As much as I do like the rare opportunities I have time to roam around a shopping mall by myself with actual money to spend; I prefer to shop behind my computer screen. It's much more convenient and I can do proper research before making a final decision. I always feel pressured to "quick, make a decision!" when I'm standing in a store staring at one item like Uhhhhhhh. Plus, the rush of bookmarking tracking numbers is undeniable, no? Just me? Probably.
One thing I've noticed when shopping at places like Forever 21 is that they switch styles in and out SO quickly. You could snag a coat on their site one day and 3 weeks later it will be sold out and no longer exist and never come back. *poof. It's very rare I actually get that email, "Your item is back in stock!" I never hold my breath with that shit.
My quick tip to you: If you see something on their site that strikes your fancy, buy it. I wouldn't wait longer than a week. You might never see it again. Most of the comments I get on Instagram are, "You got that at Forever 21? I don't see it on the site." It's probably because I purchased it over a month ago.
And then I'm like,
...this also goes for sites such as GoJane and Boohoo.
But if for some reason you're not fast enough and what you wanted is now gone, there are other solutions. Listen to this.
A little over a week ago I was on a serious hunt for these Jeffrey Campbell Tripoli boots I found in a photo online. Completely sold out on every shoe website I could find. There was a pair I spotted on Depop but they weren't in my size. I did google image searches, Polyvore, you name it, I couldn't find a pair anywhere. I saw that Kohl's was selling a knock off version for half the price but here we are again, not in my size. I started googling how they looked, searching every adjective you could think of. "Black, cutout, buckle, boot, pointed toe, distressed, ankle" EVERYTHING.
Finally, a few days later I came across a pair on Poshmark that looked perfect, obviously a knock off brand, labeled under "super cute open back boots". How did I even find that?! Anyways, my color, my size, I had to have them... and I saved $242. Can you see the difference? Yeah, neither can I.
Just when you think something is unfindable... Boom. This is why I love Depop, Poshmark and all those other second-hand selling apps. It gives you that ounce of hope that what you want may still be out there and will be even more affordable than you could imagine. I'm definitely not one to be whiney about name brand items. Oh, you made the same looking sweater for a quarter of the price? Give it to me now!
*Some people don't like shopping second hand... but I have one question for you - WHY? You're buying directly from a human and even better, you're helping another human make some extra money. You're adopting. You're adopting cute things from other cute people and c'mon, who doesn't like to do that?
This post is not sponsored by anyone - I've just been extremely impressed with Depop as a seller and as a buyer in the past few weeks and I wanted to share my thoughts and feels. It's always nice to have a win when you're on the hunt for a specific item and everyone loves a comeback story. So don't ever have a panic attack when that item you had in your shopping bag is no longer in stock, there is hope and it's probably cheaper.
If you wanna check out my Depop closet, click here.
Happy Hump Day, loves. ;)