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Unread 05-15-2014, 08:38 PM   #1
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Looking to get into lolita, where's an inexpensive place to start?

I know my best friend has a dress or two from Bodyline and Angelic Pretty and I know not to trust Milanoo. Other than that I have no idea where to start. What websites can I buy some inexpensive starter lolita dresses from that won't totally break the bank? I only work part time in retail so I'm not exactly loaded. Suggestions?
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Unread 05-15-2014, 10:33 PM   #2
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Qutieland and Clobba are great trusted places. They are both shippers though. Like they get the dresses and ship them out or however that's done.
http://qutieland.com/
http://clobbaonline.com/

Bodyline is probably one of the cheapest places. A lot of good stuff for a lot less. However, a lot of their sizes are never in stock..
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Unread 05-15-2014, 11:08 PM   #3
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There's also the EGL sales community on Livejournal where you can buy used items from other people: http://egl-comm-sales.livejournal.com/
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Unread 05-16-2014, 02:32 AM   #4
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Thank you guys! I've found some awesome dresses and I found one in particular that I plan on buying with my next paycheck.
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Unread 05-16-2014, 01:28 PM   #5
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Thank you guys! I've found some awesome dresses and I found one in particular that I plan on buying with my next paycheck.
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If there's any other help you need just post here or anywhere else on the forum I guess lol
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Unread 05-16-2014, 04:27 PM   #6
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The EGL Livejournal Community is a great resource --- members post reviews of their haul from time-to-time. If you're just starting now, there's a huge backlog for your reading pleasure.

A few months ago, I reserved my first Lolita pieces from Krad Lanrete, a reputable Sweet brand on Taobao (for reference, I bought two JSKs for about $150 each, including deputy fees and domestic shipping, but not including international shipping). There's a lot of crappy stores on Taobao, but there are a few good ones. Dear Celine's petticoats are near-universally recommended, for example. Infanta is another good Sweet brand, and I think they are slightly cheaper than Krad. The aforementioned Clobba and Qutieland stock their items, but if you can navigate and are willing to go through a shopping service, you can buy directly from Taobao for cheaper.

Basically, browse around and read reviews. I can't think of other names off the top of my head at the moment, but people have written about other ones.

If you're willing to go higher, but not as higher as brand, there is also Lief, a Korean indie brand. I think one of their collections has a negative review, but their other ones have good reviews. A JSK would be $250 not including shipping.
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Unread 08-15-2014, 02:14 PM   #7
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Has nobody mentioned Fanplusfriend?!? I've only ordered a few times from them but they are cheap, and fast. Bodyline is my go-to, as they are cheap, but quality is sometimes poor (though I've owned their Strawberry Picnic high waist skirt for three years, and it still looks wonderful).

Milanoo also owns a lot of other sites, such as lightinthebox. Some cosplay sites are theirs too.

wig-supplier offers some wonderful lolita wigs if you would like to go into OTT or sweet, as well as some nice wigs for a more aristocratic style. Their shoes are wonderful, and they offer a range of lolita dresses - but I don't know if I would trust them, though their wigs are beyond exceptional.

EGL forums on livejournal has a marketplace for buying and trading. And hand-made items go down a treat with lolis, so I suggest lesarning to sew.
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Unread 08-16-2014, 06:56 AM   #8
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You can try looking on Mbok and or Yahoo!japan ^-^ It works sorta like ebay but you need a shopping service to bid on it :/ but it's worth it to get a good deal on dresses. I got 2 brand dresses for $60 and $50. Also look online for brand sales which normally happen around June-July and the beginning of the year, also Lucky packs are also great to get too. Closet child is another site to buy second hand brand too in which you don't have to get a shopping service to buy from.

Again like may have said above me have said, Bodyline is wonderful for getting started in the fashion. Egl, Lacemarket and Clobba is also a good place to look and even Taoboa. Hand-making dresses can also be a money efficent way too start, especially making bloomers and accessories.
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Unread 08-19-2014, 02:02 PM   #9
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Annahouse, as well. The prices are HKD, so it may seem sper expensive but if you convert it to your currency it seems a lot less.
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Bodyline is hit/miss with quality but I do have one dress from them that still looks great after several wears and washes.
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Unread 10-27-2014, 11:41 PM   #11
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you can actually find a lot of cute stuff on ebay that is inexpensive!
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Unread 12-05-2014, 12:02 PM   #12
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I'm actually selling a complete sweet lolita coord, if you're interested!
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/416742/
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Unread 12-07-2014, 01:40 AM   #13
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If you are familiar with Taobao, my favorite shops are Chess Story, Dear Celine, and Rococo-Soul. You can usually find good deals on Taobao, but I would stick to stores with high reviews in order to ensure that you will receive something of high quality.

There are also tons of tutorials that you can find through Google that will show you how to place an order with Taobao, how their review ranking system works, reputable stores, etc. Unless you have a Chinese credit card, you will need to use a Taobao shopping service, and there are many different reliable ones that are discussed by others in their tutorials. The items for sale are mainly all priced in Chinese yuan, which you can also convert to your currency with Google (ex. ¥438=approx. $81.44 CAD for me.).

Shipping can sometimes be a little expensive, but depending on how heavy your order will be, it shouldn't be too bad. A lot of people I know order together with friends and split the shipping costs to save money. The last order I had placed was around $176, including a heavy fake leather purse, four heavy sweaters, three dresses, a skirt, and five shirts, and the shipping only cost $69.28 to Canada. It may differ depending on where you ship to, but I have ordered so many lolita items from Taobao and have never had a complaint.
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Unread 12-16-2014, 06:59 PM   #14
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I'd like to suggest Lace market.
It's basically like a lolita ebay, were you can buy used lolita from other lolita's. It's how I've been able to afford all of the lolita I've got now. c':
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