Have you ever wondered, “What happened to that shirt I left in the cleaners almost three years ago?” Do you remember those expensive work clothes you left there that you planned to pick up with your next paycheck, until you had to put it off to cover some way more important unexpected event? If you don’t remember that much, you certainly will not remember that modest sign hanging on the wall that read: WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CLOTHES LEFT OVER 30 DAYS. Well, don’t get overwrought when you hear what ever did happen to those forgotten belongings.
Now first let me mention, I am a hard working dad of four and I recently earned a significant promotion. So much was the elevated title and position that the new pay subsequently paled in comparison (cynically speaking). Nonetheless, I could no longer dress in khaki’s and collared shirts at my cubical. I now had to wear a tie and blazer while on “company time”.
My new salary extended my net pay by $200 dollars a month and although I was grateful and super excited about the new expectations and my new ultra-cool corner window cube, I almost left work out that window when I attempted to online shop for a few new habiliments to meet the requirements of my new professional calling.
Plainly said, I couldn’t even afford the shipping and handling it would cost to order a half dozen new business suits. I scoured tens and tens of websites resulting from the search words “cheap suits”. I must have passed over at least fifteen or twenty thrift store sites until I stumbled on a blog that read: “Sam’s Club-house Thrift Shop has the best clothes I’ve ever seen in a second hand shop. The clothes actually had the cleaners plastic still on them.”
Clearly intrigued, I contacted the Thrift Shop and inquired about the merchandise and the prices associated with the regalia in question. Ensuingly, I arrived at the thrift shop to inspect these second hand suits and it was as if I had entered a public auction lot. Some of the finest garments I’ve ever seen were impounded there. Suit blazers of the finest name brand and quality were $12 dollars. Ties were $2 dollars and dress shirts of all makes and models were $5 and $6 dollars. Moreover, true to its endorsement, the wares “actually had the cleaners plastic still on them.”
Finding the right size was a shot in the dark but I was able to acquisition a King’s lot that Solomon himself would have been none the wiser to match. I won’t say the name brands but I will say for less than $200 I was able to buy one of those fancy white collared blue dress shirts and a blue collared white dress shirt for $6 dollars each. I bought fifteen ties for $2 and $3 dollars each, some silk and some not silk (cotton, nylon, etc.). I bought a half a dozen blazers in various colors for $12 – $15 dollars per. I also purchased ten pairs of fancy designer dress pants for $6-$8 dollars per. I bought cufflinks for $5 dollars and a couple sweater vests for $4 dollars. My total came to just under $200 dollars for my awesomely revamped wardrobe.
In my search for a few urgently needed “cheap suits”, I discovered a thrifty little secret about those aforementioned “forgotten belongings”. If you don’t pick up your clothes from the cleaners, someone else will. And that’s how I revamped my wardrobe for under $200 dollars.