Thrifting for Designers

As far back as I can remember I have been in love with fashion.  It seemed second nature to follow the latest designers, the hottest styles and seasonal trends but following and owning are two different things.  On a shoe-string budget how do you put Designers in your closet?  The thrifty way.

You've probably seen my personal blog posts about thrifting and the deals that I have brought home but thrifting for Designers and Premier Designers can become a costly adventure if you're not sure what to look for.  Since you're buying pre-owned, keep in mind the pieces you come across are probably not going to have a smoking gun of authenticity, arm yourself with these tips.

First, Some Rules: 
#1 - Ask questions before you buy.
Can you return it, if it's a fake?

Fabulous Fendi Find

If you know anything about me know this, I am a handbag girl. I love pocketbooks. With the exception of Kate Spade and Coach, my prestigious collection consists of 1 bag from each line. I try to choose a neutrally classic piece that goes with everything and will last a lifetime over something trendy that quickly becomes outdated once a new trend emerges. This bag didn't break that rule it simply redefined my definition of neutral.
 
With its 70's inspired swirls of camel, sky and fuschia, this silk creation is modernized by the envelope details and gold hardware.  A gift from my boyfriend, she comes to me secondhand from Crossroad Trading Co. Yep, another Crossroad find!

Before you judge the receiving of a used item, I picked it out as I was hunting for an anniversary gift. Originally retailing for $1750.00 it is large enough to hold an iPad and was only $200.00 including the dust bag and authenticity card.

Tell me about your latest and greatest finds, Gorgeous! xoxo
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