Most of my clothes come from OpShops. I am on Pension and cannot afford to buy New clothes which are so dreadfu;lly expensive. Further, the problem with 'new' clothes is they are all made for skinny flat-chested teenagers or 20-somethings. Anything for older (still attractive) women is of hiddeous cheap fabric, cut very badly, idiotic sizes, revolting colourts/designs and still priced highly.
IF I had the $$ & backing, I'd love to produce Clothes for Real Women.
Definitely!! I always have done so!! The price is a big factor,but also the Op shps here have gorgeous brand new items which still have their original labels and price tags on!!! My blouses in particular always attract positive comments! So many peopleseem to buy with the seasons,and gthen never wear these items,this I am able to ben efit forom so many of the really classically lovely ones!!
All the time, I try to go to them say twice a week.
Some are far better than others.
They were asking last winter for $60 a Navy wool coat, it was dirty...and buy the time you had dry cleaned it, well you would have spent maybe $85!
It had been worn to death! as well, and that was at one of the 2 main players, for Op shops.
Not all are the same fair price, and you can buy cheap cotton clothes from K-Mart brand new, for far less!! Like ladies T-shirts $3 and $4.
One out of the two Op shops, are quite fair I must admit, so I go there most of the time.
Many charity stores, now conduct ''brand recognition'' training programs to help staff identify the most valuable brands to price them .The trouble with that is not all their clothes are even worth, what they are now asking.
It really also depends on the 'manager', some play fair others are plain crazy.
I started Op shopping before my 1st daughter was born, 42 years ago. My mother-in-law was horrified ! Then when her daughter was pregnant, guess who was op shopping then?? I used to buy, slacks, tops, kids cloths, if they were cotton, & books. Now I only wear summer dresses all year round, I can never find any in the op shops that I like, so I buy them all new! But Iím still in there, looking for things that our 2 little grand-daughters might like.