Hey guys, so excited to write this Midweek Inspo piece!! You asked and I’m going to answer the big question: How Do You Buy Designer Shoes and Bags for Less?!?! My regular readers and Insta followers probably already know that I have a thing for designer shoes and bags. Although I don’t have quite the collection of many big name bloggers who stuffed their custom walk-in closet or others that puts their prized pieces on color coordinated display, mine are hiding quietly in my dark closet. Thing could quickly add up when you spot that perfect “it” bag or shoes, but if you shop smartly, you can get all these designer pieces for a fraction of its retailed price. Sure, you can shop at sample sales, but when do you actually find the style you have your eye on AND your size is available? Let me show you a few tips and tricks I use.
I kid you not, the number of like new or new shoes and bags I have found on eBay for half or even a third of the retail price is astounding. They account for a large number of my purchases. Just days ago, I round a pair of Brand New, unworn Christian Louboutin So Kate in black patent for $400 instead of $695+tax and before that a rare Glorymount for $650 versus the online CL price of $1,695! Keep in mind that if you do decide to shop on eBay there is a few things you need to do:
- Do your due diligence!! Go to a large designer retailer such as Neimans, Saks, Barneys and try on these shoes for size. Know how each designer sizes fits you. For example, I’m a 38 Louboutin but 37 for Choo and Manolo, not all designer sizes fits the same.
- Study the item you want to buy in DETAIL! Look at the hardwear, zipper, the lining, the stitchings and take note. This is important in disginguishing the real versus the fake bags posing as real ones on eBay.
- Set an alert for searches. Did you know that you can set an alert for key word searches so that everytime a new pieces is up for bid you will get an alert? Ues this to your advantage because you can be as specific as the name and model of the bag as well as your size for shoes!
- Contact the seller. Ask questions, purchase origin, detailed shots of inside and see if it has stains or damages. Know who you are buying from so that IF there is any issue, you can try to resolve it right away.
- If there is a “Buy It Now” or “Best Offer” definently use it. This means that the seller is willing to negotiate pricing for a quick sell. However, try not to low ball the seller, because no one likes to be lowballed for a really great item. Try to come to a price that both parties are happy with.
- Be Patient. If there is a very rare bag or limited edition that is hard to find, you might have to wait a while for it to surface. I once waited 3 years for a pair of Christian Louboutin x Philip Lim pump with silver heels and heart shaped box that was a limited release. But when I finally found it in my size, it was such sweet reward! Do searches once a few weeks or month and see what pops up.
Shop 2nd Hand
If you are feeling fishy about whether things are authentic on eBay and prefer a more safer route, there are a handful of great reputable online luxury retailers that sells authentic pre-owned luxury brands. The advantage is that all of the pieces listed have passed through authenticity checks and also quality inspections. So you won’t be getting a damaged bag that poses a good one. The disadvantage is that you will be paying higher price, because it is a premium to pay for that safety and certainty. You can also consider sites such as PoshMark and Tradesy as well for pre-loved pieces. Here are some sites I use to shop pre-owned luxury items:
Ok, I don’t necessarily mean buy a plane ticket and fly to Paris or Milan, I mean go Duty Free on the ease of your own couch. Lots of retailers are now looking to tap into shopping internationally and free of taxes/vat. If you think about it, a bag that is $2000 will end up almost $2200 after tax (sometimes more depending on your state’s retail tax) and that extra $200 could be a pair of shoes!! Online retailers such as Farfetch and Matchesfashion are duty free and sometimes depending on the currency exchange, you can get the same shoes in the US for less!! I bought a pair of Valentino Rockstud from Farfetch for $750 instead of $995 during Brexit! So go abroad online. Here are some retailers:
Farfetch (10% off your first purchase when you enter ShereeHo during check out)
I hope this little tips and tricks guide is helpful in some way in helping you purchase that designer bag you’ve been eyeing on. Keep in mind that fashion is so fast paced, so instead of running out and buy the latest “it” bag, go for the classic pieces that will not run out of style. You don’t want to be stuck with a fad bag that you paid full retail price for. If you have any questions on shopping at any of these sites, feel free to drop me a line in the comments below and I’d be happy to answer them the best I can.