Smart Shopping Tips For Buying Pre-Owned Designer Handbags

Posted by Layla Brooks

Plush leather? Check! Silk lining? Check! The perfect designer handbag that won’t rob your bank account blind? Triple check! There is nothing more disappointing than walking through a department store and eyeing a jaw-dropping, gorgeous handbag, that you can’t purchase. Which is why buying pre-owned designer handbags is downright Fashionista genius. Follow these helpful tips to shop for pre-owned designer handbags and you will be sure to land the bag you’ve always wanted, at the perfect price. When shopping pre-owned, you get the same great bags that you’ve been lusting for. They are usually in great shape, as they have been kept with good owners. Buying this way will allow you to have the same great quality because they are the same, authentic luxury bags.

Usually, Fashionistas have handbags in mind that we absolutely adore. We have the new list, the older list and sometimes the vintage list. Start by browsing consignment stores in your area, to see which shops carry the styles and brands you like. Each consignment shop varies, as some shops sell vintage only. Do a search for consignment stores in your area and take a visit!

The sales associates, or owner of the store, are usually very knowledgeable about each item they carry. Dive in and ask questions and don’t be hesitant to ask for prices (if they are not marked). In the pre-owned world, they understand that customers are looking for a bargain, so asking questions about prices is welcomed. Be sure to ask about the authenticity of the bags as well. If you’ve done all of that work to find the bag and have purchased it, you don’t want to be disappointed by finding out later on, that the bag was not real. Also, be aware of consignment, or thrift. Thrift shops sell whatever is in good enough condition. They don’t usually pay attention to authenticating each item. Whereas, consignment shops inspect, as well as authenticate, before reselling.

A great perk that comes with certain consignment shops, is they have an online store, as well. The range of bags are for sale online by Yoogi’s Closet, for example, is incredible. They also have a physical location in Seattle Washington.

The best part about looking for anything in today’s society is there’s an app for everything. Sell and swap apps are a super convenient option, to shop for pre-owned handbags. When shopping on these apps, you can search brands, handbag styles, colors, and much more. Once you have found the handbag you are interested in, you can ask questions, directly to the owner of the bag. Use this opportunity to request more photos, for size and details. It is important to always ask if it is authentic. In most cases, luxury handbags from brands such as Gucci, have identifying factors, to determine if the bag is authentic (such as a serial number). Be sure to ask for information like this, even sales receipts. If you are interested in more than one bag, from a seller, you can follow them to stay updated on new items they post. They might have the next Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.B Tote you’ve been wearing in your head. Check out these pre-owned handbags, from the sell and swap website, The Real Real. They have an app available for free download on Android and iPhone.

Finally, when you have the object of your desire, don’t be afraid to use it. Put your best dress on, RayBan sunglasses, and go rock it baby!