They say one (wo)man’s trash is another’s treasure and any Smart Mama can agree with that. I love thrifting of all kinds but lately I have turned my sights towards consignment shopping. Now, don’t panic. I’m not talking about some basement with piles and piles of ripped t-shirts and chipped tea cups. I’m talking about The Real Real, a website that takes consignment shopping one step (or maybe 10?) further by offering luxury labels that most of us can only dream about. I can browse for hours and it’s so much more convenient than schlepping around from store to store. Besides, who has time for that? You can find a Givenchy leather jacket or a Chanel necklace for thousands less than what you would pay at the store. Scared to buy something already (gently) owned? The Real Real has a cool feature that shows any defects on the items – I bought a really cute pair of Prada shoes for $125, and I was able to see the shoes from every vantage, including the soles. I could also see that there was some light scuffing on the shoe itself but it was minor. As for the sexy little Roberto Cavalli sundress I snagged for $60, it fit like a glove but unfortunately the color was faded. A challenge for shoppers is that the site uses mannequins, not real women, so it can be tough to know “The Real” (get it?) condition of the garment. The Real Real offers 14 days to return everything except bathing suits. And, if you have luxury items that you want to part with for cash, The Real Real will pick up your items or you can ship them for free. I think this site is excellent for shoes, bags, jewelry and accessories but for now I will steer away from buying clothing again unless the item has tags on it or if it has been created by my favorite designer Alexander McQueen.
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