Italiano all the way

I have a handbag obsession. I rationalize it as the most effective form of therapy, but the truth is I just love bags. While there are designers whose visions of handbags have sent me over the moon, I have also had amazing luck by changing up my bag shopping ways: I’m shopping Italiano.

Not Gucci (but I adore Gucci) and not Pucci (love you too, Emilio). Instead, I’ve been on the lookout for “no-name” Italian designers whose work shows up on ebay for so ridiculously cheap, you can pick up a bag often for less than a price of a pizza! The allure of quality materials, stitchwork and hardware at such reasonable prices can drive me into a drool-inducing hours of window shopping via computer.

One lovely designer is Marino Orlandi, whose vision includes alot of bucket bags, but I was fond of this red, lovely crossbody who showed up in my life awhile ago for only $10. I love the crocodile imprint on the leather, and the Kelly-style silhouette is a classic that keeps me interested, no matter the season. I’ve paired this with a purple sweater, dark jeans and black knee high boots in winter and loved the red-purple pop.

One trick to searching ebay is to use generic terms such as “Italian leather” or “soft leather” as your keywords, that’s how I found this red lovely. If you’re open to new designers, and the possibility of some amazing quality leathers, you’d be surprised what this kind of keyword search can yield. Now sort your list by lowest price, and you’ll find the uber bargains right on top.

And don’t forget to click the box to “search descriptions” too. This alone can help you find lots of items that fall through the cracks, and therefore often don’t get bid against.

“Italian leather” keyword searching was exactly how I found my summer crush by Italian bag designer Cecconi Piero. Isn’t this pretty? It’s velvety soft, glove leather and just puddles when you set it down.

It all started on a vacation to Colorado in June when a painted leather bag caught my eye in a store window, but the $170 price tag kept me from nabbing it on the spot. But it haunted me, as only a collector can be haunted. However, when I saw this painted leather beauty by Cecconi Piero on ebay? I knew I’d found my replacement. This was only $40 and although it’s from a season ago, it’s in nearly pristine condition. On Piero’s website, his handbags average 260 Euros (roughly $360+) so I was particularly proud of my shopping prowess.

Here’s another trick to finding great ebay bargains: check for misspellings. For example, the Cecconi Piero logo looks like “Ceoni” Piero to the untrained eye. As a result, many bags get listed under this typo, and also do not get bid against because of it.

…And, it has ladybugs! Ladybugs have been my theme since the beginning of summer, when I began doing ladybug totem meditations, so seeing them here on my bag pleases me greatly!

Published in: on August 23, 2011 at 7:51 am  Comments (2)  
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Stones, I love these stones!

Last summer, I had a craving for huge, chunky, clear crystals (big time) and started making and buying lots of chandelier crystals for my jewelry collection. A month or so later, I read that the “clear” jewelry trend was hitting everyone in the industry full force, and is in fact still trending this spring and summer as well.

So, on even the chance that I hit this trend right before it officially “trends,” I’m sharing this summer’s jewelry obsession: natural stones with lots of color. And, hands down, my favorite seller is Ana Silver Co. I just mentioned this ebay shop to my Bravo Hos, but I wanted to blog about it as well, in case it helps others to start their own love affair with these remarkable stones.

Look close! I get lost inside the wonder of some pieces, their stones are just cut so beautifully. You would swear you are looking at miniature galaxies in their jasper, fossilized shells in their agate. Their settings tend to be on the simpler side, allowing the stone to take center stage. Why gild the lily?

And, I can speak positively from experience. Having already bought a lovely set of orange Botswana agate ring and earrings (similar to what’s pictured here, but different) I was quite pleasantly surprised to see such clean workmanship when the items arrived.

Many of the auctions close at prices that can’t be beat. Be warned, you may find yourself craving some color and drama for your vacation, or your trip to the beach, after browsing just a few of their 9,000+ items currently for sale on ebay.

Published in: on June 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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B&H Factory Outlet

Look, darlings… time is precious so let’s get straight to it.

B&H Factory Outlet. Click it, love it.

One of my all time favorite outlet stores on ebay.

I checked in today and found over 200 items of Women’s clothing, all under $5, all brand new with tags, and all closing in the next 8 hours alone. Here’s how helpful I am… I’ll link the search for you here, and you can just browse away.

You could shop this one outlet all day… I should know, I have. Discount given for multiple item shipping charges.

Just a few names from today’s closing auctions: Anne Klein, Alfani, Calvin Klein, Liz Claiborne, Nine West, Karen by Karen Kane, Jones NY, Ralph Lauren, Charter Club, Studio M, London Times… seriously, people.

Why are you still reading this when you could be shopping already?

