That feeling when you find designer pieces for a STEAL!
I'm constantly searching resale and secondhand sites for designer wardrobe staples. You never know when someone is just trying to unload their unwanted pieces, or maybe don't know an item's resale value! Those pieces go fast, so you want to be on top of doing your research. I was searching Poshmark listings with the filters "shoes" and brand "Chanel", and then sorted "price low to high" (what mad person sorts "high to low"??) when I came across these pretties at the top of the feed. Leather + logo detailing on the top and I was in love. I purchased these a little while back so I am not sure what they were originally listed at. I offered $40, which I believe was $10-15 less than their asking price ( I wanted them - no time for lowballing!) and they accepted! After taxes and shipping, I purchased these Chanel loafers for just under $51.
Currently, Chanel is selling leather loafers for anywhere between $825-$1250 on their website. After doing a little research I found the same pair that had sold on Tradesy for $540, and another used pair currently listed for sale for $640! GUYS! Chanel holds it's value so well.
Zara Staw Hat [new, $20] Wayf Polka Dot Wrap Top [secondhand, $6] J. Crew Legging Pants [secondhand, $3] Chanel Black Leather Logo Loafers [secondhand, $50]
Outfit Total: $79
The goatskin leather is so buttery soft, and these shoes just add a really nice, sophisticated touch to any outfit. Of course, these aren't brand new shoes and show some wear. There is some peeling of the leather at the toes, and the soles have seen some sidewalks. Once the home remodeling starts to die down I will spend some time to do a little DIY rehab, including some leather conditioning and new soles. I will definitely share some after photos on here once I do!
I LOVE Longchamp bags. They are so classic and preppy + high quality pieces that last forever. Back before I was so into secondhand shopping I bought myself a new medium size black Le Pliage tote for my birthday, and then for my birthday last year I got a tan nylon backpack as a gift (perfect thrifting bag!)
I've been wanting a large Le Pliage tote bag for sometime. I see so many chic ladies using them for travel and I wanted one! They retail for $145, but because I know how high quality they are I was willing to buy myself a fixer upper. I had been searching sometime between secondhand sites when I found this pretty red bag on Poshmark! I had originally been looking for a navy one, but red is also versatile and goes so well with everything. The bag was listed at $20, but had been listed for some time. I was wondering if I could get away with buying the bag for a total (tax+shipping) for under $20. I sent the seller an offer of $12 and they accepted! It was all mine for under $18. Total score!
Of course, there was a catch. The bag was very worn. You can see a lot of the wear in the before pics below, but it had a lot of dark marking (probably from rubbing on jeans), small water stains, white paint, and holes had started to tear in the corners (this is pretty common on Lonchamp bags.) Keep scrolling to see what I did to make it look almost new!
CLean Nylon with Warm Water + Clear Soap
To clean the nylon of your Longchamp Le Pliage bag, run it under a low stream of warm and water and scrub with a clear, mild soap. Pro tip: make sure to avoid getting the leather details too wet! Water will stain leather and is a lot harder to remove. I had the leather handles and clasp bound up out of the way, and you can also tie a plastic bag around it. I used a scrubby pad to really clean out the nylon, but don't use anything too sharp! Make sure to rinse all the soap out to avoid any discoloration lines, and let it air dry.
Use Nail Polish Remover on Paint
The staining I was most worried about getting out was the paint. I had read online that a traditional nail polish can get paint out of a lot of materials, so I thought I would give it a try. I applied it to a q tip and lightly applied it to the paint stain spots. It dissolved SO fast! Easiest part of the clean up.
Flip Bag Inside Out To Repair Holes
I think it is really important to mend the holes in the corner of your tote bag because with the heavy items in your bag + gravity the rips can really spread and it's less likely you can repair it without being too noticeable. I flipped the bag inside to sew up the rips so as to make sure the stitching is not as noticeable. I used a very thick needle and dental floss because its much stronger than traditional thread. Make sure to keep your sewing very close to the the rip line to make the stitches less noticeable, and make the line as straight as possible to ensure you get crisp corners.
The whole process took me under 30 minutes, and now I have a like new Longchamp Le Pliage large tote bag! Sometimes rehab on an item can be off putting (either for reselling or for your personal closet) but always do your research because sometimes you can get away with an amazing steal! If you are looking for your own secondhand Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag, I've linked a whole bunch of options above 50% + off retail. Thanks for reading!
Happy March! The rain has finally stopped (for now) in Southern California and it definitely feels like spring is almost here! In honor of the new, warmer month I decided to break out this new *to me* adorable linen maxi dress I recently thrifted for myself! Keep scrolling for all the details on this thrifted outfit!
Free People Maxi Dress [secondhand, $4.50] Joie Strappy Suede Sandals [secondhand, $15] Goyard Tote [secondhand, $6] Chanel Sunnies [secondhand, $30]
Outfit Total: $55.50
I was so excited to thrift this dress for myself because the linen material is great for warmer temps, plus the button and bow detail is just so stinking cute! If you live somewhere where the weather is warming up, or you just want to purchase something in hopes of warmer weather soon, I've rounded up a whole bunch of similar, ADORABLE linen dresses that are ALL $20 and under! You can shop below by just clicking the picture that will take you directly to the website!
These Joie sandals were a total steal at the thrift, but if you are looking to invest in a great neutral sandal (that is also super comfy, I've walked loads in them already with no pain!) you can scoop up a pair that is on sale below through Amazon.
And because I continue to get compliments on this Hermes inspired Apple Watch band and you guys still have interested in it, I'll link it below if you want to scoop one up! I've had it a few months already, and it still looks brand freaking new. (And I'm clumsy and have hit it across everything) 10/10 recommend!
I have had my Chanel cap toe flats for almost two years now and I'm still completely obsessed with them! I scored them for $180 secondhand and they still has so much life in them. They add a preppy touch to any outfit and can easily make your leggings or t-shirt 1000x more put together.
For my first edition of #secondhanddeals where I share links to current secondhand high end items currently for sale at super discounts, I'm sharing a number of secondhand Chanel cap toe flat through The Real Real! Not only are these priced at over 1/2 retail, but they are currently offering an extra 20% off with code REAL (on non clearance items) + if you are a new to the site (or have another email to sign up with) you get an additional $25! That means all the flats below run at $200 or below with discounts! Take it from me, it is really hard to find these shoes in great condition at a price like that.
As far as fit, I recommend going a size up in Chanel flats as they tend to run small. Just click the pictures below to shop immediately!
Size 35-35.5 / 5-5.5
Size 36-36.5 / 6-6.5
Size 37-37.5 / 7-7.5
Size 38-38.5 / 8-8.5
Size 39-39.5 / 9-9.5
Size 40-40.5 / 10-10.5
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