Originally Posted by FETIDI
Gentleman, As someone who has been thrifting for about a year I wonder what the prices are in your area. I only buy things for my own use or that of my sons. I try to buy only items made in first world countries of high quality. For instance today I got lucky and found 3 CANALI shirts at $5 each in my size in excellent condition along with a POLO cotton golf jacket for about $5. Last week I picked up my first CANALI jacket in my size for $6 which I thought was a very good deal. It takes a lot of work to find quality items in excellent condition. I usually pay $10 or less for a sport coat and $20 or less for a suit in brands like HSM or HF. However I can go to 4 thrift stores in a day while I am out and about and often find NOTHING.
Again I only buy things to wear and am very picky which is why I have given up on EBAY. Half of the stuff I get from EBAY is loaded with moth holes or old and worn out. I go to GW or the SA or other non profit charity based stores. So far I have not gone to SAVERS which is big out here. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Where I'm at shirts are $3.75, sport coats $8, suits $12.
And I agree about ebay. Shopping yourself you can examine items before buying. With ebay not all are as discerning about what they pick up at thrift shops and resell as the majority of people on here are. Too many buy and try to resell every big name brand item they come across. And I'm especially leery of the ebay items listed as NWOT, especially when it's on a mannequin. You know it's likely a thrifted item so if they aren't the original buyer then how do they know it's new if it doesn't have tags? I've come across items that I could swear are new and never worn, but if they don't have tags then I can't listed it as such.
Anyway, buying on ebay you just need to look for reputable sellers. Obviously shopping in person you can look over the items yourself but of course, won't have the same selection available to you unless you live in or near a large city. Just have to be patient.