Financial expert, 38, reveals how you can dress like a millionaire with a limited budget – and the little-known Facebook group where you can buy designer labels for a fraction of the cost
- Financial expert Canna Campbell owns a wardrobe of elegant designer clothing
- But the Sydney mother of two, 38, never pays the full price for her luxury items
- She bids for items on eBay and buys second-hand from a private Facebook group
- Canna makes smart investments in fashion that values, such as Chanel handbags
- The smart detective also sells her designer shoes and repairs tears in clothing
A financial expert who is known for collecting tens of thousands of savings through economical living and appearances has revealed how she dresses in designer clothes without blowing up her budget.
Canna Campbell, 38, has an elegant wardrobe filled with dresses, bags and shoes from the world’s leading luxury labels, including Chanel, Valentino and Louis Vuitton.
But the Sydney mother of two has avoided paying the full price for all items in her envy-inducing collection by buying it and buying everything second-hand.
The internet is a wealth of options for enthusiastic shoppers such as Canna.
She offers pre-loved items at auctions on eBay and hunts for classics at the little-known Facebook group High End Australia, a private resale forum for fashionistas who buy or sell designer items.
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Sydney financial expert Canna Campbell (photo) owns an elegant wardrobe filled with clothing and accessories from the world’s leading luxury labels – but she has never paid the full price for her designer pieces
Canna recently discussed her love for second-hand fashion Youtube video, which explains how the unique story behind each piece makes its designer collection feel more special than buying brand new items.
“I wear them with pride. They mean so much more to me, “she told viewers.
One of her most memorable bargains is a $ 2,000 Roland Mouret party dress that she owned for $ 158 in a second-hand auction on eBay and a second-hand $ 180 denim dress from the Australian brand Country Road, which she bought for just $ 45.
Canna takes care of her clothes, takes the time to repair cracks in coats and dresses and sends her shoes regularly to be fixed instead of buying a new pair
She once found a patent pink Louis Vuitton cross-body bag that sells on eBay for $ 900 for less than $ 200.
Canna shops with the future in mind, investing smartly in fashion that values value instead of value, such as the iconic Chanel Flap Bag, one of the few items on earth that gets more expensive every year.
A second-hand Chanel Flap Bag that Canna bought more than four years ago for $ 4,000 is now worth $ 8,000 – twice the price.
Canna’s second hand Valentino Rockstud heels (photo) have been handled a number of times since she bought them six years ago and remain in unspoilt condition
Canna’s money-saving tricks
* TO ROUND UP: Suppose you spend $ 7.50 on your credit card, you have to pay $ 10, so you always have a buffer or a surplus to cover you. That way you can save more at the end of the month or treat yourself to something nice.
* PAY MONTHLY: Even if your invoices are quarterly, bi-annual, or yearly, you should try to repay them monthly – or at least store a small amount each month. That way it is not a nasty surprise to pay them off.
* CHECK YOUR ACCOUNTS DAILY: Not twice a day. Canna said that this will help keep you responsible and responsible and you always know if your budget is too high or too low.
The savvy spent eagerly looks after her clothes, takes the time to repair cracks in coats and dresses and sends her shoes regularly to be fixed instead of buying a new pair.
Canna’s second-hand Valentino Rockstud heels and pearl-studded Chanel sandals, which she bought more than six years ago, have been re-handled a number of times and are still in perfect condition.
“Consider your dollar cost per wear – you don’t necessarily have to give Chanel up just be economical!” she said.