One thing every Heelista needs is a beautiful handbag to go with your lovely shoes. So here is your ultimate guide to buying a designer handbag without having to spend TOO much money!
Your purse is not just the perfect compliment to your outfit, but more like your everyday companion who is there to help you get through your hectic life by carrying around all your stuff. While all women want to have a bag that is functional, what women really dream of is having that perfect purse that makes every outfit feel as if they have just stepped off the red carpet. A handbag that screams “go ahead and mistake me for someone famous, you paparazzi, I know my bag is fabulous, I will make the best dressed list.” Sadly, often we can’t seem to justify paying the hefty price tag associated with such a luxury —since designer purses can cost thousands of dollars— but they are truly a timeless investment, an everyday necessity, and for many women, a statement of empowerment, being a symbol of cultivating a fierce and fearless woman who can accomplish anything. So, how can we give ourselves this luxurious accessory that we know we deserve without completely breaking the bank or winning the lottery? Thankfully, there are a few tips and tricks to finding great deals on all your favorite
designer handbags that can give you the access and affordability to add that dream purse to your wardrobe collection.
Can’t Buy It? Rent It!
Maybe you are just not in the position to purchase your very own Dior handbag at the moment, and you don’t really want to settle for an average bag that won’t make your heart sing the way that the Dior Diorama handbag does. It’s understandable, yet it doesn’t mean you are out of luck. There are websites like Bag Borrow or Steal, Rent The Runway and Arm Gem, which allow you to rent that perfect Gucci Dionysus handbag for a month, for a fraction of the cost. Some of these websites even have a rent-to-own function, where you technically finance your bag until it becomes your very own! Does it sound too good to be true? It’s not! The process is actually fairly simple, but if you are an accident-prone person who tends to stain or damage their clothes, be cautious. Many of the rental websites are very meticulous with their products and if an item is returned damaged, you could be responsible for the retail price of the handbag. Still, renting a designer handbag has many up sides. You get to have the newest and hottest trends in high-end designer accessories, and you can swap out for a new one every month! As well, it might be a better option for those who can’t make a large purchase in one lump sum or don’t have the credit available at the time. But it does mean that you never have to give up on your dream of owning the designer handbag you have always wanted.
Consider An Unusual Color
While many luxury designers do not have regular sales on their most popular items in the classic colors; there are always seasonal designs and colors of handbags that filter through trends and will get reduced due to a style being less popular. Instead of searching for a basic black 2.55 Chanel handbag, browse some stores that might offer a
slightly less iconic style and in a more seasonal color like purple or green. You might often find these bags on websites like fashionphile.com or tradesy.com for over half the price they originally sold for. Because of their more specific style and color, the demand is lower and the designers need to find a way to move the product. So bulk resellers like these e-commerce websites buy the product and are able to offer it to you at a discounted price! Sounds like a win-win situation all around.
Hit Up A Consignment Store
Shopping in consignment stores, especially ones that specialize in the resale of luxury goods, can really score you some awesome finds. This route may take a little patience and searching, but keep in mind some second hand stores near you may cater to an especially affluent community, and it is likely that they will have some vintage designer items like handbags, for sale, without really even knowing it. Now, unless the store truly specializes in reselling high quality designer accessories, you may have to watch out for some fakes. Be sure to check the lining and seams for any defects, misspelling of labels, poor construction or any other signs that might prove that that “Prada” you found at the thrift store is more of a “Prado”. Some of the more high-end consignment stores will have their designer items located in shelves behind the register to preserve the merchandise, so you can always ask an employee about vintage or designer options.
Get Bidding On eBay
Online bidding sites like eBay are kind of the Wild West of shopping. There are times you can strike it rich with some purchases, but there are a lot of chances that the “like new” Chloe bag you are considering is more like fools gold. How can you be sure that the beautiful designer handbag you are lusting after on eBay is the real deal? The key is to do your research. Ask the seller for extra photos, especially of the inside and of the serial number. Because luxury designer bags are all handmade, they will have a unique serial number associated with each one. On top of that, do some research about the bag, when was it released, does that match up with what the seller is saying on eBay? Don’t get overly excited with all of the options and try to outbid people for an item when you are not sure of its authenticity. Be patient and there is a good chance that you will be able to score a great deal on the classic, timeless handbag of your dreams.
Follow Flash Sale Sites
If you are the competitive type who enjoys the rush of a quick decision and a good deal, these types of sites might be right up your alley. On a flash sale site like Gilt, Rue La La, and Haute Look, you can gain access to tons of designer looks if you have your credit card ready and you like to make split decisions. On Gilt the designers and products are released daily, first in a sneak peak email and then the items are released at 12 pm EST on the dot. The hottest and trendiest things usually sell out in an instant, but if you are really good and have your eye on the prize, you can find yourself a great Gucci bag for more than half off. Many of these sites are invite only and also give you credit once you are part of their group and invite others to join as well, which is just another great way for you to save some money.
E-Commerce And Online Department Stores
Many of the big names in luxury handbags don’t often put their most popular merchandise on websites like bluefly.com, or overstock.com, but that does not mean that you cannot find a great deal on a name brand bag. While it might not be as cheap as buying something off of eBay, you can assure the handbag’s authenticity and that it will be quality and shiny and new! As well as these e-commerce stores, you might want to follow online department stores, who carry the same brands that they do in their stores like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, but often will have site pre-sales that you can take advantage of and be able to score a better deal on a designer bag than you would in person.
So why even choose to spend the money on one of these expensive designer bags? Well, not only are they made from amazing quality materials, and are hand crafted to perfection, but quality over quantity is what will really save you money in the end.
Instead of going through ten mid-range priced handbags a year, you have one that could last for a decade. And with the classic style handbags from Chanel, Chloe and
Balenciaga, never going out of style, it means that if you do ever decide to bestow your bag to someone and resell it, you can make up to 75% back of what you originally purchased it for. In the end, a good investment will leave you happy and strutting your stuff down the street like you own the place, and feeling like a queen is worth every penny.