I used to buy Walmart's Faded Glory brand jeans until I noticed how quickly they wear out. I mean, a few months? A year? Ridiculous! So I switched to Lee Riders. Still relatively inexpensive, a few dollars more than FG, but they wear like iron. I've got several pairs that I've had for over five years and they still look good.
And y'all know how I feel about thrift stores and finding good quality there. LOL!
"The business of life is the acquisition of memories." --Mr. Carson