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ThredUp Now Selling Used Designer Handbags

ThredUp Now Sells Used Designer Handbags

Leather Coach Wristlet – $37.49 (originally $115) // Banana Republic Satchel – $57.99 (originally $200) // MICHAEL Michael Kors Tote – $116.99 (originally $269) // Fossil Shoulder Bag – $53.49 (originally $178) // Kate Spade New York Clutch – $129.49 (originally $298) // Furla Satchel – $129.49 (originally $298) // Ted Baker London Floral Shoulder Bag – $64.99 (originally $260) // Marc Jacobs Shoulder Bag – $490.99 (originally $1,695) // Linea Pelle Clutch – $62.49 (originally $215)

 

I was excited to learn this morning that ThredUp, a large online consignment store, is now selling used designer handbags online! I took a peek through all of the bags available, and they have quite a selection of brands at very reasonable prices!

Coach is one of the most populous brands on the site, and I thought the pricing for Coach was the best out of all of the designer brands. Other used designer handbags that had a good selection included Banana Republic, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade.

All of the used designer handbags on the site are marked whether the item appears to be in “like new” condition or if there is a flaw of some type. The only thing I’m uneasy about is that items with flaws are marked:

Tiny Flaw – While in excellent condition, this item does indeed have a teeny, tiny flaw (Tiny marks, stains or spots, Minor scratch or crack).

No specific details seem to be available about the flaw. (This is a brand new offering from ThredUp though, and I’m hoping they soon start providing more details.)

If you are looking for a new handbag, the selection at ThredUp might be a fantastic place to start your search. I was impressed with the resale pricing at ThredUp.

If you have items in your closet that you want to sell, ThredUp might be a great option for you. They accept designer items and will pay you up to 80% of the sale price once the item sells. Some of the used designer handbags they’re looking for right now include brands like Gucci, Kooba, Badgley Mischka, Rebecca Minkoff, Chloé, Cynthia Rowley, and Kate Spade. Click here to learn more about selling with ThredUp.

Click here to check out the used designer handbags at ThredUp!

 

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Groupon Deal: $20 for $40 at Housing Works Thrift Shops

Housing Works Groupon

 

I love whenever we see thrift shops show up on the likes of Groupon. It’s rare, but they’re almost always a good deal!

Such is the case today, because $20 will get you a $40 Groupon to spend at Housing Works Thrift Shops across the city! Proceeds from purchases at Housing Works Thrift Shops benefit HIV/AIDS Advocacy.

You can use your Groupon at any of Housing Works’ 12 locations through June 12, 2013.

Click here to snag this Groupon now!!!

Etsy Monday: Two Birds Boutique

You may remember today’s featured Etsy shop owners’ Megan and Nora from back in July when they guest posted here on FF. Well, I have had to the absolute pleasure to work with them again, as they have recently opened an Etsy shop, Two Birds Boutique, with all of their fabulous vintage finds!

Do you watch Mad Men? Well, doesn’t this skirt totally have that Mad Men feel?! And the color! Oh the color! I die.

Two Birds Boutique

Vintage 60s Mad Men Pencil Skirt

And this skirt not only qualifies for free shipping, but it’s also 20% off. Enter the code NEWYEAR in the coupon field. Or don’t, so I can buy it. :)

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Vintage 70s Delicate Sweater

I am smitten with this sweater. The delicateness of the details, the color, and the doily collar just make it such a classic. The flower embroidery comes in lavendar, peach, rose and mauve. LOVE.

Two Birds Boutique Vintage Tunic

This tunic is adorable. I am not a huge fan of tight stuff on me personally, so I tend to lean towards the tunic route. I think these colors are great, too!

And don’t forget your 20% off! Now through January 11, enter NEWYEAR. And if you aren’t able to shop this week, check out the deal breakdowns below using the coupon code!

January 1 – 11: 20% off
 
January 12 – 21: 15% off
 
January 22 – 31: 10% off
 

Megan and Nora were kind enough to answer some questions. Enjoy!

1. What has been your most favorite vintage find?

Megan:
That’s a tough one. A friend of mine was planning a surprise wedding and she asked for help finding a dress. I went gung ho and bought three vintage white dresses. Last minute, she found one herself, but I love the ones I found so much I might dye them and keep them for myself. Oh, and recently, I thrifted a pair of mint condition vintage Frye boots for $8.99. Gotta love a deal!
 
Nora:
I have a pair of British brown riding boots that I have worn to death. I really need to replace them, but I cannot bring myself to get rid of them (or stop wearing them)!
 
2. For someone interested in thrifting, what advice would you give them?
 
Megan:
There are a lot of tips. my top three would be to 1. Go often. Stores restock daily, so you have the potential to find new treasures on a daily basis. 2. Look outside the box (or your size). People oftentimes throw clothes back where they don’t belong, and vintage sizes are different than current sizes. So, looking in different sections (or in the cast-off racks outside the dressing room) opens up the fab-finding potential that much more. 3. check check check. People donate things all the time without washing, fixing or caring about the condition. So mke sure to check the item for any stains, holes or imperfections.
 
Nora:
Megan’s answers are perfect. I might also add that it is overwhelming, so when you first start thrifting to go knowing what you want and only look in those sections. You can slowly build up to exploring the entire store.
 
3. What are your favorite colors?
 
Megan:
Old vintage refrigerator colors like avocado,mustard,  teal, orange and cream.
 
Nora:
Avocado and granny smith apple greens and orange for sure.
 
