Most of my show clothing, believe it or not - are 2nd hand from Tack Sales that happen in my area every Spring *ranging from Feb - April*
I have some real nice name brand clothing, that I buy dirt cheap from these great sales. Heck, I have tack even, that I have been able to buy at very reasonable prices - because I cannot afford brand new stuff from Tack Stores and Online Stores.
For example - I have a pair of Mountain Horse Rimfrost Winter Riding Boots, that were near brand new, for $10.00 (or was it $20?) I cannot remember. I got a handful of Myler Bits, for $10.00 each...haha! You can't beat that.
With clothes, I have a pair of Ariat Field Boots, pull on's *blech* that I got for less than $30.00. They are in excellant shape, no rips, no tears, nothing falling apart. The only flaw is the leather on the inside is losing the coloring, but who cares. They work great! And I found a pair of Mountain Horse High Rider II's, zip up's, for less than $30.00 at a Tack Sale.
If I can't find breeches and show clothes at the Tack Sales, I go to Ebay
, and www.tacktrader.com
, and I scower the Classified's sections on Forums like HGS, here, and "The Bits And Barter Board".
About consignment tack stores, don't forget that the store has to mark up the products to beable to make a profit, regardless if the merchandise is brand new, or used. I usually avoid them, but I do browse incase I find something that catches my eye. If I go to conignment stores, it is usually for tack, beacuse I really can't afford brand new. Not yet - not until I get further along in the Nursing field. Then I can buy better quality products for the prices they ask...well, probobly not - lol. I've become such a penny pincher over the years I've lived here, I don't know if I can fork out money for me...lol.
Funny how you spend money on your horses clothing, but when it comes to you - it's way to expensive :P. I look at a pair of real nice riding breeches, and think "man, that's a months worth of grain right there" or "Man, that's 2 HT's" lol. I usually always walk away.