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The Five Best Websites for Designer Deals

My mother always used to pride herself on “looking just as good as the rich mommies in town, but on a poor mommy budget.” I never really understood what she meant but I did agree, she looked really good. Today, I live by her rule myself. Simply spend your money where it matters—on handbags, shoes, and jeans!

If you carry a gorgeous designer bag it doesn’t matter if the rest of your outfit totals $50 or $500, people will automatically associate your entire outfit with the quality of the designer bag you are carrying. Now, just because you are carrying a designer bag does not mean you still have to spend the designer bucks for it! There are ways to get it that don’t involve combing through consignment shops or even leaving the house!

When you join online shopping boutiques, you get invitation-only access to 48 hour sales on some of your favorite designers for about 70% of the retail price. Each day there are different brands featured and they send you e-mail updates about what is currently on sale as well as what is to come in the next few days. These sites have seriously changed my life. I never thought I would be able to afford some of the items I’ve purchased on these sites, like a Kooba bag for under $300, and a Hobo wallet for only $49.

If you are looking for designer clothing and accessories to add some credibility to your fabulously consigned wardrobe, join these online groups and start shopping! (p.s. Invite friends to join! For every friend you invite that becomes a member, you will receive money to use towards merchandise on the site!)

Here are five of my favorite Groups:

RueLaLa.com

Rue La La is an exclusive, invitation-only online destination where Members discover premier-brand, private sale Boutiques, each open for just a brief window of time. Our focus is a well-edited collection of sought-after offerings from the best brand names in the world – combined with helpful service.

Ideeli.com

New brands are featured each day in sales starting at 12 p.m. EST. Sales last 40 hours, or until items are sold out. Ideeli.com also has weekly giveaways. They have a surprise start time and last 7 hours (in most cases). Their members are notified by email, Facebook and Twitter each time a new sale starts.

Hautelook.com

A leader in online retail, HauteLook brings the thrill back to shopping through 48-hour sale events with the world’s top fashion, accessories, beauty, kids and home brands. Each day, HauteLook offers discounts of 50 to 75 percent off to millions of members in the U.S. and Canada. Membership is free to join and everyone is welcome.

GiltGroupe.com

Gilt Groupe provides invitation-only access to highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. Each day, Gilt offers its members a curated selection of merchandise, including apparel, accessories and lifestyle items across the women’s, men’s and children’s categories.

Beyondtherack.com

Beyond the Rack is a private shopping club for women and men who want designer brand apparel and accessories at prices up to 70% off retail. They obtain authentic designer merchandise and provide it exclusively to members through limited-time events. Each event starts at a specific time and typically lasts only 48 hours. After each event ends the merchandise is no longer available. Members are notified by email in advance of each upcoming event according to their preferences.

Happy shopping!

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Thrifty Thinking: Clothing Swaps!

Looking for a fun way to clean out your closet and update your wardrobe? Try a clothing swap!

The Wardrobe Boutique, located at 1822 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, hosts monthly clothing swaps for women of all sizes. The first Saturday of the month is for sizes 0-10 and the third Saturday of the month is for sizes twelve and up, both sessions are from 12-2pm. I am attending my first swap on March 5 with some of my girlfriends and we can’t wait to see what we find!

The swaps are held in the Community Room at The Wardrobe Boutique. At the swaps, attendees trade items with one another and items that are left over can be donated to The Career Wardrobe. The Career Wardrobe is the nation’s largest independent, community-based non-profit organization serving women transitioning into the workforce by providing professional attire. There is no admission fee for the monthly swaps, but reservations are required. After you RSVP simply show up on the day with a minimum of five items of clothing and get to swapping!

Planning a Girl’s Night Out? A swap party is a creative, fun, and inexpensive way to catch up with your girlfriends. If you are interested in hosting your own party just pick a date, contact The Wardrobe Boutique to schedule, and then invite your friends! It is that simple! Just make a $5 donation fee to The Career Wardrobe upon arrival.

The Wardrobe Boutique is also an upscale resale store. They offer quality new and gently used women’s apparel and accessories for all occasions. You’ll find formal, career and casual wear from popular department store brands and high-end designers at unbelievable discounts.  Their Vintage Corner and Bridal Boutique offer specialty items, too!

The Wardrobe Boutique’s Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm
Wednesday 11am-7:30pm
Closed Sunday & Monday

Next time you want to shake up your shopping, sign up for a clothing swap at The Wardrobe Boutique! Not only will you snag some stylish items, but you’ll also be helping women in our community succeed! And who doesn’t love shopping for a cause? All proceeds from the store benefit The Career Wardrobe.

Check out their site for upcoming events and new fabulous inventory!

Photos courtesy of The Wardrobe Boutique.

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Plato’s Closet. Deptford, NJ.

Okay, I love Plato’s Closet.

This was my first time inside the store and I’m already obsessed. First of all, it is huge. I am talking warehouse huge. And there are clothes covering every inch of the store—incredible. In addition to the heart-stopping initial reaction, I was also thrilled with the quality of the merchandise. There are racks upon racks of different brands for men, women, and kids—all at up to 70% off mall retail prices! The store is organized by gender and then by type of clothing. There are also various sections featuring new arrivals from specific stores such as, Forever21, Urban Outfitters, Express, American Eagle, and Juicy Couture.

