Written By: Paris Adams
While on a quest to satisfy my love of designer goodies with a college girl’s budget, I struck gold in The Real Real, an online second hand shop dealing luxury and designer pieces. The Real Real is discounted designer at your fingertips, without having to search through clothes on crowded racks or shoes in unorganized bins. Whether you’re in the market for an investment piece (hello, Birkin bags galore) or craving some new additions to your wardrobe, The Real Real is a safe, authentic, and sustainable way to buy luxury items.
Their main page showcases current sales curated by their editors, which when clicked on open a treasure trove that you can scroll through for hours. Although certain brands such as Chanel and Hermes will always hold a high price – even in secondhand – The Real Real still manages to make certain items attainable with their featured sales and financing plans. Even if you see a piece you’ve been coveting has sold out, you can opt to be added onto a wait list that notifies you if they get their hands on another.
Consigned items ship straight from The Real Real so you know exactly what you are getting when you buy it, and their in-house team of experts examine each item to make sure it’s the real deal. The condition of an item is always disclosed in the description, along with multiple pictures at all angles so you can assess it for yourself.
In terms of sustainability, The Real Real knows how important it is to reduce the waste created by the fashion industry. On their website they explain how they are committed to the practices of a circular economy, stating “The RealReal is a leader in this movement, and an innovator in sustainable luxury. We are changing how people think about and buy designer goods by offering an easy and lucrative way to extend the life of items of value.”
Affordable, authentic, and sustainable? Win, Win, Win. Make sure to check out The Real Real next time you’re daydreaming about a closet full of gorgeous clothes, because they can turn that dream into a reality.