Thrift Tip - Use the RN Search
Often when thrifting I come across items which have had their labels removed, or never contained them in the first place. Whether for my own knowledge or for help in selling on eBay, this is a valuable piece of information to have gone missing.
Take, for example, the tie pictured above. I found this one a few months ago and right off the bat I could tell the tie was of high quality, but it had no label whatsoever. Based on the color scheme and the font used in the “made in England” tag I had my suspicions, but I was not sure.
So I went here. The US maintains a database of all companies’ registered identification numbers (“RN”). The RN number is a number issued by the FTC to a business engaged in the manufacture, importing, distribution, or sale of textile, wool, or fur products. Simply type the number next to the “RN” on your item into the appropriate portion of the search query and hit the search button. Here, RN 41381 shows that this tie was made by the Ralph Lauren Corporation, confirming my suspicions.
The RN number search, a helpful tool in the thrifting game.