4 Reasons to Shop Pre-Loved

Living on Haight Street has made me an expert at thrift shopping. For those of you not familiar with Haight Street – it’s where the hippie movement started in San Francisco way back in the 1960’s. Think tie dye, boho, and way too many psychedelic drugs.

Yep, that’s my neighborhood.

Haight Street today is mostly just packed with tourists and weirdos. The hippies are long gone. But the best part about Haight Street are the thrift stores. I have such a crazy appreciation for shopping at thrift and consignment stores now. Especially when it comes to designer items – it’s sort of  downright silly to pay full price.

You actually don’t have to live in near consignment stores to shop pre-loved. My best kept shopping secret are online consignment stores. This bright red Celine is from Trendlee – one of my fave places to shop pre-loved online. I also found this amazing draped black sweater at one of the consignment stores on Haight St!

Let’s talk shop about why I love to shop pre-loved and why you should too!

Paired a red Celine with an all black outfit to create this NYFW ready look! Save money on designer items by shopping 5% off at Trendlee!

Paired a red Celine with an all black outfit to create this NYFW ready look! Save money on designer items by shopping 5% off at Trendlee!

Paired a red Celine with an all black outfit to create this NYFW ready look! Save money on designer items by shopping 5% off at Trendlee!

Paired a red Celine with an all black outfit to create this NYFW ready look! Save money on designer items by shopping 5% off at Trendlee!

Worry less.

I don’t know about you but when I spend a lot of money on something I freak out about keeping it perfect. At the same time, I’m also a woman who fully believes handbags are meant to be used.

Some of them are like pieces of art – but in my opinion bags aren’t meant to sit on a shelf. Use those babies!

Shopping pre-loved means less worry because the bags are no longer brand spanking new. There might be a ding, a nick, a scratch – and that’s okay. Someone else did the breaking in for you.

Enjoy the story.

And about those dings, nicks, and scratches – they all have a story behind them. That watermark might be from when the owner got caught in the rain during a road trip. That scratch might be as the bag hit the door of an office on their way out of an awesome interview.

The cool thing about shopping pre-loved is getting an item that’s seen someone else’s life. In some cases you can even ask that owner about it!

Shop your fave discontinued styles.

One of the coolest things about shopping pre-loved is the ability to shop styles that are discontinued. Styles go in and out of season – only a handful are a permanent part of collections. So let’s say you fell in love with the Chanel Grand Shopping Tote (“GST”). The only way to get your hands on that specific style is to buy pre-loved.

I’ve actually been dying for a Gucci Soho Disco – and there’s been rumors swirling around that they’re going to be discontinued! I’ve been checking this page on Trendlee like every week waiting for the perfect color to come in.

You save a whole lot of dough.

Do I even need to say it? Shopping pre-loved saves you a shit ton of money. That’s something everyone can get on board with. Ya feel?

Paired a red Celine with an all black outfit to create this NYFW ready look! Save money on designer items by shopping 5% off at Trendlee!

Paired a red Celine with an all black outfit to create this NYFW ready look! Save money on designer items by shopping 5% off at Trendlee!

Paired a red Celine with an all black outfit to create this NYFW ready look! Save money on designer items by shopping 5% off at Trendlee!

Paired a red Celine with an all black outfit to create this NYFW ready look! Save money on designer items by shopping 5% off at Trendlee!

I’ve teamed up with Trendlee to get you guys 5% off – just pop the code “BLONDEnBAGELS” in the box at checkout!

Have you ever shopped pre-loved? Tell me about your finds!

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7 responses to “4 Reasons to Shop Pre-Loved”

  1. ok let’s talk about this for a sec because a) that bag. SO good and love that you went with a bright red and b) I LOVE that poncho sweater! I would live in that thing!!!

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    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      OMG YOURE SO FUNNY! lol! and right I’m not usually a poncho type girl but for some reason I’m SUPER into this one! Such a good thrift store find…

      xoxo Kelsey

  2. […] black outfits also look totally amazing with brightly colored handbags or other colorful accessories. Ugh or imagine if I had some amazing tassel earrings from Bauble […]

  3. Pause for a cause… i NEEEDDD that sweater!! Where is it from?!!

    • meaning designer.. I know it’s from a consignment store!

      • Blondes & Bagels says:

        Hi Caroline! Sorry it took me forever to get back to you! So I’m going to be of little to no help to you unfortunately here because the tag says “Lalu Ceivan by Beauti” and I just Googled it and found nothing 🙁 But feel free to send me a message at contact@blondesandbagels.com and I’m happy to do some digging online to find you similar options!

        xoxo Kelsey