I threw this exact same coat in the garbage two weeks ago.
It retails for $8000.00 and repeats itself every 4 to 5 years, meaning, all fashion houses repeat this print pretty much every year but every couple of years one of the larger fashion houses does something to make it a trend again. It never goes out of style. It will always be a staple.
Why did I throw it away? I tried for almost two years to give it away on eBay, unfortunately, it sat in my store long enough for me to get tired of staring at it.
I originally priced it at 599.99 and after two years, just before I junked it, it was $59.99.
I don’t know if the issue is that Devin Wenig is a treasonous prick who is determined to destroy small American businesses on eBay like mine in favor of the Chinese who funnel millions of USD out of the US economy by way of ignorant shoppers who are willing to settle for the knock off versions for $20 less or if the “fashionista” population at large are afraid of resale and consignment? Do they think it’s more fashionable to buy something from Old Navy because it’s brand new even though they could have obtained a higher quality for the same price? .. is a combination of all of the above?
When I see this coat on the Chanel website, it makes my stomach churn. I wish I didn’t throw it away but I can’t regret it because it’s a clear symptom of our moment in time. Our society is changing. We’ve become so used to letting go of what is important to us. and making sacrifices becomes less and less of a let down and more a fact of life.
We have become complacent with life at the bottom of the food chain.
When I entered into my 30’s I discovered consignment shops and it was then that I vowed I would never shop retail anymore. It was a practical decision. As someone who was jump starting a small business within the realm of fashion, it was important that I looked the part. Maintaining my ability to dress in the same fashions, trends and designer brands relevant to my clients was an important part of doing business. This is true for every business, not just the fashion industry. The impression we leave with our peers in the business setting can make or break our career.
When you are in the market for a new skirt suit for the upcoming meeting that may lead you to the promotion you have worked so hard for, or the ski sweater you will be wearing on your first vacation to Whistler, Canada with your new corporate beau or just the perfect bag to throw over your shoulder when you meet his overly judgemental grandmother for the first time, where do you shop? She wears Chanel, you can’t afford Chanel. He wears Valentino but his salary is 20% higher than yours. Are you going to go to Old Navy? Saks? Neiman Marcus?
When you make the decision where to shop and what to buy, you are making a statement. As you convey to your new corporate beau’s Grandmother that you admire her generations’ sensibility and wonderfully crafted products as you place your hand on your vintage alligator Kelly bag (which is also a current fashion statement in 2017), and smile shyly as you are a consignee, you are telling her that you are the perfect, penny wise, fashion forward woman for her grandson.
If you think your peers in the board room don’t know the difference between a single thread suit that will survive enough cleanings to make it through a single season versus a quality suit that will carry you through to the next round of promotions, then maybe you don’t deserve that promotion. You know how the corporate world works. Play the game!
Don’t forget to pack the matching shoes and sweater…
When you need assistance putting together the perfect wardrobe on a modest budget, you are always welcome to consult me. I have 8 years of personal shopping experience to compliment your shopping know-how.
Consigning upscale and fine designer clothing since 2001 ~ KirstenRaye
My name is Kirsten Raye and I learned about fashion when I learned to become an eBay seller. As unconventional as that seems, I am thankful for the experience because it’s been the most practical decision I have ever made as an adult. It saved my life.
I’m not going to say that it hasn’t been tough because it has, but what I can tell you is that selling brown suede Chanel shoes, Burberry Nova Check sunglass cases, vintage alligator Kelly bags, and silk Leopard print St. John dresses (and St. John Knits) has been much easier than the alternative. People like me don’t have many of those.
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I’ve been an eBay clothing seller since the summer of 2001. I have a couple of different selling accounts because I like to be consistent with the types of items I list. Here is my fashion selling account
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