Anyone who has scored a designer anything for pennies on the dollar knows the feeling of thrifting victory! There really is nothing like it, feeling excited, amazed and maybe even a little giddy? I have learned a lot of things over the years about vintage and more current designer items and it has paid off when combing the racks and shelves at my local thrift store. Below are a few things that make it easier for me to spot designer shoes, I would also love to hear your tips for success at the thrift store (designer items or not!)
- do your research! I will be the first to admit that I spend more time than I should on websites for authenticated designer resale. Sometimes it can seem like a black hole I can’t get myself out of, but it has actually paid off knowing what older labels, logos and styles look like for designer footwear.
- Don’t get too excited too quickly I too have fallen trap to the dreaded knock off because I got way too excited too quickly. If you have doubts something is real, well, you are probably right. The quality of designer items speaks for itself and are close to perfect with details, labels, land logos – trust your gut!
- Pay attention to the details Sometimes thrift stores, consignment shops or even estate sales can be crazy, with a capital C! Just because it is busy don’t rush yourself when looking. Some of the smallest details give the you most information.
- Take care of those beauties! In this day and age not many people (my husband included) want to take the time to fix things, when other people (myself included) would rather fix and keep everything. I am the same way with all my shoes – designer or not. Like anything, you have to care for it to make it last. I think everyone should know where a cobbler is and use their services. Not only does it help to keep your kicks looking beautiful, but it also helps local businesses.
If you are interested in the shoes shown above I also have a Etsy shop here