I’ve always been a firm believer that one should never wake up before 11:00 a.m. unless they are going to be on Good Morning America. Today, I actually got to practice what I preach when I appeared on GMA’s Cash in Your Closet segment with Tracy DiNunzio, Founder and CEO of Tradesy, an online retailer where you can earn top dollar for your gently used designer goods currently crowding your closet. They also offer free shipping and hassle-free returns on their designer deals.
During the segment, Tracy appraised the resale value of two of my designer accessories. My Just Cavalli purse was appraised for $110 and my Michael Kors scarf valued at $30. It’s amazing how much extra cash could be just sitting in your closet. I’ve never been much of a morning person, but being on Good Morning America made rising well before dawn completely worth it. Click here to see the full segment. Many congratulations to my new friend, Tracy DiNunzio, on her fabulous website and equally fabulous GMA debut!
Nothing like getting your accessories appraised on national television
Tracy DiNunzio, CEO and Founder of Tradesy, waiving from her appraisal booth on the set of GMA
Living the socialite simple life means doing your share of consignment shopping. Since I’ve been so addicted to vintage lately, I’m so glad I discovered I-ELLA, a fun consignment start-up where you can shop the closets socialites, celebrities, fashion editors, and other stylish New Yorkers. Buying something vintage means owning a piece that tells a story. I-ELLA does a great job revealing the story behind each item by profiling the previous owner. I often find myself shopping by pervious own rather than by designer. Once you find someone with similar taste, it’s a easy to buy up everything in their closet.
I love that I can now shop the closets of equally stylish people who may have a slightly larger shopping budget than I do.
Who knew going green by buying vintage could be so stylish?
Think all those genuine Louis Vuitton bags and Louboutin heels you see all over the city are first generation? Think again. Aspiring Socialites everywhere are discovering the wonderful world of consignment. reFINEstyle.com is an online marketplace of pre-loved designer fashion and accessories. Curated by a hand selected team of sellers across the country, an ever-changing selection of consignment merchandise is offered to the fashion-minded buyer at greatly reduced prices. Buying designer goods from a respected consignment website is a lot better than buying from eBay. In fact, I don’t suggest buying designer goods, especially bags from eBay. Unlike on eBay where it is basically the luck of the draw, reFINEstyle.com works with reputable sellers vetted by the website that only supply the real thing.
Having bought used designer goods myself, I can tell you that much of this so-called “pre-loved” couture, looks as if it has never been touched. The Dallas-based website founded by former HR exec, Megan Masoner, (I love it when fashionistas start their own businesses) has an ever-changing selection of over 800 premier brands. Sales last between 7-14 days. Buyers on reFINEstyle can either “bid” on items or select the “buy it now” option for the price listed. G3 sales (“Going, going, gone!”) allow for the possibility of scoring great deals on items whose prices are reduced up to 15 times over the course of the sale. So start strategizing now on how to navigate this dynamic site full of designer treasures. It’s every Aspiring Socialite’s best-kept secret.
P.S. – This $2,000+ Chanel probably wasn’t the best choice to display affordability, but it was so cute that I had to use it. However, they do actually have a lot more affordable pre-loved designer bags.