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Designer Resale Tips from a Hollywood Stylist

Designer resale is a huge industry, especially online. But what if you want to actually try things on or sell items to a shop in person. There are definitely great deals to be had and amazing items to find. All you need is the insider scoop on the world of luxury consignment. I did an interview with my dear friend, Gina Buccola, former Hollywood stylist to get the best designer resale tips.

Truth be told, I was never interested in designer resale shopping because I thought it was just going to be designer clothes that were totally out of style. And the idea of wearing someone else’s clothes brought back visions of thrift shops from high school. Boy was I wrong! I went into Gina’s shop to check things out and it was an eye opening experience! She is a super talented stylist that has curated a store full of must-haves! Can’t wait for you all to meet her and hear some of her insider resale advice.

3020 Designer Resale Outfits

WHO IS GINA BUCCOLA?

Mother, Daughter, Friend. I love clothes and styling. Love to move my body. My favorite routine is going for a grueling hike (unplugged) first thing in the morning and taking a moment at the top to look at the ocean and appreciate what I am grateful for. 

WHAT’S YOUR NETFLIX BINGE?

Binging on Barry right now with Bill Hader and I just finished Ozark Season 2.

WHAT’S YOUR AWESOME BEAUTY SECRET / TIP?

Exercise! It’s so important to help keep the body young and healthy.

WHAT’S SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I started this business alone as a single mother and worked 6 days a week for 2 years. That was 14 years ago.

WHAT TWISTS AND TURNS GOT YOU WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? 

My love of fashion started when I was in grammar school. I read all the fashion magazines I could find and Seventeen was my favorite. Coincidentally I was offered a job to be their west coast editor later in life. My first job was working in retail at the age of 14, stocking shelves and checking in merchandise. I kept working various retail jobs throughout my college years and eventually moved into wholesale. While working in a downtown LA showroom, I was offered an opportunity to produce fashion segments for TV talk shows. From there, I continued in the TV, Film and Print world by styling many celebrities and models over the next 23 years.

I was a single mom, costuming and styling and I also owned a laundromat. Sadly, my brother fell ill with ALS and I became his caretaker. Three years into my brother’s illness it all became too much so I sold the laundromat and took time off from costuming/styling. I was still handling the celebrities clothes, clearing out their closets and selling them out of my house. Eventually I moved everything to a bungalow in Santa Monica and that’s when 3020 Designer Resale became a retail business.

YOU ARE SUCH AN AMAZING STYLIST. WHAT’S YOUR PROCESS? DO YOU OFFER STYLING SERVICES TO CLIENTS?

Clothing says so much about a person. It is a visual representation of who they are. I love to learn about someone through their clothing and it is always a fun challenge for me to work with them finding the perfect items.

When styling, I start with what the client is looking for  – work clothes, travel, a specific event, etc… Then I take into account their likes/dislikes, their best colors and what works well for their body type. After that, it’s really just pulling things together that make a great look.

I offer styling services through the store and I also work with clients outside the store. 

WHAT ARE THE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DESIGNER RESALE CLOTHES AND WHY SHOULD WOMEN BUY DESIGNER RESALE?

When people think of designer resale, they think of a thrift shop. We carry only mid to high end brands – anything from Equipment & James Perse to Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Chanel. A lot of our items are new and some gently worn. All are in pristine condition for ⅓ or ¼ of the price.

One of the best things about designer resale is finding one of a kind items that you might not ever see on anyone else. It allows you to be unique. Designer resale is also great for the environment from a recycling standpoint.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 BUYING DESIGNER RESALE TIPS? 
  1. Inventory is always changing so pop in often – There is a huge influx of incredible clothes on a daily basis. If you check in often you are bound to score some amazing finds.
  2. Take your time and carefully look through the items. You will ALWAYS find a hidden gem because merchandising is different when there is only one of each item. Ask the people who work at the shop about what you might want to find because they see the items come in and can help to steer you to the perfect items.
  3. If you see something don’t wait. Since there is only one of each item, there’s a chance if you walk out the door it won’t be there when you go back.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 SELLING DESIGNER RESALE TIPS? 
  1. Search your closet. Popular mid to high end brands sell best along with specialty boutique items. Is there something you haven’t touched for a year or two, get it out of the closet and make room for something new. Did you wear something to an event that had tons of pictures and you don’t want to wear it again? Did you buy something that has been hanging in your closet but you just never wear it? As your things sell, you can even use the money to exchange for something else in the store. Then you can have a revolving closet that’s always new and stylish.
  2. Pricing is important. You want to price the items to sell, not end up back in your closet. They are not worth what you paid for them, like a car when you drive it off the lot. 
  3. Present your items well. Make sure things are clean and in great condition. If you walk in with dirty clothes in a trash bag, they will probably be turned away.

Hope you found these designer resale tips helpful. Gina is a wealth of knowledge and a talented stylist. For other fashion posts, click HERE.

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Nina
    July 23, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    What a nice blogpost 🙂
    I enjoyed it a lot!! 🙂 and your look is perfect <3
    xx Nina from http://www.couturista.de

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      July 23, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you! Gina is definitely the talent behind the outfits!

