PHOENIX - A Phoenix woman is accused of selling counterfeit fashions in her driveway.
A police sergeant was patrolling his squad area when he came across large canopies and display tables with some 200 items bearing registered trademarks.
The officer thought it was suspicious that those type of items would be sold in a yard sale environment.
An undercover female officer was brought in and bought some of the goods before police obtained probable cause for a search warrant of the location.
Police say Maritza Garcia Orozco was arrested on suspicion of operating an illegal enterprise and possessing counterfeit marks.
They say Orozco allegedly admitted to making at least $3,000 a week profit or $150,000 a year with her enterprise.
It was unclear Monday if Orozco has an attorney yet.
If you are looking to save some money and thinking about buying a designer purse at a consignment store or garage sale, Ann Signer, CEO of My Sister's Closet in Scottsdale has these tips:
- A genuine, high-end purse will be heavier.
- Look at the quality of the leather, it shouldn't crinkle nor feel like pleather, same with the lining it should feel smooth.
- The stitching should be even.
- Metal pieces shouldn't be tinged.
- If there's a monogram the design should continue, even over the corners or flaps.
"The reason you pay thousands of dollars is the bag is done beautifully, any designer bag for that matter, whereas fakes are just cranked out." Signer said.
She adds, there should be a skew number sewn into the bag, but examine that closely too; the inside stitches should be just as clean as the outside.
Her final word of warning, if the cost seems too good to be true it probably is.