Originally Posted by Klobber
Happened to me many times someone said something.
One guy flipping through chicks clothing had the audacity to tell me that I was in the wrong section. I replied "I am planning on becoming a transsexual so need some feminine gear". The look on his face was priceless.
I bit off more than I could chew when a woman suggested to me I was in the wrong section. I replied "Oh, I am looking for something nice for the wife". Well, this lady went above and beyond taking me around showing me what was nice for my wife. I was thankful she was being a good sport and helpful by showing me nice Gap clothing etc, but really it was not what I wanted. I felt I could not indicate to her that I had no interest in woman's clothing, only mislaid men's clothing with high scale brands attached to them! I ended up with an armful of Target rejects and Gap clothing for woman and only put them back once she left.
I usually say something like "I have a wife and she tells me to check out the women's stuff for something nice" and that usually leads to me being lead through the section pointing out every generic piece that would work. It's nice, I know, but I would rather dig through the racks looking for Gucci and other labels. The employees are generally very nice and polite and one woman even holds stuff for me. She figured out awhile ago that I only go for the well-made stuff and she knows her brands as well as anyone and prices things accordingly. It's nice though, she finds house brands that were made in Italy by some of our favorite Italian houses and holds them back for me to check.
In fact, there is a brown wool/cotton jacket from an expensive clothing store in a brownish color that is sitting at a store that is in great condition and well made. I couldn't place the tag, but it's made in Italy. Marked at €20 or €25, but I'll get pictures if anyone is interested. About an EU 40 iirc.
Originally Posted by thriftydood
The prices at my local Goodwill (not boutique, whatever that may be) are roughly double that--$6 shirts, $9 sportcoats, $15 suits. I think shoes were $8 or $10, I don't quite remember. Plus they had a "designer" rack where they had shirts for $15 and jackets for $25. Ties were only $3, are they a buck a piece at your GW?
They range widely here. It's up to the employees in most of our shops and if they recognize something, it will be more. Hugo Boss is plentiful and generally 2x the normal price. In Vienna, one chain of stores is awful with pricing. Every suit is €75 no matter how old or cheap it originally was. Other stores mark everything the same price. One store even recognized Brioni, which surprised me. It's really hit or miss.