Shopping High End on a Budget
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So you have already put last month’s rent towards your wedding gown, shoes, and accessories for the big day only to realize that you still need outfits for the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and maybe even your bachelorette party. Now we could easily visit one of the many discount retailers out there and find some cute white dresses that won’t break the bank, but we want something designer and high-end. I personally wore a $10 dress to my rehearsal dinner, but who’s keeping track? If you want something designer and high-end, I’ve got you covered. Here are some tips on how you can get that designer look at a not-so-designer price.
Consignment stores are gaining more and more popularity and are a great place to find designer goods for less. You’ll still pay for the quality, but not nearly as much as you would if you went to Saks. Before buying at a consignment store, do your research. Find out about the authentication process as well as any authenticity guarantees they may offer. You can usually find new or gently used pieces anywhere from 20-70% off retail.
Some of my favorites in New York City are Second Time Around and Roundabout Resale.
I am deathly afraid of shopping for designer goods on eBay, however there are some reputable sellers out there. Just do your research so you don’t end up paying good money for a fake. My favorite online consignment shop is Yoogi’s Closet. I have purchased a few pairs of Louboutins from Yoogi’s and have been very happy.
Shop your friend’s closet
We all have that friend of a friend that would rather spend her money on the newest Valentino dress than pay her light bill. That may also be the friend that no longer fits into the beautiful Valentino dress that would look great on you. You’d be surprised by what you may find if you ask around. If you have your eye on something, do not be afraid to ask around. Offer up some cash and she might take the bait.
Shop Grandma’s Closet
Grandma was once young and hip (or might very well still be) so you will be surprised what kind of gems are hidden in her closet. One of my friends came away with vintage Chanel pieces last time she was home. SCORE! Grandma can be a great resource for accessories, too. Remember: Real gold and gems were not as expensive back then as they are now, so hit up Grandma’s closet and jewelry box, you never know what you might find.
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