Having a sister is so great for many different reasons and one in particular I can recall really taking advantage of all the way back to my teens. Natalya and I would scrimp and save to split the cost of one item that we would have decided upon months before. A part from the off argument here or there over who’s turn it was to wear it, it seemed to be a pretty good deal.
Ever since we developed our own styles and split our wardrobes (seeing as we can’t sneak into each other’s closets with a 12000 mile journey in between) it’s been a bit more difficult to justify the cost of our ever so coveted wishlist items, so we’ve developed a bit of a savviness when it comes to shopping for designer products. Being a blogger you learn very quickly that discounts exist and we’re lucky to be on some fabulous press discount lists and invited to sample sales that could easily justify taking an afternoon off of work for, and once you’re privy to this information, it becomes very hard to part ways with your hard earned cash on a fully priced item.
Above: Louis Vuitton wallet (similar here)
Most of our buys were done in sample sales, final markdowns or by being very militant with online flash sales. One thing we’ve really been keen on trying is eBay, however we’re not very good with bidding or finding what we want, so when we heard about Vestiaire Collective (and their strict authentication policies) we were instantly addicted, it’s like every good item on eBay was put into one easy to use site, with current season finds too! At the moment we’re keeping our eyes peeled to the Céline, YSL and Balenciaga pages (they have some seriously covetable items on there).
If you’re on the look out for your next designer bag or shoes and you really don’t want the price tag to match, then you should for sure go the second hand or ‘pre-loved’ route. If the product is in good condition then who cares!
Above: Rings from Monica Vinader, watch by Tag Heur.