How do you avoid the fakes? It's hard to tell sometimes. Usually if it's "too good to be true," it is....unless someone is selling something they really don't know the value of. I bought a great Tiffany & Co. T-clip pen and pencil set a couple of months ago that way. The seller knew they were sterling, but assumed the gold bands in the middle of the pen were vermeil (gold plated sterling). I knew those pens well from my days at Tiffany's...and I knew they were 14K bands. Score!!
Doing some research online yesterday, I realized that there are now some companies that act as expert consignment shops. They research and authenticate their items, and then sell them for reasonable prices. One of those, which seems like a very good place to shop (*although I have never bought from them and cannot personally vouch for them) is www.yoogiscloset.com
Or, if shoes are your thing, these Jimmy Choo sandals can be yours for $185!
I'll be doing more research in the days to come....
But for now, enjoy these Friday Finds!
Have a great weekend!!