in a month.DownTown wrote:The hunt is almost 80% of my life, I've been on road to Nevada, California, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona & Coloardo. I hit up thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales & anywhere I know clothing will be. I have NEVER went to a raghouse but just hunt for product on a almost daily basis.
If I had the chance to look through sorted items I would 100% do it, I have even placed orders through a couple companies and the quality wasn't the same as what I pick up myself. Thrift Hunting has been my best option for quality merchandise and honestly is what almost EVERYBODY uses. But I'm not knocking rag houses in the least bit, just that option hasn't opened up for me.CRAZYBUBBA wrote:That's a bit counter-intuitive, isn't it? Raghouses may sort more in a day than your local thrift does in a month.