Listen, I’ve been a lover of luxury, designer brands since before I even knew what that meant. I mean, have you seen a Chanel bag? They’re beautiful! They are wearable art. Unfortunately, my wallet isn’t well equipped for my interests. Here’s the thing though: I work hard. And what’s the point of working out if you don’t enjoy your hard work? Now I’m not talking about spending everything you make, as someone in her late-twenties having a solid savings account is important. Savings are important no matter what your age is. I’m talking about having a balance of saving and fun.
I have a separate “savings” account for fun things, things I want but aren’t really necessities. I keep a wish list and prioritize my wants. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out because if I see a good deal I make sure I snag it!
So here’s the thing, my number one trick to buying designer: BUY PRE-OWNED. There are some items that are just better to buy pre-loved/used. Chanel, for example, is one of my favorite brands but bags cost an arm and a leg. I have three Chanel bags and two of them were bought pre-loved. I paid an amazing price for my bags, almost 75% less than regular retail and both bags are in near new condition. The picture below shows my Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap that I bought pre-loved.
My two favorite sites for buying pre-loved are Trendlee and Tradesy. Both sites are great! They’re both easy to navigate and are constantly adding new things. Tradesy has other items besides bags, so you can browse an endless amount of luxury goods on their site! My most recent bag, my Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis, was purchased from Tradesy.
Thrifting is my favorite way to find designer pieces as well. My blazer (shown above) is vintage Dior and I found it at a Goodwill Boutique. The thing about thrifting is it takes a LOT of patience and a little praying. I come up empty handed more often than I’d like but that’s the risk you take. I do a lot of researching before I pick out a thrift store too, I figure out the area that I’ll be going to, see if it’s a “boutique” style thrift store or not. Orlando has a couple of really stellar second hand shops like Dechoes and Cida’s Consignment both of which have some AWESOME steals. But like I said, it takes patience and a handful of trips to get some gems you’ll love forever.
If you have local second-hand/consignment shops see if they have Instagram or Facebook pages and follow them. That way you can stay up to date as to what new items they have. They’ll generally post of the best things they have coming in, so stay up to date! A lot of times, you can call and pay over the phone to reserve an item.
I still stand behind Ebay and use it constantly. You’ll be surprised at what you can find on there. I’ve gotten a collection of authentic, vintage Chanel shoes for amazing prices. But again, like in real life thrifting, Ebay takes lots of patience. I actually have a handful of designer shoes I’ve scored from Ebay. These shoes are in PERFECTION condition, maybe worn twice AT THE MOST and are generally 75-90% less than retail.
I bought this vintage Escada blazer on Ebay a few years ago and it’s a classic staple in my closet!
And finally it may seem obvious or it may not but waiting for an item to go on sale is a great way to save some cash if you’re not interested in buying second-hand. There’s something so rewarding about buying a designer piece straight from the store (or even online!).
I bought these gorgeous Chanel heels from the Chanel boutique at the Mall of Millenia in Orlando. They were a seasonal piece so at the end of the season they had them on sale.
This is something I’ll have in my collection forever. High-end department stores like Barneys, Saks and Nordstrom have annual sales as well. Check out those sales when they happen! While I paid full price for my Valentino Rockstuds (ouch!) you can sometimes score seasonal pairs during the semi annual sales. Just make sure that you actually like what you’re buying. Last year I saw a pair of green Valentino’s and they were at an amazing price… problem is, I’d never wear green heels! But hey, there’s someone out there that will!
Is there a luxury item you have your eyes on? What was the first designer piece you bought? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Until next time,