““Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”
— Bo Derek”
Loving expensive labels can be a real challenge for anyone with limited funds. I am one of these people but am also a HUGE fan of buying luxury goods that are ‘pre-owned’ or ‘pre-loved’. You do not have to go out to an actual thrift store and rummage through thousands of items to find a few gems, now there are online sites and some of the best thrift stores even have their own websites. From handbags to wedding dresses you can find the most desired items from 50 to 90% off the original retail price. I included only EXAMPLES of the luxury goods you can find on these sites, most of it goes very fast but they change everyday so please check the actual webpage for the most up-to-date items. Here are my picks, Enjoy.
Yoogi’s Closet, http://www.yoogiscloset.com/
Manolo Blahnik, $150.00
No joke, I bought my Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes in decent condition here for 150.00! I mean, what else can I say about that? They offer a fantastic selection of Chanel, Gucci and Burberry and have a 100% authentic guarantee on all their luxury items, 30-day hassle free return policy and you can gift wrap anything you buy. You can also sell any of your personal, luxury items, here it the link: http://www.yoogiscloset.com/how-to-sell-something . Do not forget about their accessories and jewelry, they have a decent variety for all budgets.
I love this site for their vintage goods: http://www.portero.com/shop-by-category/vintage.html. They have a whole selection of classic, vintage bags and watches some of which are 50% off. Check out the silk scarves, a lot of Burberry.
My personal bag(s) from Tradesy
Christian Dior, $150.00 & Escada, $50.00
Christian Louboutin, $349.00
Tradesy is a site that offers a little something for everyone. You can input your name and email for extra savings but their prices are great without the extra information. Offering brands like Coach, Free People, J.Crew, H&M and Cole Haan and they have handbags, accessories, clothing and even wedding dresses for every budget. Tradesy includes a section for maternity wear and plus sizes, good fashion comes in all shapes and sizes! I actually just bought two Dior and one Escada bags from there (see above for two of my purchases) and will continue to use Tradesy.
David Yurman, $545.00
Not only can you buy great jewelry on this site (David Yuman, Hermes, Van Cleef & Arpels) you can also sell any luxury handbag you have on this site as well. Here is the link to sell a bag: https://www.fashionphile.com/sell-your-bag Its nice to use to site like this versus one like Ebay, it is a more direct audience to what you are selling.
Vera Wang, $425.00
Monique Lhuillier, $1,500.00
Very few of us have $9,000 to spend on a wedding dress, this site makes it happen for a cut of that price. Wedding dresses are only worn once for the most part so why not make someone’s special purchase your own for ‘designer cheap’? This is a great site that includes designers like Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Amsale and Vera Wang. Amazing.
Housing Works, http://shop.housingworks.org/
My own skirt bought in 2012 from Housing Works on the Upper West Side, NYC, Banana Republic, $25.00
By far, my favorite thrift store(s) in New York City. I have bought many items here and like all thrift shops, it wasn’t the perfect fit so all I did was take it to a TRUSTED tailor to create the size I needed. You can find clothing, shoes, accessories and antiques on the Housing Works website, for auction. Prices start very low so take a look, you don’t have to live in Manhattan to shop at them.
BAG BORROW OR STEAL, http://www.bagborroworsteal.com/
Tory Burch, $100.00 a month to rent
Jimmy Choo, $170.00 to buy
I first heard of this site from ‘Sex and the City’, the movie. Jennifer Hudson, (Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant) explained that this web page was how she “rented” her purse that Carrie was admiring. That movie made “leasing” popular and I believe BAG BORROW OR STEAL is easy and risk free to your budget. A genius concept allowing anyone to rent a luxury item one month at a time.
*My personal favorite