I love designer bags as much as the next girl, but I also love a deal. Although I absolutely love getting the “shopping experience” at high-end stores, I believe that sometimes it’s more fun to save some bucks. Now, there has been times where I went straight to the store to purchase some of my handbags, but there are also multiple ways of purchasing designer goods. Here are a few different ways to make the right purchase, and save some money while doing it!
1. Go to the store first.
A lot of bags or shoes look completely different online than they do in person. I would recommend going to the store, trying it on, taking photos, and then coming home and deciding whether or not you’re ready to make the purchase. This way you get the “shopping experience” as well as confirmation on if you actually love the product.
2. If you are planning a trip to Europe, WAIT.
Many people don’t know this, but because most luxury brands are products of Europe, the price is less there! Also you save 19% more because you get your VATs back (The european version of tax). This is how to do it: Purchase any of the designer products you want and be sure to get a VAT form from the store at checkout. Get to the airport early for departure and be sure you have your receipts. After check-in, find the VAT office and give them your receipts, they will stamp it for you. They will direct where you can get your money back. You can get the return back in cash or on your card (with a fee). I have saved close to thousands doing this. It’s SO worth it. (Even if you have friends and family visiting Europe they can purchase things for you and save you money.)
3. Shop “pre-loved” and online.
This is something a lot of people don’t do, which I think is crazy! There are tons of websites out there that sell excellent condition and sometimes brand new designer goods! I highly recommend looking on these websites because you can get such a good deal. Be sure to compare prices from site to site. Some of my favorite websites are TheRealReal, FashionPhile, JomaShop, and Tjmaxx. There are tons of websites out there, but be sure they sell authentic products! Do your research!