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I absolutely LOVE consignment stores! I just do … most of my furniture and clothes are from a consignment store. You can find some great deals at consignment stores you just have to look – and sometimes you don’t even have to look that hard.
So I’m sure many of you have been curious how I score some designer items at literal pennies on the dollar of the ticket price – this is how – I shop at consignment stores. My sister and I used to flip designer handbags and shoes this way. We would go to a store – find a nice bag (verify that it was authentic – we spend a lot of time learning how to spot fakes of many of the designers out there) and then list it online for a profit (most of the time it worked – but sometimes it didn’t). I’m not talking about name brand items (like Guess or Nine West) I’m talking designer (Tory Burch, Louis Vouttion, Chanel, Louboutin’s). It kept us occupied but definitely required quite the initial investment.
This is not what I am suggesting to do at all – it is just something we used to do while in college. What I am suggesting is that if you really really want that $300 purse (which would most likely be along the coach callibur of designers) go to a consignment shop and look for one there Or even go look on e-bay!I used to pick up Coach Purses for $20-$25 each which is a HUGE discount from the $300 price. The dress I wore to my rehearsal dinner for my wedding was an $800 Dolce & Gabbana dress that I was able to get for just under $100. I know that is still a lot – but I splurged for the event – plus the savings was crazy!
The Dress I wore to my Rehearsal Dinner – plus my Beautiful Sister!
When I was in college (and my sister and I were flipping designer items) I even picked up my first pair of Christian Louboutin Shoes for under $100 and they were barley used! Not to mention Kate Spade and Coach seem to be a dime a dozen at some of the Consignment stores I shop at – So if you LOVE designers but don’t like the price by all means shop at a consignment store (Or even e-bay there were many a good deals I discovered on e-bay).
Reeling this post back down to earth – since many people don’t go out looking for such high priced items – there are many other quality items you can find at a consignment store. I am a huge fan Chicco’s and Ann Taylor – but I would NEVER pay normal price for any of their items – so I buy them at consignment stores.
We have a really nice China Cabinet that I only paid $150 for.
Most of our furniture I bought at various garage sales and my husband fixed up for us. Plus there are alwasy stores out there that are specific to a certain niche. Like strictly furniture, or more for the ‘teen’ or college crowd (like Plato’s closet), there is even a maternity and baby clothes/items consignment not to far from me.
I know many people think of re-sale or second hand as some rags you picked up from goodwill (which I also shop at because you can find some GREAT deals there too) but that’s not always the case. I literally save hundreds (and in the case of my China Cabinet thousands) of dollars a year by shopping re-sale. So if you need new clothes instead of heading on down to the mall – look for a local consignment shop to see what they have to offer!
Saved with this methods $100
Total Saved: $1,304
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