Like nearly all on this forum I have a strong attachment to the cars, clothing, music, home furnishings, etc. of an earlier era. But when I look into the prices on some of these things I just can't bring myself to buy them. I know there is a premium to pay for things that are well made and I respect that and try to buy things that will last. However, I think if I was able to tell my late parents that I was considering buying a $300 fedora or a $500 coat their response would be something along the lines of, "What! Are you crazy?!" My mom & dad were born in 1912 & 1913 respectively and, as such, suffered the full brunt of the great depression. As a result they had a lifelong tendency towards thrift and lived by their mantra of "Use it up, make it last, make do, or do without". I guess some of that rubbed off on me because by the time we were in our early forties my wife and I had had saved enough for both of us to retire early. For the last 20 years we have done nearly all our clothing shopping at thrift stores for reasons of greater selection as well as thrift. In thrift stores you're not held captive to racks and racks of the latest fashion, no matter how ugly that may be. I don't attach myself to having to own any one thing but merely keep my eyes open and wait. I find that if it's "meant to be" sooner or later that item will come along at a price so low that it would be stupid not to buy it (my usual "rule of thumb" is 10% or less of retail). Sometimes there are very long waits till the right price comes along but the delayed gratification only makes the find more sweet. We live in an era of instant gratification and many of the younger generation, having been brought up in a time of plenty, have kind of an entitlement attitude towards being able to own anything that their heart desires. I think we are approaching a time where things may not be as easy to come by and I think thrift needs to make a speedy comeback in our society. I hope I'm not the only forumite that feels that way. Anybody else have similar feelings?