When it comes to clothes, I’ve changed my approach a bit over the years.
When younger, I really wanted to dress well. Professionally, I bought good clothes for the office. That’s not exactly a personal finance faux pas, as appearance can matter to some degree depending on the type of work you do. At the very least, dressing sharply for work won’t hurt – let’s put it that way. I enjoyed the Anniversary Sale from Nordstrom. Really, the guy who has posted about picking up pennies was actually more than willing to pay up for clothes! I even bought pretty good stuff for weekends too – that was probably where I cared the most, actually.
Since then, I’ve toned it down quite a bit. I’m really not into shopping for clothes at this point. When I do, it’s just a few times a year during sales, and I try to get in and out of the mall within a short period of time. Stereotypical male shopping experience. The places are more modest now, by the way.
That being said, I’ve never gone to the point of getting second-hand clothes. The closest I’ve gotten to doing that was only once, and it was more of a joke than anything else. I was going to a “70’s” party, where everyone was expected to show up in their tackiest disco-era outfits. Of course, nobody actually owns such outfits (nobody I know, anyway!), so I imagine people just went out and looked for weird outfits.
This is where I went to a thrift store, and actually bought pants and a blazer for a grand total of $2. Yes, I bought a gaudy, purple outfit for this crazy 1970’s party – and wore it. But you know, $2 is actually a pretty good deal for a one-time funny event like that. That’s less than the cost of buying coffee at some places!
But that’s the furthest I’ve ever gone in terms of second-hand clothes. At this point, I don’t care to buy any for myself. My youngest kid wore a few hand-me-down shirts from friends kids when a year or two old, but that’s it. I mean, clothes at that age are meant for the parents to think their kids are cute, the kids themselves couldn’t care less!
All this being said, while it’s not for me, I totally respect if people buy them. I guess I’ve never given it much thought, but I’m curious if you’ve gone down the path of buying second-hand clothes for yourself.
My Questions for You
Have you ever bought and worn any?
What kind of deals have you gotten?
Am I missing out on a nice way to save?