eBay: Two fake Fred Perry polos. Ugh. Retail: jcrew black shoes, couple years ago. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but they are some giant shoes (thick rubber sole, misshapen moc-toe) and they fell apart. Wouldn't have been willing/able to spend more than $100 at the time, though, so I guess I couldn't have done much better anyway. Thrift: It's ok to screw up at thrift stores, I think. For every $2 I spend on something I eventually give back, I spend $2 on something I wear a lot. Ok, the member's only jacket was funny, but not particularly wearable. I like standing at the door, shaking my head, and pointing to the tag. Lessons: selective eBay purchasing, nothing from the far east. No shoes from J Crew, and selective otherwise. Thrift store I still spend on stupid things, so I've learned nothing.