Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Honestly, I don't think you can buy cheaper at WalMart than at the cheaper online tack/clothing stores Like State Line Tack, Chick's and Horseloverz. (There are others, but these are my favorites.)
Go to the clearance links and spend the time pouring over the numerous pages. Watch for their $2, $5, $10, $25 and $50 sales for bargains, too. THEN, buy yourself an el cheapo apron at Walmart, which is cheaper than a tack store grooming apron, wear it when grooming prior to the class to keep your new (cheap) show clothes clean, and DON'T wear your show clothes anywhere else, so that they will last.
I keep 6 levels of clothing at my house. The bottom barrel clothes are for seriously filthy work and painting, then the mucking/gardening clothes, then the housecleaning clothes, then the "going to the grocery store" clothes.
Then the casual-type but still dressy work clothes, THEN, the stuff I wear for special occasions, which I can keep going for a LONG time. There would be a 7th level if I was showing, and they would be washing IMMEDIATELY after a show and stored in a garment bag.
I also rotate 11 sets of sheets for my bed. I change those 1x/week and each set gets used about 5x/year that way. Just some practical advice for a very frugel horse-owner. =b