07 May 2013

Here We Go-Go!

It's never been easy for me to ask for help, and harder still to ask for money,so bear with me a little here.

As many of you know, I started this blog five years ago because my friends and I saw a gap in the then burgeoning online menswear community. We discovered the blogs in their infancy, and being the clothes-mad bunch we are, followed them with a voracious appetite. They showed us the good stuff and the good life, but much like the magazines and books that preceded them, didn't really offer much advice for the less-than-well-to-do. I had been both hooked on the good stuff and broke my whole life, and had developed quite a knack for overcoming the shortfalls of my wallet. With the encouragement of those friends, An Affordable Wardrobe was born.

In the beginning, I couldn't believe anyone was reading outside that small circle of friends, let alone commenting. When I held the first Top Shelf Flea Market, now nearing it's seventh edition, I was humbled by the turn-out. When I launched my own online shop, it was more than I could have imagined I'd be doing when I first sat down to pen my tales of penury and cheapskate-ism. But more than all this, the friends I've made, even in far flung places, are the supreme reward.

Now for the really tacky part. I think it's time to take the next step and move An Affordable Wardrobe out of the house and into it's own space. That's why I've launched a campaign on Indiegogo. My hope is to raise enough money to rent an upstairs space and fit it out like an old school haberdashery. Think Alan Flusser, only crazy cheap and second hand. This will not only allow me to keep open hours but also bring the web shop to a new level, offering more new items with greater frequency and turn over shipping more quickly. I've already scouted out a few good spots in the Greater Boston area, but just need a little help to get the papers signed. 

So many of you have been so kind in the past. If you've ever thought of helping me out in this labor of love, now's your chance. If you can't contribute, please tell your friends and spread the word through all the usual media channels. Every little bit helps. In return,I promise to keep the begging to a minimum here. 

For more info, see here, or click the Indiegogo logo in the sidebar.

Penury may indeed be no excuse, but every now and then a fella could use a couple of bucks.

Thank you,


p.s. link added. Thanks Bob. oops


bob said...


Andrew Paterson said...

Joe, I will happily send you some Aussie dollars from down under to support your business.

With any luck I can visit your store on my honeymoon next year.

My only ask is that you stock some more size 38 jackets!

- Andrew.

Joe said...


I stock what I find. Hopefully, this will up the ante and enable me to gather more product.

Joe said...


Oops, thanks, and linked.

Scott Alexander said...


Congratulations on all the success you've had thus far, and I wish you the best in launching your own store. Thanks again for inspiring me to start my own blog a few years ago, and thanks for always influencing my style and thrifting vigor. I'd love to interview you for the Cable Knit Charlestonian to help get the word out for your Indiegogo campaign. Email me at ckcshoppe@gmail.com if you're interested.

Best wishes,
Scott Alexander
The Cable Knit Charlestonian

Ian said...

This is so inspiring! If the shop is half as good as the blog you've got it made.