To get a better idea of the quality and prices of the clothes
in Port Hardy, a few members of the
staff of the student newspaper, "The Wailer", did a
little investigating. First, we visited a thrift store to check
out prices and quality of the clothes and then we visited some
retail stores to compare. Philip Martin and I volunteered to
test the buys.
At the thrift store, we didn't find much in the way of guys'
clothes. There were a few sweaters and tee shirts, but nothing
that caught our eye. We did, however, find some cool girls clothes,
of fairly good quality that reflected the styles we'd been seeing
on teens. The V-neck striped sweater, knit striped scarf and
touque that I purchased came to a grand total of one dollar --
not a bad price for a student who has her busy, expensive social
life on the go.
After our little expedition to the thrift store, we explored
the mall. The retail stores that we browsed through had a much
larger selection of clothing. At Reitmans, we found about thirty
different patterns of soft fluffy scarves for about ten dollars
each. Here, I tried on a fuzzy striped sweater, which was much
softer than the knit one I bought from the thrift store. The
sweater was on sale for twenty dollars. Next we looked around
Rascals where Phil tried on some winter clothes.
"They were nice and comfy and clean," said Phil.
His outfit, a soft black striped sweater and a pair of khakis
cost about $140. Phil went on to explain that he wouldn't shop
at the stores, "You never know where they [the clothes)
have been," he explained.
Retail shopping offers more of a selection of new popular
fashions, but it can be expensive. Also, some people object to
seeing the same outfit they are wearing on somebody else. Thrift
shopping is good idea if you're on a budget because you can find
some unique and inexpensive clothing. Although it takes a while
to find the perfect item, thrift shopping can be worth the effort.