I picked up this beauty yesterday and couldn’t be happier – or more smug that I managed to only pay a fraction of the retail price for it!
Now the question on your lips is – HOW?!
Well, let me tell you. Your new best friend will a designer resale and consignment boutique. There are plenty of them around, in every city, so look online and check them out. My closest one is Siopaella which has three boutiques in the middle of Temple Bar, Dublin.
Now, I’ve been going to Siopaella, handing in my pre-loved clothing, bags and accessories for the last year. They sell them for me, and I get 40% of the sale. Sometimes when I mention this to people, they think that the seller getting 60% seems like a bit much – but I’ll be honest with you, I rather have someone else sell it because I’ve tried Depop for a while, and liked it, but it took up so much of my time packing, wrapping, and shipping my orders that it was too much hassle. Also, you have to consider that this is their business, and they have rent and staff to pay too.
So I drop my clothing / bags / accessories in a big suitcase about once a month and let Siopaella do their thing and I let my sales build up.
And then I saw that they got in this beautiful, stunning Celine bag and knew I had to have it! When I saw it was on the website for much less than the normal retail price I immediately called and asked them to keep it for me. I ended up paying little over 1/4 of what I would have paid if it was bought brand new in the shop – because I also used some of my “earnings” to go towards the price of the bag.
The bag is in immaculate condition, and I couldn’t be happier to finally own a Celine bag that is big enough to fit my laptop, and more importantly, my camera in it comfortably.
And that is the story of how I got my designer bag for less!