If you are familiar with this blog, then you know I love a great sale. I love shopping at a discounted rate and rarely do I pay full-price for my clothing.
Yes. I love shopping as long as I can get a great deal!!!
And although I’m not big on consignment shopping and thrift shop shopping, I’ll tell you why. Since I’ve been in the Philadelphia area, I have not found a thrift shop that has measured up the The Red, White and Blue Store in Hamilton/Trenton, NJ. The RWB Store is the Salvation Army thrift store that is, hands down, the greatest thrift shop ever. Nothing can compare.
Hands down, the best thrift store ever. Oh how I miss this place!!
There is a Goodwill store in Phoenixville that’s not bad. I picked up a couple of items for the house and hit paydirt with a pair of J. Crew, Made-In-Italy, suede, pointy-toed flats that I have worn hundreds of times—and I paid $7.95 for them. But truth be told, I just don’t have the patience anymore to rummage through the store.
I truly love these thrifted shoes but they need to be repaired!
I’ve perused a couple of consignment stores in Wayne, PA and throughout the Main Line but the prices charged are ridiculous. I’m better off waiting for an online sale for the brands I love.
Over the past year or so, I’ve been eyeing a pair of Lilly Pulitzer Kristen wedge sandals. They really are nice but at $198, are just way overpriced. Luck was not with me during the Lilly Pulitzer After-Party sale and these shoes slipped by.
The Kristen Wedge. And I love her.
But I really love them. I’ve looked online for a good dupe of these sandals with no luck. Anywhere.
Suffice it to say, whilst perusing, I came across Poshmark. This is a site where people sell their used goods and unused goods. Brand names abound, I decided to check out the site. And ended up making three purchases.
The Poshmark Logo. I took a chance and signed up.
The purchases were a pair of pink floral pants by Gretchen Scott. I’ve become quite the fan of this brand and for the price of $20, and waived shipping, I couldn’t resist. The size, Medium, with three-percent stretch was right up my alley and my size.
The description was transparent and the price was right. And so, it was sold. To me.
In addition, I ordered not one but two pairs of Lilly Pulitzer sandals. As I write this, I am awaiting delivery of the elusive golden beauty of a wedge, Kristen. The shoe was advertised as never-been-worn and I’m assuming that it was purchased on sale for a quick turnaround.
I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival!
The other item is the Abbey Wedge Sandal also by Lilly Pulitzer. Also advertised as never-been worn. And in the box!
This was just one of the many photos the seller posted. She was very detail-oriented!
So how did my initial purchased from Poshmark turn out? I’ll tell you in a minute.
There was a bit of “Oh shit, what did I do”-ness after reading Poshmark reviews.
Yes. After I made the purchased, I read reviews and I will tell you that most were not favorable.
But the good thing for the buyer is you don’t have to accept the delivered purchase. After receiving and inspecting, if the item ordered isn’t as advertised or is in dire condition, you can return the item and not be charged. So, I breathed a sigh of relief after reading that.
Notice was received that two of the items purchased were delivered yesterday. Earlier today, Bonaparte went to our mailbox and picked up the items for me.
It was eager anticipation on my and Chippy’s behalf and here’s how it rolled!
The pants arrived in cute packaging, a package with kitties which drove Chippy crazy.
Upon inspection, they were as advertised. They were worn quite a bit but I liked that because the pants were soft and comfy and stretched out to perfection.
Apparently Chippy liked the pants too!
They are lightweight and the ankle-length is one I love. The shade of pink is a good one. Not pastel and not neon. It falls in between with bright green leaves. Off the bat, these will be worn by me quite a bit.
The pants come just above my ankles and I love the length
I’ll wash them today because I want them to smell like my detergent. Yeah. I’m funny that way.
They are lightweight, comfortable and look great!
I’m very pleased with the purchase. Will I be purchasing from this person again? Most likely if she has any other items that I might like.
I would definitely purchase from this seller again!
The Lilly Pulitzer Abbey Wedges. Arrived in a USPS box and in a Lilly Pulitzer shoe box. This is good for storage in my closet. Upon inspection I did see that these truly were never worn. The sandals are in beautiful shape.
In the box..
In excellent condition!
And they fit my narrow, high-instep feet perfectly.
Just imagine how great they will look after I get my spray tan!
I must say I really do love the way these look
The ankle strap has a good number of holes and I don’t need to take them to the shoe repair to have more added.
I also like that the ankle strap isn’t too thick.
These will be worn a lot during the summer months!
These will be a go-to summer sandal!
Will I repurchase from this seller? Most likely. The price was great and the shoes are just as advertised.
Very, very pleased!
What I have noticed from doing some sleuthing on brands I like is that you have to be very cautious. If a seller is using only stock photos, I would pass. I want to see a photograph of the product in real life. Transparency is key.
In addition, shoe sizing is very important. I noticed quite a bit of Repetto and Roger Vivier shoes for sale with the “American” sizing. These are tricky to purchase if you do not know your European size!
For example, my shoe size is an 8 ½. Translated to the Heyraud and Repetto brands, as well as Rondini sandals that I purchase in France, my exact shoe size is 39 ½. With some of the Repetto shoes I take a 40. It depends on the style.
I love the look of Roger Vivier shoes but I’m not familiar with sizing and would be hesitant to make a purchase on Poshmark until I’ve tried the shoes on when I’m overseas. Only then can I make an assessment of the true size.
The Roger Vivier Gommete suede ballet flat. It retails for $625. I cannot afford to spend that on a pair of shoes.
Out of curiosity because I did see a pair of Vivier flats that I was interested in, I asked the seller what the European size was. She replied that the size is a 38. The shoes would be too small but they were a great price and the fact the seller replied was good on her part as a seller. She even recommended another Poshmark seller that also had great shoes for sale!
My instinct was to ask the European sizing because it’s crucial to know your sizing.
I added my question in the comment section under the photo. Poshmark doesn’t allow for PM’s as inquiries. When the seller replied, she said the shoes were a size 38. Too small for me but this was a great price!
Given the retail price of Vivier shoes, from a reputable Poshmark seller, it would be a good way to acquire a brand that may be out of financial reach otherwise.
However, for now, I’m putting a rest on shopping. I wanted to try Poshmark out to see if it was worth trying.
Overall, my first experience with Poshmark was a positive one!!
Yeah. I do believe Poshmark is fine. But you need to be cautious and look for real photographs!
Do you Poshmark? Do you thrift? What’s your views on purchasing used clothing?