Jaydawg......excellent question. Because I am an extremely frugal person and have always been very financially sensible and budget-minded, I've been known to consider purchasing just about anything that had been previously owned.
Shopping for "used" items is a special talent and improves with experience. For instance, as a young single Mom of 4, I learned the tricks of the "trade" by necessity. When in the market for particular items, my first search is for the availability and prices of previously owned. Through trial and error and careful scrutiny, one can find the better consignment stores and/or resale centers. Clothes are definitely something anyone can buy used.
If you spend any amount of time shopping in this manner, I can assure you that you will be amazed at the good condition most used items are in. Well-established places with a solid reputation and sizable customer base, will offer only items that are in acceptable condition.
In my lifetime as a consumer, I have purchased "2nd hand" probably more often than brand new. Cars, furniture, household items, appliances, clothes, books and misc.....you name it. The key is to do your homework. Know the cost of "new," and then proceed to shop around.
For those individuals who feel they might be embarrassed to shop for used items....I have a question......Who is to KNOW, besides YOU that you bought something at a 2nd hand store or consignment shop?
A little secret: I can promise you, I get more compliments on my outfits than friends of mine who insist upon shopping only at high-end dept. stores......IMO, that's a plus!