If you’re like me you consider fashion to be an art form. And just like an exceptional painting by a master artist, high end fashion carries it’s own price tag. Owning luxury fashion labels isn’t so much about the prestige for me as it is about feeling like I’m part of something amazing. Carrying a Chanel bag is like looking at the Eiffel Tower for the first time… And those are things I will never forget! Nothing compares and nobody is going to argue that. For many luxury brand admirers it is not feasible or fiscally responsible to drop $3k on something you’re going to wear on your feet or carry under your arm. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a taste of the real thing though! I’ve rounded up a list of my top 5 places to score luxury brands at insane discounts. These shops are 100% reputable and I’ve personally shopped at all of them with great experiences.
No. 1 The Real Real
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They have: Men’s | Women’s | Jewelry | Art
The Real Real is a luxury consignment shop where you get up to 70% of whatever your item sells for if you’re consigning. For $5 a month as a buyer, get 24-hour advance access to sales and special invitations to monthly promotions. This is a great service if you’re looking for something specific that’s hard to find. They have everything from Tory Burch to Rolex. Sometimes items even go on discount from what they were originally listed at! I scored a $225 Clare V. clutch for $19. Insane.
No. 2 The Runway At TJMaxx
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They have: Men’s | Women’s | Home
The Runway at TJMaxx is the luxury portion of TJMaxx online. They have brand new items, typically at least 25% off or more, and carry Valentino, Louboutin and Fendi, to name a few. As far as jewelry goes, I’ve seen designer costume jewelry but not real gemstones. This may just be when I was shopping though so keep your eyes peeled!
No. 3 Luxury Garage Sale
They have: Men’s | Women’s | Jewelry| Vintage
Luxury Garage Sale is a lot like The Real Real except they also carry vintage items. These are all gently, barely or not used items at all (the listing for an item will say if it’s NWT). Some luxury brands depreciate when they hit ‘vintage’ status but you’re still getting the quality craftsmanship and brand name, so it’s a win-win to pay less! This shop carries literally hundreds of designers.
No. 4 Rent The Runway Clearance
They have: Women’s clothing, accessories, bags and costume jewelry
You may know Rent the Runway as a luxury rental service but they also clearance some of their pieces into rotation retirement. The pieces are still in excellent condition but it’s a bit like purchasing a consignment piece in that you know it won’t come in all the original packaging with tags and never have been worn outside the dressing room. But when you’re paying $40 for a Monique Lhuillier cocktail dress I don’t think you’re be complaining! As I’m writing this post I see they have some TIBI, Badgley Mischka and Kate Spade pieces for under $100, to name a few… and those were just dresses in my size!
No. 5 My Habit by Amazon
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They have: Everything. Seriously.
My Habit by Amazon is one of the most reliable places to shop discount luxury goods. They carry everything from the lower level luxury brands like Michael Kors, Gucci and Hugo Boss to higher end brands like Tom Ford and Hermes. Most of the items I’ve seen are at least 40% off retail and they’re all new. With Amazon you also have that added security that you know what you’re getting is the real deal because they have a reputation to uphold. They also carry a lot of current season items so you’re not sifting through tons of stuff nobody wants, and you don’t either. Those are my top 5 favorites, that I’ve had personal experience shopping with, but I’ve listed a few more highly recommended sites to check out below:
- GILT | 30 days free shipping when you sign up + 2% cash back through Ebates
- HauteLook by Nordstrom | Refer friends get $20 + free shipping $100+
- Authentic Luxury Goods | Their eBay auctions can lower the price
- Real Deal Collection | Check the Sale section for even deeper discounts
- Secret Sales | Get notifications when retailers have sample sales, flash sales, or inventory reduction sales on luxury goods
Happy shopping and good luck!