If you’ve been reading Polished Closets for a while now, you may know that I have a thing (obsession?) with handbags. We all have your vices and mine just happens to be luxurious, gorgeous, well-made handbags. Of course, we can’t all afford $1000+ handbags – I can’t!! When I want a designer handbag, there are a few tips and tricks that I swear by, and I always get them for less than retail. So, keep reading if you want to know how to pick right right bag for you and save big in the process!
1. Make a List.
I am always coveting the new “it” bag of the week, but when it really comes down to picking a designer bag, I want to invest wisely. I keep a running list on my phone of the designer and style that I want. The reason I do this is because sometimes I *think* I want a bag, but really it’s just a passing mood. This list will let me check my wishes and remove them. If a bag has been on my list for many months and I still can’t stop thinking about it, it is time to move on to the next step.
2. New or Used?
Now that you’ve decided on your beautiful designer child…I mean handbag…you can start your hunt. How much does it cost brand new? I always check out the price at retailers like Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus to see how much it could hurt my wallet. I also take note of the zippers, seams, colors, leather types, handles, etc. so I know what to look for. Next, I head on over to sites like Fashionphile, Bella Bag, or the Real Real to see what a gently used bag will run me. I trust these sites 100% when it comes to selling authentic bags, but if you’re still unsure, double check the details you noted earlier. I would say about 90% of my designer bags are used! And you would never know it because I can usually find a used bag in great condition on consignment sites like these.
3. Taking the Plunge.
Now this part requires a big commitment. You’ve researched your bag, you know the prices, the colors, the leathers, and every other aspect about the bag. It’s time to buy. Something I love about Fashionphile is that they bag will drop in price by 10% every certain number of days. I usually put a bag in my cart and wait for the price to drop to 30% off! Even though you will be paying a higher price than a non-designer bag, you will be saving hundreds of dollars on a beautiful piece that will last a life time.
4. Enjoy & Keep Forever….or Not.
There are some bags, like the ones in the pictures of this post, that I have kept for years. There are other bags that I have bought and eventually sold because I didn’t love them as much as I thought I would. But that’s ok! You can always sell them to a consignment shop to fund another bag purchase!
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