As you probably know I am a HUGE fan of preloved clothing and i get asked A LOT about how i find my treasures, so wanted to do a piece on Vestiaire Collective for you. Back in my late teens and early 20s I would buy practically most of my clothes from eBay, or the vintage stores that I trawled through on weekends and then would spend all my modeling wages on the odd designer piece that I just “couldn’t live” without! (I was never very good at saving).
Depending on what you are searching for I think buying preloved really takes some dedication and time, I have found some phenomenal pieces and often get asked how I find them but to be honest they very rarely just “appear”, you do have to put the work in – but boy its an AMAZING feeling when you find “the one” But those one offs, those once in a lifetime finds do generally take time. For years and years, I would spend all evening just looking through eBay, it was just what I did, some people watch TV or read a book, I would stalk eBay, searching my favourite designers, vintage pieces and look at items from my favourite sellers.
Buying some items preloved or often even new on eBay and the like can be easy – items that were in large supply for example jeans – if you know the make and model name you can simply put a notification on eBay for say “saint Laurent jeans” in your size, and you will get an email when some become available.
I think there are really are some fabulous treasures to be found, and every day its getting easier as more and more stores are putting their inventory online, and lets face it the preloved market must have grown 100 fold since the launch of Vestiaire Collective.
Vestiare Collective is probably my favourite site for preloved finds.
Forgive me if you know how it works, but a lot of people don’t, so here is how…you are buying an item from an individual (not VC direct although that is not always the case) after the transaction is complete the seller the posts the item to the Paris HQ of VC to be vetted by the team, then if it passes the tests –1) it must be in the condition stated 2) it has to be authentic and 3) be exactly as stated in the description then it passes Quality control and VC will send it on to you, normally overnight with DHL then VC will pay the seller. Simple.
The best thing to do is sign up with Vestiaire collective premier, then every day you can preview all the items that will be listed soon, and put a notification on your favourites, that way you can hopefully beat other people for the sale (some tings sell the second they are listed) and most importantly it gives you time to research if the item – I will always check it is well priced, and try to find other pictures of the item. For example if I see a Saint Laurent dress I like the look of, I will google it and try and find pictures of it from when it was originally on sale, or runway pictures to triple check I like the style and check that it is a good price.
Here are some of my favourite VC finds, a Vintage Chanel Medallion necklace, and 2 runway Chanel dresses i got for a steal
TOP TIPS FOR SHOPPING ON VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE
1. There are NO returns on items if they don’t fit or you don’t like them, only returns are accepted if there is a fault.
2. I ALWAYS ALWAYS pay with paypal – this was you are doubly covered, for example if you think an item shouldn’t have passed control, and they think it should.
3. Note shipping times – sellers do have up to 4 weeks to get the item into VC, normally they post it within a few days BUT you are reliant on the individual seller, therefore if it is an item you need for a certain occasion, or you simply need it quickly, I highly recommend speaking to the seller prior to purchasing to check they are willing to send it quickly.
4. If something comes and it really doesn’t fit, you are allowed to relist it for sale at the same price without paying commission.
5. Where possible look at a sellers rating, the other items they are selling, how frequently they are selling. Obviously a first time seller will probably be great, but you may want to ask questions about how quickly they will ship as they are new to the game
6. If you don’t have the money for an item, save items you love into your wish list and WAIT..After a week if the item hasn’t sold you are able to put an offer in….be cheeky with your offers, you wont believe some of the things I have got away with…the longer something has been for sale, obviously the lower the seller will negotiate.
7. Spend time looking at favourite designers, and using the site in general, after you have made a few sales you will become a dab hand at negotiating and finding things you love.
8. Follow your favourite sellers, and create notifications from favourite searches.
SHOP THE POST – MY FAVOURITES
Below you can shop the post with some of my current favourites for sale on Vestiare Collective – THE Rejina Pyo famous silver dress, my Vita Kin green dress (obviously not actually mine) the stripe Chanel cardigan worn by Giselle in the campaign, a Chanel leather skirt from the infamous 2011 Paris Byzance collection, a pair of brand new Chanel slingbacks with the pearl which are £100 cheaper than in store and you could put an offer on, BRAND NEW Celine espadrilles v neck pumps, a Gucci TOM FORD dress AND SO SO MANY MORE – enjoy!!
PLEASE NOTE I OBVIOUSLY HAVN’T SEEN ANY OF THESE ITEMS IN PERSON SO CANNOT VOUCH FOR THEM PERSONALLY OR THE CONDITION THEY ARE IN!
SHOP CHANEL TREASURES
A lot of my favourite finds have been Chanel – here are a few currently available
SHOP THE POST – TODAYS OUTFIT
Below is THE COAT – my favourite ever VC purchase a £5000 Chloe coat i couldn’t afford when it was in store so you can imagine my delight when i found it on the site for £700…i have found some AMAZING newer versions of my coat all for a great price…have linked a beautiful white one (3 separate times as they have 3 in different sizes)
SHOP THE POST – HERMES
VC always have a great collection of Hermes bags, belts and other accessories. I warn you some of these bags are eye-wateringly expensive – but I have bought and sold many Hermes bags on VC before (but bare in mind the newer bags are often more than in store due to the short supply) Both my CDC belts were bought from VC and are vintage from the 80s, always ask for measurements, the sizing differs in the vintage models…and ask for receipts if you are buying an expensive bag, and ALWAYS pay with PayPal 🙂