Whenever I decide to try something new, I research every little detail and if I’m satisfied with the research, only then decide to pursue it further. I had known about Vestiaire Collective for a while and toyed with the idea of getting something I liked from there, but it wasnt until I saw this bag, that I absoloutely knew I wanted to use their services.
However, there weren’t a lot of reviews on people’s experiences, with answers to the questions I wish were available, when I was buying through them. So this blog post is for anyone looking to buy, but unsure of what to expect.
What is Vestiaire Collective?
A website where one can buy or sell pre-loved luxury.
What is Vestiaire Collective good for?
Buying luxury items is expensive, and Vestiaire Collective a good medium to buy or sell pre-loved luxury. They check and authenticate the item before it ships, ensuring that its not fake.Alternatively, if you have something in your wardrobe thats not getting as much love and you don’t use anymore, you can sell it on Vestiaire Collective
What kind of items to get on Vestiaire Collective?
While they keep all types of luxury fashion items, my recommendation would be to get limited edition pieces that are hard to find anywhere else. I find that while one can find classic pieces at maybe a slightly discounted price, since they hold their value, they are almost the same as a brand new.
Is the website easy to navigate?
Yes. In addition to the search bar on top, one has all the criteria to filter, on the left side. My favourite filter is the condition one. I would recommend always checking the ‘very good condition’ and ‘good’ condition. While items in ‘fair’ are usually cheaper, they are also a lot more used and battered.
Is shipping easy with Vestiaire Collective?
I’ll admit that this process wasn’t the quickest or easiest process. When one buys on Vestiaire Collective, the seller ships the item to the Vestiaire Collective team. The team when verify then authenticity of the item and ship it the the customer. The customer doesn’t have to do anything in this process. But it is time consuming.
Does Vestiaire Collective ship to Dubai?
While the website says that they ship internationally, every item I put in my shopping cart, was not able ship to Dubai. As a result, I had to use Shop & Ship. Once I did, the shipping was easy, over and above the time required, mentioned above. overall it took about three and a half weeks for my bag to arrive
Are returns easy?
If you don’t like the item, you can resell it on the website and Vestiaire Collective will not charge the commission fee.
Tips while shopping:
Two things, either be really quick and get the item you see when you like it, as they just one piece items usually.
Alternatively, be very patient. The bag I bought sat in my basket for about 2 months, before I decide I wanted to buy it. Unfortunately when I did, decide to hit purchase, it was unavailable as it sat in someone else’s basket. The next 4 months, I checked on it on on an off until it became available again and viola! It was mine!
Overall, I enjoyed shopping at Vestiaire Collective. Yes, the shipping took a while, but I had anticipated it. I never thought I was someone who would like anything pre-loved, but seeing the condition the item I bought was in, I feel a lot more confident doing this again and would definitely recommend Vestiaire Collective