Originally Posted by jagela
1. If you could only afford say $20 for a shirt or $30 for a pair of trousers what would you buy? Would you prioritise your own perception of what is hygienic over what is stylish or good value? 2. Do you have any other issues regarding hygiene and other people that might shed light on your attitude to used clothes or clothes from an uncertain provenance? Is this the only area where you feel that interaction with things other people have touched is unpleasant? 3. Do you enjoy paying top dollar to feel like you are really getting the best? My point is that I think it is clear from the thread that you are the one that seems to have the problem: certainly no-one else objects to you buying new and only new. So in the interest of clarity, I'd like to hear the answers to the questions.
1.) Hygene issue, yes. If I only had $20 to spend on a shirt, I would hit Marshall's or TJ Maxx. If my funds were that limited, I wouldn't be able to afford the trip to Nordstrom's Rack. Off 5th wouldn't offer anything at that price. I just can't make myself wear someone else's cast-offs. That doesn't mean someone else should ascribe to my ethic. To me clothing is like skin. I am not a Howard Hughes germaphobe, as I will rest my head on my wife's pillow. I will even use her hand towel. She hates it when I do that. But I cannot see myself going to a consignment shop or Salvation Army. 2.) I think thrifting is greedy if one has the means to buy new at full retail, or on sale, or at an outlet store. That is my judgement. Ebay is a different category and is for the truly fashion addicted. Clothing as we all agree can be an expensive, consuming habit. If thrifting is the only place one can find what one truly desires of fashion selection, that is different too. When I was in college and needed a pair of black trousers for waiting tables, I bought them at the Salvation Army because I wanted tropical weight wool instead of polyester (this was 1982). I was paying my on way, so Salvation Army was a justifiable option. Today, I am established and successful enough (through much hard work and have paid my dues to get to this point) to bear the cost of my needs and wants. 3.) I don't get any enjoyment from paying full-retail. I wish I could buy a MTM garment at a discount, but about $100 off is all you get a manufacturer's trunk show. So I buy clothes only when I have the means.