  • Reply
    Patricia & Miguel
    October 26, 2018 at 2:29 am

    What a wonderful insight Jenifer, thank you so much for sharing 😀

    With love and light,

    Patricia & Miguel

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 14, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you both!

  • Reply
    Babita
    October 23, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Love such sales! I love these tips you made here, really great! 🙂

    Hope you have great Tuesday!!!
    Xoxo Babita
    http://travelhues.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 25, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you Babita!So glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply
    Tammy
    October 23, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Love this post Jenifer! Such great tips and you know what a fan I am of resale pieces! I just pick up a velvet Gucci Marmount Bag 🙂

    xx Tammy
    http://www.HerFashionedLife.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 25, 2018 at 11:37 pm

      Love that you found a Gucci Marmot velvet bag. Such a score!!

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    October 22, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Such great tips! I’m all about thriftiness when it comes to shopping clothes too!
    Happy Monday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 25, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      It’s funny, but I usually avoid sales or places where clothes are less expensive because of crowds and being overwhelmed sorting through things. I realized with your comment, that this is finally an exception where it’s a special treasure hunt to find something beautiful and unique at great prices without all the sales drama.

  • Reply
    Michelle
    October 20, 2018 at 4:04 am

    I’ve never heard of Designer Resale! Next time I’m
    In LA I’m going to have to pay a visit! Thanks for the insight – I’ve been nervous about the same things you were!!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 25, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      So glad you liked it Michelle! Hope it’s a whole new world of outfits for you too.

  • Reply
    Emily
    October 15, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Ohhh these are such great tips and you wrote them out in such a clear and informative way. Thanks for sharing!

    -Emily | http://www.TheEmilyEdition.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 24, 2018 at 12:46 am

      Thanks so much Emily for reading and the feedback!

  • Reply
    Kara
    October 11, 2018 at 12:50 am

    This was so interesting to read her story and how she started her business, so thank you for sharing this! The tips are also really helpful, especially for selling clothes. I don’t usually shop second hand clothing but this has changed my mind.

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 24, 2018 at 12:38 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed hearing about Gina. I have interviewed various friends for the blog and I am always blown away by the amazing women in my life. I feel the same way about Designer Resale now and I’ve also been hearing so much about sustainable fashion now. Always good to be green while getting great deals 🙂

  • Reply
    Vidhi
    October 10, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    This is a great post. Great to read in depth about designer resale and get inside tips.

    -Vidhi
    http://www.coffeevschai.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 24, 2018 at 12:32 am

      Thank you. I know I was a newbie and definitely needed some tips. Hopefully it helps others too!

  • Reply
    Patricia & Miguel
    October 10, 2018 at 4:00 am

    In love with this post, really well done 😀
    With love and sunshine,

    Patricia & Miguel

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 23, 2018 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks so much you both!!

  • Reply
    Simone
    October 8, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    I do love the idea of a designer resale. There are so many great finds at a cheaper price, it’s not always worth it to spend the money on new items. Huge respect what Gina achieved!

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 15, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      I feel the same way about Gina and agree about the benefits of designer resale! Thanks for reading Simone!

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    October 5, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    These are some awesome tips! Loved reading this interview, so cool!
    XOXO,
    Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 8, 2018 at 2:47 am

      Thank you. So glad you enjoyed reading about Gina. She’s a wealth of information 🙂

  • Reply
    Jessica
    October 5, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    This is such a fun read dear! Really helpful too, you have smart and practical tips here. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 8, 2018 at 2:45 am

      Thanks for reading. Glad you liked it!

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    October 4, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    What a fascinating woman! I’m going to have to go visit her boutique!! I’ve never been a resale shopper but this has changed my mind!! xo

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 4, 2018 at 11:54 pm

      I’m so glad you liked reading about Gina. It’s definitely worth a visit to shop to check it out 🙂

  • Reply
    kara fox
    October 4, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    lots of worthwhile information. I did go into the store and bought a glamorous jacket – a treasure – the I never would have had were it not for gina. thank you for an eye opening blog!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 4, 2018 at 11:55 pm

      The jacket was really beautiful!!

  • Reply
    Yvonne
    October 4, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Designer resale is a great idea! I love these types of shops and very often I have found some beautiful items.
    xo Yvonne
    https://www.aproposh.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 4, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks for reading Yvonne!! Glad you’ve also had success with designer resale shops!

  • Reply
    Radi
    October 4, 2018 at 6:33 am

    What an amazing story! I really enjoyed reading this interview. Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.fashionradi.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 4, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Anya Dryagina
    October 4, 2018 at 1:46 am

    This post is absolutely STUNNING! Great tips!
    http://www.recklessdiary.ru

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 4, 2018 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you so much for reading Anya!

  • Reply
    Valerie
    October 3, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post! I have to admit, I’m not really familiar with the designer resale industry, so I found this so very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

    http://roadesque.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 4, 2018 at 12:10 am

      Such an eye opening experience for me and kind of exciting to know what’s available. I’m so glad it was helpful!!

  • Reply
    Yasmin
    October 3, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    I’m always inspired by people who can find quality bargains at vintage shops. We have a designer resale shop here I’ve been meaning to visit. Great reminder!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      October 3, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      Hope the shop near you has some great merchandise! Thanks for reading!

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