Alternatives to Outlet Stores

I recently posted about the differences between buying designer labels at retail stores and at outlet stores, but those aren’t the only ways to find your dream items! Thankfully the modern world has provided us with alternatives to physical stores.

Obviously, you have E-Bay; don’t think that I’m dropping any knowledge on you there! However, there are a few different avenues online to find what you are looking for.

1.Store websites

I know what you are saying- “DUH, Historian, we know stores have websites.” However, in my excessive time looking for various items online, I’ve come to realise that some stores will offer different products online and in-store. Also, check stores you wouldn’t think of! M often reminds me to check Macy’s in addition to Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack, and sometimes they have items from the past few seasons even when the designer doesn’t.

2. Poshmark

For my lucky readers that live in the US, Poshmark is an app that allows you to sell your new and used clothing and accessories to other users. I wish I could use it, because I’ve heard nothing but good things and it seems that you can luck out with some very reasonable prices. I’m desperately hoping that it opens up to Canada soon!!

Poshmark Kate Spade Screenshot

3. Re-sell Groups

I think that the easiest way to find items you need to is to join different re-sell groups on Facebook. Originally, I was in a few Lululemon groups. I am much more of a watcher- I find it interesting to see how much pieces will go for. Lululemon is particularly so, as leggings that originally sell for $92 CAD will go for upwards of $500 because they have a specific print on them. I’m also in Kate Spade and Tory Burch resell groups! I still don’t own anything from Tory Burch, but hopefully I will find one of the items I’m looking for in my price range. There is a huge variety of items posted; retail and outlet, old and new. I find the people in the Kate Spade group are very friendly and will actually post that they are going to the outlet so that people can make requests. (They pay immediately with Paypal, FYI.) I’ve posted items before for identification, and people are kind and helpful. You can post ISO (In Search Of) items which can lead to success. You can also post your location to find out who is willing to ship to you in the first place so that you don’t get your hope up!

Kate Spade Re-Sell Group Screenshot

Where do you have the most success finding the items you want??

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

6 thoughts on “Alternatives to Outlet Stores

  1. Liz February 25, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    I haven’t tried Poshmark but I’ve wanted to! I love Kate Spade stuff on the cheap!


    • anhistorianabouttown February 25, 2016 / 6:49 pm

      As someone who is on the hunt for a Kate Spade leather crossbody for $100 USD or less, I’ve got to use what I can! Haha


  2. Jenna February 25, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Great post! I love buying cheap things! 🙂
    -Jenna ❤
    Follow me? The Chic Cupcake


    • anhistorianabouttown February 26, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      If we all had endless money, it would be wonderful! But I like to think the challenge is part of the fun 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!


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