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Where to buy clothes? Or shopping with extremes, wardrobe

Recently, I thought that I was going to extremes when buying clothes. The fact is that visiting the market was a test for me. As a result, most often I update my wardrobe either in company stores or … second-hand.

I will clarify right away: in my understanding, the company store is not a market tent that has moved to a more expensive room, proudly calling itself a boutique. I’m talking about specialty stores where you can see popular brands of clothing. I am interested in relatively low cost: Zara, Marks Spencer, Colin’s, Tom Tailor and their ilk.

Market, second-hand, mass-market, I evaluated by the criteria. Let me go straight to conclusions, so as not to torment you, dear readers of Alimero.

More precisely, the ratio of price and quality. Discarding prejudice, it is profitable to purchase Second hand clothing. Among the goods used / y can dig up things of decent quality. I basically do not buy underwear (disdain), shoes (too personal item of clothing) and handbags (they can not be washed).

About 5 years ago I bought a down-padded coat on the market for 5 with a tail of a thousand rubles. Then the mass markets remained uncharted territory. It seemed that branded stores are open for anyone, but not for me, yesterday’s student.

Let’s go back to the jacket. According to the seller, I received the goods of an Italian company of incredible quality. I did not believe these tales, but I took a down jacket, because I did not find anything suitable in the market. A total disappointment is a brief verdict.

There were enough reasons for impetuous fun:
– bottomless internal pockets (forgot about the seams)
– the hood of an incomprehensible form, which strived to move somewhere
– a strange gate with a zipper-zipper, periodically baring the neck
– accessories-deserter (during the month I had to buy several new buttons)

I understand that some of the down jackets frankly stink or crawl away, so I still got a tolerable one, but I don’t want to focus on the worst version.

After a while, I did find out about branded stores and realized that it was better to wait for the sales season than to give money for market consumer goods. The reason for the sharp conclusion – a wonderful down jacket Columbia. He was pleased with the coloring, style, quality of material and seams. In addition, the cost was 1.5 times less than the market. And this is in a store where the starting price just scares off!

It is possible to compare the prices of the market and the mass market for a long time – I will devote a separate topic to eloquent examples.

Secondly, I no longer perceive as a folding bed with a mountain of rags. Now second-hand clothes are sold not only in the markets, but also in spacious shops with comfortable booths for fitting. Yes, the price will be higher, but not too critical. As they say, places need to know.

With second-hand sorted out, now compare the market and the mass market. And here the difference is striking. Somehow weakly aware of belonging to a civilized society, standing on a rug (cardboard, plywood) in bad weather. At such times, you don’t think so much about the ideal style as you value your chances of survival.

Of course, I am exaggerating, but now I need just an incredible incentive to undress behind a thin screen. Do not forget that in such conditions it is also necessary to evaluate the style. Oh, how hard …

What a deal mass-market! And warm, and comfortable, and you can walk quietly. A separate booth for 5 minutes turns into a small personal kingdom.

Especially important is the freedom of movement when buying shoes. The standard models rarely suit me, so choosing the next pair is painful. I do not know about you, but I can’t estimate the boots, having a couple of square meters of the pedestrian zone.


Human factor

Oh, my favorite criterion! I hate obsessive service! That is why the market is suffering from turtle syndrome: I want to hide in the house when the seller starts processing the client.

During the fitting, I am not at all interested in the opinion of the merchant. I myself know how to sit a thing and what is going on for me. The ideal seller should be helpful and discreet. They asked – answer. Do not ask – close your mouth in time. Yes, just so categorically.

And do not get stuck in my dialogue with the people who accompany me. Terribly angry when the seller comments on the words that I (as quietly as possible) address to the satellites. I suffer from the last strength, but after the 10th replica, I just give the thing and leave. To a more restrained seller.

And yet: announcing the cost, you do not need to draw conclusions about my solvency. I need a figure, not a warning epithet expensive. Cases, of course, rare, but eloquent.

Yes, the man works. Yes, he needs to sell and replenish the budget of his family. I understand everything, but I don’t want to participate in this theater of absurdity.

In mass markets, there are also obsessive consultants, but they are easier to rein in. Politely refuse help – and you have complete freedom of movement around the trading floor.

In the market, the cost of goods often depends on the mood of the seller. You can buy a blouse, and after 100 meters to find the same, but much cheaper. I do not need such a quest!

In a chain of stores of a certain brand the same prices. Discounts also sync. I can visit several identical shops just for the right size. Predictability is a minor but enjoyable bonus!

And where do you buy clothes most often?

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