We all love getting the best value for our hard-earned money, so we found three online shops with unique ways to get you a new wardrobe for less.
We all love getting the best value for our hard-earned money, be it to stick to monthly allocations or for that thrill of snagging amazing buys. We found three online shops with unique ways to get you a new wardrobe for less.
A FASHION STORY
Budget shopping weapon: Wholesale
A Fashion Story is a huge online accessory shop with a strong emphasis on variety – they currently carry over 1300 ready stock designs in store! Owner, June Low, says that this is supplemented by the fact that they update new stock every working weekday, with 7 to 10 new designs on each update.
With products imported mainly from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and China, the items offered caters to various tastes and trends; their most popular ones presently being chokers and spiked rings.
Red Bead Wing Choker Necklace, RM16.64
Buy more to save more
Accessories on A Fashion Story already retail between a very reasonable RM8 to RM25, with pieces that you may find similar to those in branded outlets. To save even more, get your friends together to purchase in bulk (or stock up on gifts for the year!) and get a wholesale discount. When you purchase RM385 worth of goods, you’ll instantly get a 35% discount, meaning you’ll only pay RM250.
White Bead Vintage Ring, RM9.04
Another way to save is to wait for special occasion discounts on the site. For example, their current Chinese New Year promotion lets you save up to 40% on your purchases as such:
After the wholesale discount, items will be about RM5 to RM15 per piece, which definitely allows you to have multiple arm parties. You’ll also be impressed with their fast response time to email enquiries and approximately 1500 testimonials from happy buyers!
Blue Bohemian Bangle, RM12
Tip: When you see a piece that you like, add it to your Shopping Cart first before continuing to browse. With over 1300 designs to look through, you may “lose” that piece and have go through multiple pages to find it again. Also, note on the stated quality of each piece before purchasing.
All pictures credited to A Fashion Story.
Budget shopping weapon: Pre-loved
It’s said that a girl can never have too many clothes, but that’s exactly the situation Nadzirah Hashim once found herself in. Like any fashion enthusiast, she has clothes that she’s only worn once or twice due to her love for experimenting with trends. It was then that Nadzirah discovered a platform in Europe for pre-loved clothes, and figured that Malaysia could do with one as well. She got together with her sister, Diyana, to create Friendly Fashion – a site to sell, swap or give away your pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories.
Nadzirah and Diyana
Photo credit: Prakash Daniel
This community closet currently has over 10,000 members who also actively participate in Friendly Fashion’s Forum, Blog and Lookbook. Items posted on the website by these members have to be of the actual products taken by them themselves, and they are also encouraged to point out any faults with their pre-loved products (for example, loose thread).
Friendly Fashion is very much budget friendly. Pre-loved items on the site can go for as low as RM5 for a top in mint condition; it’s a shopping heaven for bargain hunters and bundle shoppers.
Screenshot of Friendly Fashion member, shashamarissa’s account
You may also get pieces without paying a single cent – members are open to swapping items and meeting in person. If they are not located nearby, simply bear the cost of postage (a small price to pay for a new outfit). All you need to do is keep on the lookout constantly, because worthwhile pieces can go quite fast, and ‘Follow’ your favourite sellers for updates!
Tip: Ask the seller questions on measurements, quality, authenticity and duration owned before purchasing the item so that you don’t get any surprises!
THE EDITOR’S MARKET
Budget shopping weapon: Step pricing
Started in Singapore and gaining popularity worldwide, The Editor’s Market captivates the fashionista in you as soon as you scroll into their online store that offers apparel, accessories, shoes and bags. Apart from their handpicked offerings of wearable trends and edgy styles, they also offer pieces from independent labels such as Cheap Monday and Jeffrey Campbell.
While their online store offers worldwide shipping, you can also walk in to their 8,000 sq. ft. of retail space along Orchard Road that boasts a unique open-space interior concept and shopping experience.
You control the prices of your purchases
The more pieces you buy, the lower priced each piece will be. That’s the beauty of The Editor’s Market’s popular step pricing system which applies to their line of in-house apparel and accessories. There are currently 3 step prices – for 1 piece, 3 pieces and 6 pieces, although every design varies in the price difference.
The great part is that you can select items from any product category and price. Pieces from the independent labels do not have step pricing, but contributes to the number of pieces purchased in a transaction. Here’s an example of a transaction provided by The Editor’s Market:
Blouse (1-pc price: $29, 3-pc price: $25, 6-pc price: $20)
Satchel (1-pc price: $39, 3-pc price: $35, 6-pc price: $29)
Necklace (1-pc price: $12, 3-pc price: $10, 6-pc price: $8)
Pay $70 ($25 + $35 + $10) if you purchase them together instead of $80 ($29 + $39 + $12) if you were to purchase them separately.
Tip: You can pool your purchases together with your friends no matter where they are with The Editor’s Market’s ‘Shared Basket’. Everyone can check out individually and have their purchases sent to their own addresses.
All pictures credited to The Editor’s Market.