Thanks again for the responses.
I am sorry that some people felt attacked -- reading over the posts again, I can see how some might think I was saying that thrifted clothing is inferior. That is not the case -- a brioni is a brioni, a kiton is a kiton, etc. But I still strongly believe that a brioni in great condition > a brioni in average condition -- I think most of you will agree.
That being said, I assume this is a place to discuss clothing, fashion, style -- whatever you want to call it -- because we all have a mutual interest. The root of any good discussion is an opinion, so don't discount my opinion because I am new to this thread/forum. You don't know my background, or what I have to contribute -- but if you want to try and shun me that is up to you. But like with a new job, I am going to put an idea out there whether it is day 1 or day 10. Whether your idea is accepted or not, it's a way to immediately show initiative and commitment, and, hell, maybe even just get noticed -- I'm pretty sure I have already achieved the latter.