In need of a wardrobe update and looking for some vintage jewelry, I decided to check out Vestiaire Collective, an international online community to buy and sell pre-owned luxury fashion. Because I do most of my shopping online, consignment shopping online isn’t totally out of my comfort zone.
Fashionistas love to consignment shop for a reason: It’s usually way more affordable, and also provides you the opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind or hard-to-find pieces. After all, what better place to find rare vintage treasures or simply a lower-cost designer handbag? Vestiaire Collective has all of the things I love about consignment stores, minus the small selection and the never-ending search for my size.
When I first jumped onto the site, I’ll admit I was a little intimidated by the huge selection of items I had to choose from. Luckily, the consignment site works hard to ensure that it’s easy to find precisely what you’re looking for, as well as specially selected lists for those who are more into browsing. It was the sort of choose-your-own-adventure kind of shopping that I found both refreshing and addicting. If left to my own devices I would probably still be adding things to my “wish list.”
The site’s many different categories can be confusing at first, but they actually made the process of shopping a lot easier. For example, I was looking for black leather flats in a size 8. By filtering each of these things I got a full page of exactly the kind of shoes I’d been searching for. This was a lot easier than walking into a physical shop and turning over every pair of shoes I found, hoping one might miraculously be my size. If I can’t find that one perfect item — or if it’s just not my size — I was also able to set an alert so I’d get an email when something that matched what I was looking for popped up.
Then again, not everyone shops at consignment shops with a specific goal in mind. Browsing, after all, can be half the fun. For the scroll-happy, Vestiaire Collective also has a curated selection of editor favorites. I clicked through selections titled “Natural Neutrals,” “White Paradise,” “Wedding Season,” and “Vintage Jewelry” — which almost trapped me forever, to be honest, with its range of baubles from Cartier to Hermès.
For those a little wary of purchasing designer goods on the internet, Vestiaire Collective is well-respected in the fashion industry, and each item must be inspected and authenticated by a team of experts before it goes live. Vestiaire Collective makes sure that everything is genuine and in the same condition as described by the seller before being sold to the public, which definitely puts my mind at ease. Furthermore, Vestiaire Collective partners with Affirm, meaning that anything purchased on the site can be paid off in monthly installments (which definitely makes those pricier items on my wishlist a little more realistic).
All-in-all, it’s no replacement for the one-of-a-kind charm of wandering around a physical consignment or vintage store. But as far as selection and convenience goes, there’s really no beating Vestiaire Collective.
Get your fashionista fix at VestiaireCollective.com.
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