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post #1 of 12 Old 12-13-2010, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Where do you buy your show cloth?

For dressage and/or jumping shows...

I stopped by consignment store other day and was really surprised with the prices on used show cloth (some looking like it should go to trash directly). So is it indeed that expensive or there are places selling cheaper stuff? Or used is the only way to go?
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-13-2010, 12:18 PM
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Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. You can buy an $80 pair of breeches new and you'll have to be replacing them every year, or you can buy a good pair and have them for a long time. I just retired a pair of 15 year old arista breeches, $400 new.

When shopping consignment, the key is to know your brands and have a good tailor. Something may look like crap on the rack, but look at the fabric, check the brand and try it on. A good dry cleaner and tailor can fix up something that's high quality in no time. You do have to frequent the shops though because these gems are few and far between and usually get snatched up.

Good luck!

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post #3 of 12 Old 12-13-2010, 01:39 PM
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I am not sure if this will help you because you are in the states....but we have a store called "Equestrian Factory Outlet" and they sell brand names for cheap. I got a RJ Classics jacket and a beautiful shirt both for under $275. Just checked the RJ Classics website, and the same jacket is $280.

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post #4 of 12 Old 12-13-2010, 01:54 PM
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VelvetsAB, EFO is one of my favorites, such good prices! KittenVal, also make sure to keep your eye out on here. I have purchased a few pieces of show clothing from posters on this forum - but they go quick, so you have to act fast! Good Luck

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post #5 of 12 Old 12-13-2010, 02:00 PM
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kpptt---the only thing I dont like about EFO is the breeches that they have. They all seem to be the European style with full seats, or really thin material. When I put them on, I feel like I am not "held together" anymore and you can see my lumpiness. LOL. I prefer to get my breeches at Bahr's as they have the Grand Prix (which you also have to make sure you get the right ones, as the thinner material ones seem to rip at the seam).

Sorry for the OT Kitten. :)

Dover has a bunch of jackets and such in the clearance section as well....so they might be last years "in" style, but for hunter/jumpers, a basic black or navy jacket are always in style.

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post #6 of 12 Old 12-13-2010, 06:58 PM
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I shop at the local tack store. At the beginning of show season the have some really nice deals. Got amazing field boots for $100, show shirts were about $30 though I noticed they're kinda see through {after I bought it}. I had expected their jackets to be in the $300 range so I bought mine used for $110, went to get boots at the local place ad their new jackets were like $130.
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post #7 of 12 Old 12-13-2010, 07:29 PM
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If you want a fun day trip, and/or have something to consign, you might try coming to Middleburg. It is just fun, there are several tack shops, one does used/consignment, and most of it is pretty upscale, but affordable. Great place to shop-have lunch...etc. Not sure where you are in MD, but should be less than an hour for you.
There used to also be one in Potomac.....can't remember the name, but should be in the Equiery. if you went to the one in Dayton, yes, they have always been expensive. Only use them when I am selling.
If you know your size and brand, you can always try ebay too.....I buy lots of stuff there.

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post #8 of 12 Old 12-14-2010, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, All! I'm sure Canadian stores ship to US as well (well, I'm pretty sure they do) if I decide to order something there (I buy from Canada on-line from time to time as certain stuff is cheaper there). It's always good to know places with reasonable prices

Anebel, I perfectly know (from own experience) that you always get what you pay for (although there are exceptions, but they are not often).

Franknbeans, what other stores besides Middleburg Tack are out there? Is Middleburg Tack is a good place? I checked it number of times when I was looking for the saddle and it looked very decent (comparable to our consignment stores around). I'm still thinking about visiting it (when I have couple days off). Just wondering if it worth it (as it's over hour drive from me).
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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.

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post #10 of 12 Old 12-14-2010, 10:33 AM
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Middleburgh Tack Exchange is decent, but hoity. Very high-scale. Across the road from them is Saddlery Liquidators. The bigger store is in Haymarket, VA, but the Middleburg VA store is awesome.
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