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March 20th, 2007

Designer Accessories for Rent

Of all the fashion accessories available to women, shoes reign supreme while handbags rank a close second. That said, spending hundreds, or in some instances thousands, on designer accessories just isn’t feasible for a the majority of women.

Aside from plummeting deep into debt for the sake of fashion, women have two options for obtaining designer goods. One is to buy accessories while traveling, because foreign tourist hot spots, such as Cancun and the Bahamas, sometimes sell designer good for up to 50% OFF the US retail price. However, doing this heightens the probability of buying knock-off or stolen products. A second option, and the most fascinating in my opinion, is to rent designer goods.

For a mere $80 – $100 a week, sites like Bag Borrow and Steal and From Bags to Riches facilitate the woman’s need to have a designer accessory around her shoulder with very little up-front investment. After all, we know how accessories typically lose their luster after a year or so anyway.

If you’re wondering how designer accessory rental sites work, it’s simple. In fact, it’s kind of like the NetFlix of fashion in that you sign up for a monthly membership with a myriad of membership levels to choose from (usually $20 – $120). The downfall is that you’re again charged an additional fee either by the week or month for each item you borrow. The costs of accessory rental can add up quickly, but for some it’s a viable alternative to spending a lot of money for something you’d only like to use for a short time. For example, you might be in need of a special something for specific occasion like a wedding or  high school reunion.


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