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Do you feel better wearing expensive clothes?

We know there are many of us who hanker after designer brands. When new collections hit the runway, the high street retailers are busy coming out with their version of that trendsetting skirt, dress or pair of shoes in order to capture the massive market who do not have the bank balance to pay the price of what is on the designer tag.

Why you ask are designer items so expensive? It is without a shadow of a doubt that the innovative design, workmanship, fabric quality, hand-stitching, exclusivity and of course the designer name itself factors into the cost of every item, but there is also the comfort factor; how many of us have tried on a pair of well-made designer shoes and they have felt like slippers? We know we have!

The question is, does wearing an Armani dress or suit make you feel different about yourself versus if you were wearing a high street version? I have to confess, I am a designer girl at heart. Classic styles from Ralph Lauren are my staple, and as for designers shoes, there are too many of them that I love to mention; but of course Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin are up there!

But there's why I love wearing designer clothes, they last. So while they may cost more at the outset of purchase, they last longer, making buying high street versions a bit of a false economy. For me anyway. And here's the smartest part, now designer brands don't have to cost the earth. At consignista.com we carry in the majority of instances brand new or as new designer items at a fraction of the original cost. Don't believe me? Check out as an example our coats, dresses, shoes and bags from Roberto Cavalli. Kind of, begs the question why buy retail at all?

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Being a mom and an entrepreneur

On the very last day before my children went back to school, I felt compelled to write this blog as I reflected on the almost 11 week's vacation they had, where they spent every day with me - no joke. And as I was sitting on the local beach in Greenwich, CT with my children playing in the sand, I was working, as I have been every day since the summer vacation started! What did my children do? I involved them. A young mind on Polyvore is an interesting thing - my children's postings where "loved" more than the consignista team members postings!

As a lot of moms out there are already painfully aware, being a working mom is no easy task. Forget city traders, working moms trade every day and we could teach professional jugglers a thing or too also. But this latest blog isn't about how easy men sometimes (yes I did say sometimes) have it, it was just that while my children were playing on the beach and I was frantically working on my iPad, the question of "what made me start consignista.com?" popped into my head. Which led me to ask "What makes other moms enter the world of starting a business?" I am sure there are many interesting stories out there - and please do share them by commenting on this blog - but for me I sat back and thought to myself, if I had known how much hard work and juggling I had to do, would I have started a business in the first place?

Clearly the redhead in me meant that I didn't give launching my consignment site a second thought - I was empowered, I could do this and there was no doubt in my mind. But when reality struck, the site was launched; the immensity of the task was a daunting one. But I am a doer, a worker and boy do I love a challenge! And not only that, I have children to be there for. Being an absent mom just wasn't an option for me. There had to be a balance. And it's the balance that is so tough. I still get days when I feel so guilty about the amount of time I spend at my desk or in front of my iPad.

The upside however is that by starting consignista.com it has shown my children that the world has changed and that sometimes, it isn't daddy bringing home the bacon - but that that's OK - after all, family is about being a united team. As long as we are all pulling in the same direction, who cares who pays the bills, as long as they get paid. I think that's why I started consignista.com, initially. And boy I have learned a lot - fast. It's expanded my mind exponentially.

So to wrap up, and as bizarre as it may sound, family made me start my business - to help provide, inspire and grow - why did you start your business?

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