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Over the past couple of years, sales of pre-owned designer fashion goods have increased thanks to websites and apps designed to encourage customers to buy and sell second-hand, high-end clothing and accessories. While the market remains relatively new in the region, the trend is quickly picking up, particularly in Dubai. Here are several places that offer pre-loved luxury goods in the fashion forward city:
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Garderobe: Based in the UAE, Garderobe is an online portal for buying and selling pre-owned luxury fashion for less than its original price. It ensures both authenticity and high quality, and gives sellers the opportunity to have their items collected and listed for free, while buyers have their goods delivered to their door. Customers can also browse the shop on Jumeirah Beach Road to check the merchandise before purchasing.
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Timepiece360: E-commerce website Timepiece 360 specialises in luxury watches, and allows customers to buy and sell pre-owned items in a hassle-free manner by collecting goods from sellers or delivering them to buyers. The website features brands such as Hublot, Rolex and Audemars Piguet.
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Seconds Used Items: This boutique that specializes in the resale of luxury and branded items as well as antique and decorative objects. Ranging from hand bags, Watches, Scarfs, Clothes, Jewellery, Silverware, to Furniture and home accessories, we are sure that you will find your needs at a fraction of the retail prices. Times Square Centre
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Bagatelle Boutique: Located online and in Mercato Shopping Center, Jumeirah, Bagatelle Boutique is another platform for selling and buying pre-owned luxury goods. However, it stands out through its payment plans, which allow customers to pay for items in instalment throughout a 90 day period, with an initial, non-refundable 25 percent deposit. For those who wish to sell, items must have a resale value of at least AED500.
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The Luxury Closet: One of the best known platforms is Dubai-based The Luxury Closet, which sells and buys pre-loved luxury items such as handbags, clothes, watches and jewellery. It has over 16,000 products and features top brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Van Cleef and Arpels and Cartier. It accepts global items and delivers internationally. A shop is located in Novotel, Al Barsha.
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OMG Fancy That: Located in a villa in Mirdif, this boutique allows customers to browse and sell new and pre-loved products online and offline, retailing handbags, shoes and accessories on its website as well. It focuses on top premier brands such as Gucci, Hermes, Christian Louboutin and Dior. It provides three categories for its products: brand new (discounted), gently used and vintage. It recently launched two new services that include authentication and restoration for high end designers. It also has a user-friendly app.
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The Closet: This consignment shop started selling pre-owned luxury goods through its Facebook page and online platform Souq.com in 2010, before launching its own store due to growing demand just four months later. It offers discounts of over 50 percent and assists in financing plans. It has two branches in Jumeirah Centre and Sunset mall.