Originally Posted by AlanC
If you can keep putting together ensembles like that for $4 you'll do very well.
I went to a local men's fine clothing store (Homer Reed Ltd., in Denver, CO) today. One blazer I bought (a Southwick) was from them originally, but 2 buttons had fallen off; luckily, I found them loose in the pocket a couple of days ago and called to see if they'd sew them back on for me. So, having to go to Denver for a job interview this afternoon, I went by there with the "broken blazer".
The part of this that is unrelated to this post is that they sewed on 2 buttons in under 4 minutes, while I waited. No charge. He wished me luck on the interview and said, "When you become affluent, you'll remember Homer Reed." Darn tootin', I will.
So, the relevant part. I was wearing a blazer (a Corbin), gray wool flannel trousers, and a light-medium blue OCBD. In the couple of minutes that the salesman and I chatted, I told him I picked this stuff up used at Salvation Army. "I'm wearing about $3.00 worth of clothes standing here in front of you." His eyes widened: "You're kidding me! The blazer you have on...we sell it for $499. The one we just fixed for you...$599. Man, I need to start shopping at Salvation Army!"
All in all, a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, the interview wasn't as nice. They told me, "Aw, you didn't hafta dress up!"