Do you love paying full price & obscene taxes when you shop vintage and designer?
Anyone would take a deal on designer apparel and accessories if it was available.
I also like to buy designer for less, even though I still want high quality. I’m here to tell you there are reliable places to shop for vintage designer and current designer pieces. I have 4 preferred places to shop to find what I’m looking for. All of them are apps on your iPhone except for my secret bonus vintage store located in LA.
Before sharing my shopping secrets, I want you to gather your patience. Finding exactly what your looking for at a lower price is guaranteed. However, finding it might take some time. You want to weigh your options, prices, and examine the quality. Especially because these are online purchases and pictures can be deceiving.
Ok ready to find out?
I have a poshmark! I have done it for a long time and I typically sell nicer items that I rarely wear. Similarly, I shop for items that others have rarely used but for less.
I look on Posh for a plethora of designer items from brands including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Chanel, and Prada. I usually am looking for accessories such as bags, sunglasses, and jewelry.
Here’s what you need to know about shopping on Poshmark:
- Poshmark only authenticates designer items that are priced OVER $500
- Read the comments, as some people may point out that it’s a scam, a fake, or that the seller is sketchy
- Always request a serial number photo if it’s not already there
- Returns are available for short periods of time
- People do sell fake designer (that may be what you are looking for, but if not be aware there are dupes)
If you are worried about authenticity, there are a few tricks. Firstly, if the item is clearly worth over $500 don’t buy one under $500. The seller probably underpriced it because it can’t pass Poshmark’s authenticity approval. If the item is not worth enough to get a Posh authenticity test, rely on the images. A good and reliable seller will post lots of images and have no problem answering questions.
Another favorite of mine is Grailed. First of all, Grailed is primarily a male vintage resale site. It’s actually one of my favorite places to look despite that. I usually look for vintage hoodies, especially men’s because they are oversized and cozy. I search for brands such as Champion, Nike, Supreme, and Ralph Lauren. I also look for accessories such as designer hats, jewelry, and occasionally bags. I don’t have the best of luck with bag since it’s dominated by the male market, but I have bought a couple Louis Vuitton bags off of it. Sometimes I’ve looked at shoes, but I will warn you that it can be hard to tell if the sizing is in men’s or women’s.
What you need to know about shopping on Grailed:
- Grailed claims to digitally authenticate items based on images, but there are definitely many dupes so be picky
- There are return options if you are dissatisfied, but some sellers don’t accept them
- Prices on Grailed can be better than other vintage sites
- Shipping can be up to the sellers discretion, it’s best to stay in contact with them on the messenger
- Read ALL descriptions and don’t be afraid to ask the seller questions
Grailed is definitely more hands on, you have to be extremely picky and patient. I recommend checking every so often for items you want and favoriting things similar. Grailed will pick up on your searches and populate new options over time giving you a better ability to find what you’re looking for.
Yet another great designer shop that’s extremely reliable. I actually have not bought anything off of Tradesy yet because I’ve found cheaper deals on other sites. However, I get on tradesy and check out the stock fairly regularly. Tradesy’s best quality is that they authenticate everything and ensure items are in brilliant shape before even posting them on their market. This makes shopping at tradesy easy and relieving.
Here’s what you should know when you shop here:
- All items are authenticated
- Tradesy specializes in designer, everything has or had a large price tag at one point
- Prices will be higher here, because the standards are higher to even get an item on their market
- There is a larger selection of current hot designer picks
If you are looking for a very special bag that’s maybe even sold out, this is the place to shop! Tradesy has lots of current hot items, but may not be at a price cut. It depends on what you’re looking for.
Depop is a more international app, similar to Grailed. I see a lot of Australians that use Depop in the place of how many Americans use Poshmark.
I love this app because it IS worldwide, so the selection of items is much larger. I feel as though I can also find more hot designer picks at a lower price.
However, there’s a few things you should know about shopping at Depop:
- Some international sellers don’t sell to the US
- There are a TON of dupes
- Depop (similar to Grailed) authenticates based on images, be careful
- You can find tons of brands, even non-designer
I am super wary when I shop on Depop simply because there are a ton of fake designer items. I mainly use Depop to shop second hand Australian clothing such as Beginning Boutique, R.O.C. Boots and HerPony. If you message international sellers, they may be happy to sell to you despite being in another country. That’s another nice thing, sellers can be more flexible on Depop.
Bonus Shop: Wasteland
Have you ever been to Melrose Ave in Los Angeles??
Well you need to go and make a pit stop at my favorite vintage store to this day.
There’s a really cool store right on the corner of N Vista called Wasteland. Wasteland is incredible. It’s your typical vintage or second hand store but it’s wear some very wealthy people drop off their unwanted designer clothes, shoes, and jewelry. You can find vintage Gucci shoes, Good American jeans, Champion hoodies, and much much more.
Every time I’m in LA I stop by this store and look for super good steals. Buying designer second hand and in-person is super rare, so this spot is definitely one to try out!
The address is:
7428 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
They also post a small variety of items on their online store if you don’t plan on visiting anytime soon.
This sounds super cliche, but shop used! Just because someone else bought it out the store door doesn’t mean they love and use it forever. It’s both good for the environment and good for your bank account to recycle second hand designer and vintage. Plus, vintage is a total fashion trend!
Happy shopping and please comment back if you visit my favorite LA vintage store!
By, Delaney Lawrence