Designer clothing, shoes and handbags are a great joy to own, but in a troubled economy saving money is a great financial strategy. If you are a lover of all things designer, it is possible to own these wonderful creations without breaking the bank.
The first place to look for designer clothing, shoes and handbags on sale is on the clearance racks. Clothing is traditionally kept at full retail for 3 months and then retailers will begin marking clothes down. Because retailers ship summer and winter items long before the weather temperatures catch up, it is common to find coats on sale during the heart of winter and swim suits on sale during the summer. There is no reason to buy an item as soon as it hits the shelves if it is more than likely the item will be on sale when you really need it.
The second place to find designer clothing, shoes and handbags on sale is in an outlet center. Some very high end designers such as Gucci, Fendi and Christian Dior have outlets which might surprise many. Every retailer has excess inventory or older inventory that they need to get rid of even if they are the best of the best. Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue both have outlets as well. Neiman Marcus’s outlet is called Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue’s is called Off 5th. These high end retailers will send their sale items to these locations with huge markdowns on all kinds of designer goods. It is not unusual to find Christian Lacroix or Christian Louboutin at 70% off the original retail.
The last place to look for designer clothing, shoes and handbags at reduced prices is in a consignment store. Consignment clothes are often gently used and still very much in style. Being open minded and designer savvy can lead to finding beautiful items at amazing prices. Also, not all items are used. From time to time a shopper can find brand new items with the tags still on the garments.