For many thrifters, resellers and vintage collectors, the Raghouse has been a mysterious place that only few have experienced. Raghouse locations are guarded heavily, and most would prefer to maintain any and all contacts related to raghouses as confidential. However, it seemed that for a short period of time a group of resellers subscribed to the contrarian notion that the raghouse game was to be sold as well as told.
The great raghouse debacle began last week when two Texas local vintage accounts, Triple Black Vintage and PNT Vintage, posted that they would be dropping a $5 PDF file that would include phone numbers, addresses and the necessary steps to secure a spot within a raghouse. There was a polarizing response from many within the vintage community. Some believed it to be a Robinhood moment that represented a break in the culture of vintage gatekeeping. Others saw the impending leak as a ploy to make quick money off the backs of unsuspecting resellers. Furthermore, as the PDF was getting closer to dropping, allegations began to emerge that Triple Black Vintage and PNT vintage were engaged in a scorched earth policy because they were kicked out of multiple raghouses in the area.
To have things make more sense lets start with why the Raghouse PDF was a big deal.
First, raghouses are NOT something you can just walk into and start buying vintage. Many raghouses are formed from multiple year long relationships or through a family contact. If Raghouses were easy to get into, then everyone would have their own raghouse to pick from. Second, you can’t enter a raghouse unless you have large cash flow. It would be insane for a raghouse to let you come in, get first pick and only spend $100. The people that frequent raghouses are spending tens of thousands of dollars every month. Third, raghouses tend to be a dog eat dog environment. If you don’t have a close relationship with the owner of the raghouse, you can very easily get bought out by someone else who has more money than you. We’ve even been told stories of people getting held at gunpoint for trying to enter someone else’s raghouse.
All this being said, raghouse information is not impossible to find online. But no matter what, the information is valuable, and there are a lot of people that would do whatever it takes to get their hands on it.
Next, lets move on to what happened in the aftermath of the $5 raghouse PDF.
*Before we move on, we would like to mention that there have been allegations made by Tex from Lazarus Vintage and Aaron from Loot.stl against Triple Black Vintage and PNT Vintage regarding their business and behavior at the raghouse. We cannot confirm nor deny their personal claims, so you can message them to hear more about their stories.*
So when this first went live, there was immediate outrage. People started commenting and asking how legitimate this information could really be. Some were angry because raghouse information is somewhat accessible online, so its not something that they should be charging people for. Others were upset that they were leaking raghouse locations that people make their livelihoods at.
A notable meme page, Arsenio Haul, was one of the larger pages to criticize the $5 raghouse PDF. Some might even say his consistent sh*t posting about the PDF, helped bring attention to the issue and get it cancelled.
Shortly after public outrage, comments were turned off on the posts. Soon after, the posts regarding the PDF drop were deleted from Instagram entirely.
Both Triple Black Vintage and PNT Vintage have since gone back to regularly posting finds from the raghouse and for those unaware it would seem like nothing ever happened.
We reached out to Triple Black Vintage and PNT Vintage to comment on the story but did not respond.
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