|Houndstooth Blazer (Goodwill) $6, Lord & Taylor Striped T-Shirt $25, Karl Lagerfeld Shorts (Yoox) $65, Jeffrey Campbell Turquoise Sandals (Nordstrom) $70, & Purse pendant FREE (borrowed from my sister!)|
Boy, do I love a deal! When I set my mind on something, whether it be next season's matching patterned suits (Done, by the way. I scored a vintage floral print Lanvin suit for $150! I know!!! Be sure to look out for that blog post.) or this season's perfect white shorts (Also done. Shorts pictured below are Karl Lagerfeld, which I bought for...wait for it...$65! On Yoox.com.) I will not rest until I've found the highest value for the lowest price.
Being such a voracious shopper, I've developed a few go-to sources for serious saving. Today, ladies, I'll share my three current favorites.
Yoox.com: If you didn't know about Yoox before this blog post, you will remember me forever. Here are some of the deals I've found on Yoox: ALICE by Temperley shorts for $40, Adam by Adam Lippes silk floral top for $40, Dolce & Gabbana floral pants for $170, See by Chloe skirt for $50...don't even get me started on shoes. Each of my purchases have shipped reliably from Italy within 5 business days, arriving within another 5 business days after reaching the US. Best of all, Yoox regularly has SALES on their already discounted prices!
Flash Sales: These membership sites offer anywhere from 30-80% off designer drands. Don't let the "membership" part scare you. You can pretty much join by signing up, even the ones that claim to be invitation only. And most are free. The key is to shop as soon as you receive that email, because all the good stuff sells out fast. The deals are amazing: I once found a Missoni bath mat for $33 (proof here). Some of my favorites are Haute Look, MyHabit, Gilt, Belle & Clive, & Rue La La.
Thrift Shops: It's true that there are deals to be had all over the web, but I've found that thrift shops are the absolute best source for one of a kind finds and designer duds on a dime. Seriously. Earlier this month, I bought an Armani pencil skirt (which you'll see in an upcoming post this week) with my lunch money. That adorable houndstooth printed boyfriend blazer below, with the awesome neon green lining, was all of $6 at my local Goodwill. If you're local, check out Lotus House (where I found the aforementioned Armani skirt), Out of the Closet, Give Good Works, and the famous Flamingo Plaza. But be forewared: Be patient. You will have to dig. Wear something cool (temperature-wise, especially) and comfortable--a lot of our local thrift shops are not (Gasp!) air conditioned. And bring hand sanitizer! Things will be dusty.
Do you have any secrets for serious savings? Do tell!