Buying vintage has many advantages – one of which is that the prices are excellent. It is one of the easiest ways to look like a million bucks on a modest budget.
Before you start, know thyself….
Which kind of shopper are you?
Shopper A – Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell (I would prefer the genuine item but if no one else can tell, I will buy it.)
Shopper B – Keep it Real (If you sell me a knock off, I will have you in court before the Honorable Judge Judy)
Shopper C – Red Tags Matter (It’s on sale. That’s my budget and I’m sticking to it!)
In any case, you should be an educated consumer. Who wants to pay authentic prices for a knock off? This is really helpful if you are a thrift store shopper. That said, here are resources that can help you in your decision making.
1. Bag Verify provides authentication services, reseller reviews, price guides, discussion forum and other resources for luxury handbag collectors.
2. Yoogi’s Closet and The Real Real feature authentication guides for Chanel and Louis Vuitton
3. YouTubes provides short authentication videos. Just Google “how to authenticate ______ bags” (fill in the brand).
RULES OF THUMB
When to give the side eye:
1. If you cannot return it.
2. If you are buying on ebay, look at the seller’s history. If they have had recent complaints (within 2 years), if they are new sellers (been selling on ebay less than 18 months), or if they make it difficult to return the item.
3. If it seems too good to be true, it is (i.e. a Birken bag for $50 – NOT!!!).
Now you are ready to shop!! Here are 3 online stores to check out:
- Luxe DH offers
New and preowned items
3 days to return/ a form will be sent to you and you have 3 business days to return it.
Layaway available (3 payments). Also, financing through Affirm.
Women’s and men’s bags and accessories. Shoes for women only.
NOTE: This company does NOT consign. They only buy from vendors who sell vintage in bulk.
- The Real Real offers
New and preowned items
A strict return policy. Read it before purchasing.
No layaway but financing is available through Affirm
Women’s and men’s clothes, home décor, accessories and shoes
An iphone mobile app
First Look Club membership for $10 a month. Various promotional perks are provided for club members
- Yoogi’s Closet offers
Preowned with some new items
30 day returns -read for details
No layaway but financing is available through Paypal credit and Affirm
Women’s clothes, bags, shoes, accessories
An in-house restoration team that cleans and restores the items to shelf- readiness…
Every week, we will share different online and brick and mortar stores with you. Share your finds with us as well and give your feedback on Repeats and Deletes. We would love to hear from you.