If you work in an industry that requires durable clothing, like manual labor, construction or conservation, finding affordable work clothing options can be tough. The same goes for careers that require scrubs. Good brands of blue-collar clothing have been co-opted by the fashion industry and prices just keep going up. Luckily, there are alternatives.
Army Navy Stores
A used military clothing store can be a goldmine of field-ready gear at affordable prices. Military uniforms are also blessed with a multitude of pockets, perfect for your various tools and field notebooks. You may have to put up with various camouflage patterns, but luckily there are quite a few to choose from. If that’s already your style, you are in for a treat! You can also find boots and other equipment available for purchase.
These may not be as focused as army stores, but are much cheaper than buying new if you happen upon the perfect knee-enforced work pants. It might take a bit of time and effort to find what you need, but the savings are worth it. Thrift or consignment shops are especially plentiful when it comes to scrubs- you can usually buy five sets for the price of one new brand-name set.
Looking for used work clothing online opens up an overwhelming amount of choice. Almost every online platform that sells clothing offers a used option. Websites like eBay and Amazon usually offer good prices. Sometimes more locally focused sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace can offer much cheaper prices, even going as low as free. Keep in mind that it’s always somewhat of a risk ordering from the internet.
It can seem unfair that your line of work requires you to wear something that you don’t already own and may cost a lot of money. If you’re clever, it doesn’t have to set you back too much. Good luck scrubbing up out there!