Circle of life

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So I’m doing sort of medium-good on the no-shopping front. I’m not buying nearly as much as I had grown used to, but lately there have been some slips. For instance, I bought a Zero+Maria Cornejo shearling jacket (no longer available or I’d link to it) that was 70% off but still not cheap by any means. It’s gorgeous but it’s not the type of thing I can go around throwing down the credit card for every day. Plus, I already have a lot. Too much, even. So in order to restore the karmic (and fiscal) balance, I sent some quite nice pieces I still really love to The Real Real. Like this dreamy this Zero+Maria Cornejo alpaca coat that I saw come down the Fall 2015 runway and swore I would make my own. It’s always been too tight in the sleeves, because I ordered it in the wrong size, but I didn’t ever want to get rid of it because it is just so beautiful. Also up for grabs: this Chanel coat that I (obviously) bought during the Lucky years, and have hung on to for ages even though it no longer fits my lifestyle (plus, there’s all that nasty business about Coco Chanel loving Nazis). And this Vince shearling hoodie, which I know is not cheap, but is an amazing buy. It hurts a little to see these pieces up for sale—they still did spark joy—but it also makes me feel so much less gross for buying that Cornejo shearling.

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    Hardygirl
    13 Feb 2019
    7:44am

    I’m tempted by the cashmere joggers, but do you seriously take them to the cleaners? Or are you hand washing?

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    Viajera
    13 Feb 2019
    11:10am

    I am interested in this fashion/Nazi supporter thing. If anyone knows a good article on it, please do share. I don’t ever buy these big names and I don’t think I’ve ever considered the issue. I do believe though that actions should have consequences. I’m going to go look up Coco on wiki right now. Of course it may be that, back then, it wasn’t much worse than backing the Soviet Union (pre-Stalin), if she didn’t know that they actually meant the things they said. (An excuse we don’t have any more.) Information problems, etc. Still, this is new to me. See, I learn stuff here.

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      Viajera
      13 Feb 2019
      11:15am

      Oh dear. The wikiintergoogle seems to indicate she was a big time hater. And a bad boss! So much for all those lovely little suits that, really, probably wouldn’t have worked for me. [sips from teacup]

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    Mae
    12 Feb 2019
    10:34am

    So, I take it you’re happy with theRealReal? I’ve got some beautiful pieces that I need to unload, too — they’ll never fit again. And I want them to go to a stranger because I might cry if I see someone else wearing them.

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      Mimi
      12 Feb 2019
      10:48am

      I’ve been somewhat happy with TheRealReal, but you have to go in accepting the concept that you’ll get pennies on the dollar. Many of their buyers are label sluts (no judgment here.) If you’re selling Gucci, Chanel or Hermes you should do pretty well. Less boldfaced names can languish or be marked down repeatedly. I’ve been most successful with shoes there, which surprised me. They rejected a JetSet ski parka that I gave to a local consignment shop where it sold for $550. Good luck.

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    Kim France
    12 Feb 2019
    10:44am

    I absolutely love the Real Real—if you live in certain cities, they come pick up all of your stuff, and they send back what they’ve rejected. And the more you sell to them, the higher your commission becomes, which is cool. It’s also my new favorite place to shop; I’ve found some great Zero+Maria Cornejo pieces marked way down and in perfect condition.

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      vivadevo
      12 Feb 2019
      12:03pm

      It was my New Year’s resolution (well, really around November) to stop buying new clothes, and so I’ve been shopping exclusively at the Real Real and Poshmark these past few months. I love it — the thrill of the hunt, the thrill of a bargain, and at least at the Real Real it’s almost all returnable… plus when you consign you have store credit to play with!

      I feel like it’s making me a better/more adventurous dresser since I’m exploring labels I previously couldn’t afford — that’s what makes the revolving door of shipping/return fees worth it to me.

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      EW
      12 Feb 2019
      12:55pm

      Concur. Last summer I snagged some not-been-worn Gucci pumps at about 60% of list and best so far, Sonia Rykiel plaid coat from 2016 with the Bloomingdales tag still attached, for $150. One of these days I will have to curate bags, and TRR while be the first stop

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      KM
      14 Feb 2019
      8:10am

      I use it for buying and selling, and apart from some confusion over shipments (which were addressed) I have had great luck with them. But yes, they’re brutal if you’re selling non-hot names. But then, you can also get really good quality stuff for cheap if you avoid those brands too.
      I use their feeds and obsession features a lot.

      I tried Poshmark and just got frustrated with the amount of work that required.

      Clearly though we all just need to get together for a big clothing swap . And wine .

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    Caroline
    12 Feb 2019
    10:46am

    I know that shearing coat your talking about..
    It’s so so good! I am well an truly jealous.
    No way will you regret it 🙂

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    Mimi
    12 Feb 2019
    10:51am

    Gotta give you credit, Kim. I have trouble parting with beautiful items I haven’t worn in years. I can’t imagine having the intestinal fortitude to consign clothes I still like.

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      Kim France
      12 Feb 2019
      10:58am

      Thanks, Mimi. I wasn’t joking when I said that it hurt.

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    suz
    12 Feb 2019
    2:04pm

    That Chanel coat is lovely, wish I had the life that needed such a garment. I understand why you hung onto these pieces.

    And the shearling was a good buy, you will use it. So, the exchange works

    *Don’t fret about Coco’s nazi pandering – the Wertheimers survived and outsmarted her and run everything now. Unlike Hugo Boss or Vuitton, I consider Chanel a happy ending.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    12 Feb 2019
    7:53pm

    I can see why you wanted that ZMC alpaca coat – it’s GORGEOUS! Congrats on selling the Vince shearling, also gorgeous.

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