Anyone who's ever attempted thrifting for pre-owned designer duds knows what a miserable experience it can be: Sorting through rack upon rack of smelly '90s little league tees and deteriorating fur coats to find that one, long-lost Versace blouse can feel like hunting for buried treasure on an expansive, rocky beach without one of those fool-proof metal detectors. And finding that coveted item in your size? Fuhgeddaboutit. Seriously though, designer consignment shopping can be frustrating, time-consuming, and more often than not, totally fruitless.
But just as we were about to give up on our theoretically cash-preserving, stress-inducing weekly trips to the local thrift shop, the consignment gods shone a brilliant light upon us in the form of TheRealReal.com-- and we couldn't rave about this place enough. The RealReal is the real deal. If the concept of second-hand luxury sounds like an oxymoron to you, one peep at this site will change your mind. If you're looking for an insane selection of the top names in fashion, at prices you can actually afford-- we're talking Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana-- look no further.
Despite its name, the price tags on the designer duds at The RealReal are pretty unreal: Like, 90% off the original tickets, unreal. The site is updated with fresh merch daily, with five new, 3-day-long designer flash sales starting every morning at 10am EST, and membership is free. Or you can pay just $5/month for a First Look membership, and get access to the sales a day before anyone else. Plus, every piece gets its own full page description, including condition evaluation, complete measurements, fabric content, multiple mannequin views, and a zoom-in photo feature... so there's no guessing on exactly what you're getting. In fact, many items still have their original tags-- We aren't sure who is giving up all this amazing loot, but we certainly aren't complaining. Trust us, this site is addictive, in the absolute best (wardrobe-enhancing, envy-inducing) way, and you really have to see it to believe it. A Stella McCartney dress for $150? Dior pants for $95? A two-piece Gucci suit for $275? And with nary a soiled LaCoste knock-off in sight?? Sign us up, Scotty!