11-18-2009, 02:09 PM
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You were somewhat concerned about cost of attire. I don't know if I can help you a ton but I did work at a Western Warehouse a few years back (BIG chain in the west and southwest). I know that a GOOD hat (even a lower end quality, like 20x) will run you 60?+ (If I remember correctly. Its been awhile so I may be COMPLETELY off...) I know that nice, quality button downs, I used to wear the old-school ones embroidered with roses and flowers, WITHOUT bling will run you 30-60+. If you buy QUALITY name brand boots (Tony Lama, Justin LUCCHESE, etc.) they will set you back $100-300 on the low to mid end. Wrangler jeans, like the 20x, or Cruel Girls will set you back 30 or more unless you catch them on sale. Some new brands I've seen are 60+.
Again, everything I'm listing is GOOD quality, name brand. You can definitely get stuff cheaper that may look good on the short term but PROBABLY won't have the quality or hold up in the way you might hope. Again, I may be WAAAAAY off in prices but I think I'm in the ballpark. Hope I helped!
Good luck! I hope you do run! I always wanted to but I was too scared and now I'm too old... JEALOUS!!!