Thursday, August 31, 2017

STORE 5a :: Authentic . Preowned . Luxury

{Hubby is wearing this Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch}

As you might remember I wrote a post sharing my tips and tricks for buying pre-loved luxury handbags here. Today, I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with STORE 5a to share my thoughts when it comes to buying luxury accessories. STORE 5a is the first (that I know of) trusted source in the secondary market for luxury accessories located in Columbus, OH. My husband and I had the pleasure to spend the afternoon with the team and we enjoyed every minute of it. Owning classic luxury pieces like a Rolex watch or a Cartier Love bracelet has always been a dream of mine. As beautiful and timeless as they are, they do come with a hefty price tag. I certainly don't mind pre-owned pieces. My handbag collection is a mixture of both. Even though not everything worth buying pre-owned, I truly believe you can get exactly what you want for less if you have the patience and are willing to do extensive research. Below are a few things I'd consider before buying my next luxury piece:


Buy from a trusted source: As mentioned previously, I can't stress enough the importance of buying your luxury items from a trusted source. With Diamond Cellar’s expert watch and jewelry shop, appraisal team and buying staff, STORE 5a had everything they needed to help customers buy and sell jewelry in a safe and trustworthy environment. Each pre-owned jewelry item comes with an appraisal. Appraisals are performed by a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America.


A significant saving: Most watches are like new cars, its value deappreciates the minute you walk out of the store (unless you have a collector's piece). In today's resell market, it's not very hard to find a used Rolex watch in pristine condition for thousands less with all original parts and paperwork. For example, the watch my husband wearing above retails for $8200. STORE 5a is selling it for $5995. You save $2200 on this pristine condition watch. The Cartier Love bracelet I am wearing here is $1200 less than retail. I don't know about you but it's hard for me to pass up a great discount.

Availability: When it comes to luxury goods, there is no shortage on the secondary market. My dream watch is a Rolex Datejust 36mm in stainless steel with a blue dial, Roman numeral hour and a fluted bezel lol (that was a mouthful). Even though, I am very particular about what I am looking for, the combination is very possible to find. STORE 5a has one available right now (with a flat bezel). I am also saving for a Cartier Love bracelet to match with my Love ring. I hinted hubby a few times that my size (16) is available for immediate purchase here =)

Convenience: This probably only applies to those of you who live in a small city like me. There isn't a Cartier boutique near where I live. The closest one is in Chicago which is still a 6-hour drive from Columbus, OH. Having a local trusted source that carries these luxury brands is definitely a plus. I now have the option to see the actual item(s) in person and make the best purchase decisions.

{Wearing these amazing David Yurman earrings}

Fantastic financing option: Last but not least, take advantage of their financing option if you can. Now I am not saying you should open a credit card and max it out. It does not make sense and I would not recommend it at all. However, if you've been saving for a big purchase and need a little help to make it happen sooner then a reasonable financing option is not a bad choice. STORE 5a offers FuturePay as a payment option that lets you buy now and pay later. Their flat financing charge of $5 per month for every $500 of carried balance (no hidden fees and no complicated math). That's a 1% interest guys. I've never seen an interest rate that low.


They also carry a large selection of pre-owned luxury handbags and you know how I feel about handbags =) I couldn't help but snap a picture with this amazing Chanel boy bag. Get it now for $1600 less than retail. I hope you find this post helpful especially if you live in Ohio. A special thanks to STORE 5a for sponsoring today's content.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by STORE 5a but the content is based on my honest opinions

1 comment:

Dash of Fash and Finance said...

Happy new month Sydney! Great review! Thanks as always for sharing! Have a blessed rest of the week!