- Apr 16, 2002
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Wal-Mart sells $25 billion worth of clothing each year.
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Is the Jet Rag Sunday $1 sale worth going to, or is it an example of rummaging for hours in an unappetizing environment with little to show for it at the end?I like thrift stores. Â The problem with them is that you have to rummage for hours through bins in rather unappetizing environments, and often turn up nothing. Â Here in L.A., places like American Rag give you the best of their "edits". Â However, you end up paying somewhat steep premiums for the work they've done.
I've been to Wal-Mart. Even bought clothes there. Before I left Durham, NC, and Atlanta, I bought several bags of v-neck cotton undershirts from them... (The Fruit of the Loom ones cost in quantities of three less than what 2xist ones cost singly, and frankly the 2xist ones aren't any better after a washing.)I've never been to a Wal-mart.
It was an interesting article, and I have to say my second thought was "H&M", too. ("Ha-und-Em", as they say in German-speaking lands, or "Hennes" as they call it in the UK. What do Swedes call it? Or, for that matter, New Yorkers?) And they've expanded such that there are now just about as many H&Ms as Benettons in most of Europe. My first thought? People are incorrectly assuming that Wal-Mart is just in N. America. That figure is worldwide. People in Brazil and Venezuela and even in Europe (they own the Spar supermarket chain, in addition to having a few Wal-Marts in Germany and the UK) shop at Wal-Mart.Judging by the article their clothes philosophy sounds a lot like H&M, a Swedish company littered across any and all towns in Sweden. (They've also expanded outside Sweden.) Basically, they rip off what can be copied and sell it dirt cheap. In their defence they also do design some stuff on their own.
I like shopping, and I don't mind terribly wading through wads of dross in order to find something interesting. I don't like the idea of used shirts so much, but jackets, overcoats, etc., why not? My best thrift-store buys have been a cashmere blazer (30 euro), a navy linen suit (22 euro), and a vintage Burberry trenchcoat (US$5). I don't tend to find trousers, because the inside legs are always too short. Peace, JGWhat about "regular" second hand shopping? Do you venture into goodwill type stores? Have you found some remarkable steals at those places, unearthed gems?
Absolutely. I've found some amazing designer pieces in fine condition, about which the folks at the thrift shops had not a clue. I've had too many such finds to list them. I pick up items for my fiancÃI know that vintage couture/designer wear has been gaining in popularity over the last few years. What about "regular" second hand shopping? Do you venture into goodwill type stores? Have you found some remarkable steals at those places, unearthed gems?
Any place in particular you would recommend in L.A.?Absolutely. I've found some amazing designer pieces in fine condition, about which the folks at the thrift shops had not a clue. I've had too many such finds to list them. I pick up items for my fiancÃe, too.
I find such "treasure hunting" to be more fun than at canny vintage places where the prices reflect their deep pride in the merchandise. Not that I haven't made the occasional purchase at shops from Wasteland to Decades Too, but nothing beats snatching up a vintage Matsuda piece for $8.
What, and turn you all into my competition?Any place in particular you would recommend in L.A.?