This week, I was doing my normal scroll-scroll-scroll and tap-tap-tap, when I came upon a social media unboxing from a resale store. It was a very beautiful grey 25cm Birkin bag in Tago leather. It was from 2019 and priced at $22,000.
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The bag looked like it was in very good condition but it hit a nerve at nearly two times retail. Have consumers been convinced that an ample retail price is just a starting suggestion? Have shoppers forgotten that they can take their powerful dollar anywhere?
One must not forget an even more pressing question: How trustworthy is a retailer who would suggest a three-year-old bag at a 100% premium? I understand that there is a market for rare Hermes bags and I appreciate the skills needed to procure a Nigel Peak Birkin but there is nothing special or unique about this bag that would warrant $22k.
Don’t be hoodwinked to believe your money isn’t enough to buy what you want. If a particular item isn’t available: Choose something else. The options are endless– believe me, I know. I am never at a loss for places to spend money and I have proof.
This week, I found myself repeatedly scrolling Moda Operandi. The site is offering discounts of up to 80% off and we found some amazing buys. Some remaining finds include this Balenciaga top handle bag for $834 from $1400, Dolce & Gabbana lace heels for $290 from $717, and a Prada leopard dress is $650 from $3250.
Bergdorf Goodman is offering an extra 30% off sale merchandise and it doesn’t get better than these prices. If you see something snag it. Here is a wool coat from The Row for $1570 from $3000, a Peter Do blazer is $700 from $2500, and Manolo Blahnik sandals are $219 from $800 (size 6).
Earlier this week, we shared an exclusive promotion from the Italian boutique Nugnes 1920. You can save an additional 20% off sale items with the code MADISONX20. This Gucci suede skirt is $800 from $2360, A Gucci duffle bag is $1400 from $2356, or a Prada shoulder bag that comes to about $1132 from $2000. Be sure to also check out the non-sale merchandise as it’s priced less than it would be in the US and you can use the code WELCOME10. This Gucci belt comes to $350 from $470 US and a Prada bucket hat is $360 from $500 US. You can see more in the full post here.
Net-A-Porter‘s sale is at 80% off and you can sense that the end is near. This Dolce & Gabbana floral print dress is $558 from $1400, a Balmain cropped top is $260 from $675, and Saint Laurent suede mules are $350 from $700. More Net-A-Porter finds are listed here.
Valentine’s day is just over a week away. We have some great gift suggestions for your love in our V-Day gift guide. Check back often as we continually add more suggestions as inspiration arrives.
Lastly, news of the Dior price increase already feels tired but we have a post with everything you need to know. It’s really not as bad as you think, which brings us right back to where we started…Don’t fall for the consumer hype and shopping mania. My mantra is that there is always somewhere to spend your money.
Ok kids. That’s all for now. Next week? Same time, same place?