I recently started buying designer clothes for work on E-Bay. I keep it to two designers who I know fit me well, and pay about 20% of retail. I also splurged on a really, really nice suit about a month ago.
So they're more or less expensive clothes for thrift prices.
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I guess I don't buy high end, small boutique clothes...ever but I do believe in buying reasonably priced, well made clothes. I buy them on sale, off the clearance rack, and sometimes I find things at the thrift store.
Meghan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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I think that because people have had experiences with thrift stores like Amvets and Goodwill. That thrift stores couldn't possibly have nice clothes. Or the clothes couldn't possibly look professional.
My favorite thrift stores. Charity's Closet and Charity's First Picks. Are thrift stores run by an organization called Success in Style. SiS is an organization that dresses people for jobs. That can't afford appropriate work wear.
There is also Cheri Amour. That sells used designer wedding gowns. Possibly some new. If the wedding was called off. They had an Ines De Santos, $9,000 wedding dress. For $5,000. Plus the bride would get warm fuzzies. Knowing that when she purchased her beautiful gown. She helped others.
So people donate their gently used work clothes. Knowing that it is either going to go straight to someone who needs it. Or it is going to be sold in the thrift store. Then the proceeds will help run the organization.
both I go to Abigals attic I buy a lot of new clothes with tags on. these are the new items 4 lined Liz Claiborn pencil skirts $ 38.00 a piece got them for $7.00 a piece. Wool rich jacket brand new $ 5.00 London Fog $ 10.00 new purses for under $10.00 so many things Picone sweaters for under $10.00 I always come with a nice selection thhen donate or sell my other clothing to consignment
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Because you're tall, try the men's section at the thrift stores for pants. I've found some great fitting pants in the men's section. You might not find dress pants, but you will find hiking pants, cargo/khakis, jeans and even ski pants. That's where I found my hiking, jeans, cargo/khaki and ski pants. LOL.
I have a tough time in the women's section. The pants are either way too big or way too small or some weird color I don't like.
I have a friend who's a hair under 6ft 5" tall. When he fluffs he's hair, he's exactly 6ft 5". LOL. anyway, he can't shop at the Big and Tall Store for men. He's TALL, but he's not big. He has a 34 waist. the Big and Tall shop starts at 36. He special orders his pants from JC Penny. That might work for you too.
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I buy relatively expensive clothes, though I don't buy them often. So it evens out, right?
I get things on sale if I can, but since I need to look professional for my job and I want my clothes to fit well (I am tall, and have a tiny waist for my hip/bust size), I'm willing to splurge on pricier items. Of course I'd rather spend less on clothes, but when I can walk into White House Black Market and everything fits, but is pricier than Target or JC Penney... as long as I have the money, I'm still willing to spend the extra cash for the looks, fit, and convenience.
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I don't buy from department stores...I have better luck at outlets and I have access to two major outlet meccas. It's just rare that I can find something that fits ME in a thrift shop. I am still plus sized and over 5'10". I guess the more normal sized someone is, the easier it is to find something.
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The only thing I really spend a lot of money on is shoes. I have hard to fit feet and am on my feet all day, so it's worth it to me to spend the money to get exactly what I need. I don't do thrift stores really though, I am much more likely to go to a store like Nordstrom Rack, or shop the sales at Nordstrom or Macy's, or hit the outlet mall.
Lauren Sri Lanka
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I buy expensive things cheaply at thrift stores. I figure there's less of a commercial impact and I get to choose things that interest me as opposed to what's trendy. I once spent less on a $1000 Michael Angel dress (because no one knew what it was) than I would have an H&M polyester t-shirt at the mall. The draw back is that thrift stores are time consuming and require persistence, but half of my wardrobe is designer in result (leaving money to spare for college textbooks). Works for me.
I have only bought 'expensive' (to me) clothes twice in my life and that was for special weddings. Otherwise I buy new from cheap clothes shops or very cheap 2nd hand (but good condition) from Hospice.
I look for good quality (not necessarily "expensive")...on sale...and not very often. Being in my retired years, I have plenty of clothes to do me for a long time.
My issue with the thrift stores is that sometimes the clothing is SO PACKED together you can't really see anything, and there's seldom a place to try it on.... Over the years I have found a few good things which were worth the time and trouble. patti
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Neither. Thrift Shops really don't have much in the way of tall clothing.
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