Investment Pieces Without the Investment

I love a good sale, I hunt them down with fervor (I've been stalking the Anthropologie Tag Sale for the past week and hoping the pieces I bought work out!) but no matter how deep the clearance cuts are, typically my best deals are found shopping secondhand. 


Earlier this winter I spotted a faux leather blazer at Abercrombie with a less than palatable price tag of $140 (and while the light brown is sold out, there are a handful of sizes still left in black clearanced to $67). However, I'd much rather have a genuine leather blazer, at half that clearance price, so I turned to eBay. 

eBay has been a long standing favorite of mine, the search refinements make it easy to narrow down the results, buy it now options eliminate the stress of the auction format, and when buying from the average person just hoping to clear out their closet, amazing deals can be found. (The resellers are their own breed, and I have mixed feelings about them.) 

If a leather blazer happens to be calling to you, avoid retail, and take a look at this option for under $30, or this one under $40, or 'splurge' on a vintage piece, this one listed at $60 and another at $80.

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The Rundown
Knit Top Mango
Giraffe Print Silk Pants J.Crew
Leather Blazer Isabella Bird thrifted via eBay
Brown Croc Pumps "Everly" Naturalizer
Green Mini Trunk Bag c/o Italic
14k Gold Hoop Earrings thrifted via similar
Paperclip Chain Necklace Serefina via TJMaxx
Maya Bracelet Gorjana via TJMaxx
Blue Topaz Stacking Ring Hirajule via TJMaxx
Thin Gold Ring Etsy
Gold Croissant Ring Etsy
Sunglasses "State Street" Ray-Ban


  1. That blazer is beautiful! Great find! The color is absolutely gorgeous. Love how you styled it!


  2. It's such a great piece! I have so many eBay searches for the most random things, haha! But when you find something it's a thrill

  3. That giraffe print is so fun and the blazer is the perfect colour combo with it! I really don't use ebay as much as I should - I've had mixed results with clothing there due to people not accurately describing things and shipping is expensive, at least $9 onto the cost of whatever you buy. I tend to use it more for handbags, haha! $9 shipping is easier to accept when you're getting a $300 bag for $60!

    Hope that your week is off to a good start :) More typical summer storms here today!

    Away From Blue

  4. How you manage to rock such vibrantly printed pants is beyond me. I'd look so ridiculous in them but they genuinely look SO DANG GOOD on you! Like... can you give me your special styling magic please and thanks? Love this look!

  5. I would have bought these pants!
    Great outfit and love the color scheme.

  6. Obsessed with your pants! Giraffes are my favorite animal.

  7. Love the color of this faux leather blazer! Styled so perfectly with those fun printed pants!

    Xo, Steph

  8. Such a chic elevates the whole look and I love the color! xoxo, Sarah

  9. I feel like you are one of the most proficient people I know when it comes to navigating eBay and finding amazing pieces and deals there.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  10. I LOVE the color scheme in this look, it's such a fantastic take on neutrals with a bold print spin! Your style is always just so flawless!

  11. those J.Crew pants are so fabulous!! Love how your style print so effortlessly!

    cute & little

  12. I will never understand the popularity of faux leather, particularly when there are so many amazing real leather pieces in the world, sitting unworn in secondhand stores and at secondhand online retailers. This blazer is so much lovelier than the Abercrombie version and so much more meaningful, too, because it's yours, just yours, and there is no way you're going to run into anyone else on the street wearing it. I think that's my favourite thing about secondhand pieces. They're just so unique and personal.