I'm curious about the clothes-buying philosophies of the members of this forum. Â Many of you, it seems, are willing to invest the time required to get great deals on Ebay or at discounters like TJ Maxx. Â It also seems that many of you have a lot of items in your closet. Â My philosophy or approach is quite different. Â I don't particularly like surfing Ebay or shopping at TJ Maxx, so that if I were to go that route, I'd factor in the cost of my time, and then I'm not sure that the deals would be such great deals. Â I'm also very picky about fabrics, colors, fit, etc., and probably return 1 item for every 2 that I buy (even when I've had the opportunity to try the item on in the store). Â For that reason, I didn't have much luck the couple of times I tried buying ties on Ebay. Â Finally, I prefer to have just a few items in my closet that I really like and really feel comfortable in, e.g., 2-3 suits, 6-8 dress shirts, a similar number of ties, a couple of casual shirts, a pair of jeans, a couple of pair each of dress and casual shoes, and a couple of belts (my assumption is that this "bare bones" wardrobe is much smaller than the average poster's). Bottom-line, I guess, I'd rather pay $100 for a shirt that I really like than get three $33 shirts that may be a great brand but which I'm not crazy about for whatever reason. Â I also wouldn't mind paying full price for the $100 shirt and would be unmoved by the fact that the $33 shirts were marked down from $300. I'm interested in hearing how others think about these issues. Â I was raised in family in which we did all of our shopping at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, etc., and have only recently adopted the above philosophy after realizing that the 90%-off items in my closet weren't a great deal if they weren't ever worn.
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8/30/04 at 1:29pm