This morning I had a true that’s-just-what-I-was-thinking moment when I opened the WSJ. The One That Got Away, an article on buying last season and resale pieces, was pure synchronicity.
I have no problem buying items from seasons past. Sometimes it takes me a bit to really love something and by the time I want it, it’s sold out. Then, when it pops up on Yoox, I am relieved to have a second chance at it. My buying credo is to acquire pieces that go the distance, so I am not concerned about which season items come from, just that I can get my hands on them.
This happened recently. I found the Valentino dress above that I bought last spring and still regretted returning. Yoox had only one and it was my size. Half the original price, it was still a lot, but I could not let it slip by a second time. Now it’s hanging in my closet (with the tags on it).
Back to the WSJ article this morning– it listed a few resale sites and I perused them looking for my dress. I am not a resale shopper. A sole exception, I bought a Miu Miu skirt pre-owned, and only because, like the Valentino dress, I whiffed on buying it the first time around. And lo and behold, on one of the sites listed, was the Valentino dress, and it’s $500. less than the new one from Yoox.
Is it worth the extra money to have it be new and unworn? Also, the resale site does not take returns. If I don’t like my purchase I have the option to resell it on the site.
What should I do?