Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Investment Pieces ~ How to Buy

While the main focus of this blog is finding fashion that's affordable, I also firmly believe there are pieces that you want to spend more on to ensure the quality is high and it will last you for years.  With fall swiftly approaching, this is the perfect time to discuss how to purchase investment pieces while still remaining frugal.  Here are some examples of how I've done this:

Classic Boyfriend Watch
I knew I wanted a gold watch and, for me, it had to be Michael Kors.  So, I did my online research to identify the model/style that fit my taste and then the search began.  I finally found what I was looking for on eBay...brand new with the box, documentation & warranty.  Thankfully, I won and was able to buy it for 70% off of retail!

Leather Riding Boots 
At the beginning of fall two years ago, I had to replace my favorite brown leather boots.  I had found the perfect pair at TJ Maxx...but, they didn't have my size.  Instead of giving up, I wrote down the model number and color & started searching the web.  It took a few weeks, but I finally found an online shoe store who carried them at a discounted price plus the shipping was free!

Tips to remember:
* Patience & persistence are KEY!  Don't be so anxious to purchase something that you settle for paying full price and don't give up if you are unable to find it right away.
* Shop at the end of a season when stores are willing to offer heavy discounts to clear their inventory.  Be sure to ask them to call around to other stores if they don't have your size in stock at the nearest location.
* Don't underestimate the power of eBay!  You may find something that was used once for a photo shoot and is being sold for much less than retail.  There are also companies who receive extra stock from stores like Macy's, Banana Republic, BCBG & Victoria's Secret and sell them for much less (as mentioned here).  Write down the model number & style of what you're looking for & start searching!



Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

these are some great tips :) especially the "don't underestimate the power of eBay" one :D couldn't agree more!


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Fashion By Alicia said...

Great tips!

Alysson said...

I love these hints!! I am on the hunt for my gold MK now...will take that advice and look on ebay!

My Dressy Ways said...

I used to ebay shop ALL the time! But got away from it, you're making me reconsider since you've picked up some great pieces!

Olivia said...

I found my MK boyfriend watch at a Fossil Outlet in Pennsylvania. It was $100 lets than retail price and it is a go with everything piece.

These are great tips, now following your blog to help me manage my fashion spending!

Liv @

Ivie said...

I too have been wanting a gold MK watch. There was one on sale on the site but when I came back it was gone :( Will def have to check out ebay as well. Thanks for the tip!

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Yvonne said...

Love Michael Kors and I am also loving my gold boldfaced MK watch! Great minds think alike!