Published in: on August 18, 2009 at 7:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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Auctions closing today! Edropoff Express on ebay

Shoes! All under $100?

Here’s a look at some items closing soon at one of my preferred ebay sellers… these folks take authentication seriously, and they’re power sellers so they’ve been at it for a while now.

Take a peek, looking is free, right? All prices that are quoted on auctions were current at the time of writing up this blog, and may have gone up since. So put the good ones on your watch list and snipe that auction today, baby!

Gucci Black Leather Top Stitch Strappy Bamboo Heels size 7.5 — $24.99

Prada Houndstooth Suede Rosette Trim Pump Heels Size 37.5 — $24.99

Louis Vuitton Cream Tan Wedge Logo T-Strap Heels Size 37 — $52.99

Marc Jacobs Fuchsia Red Suede Gold Trim Tall Boots size 37.5 — $34.99

Gucci Green Silk Jeweled Silver Horsebit Pump Heels size 7.5 — $67

Tod’s Light Blue Top Stitch Slide Women’s Loafers size 37.5 — $39.95

 Jil Sander Black Leather Banded Knee High Boots Size 38 — $28.50

Brian Atwood Black Silk Jeweled Open Toe Heels Size 38 — $35

Gucci Brown Suede Gold Horsebit Stacked Heel Loafer size 8.5 — $18.99 and no bids!

Gucci Dark Brown Suede Hold Horsebit Women’s Loafers size 8.5 — $18.99, another pair to bid on!

Bottega Veneta Cream and Black Patent Leather Sandals size 38.5 — 19.50

Stuart Weitzman Clipper Bronze Woven Platform Heels size 9 — $18.99 and no bids!

Stuart Weitzman Linda Zebra Patent Leather Heels, size 9 New In Box — $19.49

UBER DEAL ALERT!

Christian Louboutin Gold Metallic Gathered Heels in Box size 38.5 — $61

Manolo Blahnik Brown Suede Slide Heels, Size 38 — $59.10, auction says one shoe is signed, but signed by whom?

AND DON’T MISS THIS!!

Loewe Blue Leather Gathered Long Open Front Coat, Size 42 — $32

Published in: on August 4, 2009 at 7:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Missoni on Monday

Love Missoni! Here are a few ebay deals (mostly M Missoni) I scoured to find for you, and all of these close today (some in just a few hours from now).

Every listing was under $100 at the time of this post with all the most current prices listed here.

Fall/Winter MISSONI Oriental Embroidery Floral Metallic Coat size 38 (Medium) — Buy It Now $79 + Free Shipping

Missoni of Italy wool floral vine print dress size 44 — $20.50

MISSONI ORANGE LABEL Pink Knit Cardigan Sweater 44 — $89, Size Large and GORGEOUS

M Missoni Zig Zag Striped Skirt Size 2  — 0 Bids, opens at $69, Buy It Now $79

MISSONI BLACK SILVER SHEER METALLIC EMBROIDERY DRESS Size 40  — $79, Medium/Size 6

M Missoni Skirt NWT Size 38/2 — $99 + Free Shipping

Women’s M MISSONI Top Sz 6 — $12.50

 M Missoni gorgeous strapless sweater dress Sz. 8 — $49.99

MISSONI~Iconic Knit Linen Blend Skirt~8-10~Neimans — $99

MISSONI GREAT Halter TOP SZ 42 M L NWOT — $5.50

M Missoni Cotton Stripe V Neck L/Sleeve Shirt Top 42/6 — $49

MISSONI KNIT SKIRT — $24.99

Published in: on July 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A bit of Pucci to start you off

Known for his exuberent silk prints, Emilio Pucci’s riotous colors aren’t for the fashion timid — they earned him the moniker “The Prince of Prints” after all. Check out some ebay finds I grabbed today to get you started. Many of the auctions below close in less than a week, so don’t procrastinate.

Women’s Tunic Dress — Size Small. It’s got a few days left to auction, so watch it if you love it.

Women’s Marilyn Print Dress — Size Small, and new without tags (NWOT)!

Women’s Silk Leggings — Size 8/Medium vintage wear, still in great condition and definitely on-trend.

Men’s Bow Tie — How Brad Goreski, no? These start around $100 but this auction is still sitting at just 99 cents.

Pucci Silk Scarf — Red, black and white color scheme makes it uber versatile. Vintage piece, but in very good condition.

Pucci Small Silk Handbag — This print style reminds me of Pucci’s works from the 80’s, but harkens back the 60’s.

Here’s a hint when shopping for Pucci vintage items, look for the “Emilio” hidden somewhere in the print. It was his signature detail for all of his lines.

If you grab one of these items, be sure to post a comment and share your victory here!

Published in: on July 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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