How to Buy Designer for a Deal

Love the designer labels, but not the price tag? I’ve come up with some easy ways to score a deal on high-end fashion labels without having to get a knock-off 🙂 Do you have any other tips? Feel free to drop them in the comments below.

  1. Shop at outlet stores. I’m addicted to the San Francisco Premium Outlets. The outlets are a great place to get name brands for cheaper. A lot of brands even make cheaper versions of their products to sell specifically at lower prices at the outlet stores. Plus the outlets make it fun to shop because there are so many designer labels to check out all in one location.
  2. While at the outlets, make sure to check the concierge desk to see if they have any discount pamphlets that you can take advantage of while shopping.
  3. Make sure to sign up your email address to the outlets and any specific stores to be emailed introductory offers or periodic deals.
  4. Shop the outlets online. They just released a new website where you can shop designer labels online. Coach even has an online Outlet store that you can register to have access to simply by entering your email address.
  5. Shop the off-season sales. Purchasing items after Christmas or during an ‘off-season’ seems to be great for getting a deal. For instance, Lily Pulitzer only has 2 sales during the year -which take place in January and August. These ‘After Party Sales’ are the best times to score some great deals on Lily.
  6. Watch for Tory Burch and Kate Spade’s “Surprise Sales” online. Each will have sales that include a blanket percentage off or sometimes Kate Spade will utilize their Surprise Sale website for deep discounts.
  7. Shop at the Nordstrom Rack – either online or in person. Here you can find name brands (such as Free People) for cheaper prices. They even sell my favorite leave-in hair conditioner, It’s a 10 and other hair products.
  8. Make sure to check for the latest sales at stores like Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus who all sell high-end brands.
  9. Check out the sale section of Anthropologie and Free People – both online and in stores. Oftentimes, Anthropologie and FP will discount their sale section on top of the already discounted sale prices. For example we got my favorite FP Sweater on discount from the in-store sale rack at Free People! And just picked up a new tee from Anthropologie for only $19 off the in-store sales rack (originally $58).
  10. Click in your Ebates. Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Barney’s New York, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Anthropologie, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Free People all offer a percentage of cash back from your purchase! So if you purchase your Gucci bag from Neiman Marcus, you can score cash back. (Just make sure to read the fine print on Ebates to make sure your handbag isn’t excluded.) Joining and using Ebates is completely free and easy! Join here. And let me know if you have any questions about it – I absolutely love it!
  11. Don’t forget to check out the “Sale” tabs on designer sites. Most high-end designers don’t have ‘Sale’ pages, but some do, so make sure to at least take a peek.
  12. Don’t underestimate TJMaxx. Believe it or not, the HomeGoods sister store, TJMaxx oftentimes sells high-end designers for a deal on their site. They hide the name brands from the search feature, but taking a look at this link, you can see the Italian designers, including Gucci! Just a warning that the items sell quickly.
  13. And for designer home decor, check out the Restoration Hardware (RH), Pottery Barn, and Crate and Barrel outlet stores. These stores oftentimes sell furniture with imperfections, but for much cheaper than their normal prices. Plus shopping at the RH Outlet doesn’t require the annual RH membership (so you save $100). The Pottery Barn outlet even sells their flameless candles for a deal – which of course we had to get!

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