Q & Answer: Where To Find Better Deals?

October 29, 2009

Q & Answer: Where to Find Better Deals?

Jesse (a different Jesse, I promise) writes:

Hi, I understand that nice unique things cost more money than mass produced run of the mill clothing does, but can you please try to cover the just barely above the poverty line demographic a little more? Maybe some thrift store tips or how to meet boosters in your community even if there is not an already established community of boosters present in your own.

First of all, congratulations of having the best name around.

Second of all, we can’t endorse buying stolen clothing.  You’d probably end up in a Coogi sweater, anyway.  That said, until things start looking better, there are things you can do to look good on a budget.

First and foremost: get to know the second-hand clothing market.

Some places to consider:

  • Consignment stores
  • Thrift stores
  • Flea markets
  • Ebay
  • Clothing forums (fora?)
  • Craigslist

You can get high quality clothing from any of these sources for pennies on the dollar.  The key is being able to sift the wheat from the chaff, and putting in some time behind the sifter.  Also, stretching metaphors to their limits.

Look for names you know, learn names you don’t, and find stuff that fits.  Save searches on Ebay, keep your eyes on the forums, and above all: don’t waste your money on crap.  Make a plan and execute it – build a wardrobe, don’t throw your money at passing fancies.

We’ll have more about this stuff in the future, but that’s somewhere to start.