Comment 31104

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted May 15, 2009 at 21:06:51

It's interesting to hear of new thrift stores/consignment shops around here. Perhaps I'll walk up there one day soon.

While I agree with the premise of the article, I still find thrift shops a bit hit-and-miss though. There's some great stuff there. But that's still mostly suited to casual clothing and personal items. And even though I'm not too picky (I wear jeans and a neutral sweater or t-shirt 90% of the time) when I need something more polished it's a whole other story.

So when I need a suit, or a crisp dress shirt, or something else specific, thrift stores aren't much of an option unless I'm very lucky. Even consignment shops (where quality may be higher/prices may be higher) are hit-and-miss. I've got a few good pieces of great quality that way, but it's much harder overall.

I've had the conversation a few times with others when we've wondered how we could get better Canadian-made (or even ethically-made) women's business clothing at any price point, and if.when something will open up to meet that market.

If it does, while not competitive with big box stores, hopefully the quality would be better and competitive with mid-price-point retailers.

Men have a few more options - Gilbert's will do custom men's suits with Canadian fabric or custom-tailor a suit made in Montreal - many other places do this or similar things as well - of course, they still start at over $500, which is a good price for a decent-quality suit, but not everyone is in that price bracket either.

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