Tuesday Top Five: Tips For Buying Designer Goods For Less
It is not surprise to any of my readers that I enjoy designer goods. Though I pride myself on my fashion posts that have a true mix of high-low fashion, I do love designer brands, especially accessories. I do not own too many pieces of designer clothing, but I own my fair share of handbags and shoes. When you buy designer, you are buying a brand, but you are also buying great quality. I used to own a few fake designer bags (you know, good old Canal Street knockoffs!) that quickly fell apart- like strap breaking within a week of purchase. On the flipside, I’ve had one Michael Kors bag for years, and had a Gucci bag passed down to me that has stood the test of time. But just because I buy designer does NOT always mean I pay full-price! Here are my Top Five Tips for how to score a deal when you shop for designer goods!
1.) Do your research- The internet is your friend! If I see something I want, for example when I bought my Kate Spade iphone case, I looked on so many websites first. Not only could you see is Kate Spade is having any kind of sale, but they probably carry it at Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, or Macy’s. These websites might be having their own individual sales. Many websites often have a discount when you first visit the website for signing up for their email. Compare prices, use the discount, and then just unsubscribe! Easy peasy!
Super tip: the website Polyvore is also an incredible resource. Type in what you are looking for, and they do all of the work scouring the internet for you!
2.) Become a Maxxinista- Century 21, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, so many amazing options for designer pieces. You can get incredible Michael Kors pieces at a fraction of the cost at TJ Maxx. Every store is different, but my local TJ Maxx carries Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Prada. Beautiful designer goods at a great price! It’s no less ‘designer’ if you get it from here!
3.) Shop the Outlets- I cannot vouch for other states, but if you are my fellow New Jerseyan, seriously you need to visit an outlet mall. Here in the Garden State we are surrounded by Outlet designer stores, there is practically no reason to buy anything designer at full price! The Sands casino, Liberty Village in Flemington, Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, the Atlantic City outlets. Often these outlets have slightly outdated styles, but sometimes you can find very on-trend pieces. These stores often have hugely discounted pieces, with further discount coupons when you arrive. These are great places to stock up on designer gifts and wow your friends for the holidays!
4.) Shop Off Season- This may not apply in super high end stores like Louis Vuitton or Gucci (Disclaimer: actually most of these tips don’t…these are more for midlevel designer brands like Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors…), but shopping off season can save you beacoup bucks. Patience is required, but if you can stand buying a coat in April and not wearing it until the following November, then you can get some great pieces for a low price. Stores slash prices seasonally, so check back on that Kenneth Cole coat you have been eyeing at the very end of winter- chances are they are slapping it with a clearance sticker to make way for swimsuits. I once got a $150 Obey coat at Urban Outfitters in July for $9.99- ya feel me?
5.) Shop Sample Sales- This is really if you live in a metro area, but if you want designer clothes (and now we are talking like Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Vera Wang, the real deal) you can find it at a sample sale. Sample Sales are abundant in New York, but if you have to be ready to fight for it. You can do searches for sample sales like websites like http://www.dailycandy.com/new-york/, or follow your favorite designers on social media. Rachel Zoe always announces her Sample Sales. Sample Sales are the best way to get on trend, high end pieces. Always keep an eye out when you are walking around the city too!