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If you have been born with expensive tastes and the money is not matching it in your life, you know how frustrating it can be to see clothes, shoes, and accessories on the rack of the higher-end stores and know you could never afford them. There are ways around this if you know where and how to look. Here are some tips for buying shoes, accessories and, name-brand clothing for cheap.
How to Buy Designer and Name Brand Clothing for Cheap
Check out websites
Many people sell their name-brand articles on places like eBay for a lot less than they sell them in the stores. Just be sure to check out the seller’s rating before you agree to buy and ask questions about its authenticity, especially when dealing with designer brands.
You may also find luck on local sites like Craigslist
Besides specific websites, you can download apps to buy discounted name-brand clothing. One of the apps available for download is OfferUp. You’ll notice people post all kinds of name-brand items on there, most of which are listed at significantly lower prices than retail.
Related: Smart Things to Buy Second-hand
While online, check out stores like Overstock.com
Did you know that Overstock.com has free shipping and 5% rewards every day for Military members? Get signed up with them before you shop. They often carry name-brand, high-end items at great prices. Make sure you also sign up for their email newsletters. These often contain One-Day Sale codes that can get you 10-30% off the already lower prices. Overstock.com sells a variety of clothes and accessories from some of the leading names in the retail industry. They’re able to offer much lower prices because companies often order too much inventory and need to part with some of it.
Be ready to buy
One of the most significant ways you can miss out on great prices on designer and name-brand duds is by not shopping with a budget or a plan. Many of the places you will find these items only have one single item in stock or in your size. If you don’t go into a store prepared to buy, you will often miss out as you cannot count on it to still be there when you come back, even an hour later while you run home to get your wallet.
Visit consignment shops
They will often sell you designer duds at ¼ of the price they are brand new, and since most of them are very careful to check out authenticity and the shape an item is in, you can usually trust the purchases made there. Online consignment shops are popping up too!
Places like ThredUp (get a free $10 to shop when you sign up for a free account) also for kids' clothes Swap.com (get a $10 credit as well!) Also, Like Twice is an online consignment shop dedicated to designer clothes. They also give you a free $10 credit to sign up!
If you’d rather go in person, Plato’s Closet is a chain consignment shop known for its wide variety of clothes, jewelry, and other accessories listed at low prices. You’ll find pre-loved items that look brand new while browsing the aisles of your local Plato’s Closet.
Hit up the thrift stores often
Thrift stores and second-hand stores are where you can find lots of great name-brand articles. The best way to pick a day to go is to ask when the staff put out the newest stuff. Sometimes, they do it daily at a particular time. Other stores only do it once or twice a week. Go at those times so you can be the first to treasure hunt.
Know where the good thrift stores are
While at the thrift store, be sure to give yourself plenty of time and make sure you know where the “good” ones are. Generally speaking, locations in wealthier neighborhoods will have the better stuff, not unlike yard sale locales. Take your time in areas, and don’t just do a quick browse. Look at each item in the section you are in. There have been many times I have almost missed seeing something amazing because I was going too fast.
Shop outlet stores
Many of the big stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s have outlet stores of their own, and of course, there are places like Ross Dress for Less, T.J. Maxx, and Marshall’s. Just be sure to know about what something is worth and check out the tags. Sometimes the discount is only something small like 5-10% and isn’t as big of a sale as it could be.
You may have an outlet mall in your area. Outlet malls are home to some of the best name-brand stores, including Nike, Michael Kors, and Coach. If you want to get purses, shirts, and other accessories for lower prices than you’d see at traditional malls, check out the closest outlet mall to you.
Be aware of any flash sales
If you’re looking to get a good deal, you’ll need to know when some designer stores have flash sales. Most will hold these sales at specific times throughout the year, such as directly after the holiday season and right as the spring season arrives. Sign up to receive alerts on these websites to be one of the first people to know about the upcoming sales.
Shop at big box stores
Do you have a membership for Sam’s Club or Costco? If so, you can check out their inventory of clothes and accessories. You never know what you might find. These big-box stores are known to carry some designer and name-brand items from Champion, Nike, Nine West, Levi’s, and more. You’ll catch the deals and get great things to wear and use for much less than the original retail price.
Save money while still dressing to impress in designer and name-brand clothing. Who says it’s going to cost you a fortune? You can find valuable items at lower prices by paying attention to flash sales, visiting thrift stores, and even going to consignment shops to look for what you’ll use. If you make an effort to catch the best deals, you’ll save thousands of dollars each year on clothes, shoes, purses, and more.
What other hacks do you have for getting name-brand clothing for cheap?