So I don't know about you guys but I am always hungry to try new trends but the trouble with trying things is that it costs money, people! I don't have oodles of money these days, what with a wedding in the works, a new house on the horizon (yes!) and a big school payment coming up. So what is a girl to do if she wants to "get the look" but doesn't want to spend her savings on it? Well, I am here to tell you that I think an under appreciated resource for getting the look for less is Ebay.com. I love Ebay. I have the app on my iphone (dangerous) and I think that when I tell people that I got something from Ebay, that they should not scoff at me but rather tell me how impressed they are with my mad money saving skills. So anyway, I decided to challenge myself to pick up on some trends then pick them up on Ebay for $20 or less, shipping included. Let's start this challenge as simply as possible: The Cat Eye Sunglasses trend.
|Allure Magazine, May 2012|
I mean, I could easily (well, not that easily) pick up a pair of designer sunnies at Nordstrom or online but I have never tried this style on before and I really didn't feel like heading to the mall to try on a pair of sunglasses that may or may not look good on this face of mine. I am always scoping stuff out on Ebay anyway, why not try to find a brand new pair of cat eye sunglasses for the cheapest I possibly could? What was I looking for exactly? Well, check out these dreamy Prada and Dior cat eye sunnies. They are a little out of my budget but they are on trend and seemingly versatile. That is what I was going for.
|Prada 'Baroque' Cat's Eye Sunglasses, $290, Dior Rounded Cat's Eye Sunglasses, $275.00|
I actually found quite a few options well under $20 that I thought would be worth the money, and actually, a pretty good deal. I felt like in this instance I had a good selection of interesting options to fulfill my trend requirements.
I landed on these beauties at an Ebay store called SunglassArmy, who had over 34,000 transactions and was a top rated seller. They had some "Buy Now" options but I "bid" on these for $6.95 with free shipping... and 2 days later, VIOLA, they were as good as mine.
What do you think? Did I get a good deal for about $7 bucks? And do they look good on me? What trend should I try to find next?
Tips on shopping on Ebay:
- Try to find a seller with a great feedback score. I always gravitate towards Top Rated Sellers.
- Use Paypal as your payment option. If something happens to your package or your seller flakes, Paypal will refund your money.
- My personal preference is to buy from sellers in the US. It keeps business here and there is less chance of a shipping snafu.