I appreciate those who offered honest answers. I wasn't looking down my nose on anyone, I was homeless and living in the streets for a time so I know what skid feels like. Only that made me want better for myself and my family. Also, the few thrift shops I've been to (after reading this thread early on) turned up pretty much zip and was chalked up to a waste of time. I was honestly wondering what drove some of you to frequent thrift stores. Was it that one item that you snagged that had you religiously going back in hopes of another awesome find? Are you broke? Just cheap?
When I started out I bought used shoes and clothing and treated them if as new. But that changed and I probably wouldn't go backwards. But if you can post on an internet site, either you can afford a computer and airtime (and a camera or phone with a camera), you can afford to rent airtime or you have a job and post there. Either way, I just wanted to know what drove you to do so and what is keeping you doing so.
I remember picking up cigarette butts from the ground and smoking them to the filter. Pretty nasty. I wouldn't do that now, though. See what I'm saying?
For me, I thrift for two reasons. One is for the thrill of the hunt. Hell, there are no quality mens stores in Iowa (probably not one retailer that sells kiton, brioni, RLPL, etc.) but I still want to look.
Two, my regular wardrobe was complete shit 9months ago. I've used my thrifting finds to upgrade to 6 SF "approved" suits,, 3 new pairs of AEs, and several drakes, Marinella, isaia, etc. Ties. Without thrifting and reselling on B&S and ebay, I'd have none of that. And I still have $500 in paypal "powder" from recent thrifts. I hope to flip it all again in the next twelve months to have even a better personal wardrobe.