So how does a woman with three kids afford to take months off of work at a time and still afford some pretty decent designer items? Well, at the very least, I, as a woman with three kids who has been taking much needed time off can tell you how I do it. I never pay full price, ever. I also, rarely buy brand new. Here are a few places I like to shop for designer clothing for a lot less than retail that won’t break the bank.
My sister in law introduced me to Cynthia’s, a consignment shop on Clybourn in Chicago about 8 years ago. I stocked up on mid-level designer pieces while expecting my daughter and purchased my first DVF wrap dress for $35. They’ve been around for 20 years and Cynthia herself is a peach.
Same sister in law walks out with stunning sunglasses. I laugh and say her husband is going to kill her. She laughs and directs me to this site. Now her brother might kill her because I’ve become addicted.
This one is hit or miss and dependent on the neighborhood. I have found hidden in the racks in upper scale neighborhoods, DVF dresses, vintage Gucci, and genuine leather accessories in almost new condition on more than one occasion. Think Mink furs for $25, genuine leather mid-designer skirts for $17 (I got one for $6 because they didn’t know it was real), and Coach bags for $30.
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If you don’t mind racks but do not care for used like at a thrift store, this place is for you. I’ve been to every rack in the Chicagoland area and found my favorites as not all carry the same items. I find more high-end designer (think Fendi sunglasses) and career type clothing downtown and more fun, casual pieces (think J Brand Jeans) in the suburbs. Also, you can now shop online. YAY.
This isn’t really a discount store but I have bought some great mid-designer pieces here during their sales. They are epic. While you’ll end up buying a coat in June and a swimsuit in December, you’ll also be getting 60% or more off retail so it is worth storing your brand new pieces for a few months.
Anyone else in the mood to shop now?