“From msjimmied above "...small business, we are doomed to a world of homogenized crap ... Give me quality and value and I will buy."
Check out the many small business consignment stores, resale shops that offer a variety of high quality items at reasonable prices. Many consignment stores are VERY picky about what they will accept. They know what their customers want and don't accept "crap" as you say.
Although resale shops may have only one size, you still save time because all the better brands are in one resale store rather than spread out all over the mall. Also, consignment store inventory changes daily with new arrivals.”