4. Who is are your fashion icons?
 
Megan:
past: Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren
present: Alexa Chung, Zoe Deschanel
 
Nora:
Past: Audrey Hepburn, Francoise Hardy, Mia Farrow
Present: Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller (apparently I wish I was British).
 
5. What is your favorite item in your shop?
 
Megan:
The 70s open cardigan. I would have kept it myself, but it didn’t fit. I adore the colors (see #3) and the style works with pretty much any outfit!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/87892316/free-shipping-vintage-70s-open-cardigan
 
Nora:
Any and all of our boots! I am a freak for vintage riding and cowboy boots. I also adore the green floral and lace chiffon maxi dress.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/86112286/vintage-green-floral-and-lace-and
 
Aren’t they just the cutest?! Don’t forget now through the 11th to enter the code NEWYEAR for 20% off! Happy shopping!

Etsy Monday: Wild Honey Pie Vintage

I often think I was born in the wrong decade. Seriously. I have an obsessive love of music from the 80s, I heart the fashion of the 40s, and I honestly think that I am a hippie trapped in the 21st century. I think this may explain why I am so drawn to any and everything vintage.

If you too love vintage, then you will be so stoked for today’s featured Etsy shop, Wild Honey Pie Vintage. The shop’s owner, Julia, is just as sweet as pie. :) I mean that. Every Monday morning at a church in Austin, TX, “volunteers set up a temporary boutique filled with donated clothes in the basement of a church in downtown Austin. They provide breakfast and the opportunity to shop with a volunteer to 40 homeless and home-insecure women.” Julia oftens attends this event and has since made the decision that every purchase goes towards helping these women. You know I love a good cause!

Julia says her shop provides women with the opportunity to blend fantasy with reality. This sounds like my cup of tea. I know once you see her items you will be smitten as well.

Wlid Honey Pie Vintage

1970s clutch

FYI folks, I have a birthday coming up in two weeks, should anyone feel like sending me this clutch. :) I love love love it. It has an inner-suede lining and a removable strap. Swoon.

Wild Honey Pie Vintage

1960s Navy Wool Pencil Skirt

This skirt is fierce. I’m obsessed with navy blue as of lately, so I totally need this. And the pocket! Eeee! I love pockets.

Here are the details: waist: 26in; hips: 38in; length: 26in; condition: excellent.

WIld Honey Pie Vintage

1960s Blossoming Rose earrings

These pale pink rose clip-on earrings have a cluster of faux pearls in the center. They are too cute for words. And on sale! Love!

Make sure you check out Julia’s accessories, as they are all on sale from now until Friday! That’s an awesome deal for some awesome finds for jewerly, hats, shoes and belts, and purses and handbags. Also, Julia was kind enough to answer some questions, enjoy!

1. Where do you find the pieces in your collection?

Welllll..isn’t that always the mystery?? Hahaha. About half of my inventory comes from wholesalers with whom I have developed relationships with. And the other half is eeked out of many many hours of blood sweat and tears pouring through thrift store racks, garage sales and estate sales.

2. What has been your favorite find so far?

Oh man…a favorite find? Yikes! That’s a toughie. Probably this amazing green dress from the late 50’s early 60’s. It’s an exquisitely hand-made kelly green silk ballgown with a watteau-style train. I saw it in a pile somewhere and snatched that thing up and my heart started pounding it was just so gorgeous. I JUST yesterday finally got it photographed and it should be up in the store tonight! It’s truly a gem, and of course it fits like it was made for me!

3. What advice would you give to someone who knows nothing about vintage, such as what to look for, etc.?

So..if you’re just starting out knowing nothing about vintage I would say start out by:
– getting to know your body’s proportions. What shape are you? Hourglass? Pear-shaped? Long and lanky? Know your bust waist and hip measurements by heart as well as from the hollow of your neck to the navel. Vintage clothes are..simply put…not made like modern ones at all. They are meant to fit very specifically. (Which is what makes them look so amazing!)
-then go watch a bunch of movies, that’s right…classic movies like Philadelphia Story, High Society, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, look at what the leading ladies are wearing and see what sort of style makes you catch your breath. Then google that time period of style and just start seeking it out in thrift stores and vintage stores.
-TRY TRY TRY things on. Only then will you start to get a sense of what works for your body. And experiment around with decades, the 40’s is very different from the 60’s
– ask questions and don’t be afraid to sound like you don’t know anything. Vintage peeps are 99% of the time DYING to share their knowledge with someone.
– And above all, don’t worry about how old it is or who designed it or how strange it might be compared to today’s trends…does it FIT you and does it make you FEEL special? That’s all that matters.

4. What is your favorite decade?

Favorite decade?? Yikes..that’s like asking a favorite child. I love different things about different decades. The detail and styling of the 20’s and 30’s, the wonderful cuts of 40’s dresses, the amazing fabrics of the 60’s. I love it all. But if I HAD to choose one, I would say late 40’s early 50’s with the advent of Dior’s “New Look”. Being short with a small waist and a sizable bust and booty, it’s those styles that really look best on me and makes me feel super feminine and put-together.

5. Who is your style inspiration?

My style inspiration comes from EVERYwhere. : ) But when I feel stuck in a rut I run to Style.com and look at all the newest stuff coming down the runway, especially the haute couture runways. Nine times out of ten I will recognize a vintage inspiration behind a modern look and it sets me off. I love how fashion just constantly changes, mixes and matches and recycles itself. And I am just consistently gobsmacked at the amazing things my fellow Vintage sellers rustle up. I have made many friends who share this passion and they are always pushing me to style better, think more creatively, make better photos and work harder.

Thanks so much Julia!