I find tools to be the same way. I've got old world farm tools that will outlast anything I can buy at the box stores. Some of them cost more and I had to make my own handles but now they will outlast me.
The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. - Masanobu Fukuoka
I buy most of our clothes, including shoes, at thrift shops. It's the only way I can afford high quality stuff. You have to know something about fabric and clothing construction, but that applies to everything, or you won't be able to spot a bargain.