I recently wore this outfit out for a date night with hubs to the Packing House in Anaheim. If you live in the socal area and have never been, excuse me why not?! If you like food (and who doesn't??) this is the place for you.
This date night #ootd was really a mixture of everything from mid end Marshalls finds to high end cashmere Burberry (and each for the same price, I'm good at what I do y'all.) Keep scrolling for the outfit deets!
Delias (Marshall's) White Fringe Jacket [new, $20] Burberry Cashmere Sweater [secondhand, $20] Banana Republic Light Wash Jeans [new, $25] Nordstrom Rack Strappy Heel Sandals [new, $15] Burberry Tortoise Cat Eye Sunnies [secondhand, $35] Louis Vuitton Cross Body [secondhand, $100]
I picked up this preppy fringe jacket at Marshalls when I was supposedddd to be sourcing for my thrift business. It was yellow tag clearance (which means lowest price discount) and I scooped it up trying to tell myself I'll resell it but I'm really a sucker for neutral, lightweight jackets so here we are.
**No joke just googled Delias for blog post research and the tag line for this brand is "funky and fun clothing for pre-teen and teen girls" WHAT IS WRONG WITH MEEE
This pretty burgundy color has been very popular lately, and I especially like it as high end cashmere. ;) I bought this Burberry sweater about two years ago on eBay for a killer deal. There is a cute little black Burberry plaid stitched-on emblem on the bottom right of the sweater that you can't see in the photos, but it was hanging on by only one thread and there was some pilling on the sweater so that is why I think the seller was very lenient with the best offer I sent to them. (As a reseller myself, I find that super lazy because I stitch stuff up and defuzz items all the time because it takes seconds and you can sell it for so much more!) Better for me, I stitched and defuzz-ed the item myself and it is like new!
I would just like to point the real MVPS...these no name sandals I bought at Nordstrom Rack probably 5 or 6 years ago. Not only have they held up like a champ but I can literally wear them for hours without any pain AND they go with everything! The moral of the story is that price is not always a great indicator of quality.
Thanks for reading lovelies :* Stay on the lookout for a new blog post this weekend for my eBay vs Poshmark SELLER post!
I've spent a lot of time on different buying platforms in search of high end at cheap prices. It's what I do! The two spots I most consistently find the best merchandise are Poshmark and eBay. I've kinda gotten a feel for both platforms and am quicker at finding what I want because I understand the strengths of both. If you are new to one or both I've created a little cheat sheet of what to expect from both and how to get the very best deals!
If you are new to Poshmark, it is essentially a little eBay that specializes in clothing, shoes, accessories, and makeup. It is a big community of sellers which is fun because it is more like social media of sharing closets, following sellers and buyers, and offering styling tips.
- You can find a lot of mid-end items in great condition in the $15-$30 range
- You can make offers on ALL items
- I consider Poshmark a "cuter" platform with fun flat lay photos of the items and pretty gift wrapped items in your mailbox
- If you "like" (save) an item on Poshmark, the seller has the opportunity to send you an offer that includes discounted shipping costs
- All shipping is priority mail so you get your items quickly
- You can save your shoe and clothing sizes to your profile, so when you search for a particular item it will only show the items that are YOUR size
- Items are ONLY buy it now/offer, so no chance of snagging a sleeper auction item at the end of its listing
- Every item has a shipping cost of $6.49, no matter the item or weight
- While growing, Poshmark is still significantly smaller than eBay so you are less likely to find rarer or more specific items
- You are given only a 3 day period once the item has been delivered to "accept" the item and release the funds to the seller // if you don't let poshmark know of any issues within this 3 day window you are no longer eligible to return the item
- Sellers are given a 7 day "handling" time so your items could take a whole week to be shipped out before the seller is docked
- If you want to get in touch with a seller, you have to comment on the item because there is currently no private messaging system
I think everyone is familiar with eBay! You can sell everything from clothes to car parts and even homes with just a few clicks, which is one of the reasons it's the very most popular platform for selling!
- You can find practically ANYTHING your little heart wants to buy!
- Auction style listings offer the ability to snag expensive items for cheap
- It is becoming very popular for sellers to offer free shipping on most items
- eBay is currently pushing 60 day free returns on the sellers, so there is less risk to buy
- eBay sellers are expected to have no longer than 3 days of "handling" time, so your items get shipped out quicker
- You can private message sellers your questions
- Not all items allow buyers to make offers, and if they do you are limited in the number of offers you can make
- The shipping method depends on the seller, so there is really no guarantee you will be receiving your item in a quick manner
- Because there are so many more users and items, the time in which your issues get addressed with eBay is longer
- The platform is flooded with millions of items, so searching through for the particular item you want can be daunting
Thanks so much for reading! Next week I will be sharing my "Poshmark vs. eBay: Seller Edition" for anyone looking to become a reseller or just make some space in their closet for more cute clothes. Make sure to check it out! And of course if you have any questions for me about Poshmark or eBay make sure to leave them in the comments section below!
Hi there lovelies!
I recently scored a totally retro-cute Burberry skirt and wanted to share! The high waist and midi length gives a total 50's vibe and is so cute for summer time dressed up or down. Keep scrolling to see how I styled it for a more laid back look!
