Even though Emily is back (!) this week, the Editorial team decided to give her another week off from Weekday Wardrobe (who wants to post outfits when they're jet lagged? Not us!). This week, we're all about our Assistant Editor Katie's week of outfits, and asked her to share her tips for finding the best designer and vintage pieces online, for a fraction of the cost.
1. Make lists of your dream items: In order to find quality vintage goods, you have to know what you want. By making a mental list of your dream items, your searches in store and online will be far more focused. Now this doesn't mean that you should walk past a killer, surprise deal, but crossing off coveted items slowly feels as if you're building a collection.
2. Do your research: If you're going to invest money in designer goods, know what makes them exclusive. The more you know about the items, the less likely you'll be to purchase a counterfeit. Doing your research also means cross-listing. Don't buy upon first glance- odds are there are other, better prices out there.
3. Manage your expectations: I always joke that I buy vintage not used. And while that mantra is fun, the reality is that these are used goods. This doesn't mean they're gross, but if you're expecting a flawless item, you'll be disappointed.
4. Find your spots: There are 3 routes I take for finding the best deals. First, I shop local. Tons of vintage stores and markets in your town will have unique designer goods. Just make sure the shop isn't over-priced or over-picked. A few of my go-to L.A. spots are Wasteland, Starday Vintage, Melrose Trading Post, and Gift of Garb. My second route is to bid on EBay. Consignment stores and collectors from all around the world list their goods, either in an auction or BIN format, and they are almost always listed for lower prices than you'll see in a store. Lastly, check out known retailers like The RealReal or Vestiaire Collective. With these sites, you will never be surprised. All items are graded on quality and appearance, and are fully authenticated by their team of experts. You just *add to cart* and wait for your designer goods to arrive at your door!
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