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6 Tips for Finding Designer Labels on a Budget

6 Tips for Designer Label Shopping

Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Coach, UGG's (like the UGG Women's Bailey Button Triplet Boot – pictured below), True Religion jeans, Chanel are just a few of the most coveted designer labels around. Keeping up with the latest trends is hard but trying to afford them is another story! Most of us want to wear all of the beautiful designer items but have a hard time justifying spending the money or we just don't have it. Personally, spending $200+ on a pair of jeans is not very affordable. Thankfully, there are ways to get designer clothing at a fraction of the cost!

UGG Women's Bailey Button Triplet Boot

1. Shop Discount Stores.
Stores like Ross, TJ Maxx and Michael's often carry designer clothes at rock bottom prices. I am a TJ Maxx diehard shopper ( I furnished my first house through layaway at TJ Maxx). The drawback to shopping at discount stores is the stores aren't always very organized and the styles and size selections are limited. If you are willing to spend the time looking through the racks and possibly checking back on a weekly basis, you can find some awesome name brands at amazing prices! Maxxinista's could perhaps score a Coach Peyton Signature Sateen Metallic Shoulder Bag (below) or even a Michael Kors Jet Set Women's East West Large Purse (even more below).

Coach Peyton Signature Sateen Metallic Shoulder Bag- White and Silver 197582. Shop Second Hand Stores. Most people do not throw away designer clothing, they will either resale it or donate it. If you have never shopped second-hand stores before, you might be surprised at all the designer clothing you can find. Finding designer clothing at a second-hand store is almost like a challenge! You really do have to consistently check back on a regular basis to see what new items have been donated. Designer clothing goes very quick at second-hand stores. Now I am humming Thriftshop by Macklemore.

Michael Kors Jet Set Women's East West Large Purse Burgundy

3. Consignment Shops. Shopping at consignment shops is probably the very best way to get designer clothing for a fraction of the cost. The way consignment shops work is actually pretty simple. The store sales items that the customers have brought in. When the store sales an item the customer gets a % of that sale. All of the items sold in a consignment store are typically used items but at second-hand store prices. Consignment shops typically charge a little more than second-hand stores, but normally focus on designer clothing.

At my local consignment store, I picked up the Dior Train Case pictured below. I love to travel with it. Make sure to check out your local consignment shop!

Vintage Dior Train Case

4. Shop Department Stores. Now we all know that buying designer clothing at department stores is far from affordable! A pair of Miss Me jeans will typically sale for about $130 at Macy's or Nordstrom. Most of us can not afford to spend $130 on a pair of jeans, thus the reason we are looking at second-hand and consignment stores. However, both Macy's and Nordstrom have sales throughout the year where items are heavily discounted. Make sure to sign up for the Macy's and Nordstrom newsletter so you know when these big sales events are going to be taking place. You can find some amazing deals during these major sale days.

For instance, I sntached up this fabulous Mosey Life Duffy Weekender Cross-Body Handbag (pictured below) because it was hot pink and a discontinued color. This is the best travel purse I have ever owned and I paid less than half for it on department store clearance.

Mosey Life Duffy Weekender Cross-Body


5. When in doubt, check Amazon out. Amazon has an amazing array of Designer Clothing, Accessories and Handbags. I have gotten some great deals on designer brands for a lot less than full retail. You can also find used items on Amazon and some sellers offer good deals.

Cartier Sunglasses Polarized Santos-Dumont Aviator Wood6. Go eBaying. eBay is the first site that I ever purchased a designer label from. I have been shopping on eBay for over 15 years and I love discovering new things or finding a great deal. I especially love saving money.


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  1. Peggy

    Since you are in Atlanta, there is a new consignment shop my friend just opened.

  2. Michelle Elizondo

    Thank you for the tips! I go to garage sales and Payless.

  3. I’m not much for designer labels, but these are great tips! I know lots of people could really use these.

  4. I LOVE TJ Maxx ! I shop there a lot to find great items at a fraction of the cost. You are right though, they usually aren’t very well organized. So it takes time to shop, but I still love it.

  5. These are definitely some great tips! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Yes, there are TONS of designer clothes at second hand stores – many never used. My cousin buys all hers from there.

  7. great tips, I get my deals from thrifty store shopping or outlets! 🙂

  8. Those a great tips. I love scoring a great deal on designer stuff at discount stores.

  9. Allyson Bossie

    I have gotten some very good deals using some of these great ideas. I got an Authentic LV Beach Bag from a guy who’s wife had just passed and he had no idea what it was. He sold it at a yard sale for $10 and I went and had the store confirm….so awesome!

  10. connie moore

    Thank you for tips……being poor…It’s doesn’t mean I lost my taste for nice products…Cancer toke a part of my body…..and my money….not my taste for nice prducts

  11. I’m a Coach girl. I have one Coach purse that has last for several years now.

  12. That’s great advice. I know personally I’m always hunting in thrift stores for those big labels that I can’t imagine paying full price for. Lucky for me I’ve got tiny feet so I usually make out like a bandit with the shoes.

  13. Great tips, one of my favorite stores is TJMaxx and Marshalls, lots of designer stuff at much more reasonable prices.

  14. Great tips, you are right on point with TJ Maxx– it’s smart to scout out several, there will usually be one that gets the prime merchandise. In NYC of course we have sample sales– they are really hit or miss though. I love department store and even boutique sales– prices go up to 70% off at Saks, and Ralph Lauren black label just had a 70% off sale– perfect time to get a summer cashmere sweater for less than the cost of those mid level shops– and wear it through winter. Always a better deal than sorting through the leftovers at the outlets months later (and priced up at a higher cost).

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