I love designer goodies as much as the next blogger, but
What’s a blogger to do? Buy bags from trusted consignment stores. That’s exactly what I did three years ago when I had to replace some of my designer bags that were stolen during a break-in. No one was hurt, thank God, but the sense of violation and having a bunch of your stuff stolen really shook me. On top of that, I loved those bags and the cold, hard truth was that I really couldn’t afford to replace them.
So, I turned to Fashionphile to replace one of the bags I really missed and purchased a couple of others that were on my wishlist, because it was so much more affordable than buying brand new.
Fashionphile is a popular online designer consignment site specializing in handbags, jewelry, shoes, small leather goods
They have a team of authenticators on hand to ensure their goods are 100% authentic, most of which have experience working for premium brands. Fashionphile has become such a trusted designer resale destination that it recently partnered with Neiman Marcus, and in-store Fashionphile boutiques will start to open within their department stores over the next year.
Like I said, they enlist a team of authenticators; therefore, the items you purchase are guaranteed authentic. No fakes, no surprises.
Also, Fashionphile offers two-month layaway which makes buying that Chloé Tessa Bag a little less painful. Simply put 20% down, and make as many payments as you need to over the two-month timeframe.
The Fashionphile selection is incredible too. In my opinion, it’s better than The RealReal and Vestiaire Collective (but do not discount these sites – there are some gems to be had). The pictures on the Fashionphile website are clear and sharp too, offering up a host of pictures of the item you want from multiple angles.
Fashionphile offers a rating system for the items they sell regarding the condition of the bag/wallet/shoes, etc. that you are interested in. An item will be listed in the following conditions: New, Excellent, Very Good, Good and Fair.
Personally, I will not buy an item that is listed lower than “Very Good”. It’s just a personal preference. In addition, the Fashionphile site offers up a detailed written description of items, including any flaws it may have such as pen marks in the interior of a bag, scratches on a watch face, perfume
Lastly, they ship internationally which is great for us suckers who aren’t blessed with a local Chanel or Hermès store.
Things You Should Know – Especially If You Are Canadian
This Canadian right here learned the hard way that import charges and duties must be paid before you accept your Fashionphile shipment. These charges are generally the provincial tax on the item you purchase. That hurts A LOT if you aren’t expecting to pay an extra $260 on a $2000 item.
If you want to avoid these charges, find a Canadian reseller. Some
Items I’ve Purchased And Love
There are several designer bags, accessories and jewelry that I’ve purchased from designer consignment stores over the years, mainly from Fashionphile, such as my prized Céline Mini Belt Bag, Louis Vuitton Carryall, Fendi Baguette bags, gold Tiffany & Co. jewelry and more.
The items I’ve purchased, I’ve researched heavily and ensured that I would wear them frequently. Since I’m just a regular gal, it doesn’t always make since for me to buy an expensive designer piece that’s too trendy or fragile to wear daily. My bags and accessories are used almost daily – as they should be. Most times, I opt for bags made of leather or suede, are neutral colours so that they can be worn with many different looks, or are in a classic shape in a great colour, such as the Louis Vuitton Alma BB bag I’ve purchased in Pomme d’Amour – an amazing candy apple red.
Buy The Bag!
Well, I hope that you have found this post helpful and give preloved items a chance. It’s amazing the things you can find and it’s always great, especially for our environment to give things a second chance or repurpose them!
Got your eye on a designer piece, new or previously loved? Let me know what it is in the comments!