AS I WRITE THIS POST, I have that warm, fuzzy, slightly smug feeling that comes from landing an amazing deal. I just purchased a smart, gently used Tallia Uomo men’s suit that normally sells in the luxury department store Nordstrom’s for over $500 for only .99 cents (plus $13.00 shipping) on eBay. As an experienced thrifter, I get that feeling quite often. Should you buy used suits online? Let me share why I think you should:
My thrifting habit started ‘back in the day’ when suits were standard business attire (long, long before hoodie-wearing Facebook executives were invented). I was working in the corporate offices of a major clothing manufacturer in New York City’s famed Garment District. Because I was a desk-bound ‘pencil pusher’ I had to wear a suit daily, paid for with my modest salary. However, I would interact daily with company salesmen who wore beautiful, expertly tailored suits. Unlike ‘pencil pushers’ like me, they had an expense account for their clothing purchases. Being in the garment district, I would also see top designers like Oscar De LaRenta, Bill Blass, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein noshing at local eateries during lunch hour wearing stylish suits that were well beyond my pay grade. This taught me that all men’s suits are not created equal. Needless to say, I cultivated a taste for quality clothing that I soon discovered could be satisfied by frequenting my local thrift shops.
My first meaningful thrift find was a luxurious Zegna wool suit in a thrift shop run by a local hospital charity. That suit cost me $25.00. When I took it to my local tailor for alterations, his eyes lit up. He began to point out all of the details that added to the exceptional quality of my second hand purchase. That Zegna suit retailed for over $1,000 when new. From that day on, I never purchased a new suit. Why should I? I could, with a bit of effort and self-education, find better quality suits, coats and blazers that were well beyond my pay grade for little more than the cost of a meal at McDonalds.
Four Reasons Why You Should Buy Used Men’s Suits Online
After decades of buying used suits (most recently on eBay), here are my top four reasons why you should buy used suits (and other men’s wear) online:
You Save Truck-loads of Money
By buying used suits online (and at local thrift shops) you can save so much money that clothing is no longer a major expenditure in your budget. For the cost of just one better quality suit that retails for $500 or more, you can build a respectable wardrobe by buying used.
You Can Buy Better Quality
The Zegna suit I paid $25.00 for in a thrift shop has a level of quality I could never afford to buy at retail. By thrifting you can indulge expensive tastes in clothing that would normally be beyond the reach of the common man. With a bit of good timing and research, I have purchased better brands like Hickey Freeman, Joseph Abboud, Canali and Oxxford when thrifting for much less than I would pay for lower-tier mass-market brands new. Yes, I can have my champagne on a beer budget!
Your Clothes Will Last Longer
For arguments sake, let’s say that you buy four better quality used suits and wear them in rotation. They will last far longer than one new suit purchased at retail. Well made suits can last a lifetime if well cared for. Better brands make suits that stand the test of time. If you buy quality rather than a trendy designer label, your suits will provide years of good looks and service.
You Will Look Better and Get More Compliments
Well made clothing shows your good taste. Besides, who doesn’t like getting more compliments?
How To Get Started!
Have I convinced you yet? Great! How do you get started buying used suits online? Easy, check out my guide to buying used suits on eBay. I recommend eBay because you cannot beat the depth of choices they offer in used men’s clothing. Most thrift shops now list their most desirable items on eBay. Once you discover how much you can save, you’ll be hooked! By the way, once you acquire a few nice suits, you’ll need to know how to iron your cotton dress shirts the right way, check out this post to learn more.