Burberry High Waist Skirt [secondhand, $27] Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Top [new, $18] Gucci Brown Suede Loafers [secondhand, $60] Louis Vuitton Cross Body Bag [secondhand, $100] Burberry Tortoise Cat Eye Sunnies [secondhand, $30]
Outfit Total: $235
I purchased this skirt through one of my favorite platforms: eBay! One of my favorite eBay techniques is sorting for "ending soonest" when I search one of my favorite brands, and see what has been sleeping! This skirt was definitely on snooze. It was at auction with no bids! I waited down the clock and purchased with the first bid of the item and scored it for under $30, PLUS free shipping!
LOVE this Ralph Lauren top with peplum sleeves for summer. I originally purchased this shirt on clearance from Marshalls to resell because polka dots are super hot right now, but I tried it on at home and that was the end of it's reselling potential.
It's been two years since I bought this Louis Vuitton cross body bag (on eBay, duh) but it looks the exact same as when I bought it. Such a good investment piece for an everyday bag. Plus high end logos are super hot right now so I am also on trend! Nailed it.
Loafers aren't traditionally worn with skirts and dresses, but I have been trying to mix these items more and I like the result! It gives an old school, vintage casual feel to my outfits that I'm digging. These vintage Gucci loafers were a Poshmark find that I got for $60!
As always, thanks so much for reading! Later this week I will be sharing my views on different platforms for buying cheap high end items, so make sure to check back!
Since taking Fancy Free full time, I have spent hourssss in thrift stores. And I have bought a lot of great stuff! But...I have also bought some duds. In order to maximize my profits, I have started a checklist in my head when inspecting each item I want to buy to ensure it is in a great condition that people will want to buy! Even if you are not reselling, these tips can still prevent you from bringing home an item that you will not love. Keep scrolling for tips!
1. Lay out the item and inspect it
Don't just pick the item right off the rack, quickly look it up and down, and throw it in the cart! When I find an item I like, I lay it flat on my cart and look it over on the front and back. I'm looking for any holes or stains. SOOOO many things at thrift stores will have one of these. I usually expect it! Specifically look at the armpits and and seams for a rip.
2. Is it supposed to have a belt?
I have brought home a few cute jackets and dresses to only be super disappointed when I go to photograph and notice that it is supposed to have a belt that is missing! Now I always look around the waist of an item to see if there are any belt loops or strings. If the belt is missing, it's a no go.
3. Check the tags
Sometimes I get so excited about finding an awesome brand that I fail to notice that the size tag has been cut out! This makes your items 1000x harder to sell because their is not a definitive size, and your buyers have to go off of your measurements. Material tags are also important. Some people are allergic to certain materials and want to know what the item is made of before buying. Also, an item could be made of something that helps it sell better, like silk or cashmere!
4. Look inside pants and bottoms
I REALLY don't want to go into too much detail on this one...but I've learned this the hard way. Let's just say there are some things that just don't come out so don't put yourself through that.
5. Check the hems
There is nothing more disappointing for me than bringing home a great pair of True Religion or 7 jeans and finding that the legs have been shortened -__- Having altered jeans will definitely lower their worth and limit your potential consumer population. Even if they are for your personal closet, you will have to return them or risk having them sit in your closet for months before re-donating. Do a quick hem check!
These are my big helpful tidbits for now, and I'm sure I'll learn more along the way that I will share in the future! I would love to hear your own thrift store tips for leaving with great items :) Leave them in the comments below!
Last weekend was a quick getaway to Kansas City for my cousin's wedding, and I went with a neutral and comfy look with a few new pieces I recently added to my wardrobe. Scroll for all the details!
Banana Republic [new, $40] Banana Republic Tri-Color Chunky Heels [secondhand, $18] Rebecca Minkoff $50] Bauble Bar Black Earrings [new, $12] Chanel Cat Eye Sunnies [secondhand, $30]
I LOVE me a sweater dress, they are just so comfy and non constricting (looking at you pants) I found this maxi dress just a few days before we left for the wedding on the clearance rack at Banana Republic. The detailed neckline and long length gives this piece an elegant look that is more appropriate for a wedding than your typical sweater dress. After 30% off clearance and a reward I got this dress for 1/4 of the retail price!
These shoes are also Banana Republic but I found them through Poshmark. The heels are hard to see, but they are a black chunky heel. I have been loving the chunky heel lately because they give your outfit a retro look with also adding more support (even though I totally had to change shoes for the reception to get my groove on) Plus the nude cap toe is timeless! They were barely worn and I reeled these in for under $20.
I actually panicked the morning of the wedding because the humidity was just not gelling with my hair and I had no idea what to do with it! This look was super easy and stayed the whole night. After curling my hair with a straightener (and noticing how limp it was) I pulled my hair back with a hair tie and secured it with three loops. I parted my hair into a line directly over the middle of the tie (important), created a clean hole with the line, and used the weight of the hair to flip it all through. I secured the hair tie with a bobby pin and voila! I loved the way it curled back from my ears to the ponytail, and it held throughout the entire ceremony and reception. So easy!
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