The best time to shop is just before a season ends. That’s when seemingly everything goes on sale, including that top you’ve been staring at for a month! (I’ve especially had my eye on an embroidered mini skirt.) But what no one tells you, is that there are a few hidden places that have designer items you love on sale, all the time.
No, I’m not talking about T.J. Maxx or Century 21, though I love them so much! There are a handful of places just about everyone shops during the month. You get your groceries, home goods and more, there. But, you never think about finding the good stuff.
I mean Chanel makeup, Burberry bags and much more for less than the average retail price. And, there’s no need to go out of your way to find them.
Here are five places where you can get authentic designer goods for less than MSRP.
Yes, the same place where you stocked up on boxed mac and cheese in college also has the designers you love. Costco and Sam’s Club are my go-tos.
Both are great in general. You can easily find Calvin Klein or Lucky brand jeans towards the middle. But, the really good stuff is when you first come in.
I tend to bee-line for the jewelry case as soon as I get there.That’s where I’ve found Gucci and Tory Butch watches, as well as a few ideas for my next big jewelry purchases. Ray Bans are usually hiding by the glasses/stationary sections. The good purses, also tend to be behind glass.
That is, except, during the holidays. I remember last December or so, I was waking through Costco and right by the entrance was a Burberry crossbody for $500 . The year before, they had a collection of Valentino bags at in at least 5 styles.
Not every big box store has the same product. So, you need to know where to go. Look around a little more next time you go shopping in “the land of free samples.” You may just find something good, besides the awesome sweets.
*UPDATE – Since this article was posted, Costco has been ordered to pay Tiffany & Co. $19 Million for wrongfully depicting rings sold as “Tiffany.” When buying from a box store, the packaging typically depicts whether the item is from an authentic brand or of similar style. (I.e if that Gucci watch is in a Gucci box and has the branded emblems.) However, like with every store you shop from online, it is always worth a checking to see that what you’re buying is the real thing. When I saw the Burberry bag mentioned above, I immediately put in the description online and looked to see where else this exact bag was sold. As other reputable stores sold it and the details matched what they had on offer, I felt confident that it was authentic. Always use your best judgement and do a little research.*
Your Online Go-To’s
I know that seems a little vague, but I’m serious. Jet.com, Groupon and Amazon all have designer discounts.
Groupon is where I discovered this first. Over the past week, I’ve been choosing between $115 Prada sunglasses and $100 Tom Ford specs. A few months ago, they even had vintage Chanel bags. Sometimes you can’t use the coupon codes in conjunction with their reduced pricing, but you can usually snag at least 50 percent off.
As for Jet and Amazon, just make sure what you’re buying comes from either the site (I.e. sold and shipped by Amazon) or a verified seller. Then, you should be fine.
Remember, there’s also coupon codes at sites like RetailMeNot that may help you lower the price even more.
Technically, that’s 5 places but I couldn’t end this post without telling you about one more.
BONUS: Your Credit Card Benefits
Next time you go to pay off your statement online, take a look at the benefits tab. Whether you have American Express, Visa, Discover or the like, chances are your card is connected to a few deals for your favorite brands or something fun to do, like a broadway show.
Online doesn’t necessarily have it all, either. I recently snagged $250 for Tiffany and Co. in the mail as a promo/card benefit. Thanks to that, I got my first two sterling silver Tiffany rings for $105 total.
Happy Thursday, everyone! Come back next week for more designer steals, deals and style tips.
Until then, have a great weekend!