Because the store is so big, I had to prioritize. I decided to continue the spring break hunt as to not become overwhelmed by the massive amount of clothing in the store. I would definitely recommend setting aside a solid chunk of time if you plan on coming to Plato’s Closet, you’ll need it. My first stop was the sun dress rack, then the skirts and finally the summer blouses. I was amazed at how many items still had the original retail tags on them!

Plato’s Closet is always buying items, so whenever you feel like your closet is becoming a little cramped head on over! While the retail associate looks through your items you are free to shop around the store. The buyer will then create an offer for you based on style, condition, brand, and the store’s current stock level. Typically the items they buy have been in retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and are current styles still seen in the mall. If you accept their offer you will be on your way with some extra cash and maybe a chic new outfit or two! I shopped at Plato’s Closet in Deptford, NJ, but there is also another location nearby in Maple Shade, NJ. Each location has its own personal site that they update when they have clearance sales, new items available, etc.

I made 3 trips to the fitting room, each time I had about two gigantic armfuls of clothing with me. After a very strict process of elimination I narrowed my findings down to these five items:

A yellow, high-waisted skirt by Four Stars, $7.

Patterned mini skirt by Billabong, $10.

 

Floral short sleeve dress by Kimchi and Blue, $16.

Plaid Sun dress by Charlotte Russe, $7.

Floral Ruffle Sun dress by Mimi Chica, $9.

Obviously, the prices are amazing and there is a nice variety of clothes. Because I am rather indecisive, I ended up leaving with only three items. A chambray romper from Target, the plaid sun dress from Charlotte Russe, and an orange tank from Free People that I plan to wear as a beach cover up.

Have you ever been to Plato’s Closet? What did you buy/sell?

 

Logo Photo Credit: http://www.platoscloset.com

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A Crash Course in Consignment.

Like any new task, consignment shopping can seem daunting if you don’t have the proper instructions. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started.

Practice Patience!

Before you set out to dive into the unknown racks of second hand clothing stores you need a clear head and a clear schedule. The most precious gems are found deep in the midst of pilly pullovers and out-of-date outerwear. You have to be ready to walk into the store, approach the first rack, slide the abundance of clothes to one side and sift through piece by piece; and don’t forget to try things on! Something on the rack can seem helpless but look fantastic on your shape, and something on the hanger may take your breath away but once you don that dress you may find yourself wanting to run far, far away. Be patient, keep an open mind and remember there’s nothing a belt, brooch, or a few stitches can’t do to update and individualize an item.

Do It Yourself!

When thrifting it is important to remember to be creative! The most precious aspect of a thrifted item is that there is a slim chance you will be walking through campus and shamefully spot the exact outfit coming toward you. These pieces are so exclusive and carry so much history that there may be times you come across a top with a breathtaking neckline and…shoulder pads. For $4.99 it’s worth buying and taking the time to show your creative side. Sit down with a pair of scissors and some thread and create a completely new, completely you, sleeveless tunic! Don’t get caught up in your old commercial shopping ways, everything you buy can be modified, by yourself or even a tailor. With the money you will be saving by thrifting these quality items it is okay to shell out a few dollars and get a quality hem from a professional. Since we’re thinking outside the box, remember to stray from the women’s department! Some of the greatest finds are in the men’s section. A button down can become a dress, a tie can become a belt, even a mens hat with some proper accessories like peacock plumage or sassy ribbon can kick the fedora trend to the curb! It’s all about using your creativity and fashion sense with thrifting, there are no models or advertisements to influence you.

Don’t be afraid to Haggle!

Ah, bartering. It seems like people are still uncomfortable when it comes to haggling a price. Obviously if an item is priced fairly there is no need to waste time trying to knock it down, but there are instances in which an item is priced too high for the quality or there is a tear or rip in an article of clothing that has been overlooked by an associate. There’s no harm in asking, most of the time they will be willing to knock off a few dollars just because you brought it up. Of course, if you are looking for the ultimate deal and you are confident with bargaining, the best tip I can bestow is to leave your credit, debit, and personal checks at home.  Carrying cash is your best bet in ensuring a great bargain. You also avoid a surcharge that some of the thrift stores invoke once you pay with plastic.

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Thriftadelphia, PA.

If you have ever entered a party to find another girl wearing the same dress as you, or have had one of your less-fashionable classmates utter the dreaded “I have the same shirt,” or have shopped yourself into a rather detrimental relationship with American Express, this blog is for you.

Welcome to thriftadelphia—your online source for consignment shopping in the Philadelphia area! Here you will find some of the best consignment shops in Philadelphia and South Jersey. You can also expect to find budgeting tricks, consignment buying/selling tips from shop owners and avid thrifters, as well as affordable style advice from yours truly!

Looking great doesn’t have to break the bank, and consignment shopping is your ticket to finding chic designer garments for a fraction of retail price. You may even find some vintage Chanel tucked away in one of the shops (hey, a girl can dream!). And don’t worry, we will finally put an end to the unexpected matching outfit dilemma. Because let’s face it, wearing the same outfit as your friend stopped being cool in the seventh grade.

I’m so excited to share my fabulous finds with you, and for you to share your finds with me! If you or someone you know has a favorite consignment shop in the Philadelphia area or an item of thrifted clothing that you are dying to flaunt, leave a comment or drop me an email. You could be featured on the blog!

To learn more about the girl behind thriftadelphia, click here.

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