First thing’s first: take a long, hard look at your own personality, and determine what makes you you. Everyone is their own person – you have your own sense of style, and your own inclinations and preferences. One way to start this self-review is by closely examining your own wardrobe and existing handbag selection, and evaluating what you think you’re missing. Other things to consider include your lifestyle: Are you a workaholic? Do you go out dancing often? Essentially, how will this handbag serve you?
All of this will lead you to selecting different handbag characteristics that are ideal to you. If you’re going to make a big purchase, it should be a bag that hits everything on your checklist! Take your pick of what you prefer, including the below:
- Silhouette, bag shape
- Colors, including main materials and hardware
- Leather type
- Size and capacity
- Strap and handle length
- ...the list can go on!
Once you’ve narrowed down what kind of bag you’re looking for, you’re that much closer to finding the bag of your dreams.
2. SET YOUR BUDGET
Also important: the price. Many first-time designer shoppers are hesitant to splurge, which is just another reason why shopping pre-owned is an amazing opportunity. Handbags in like-new condition, without the brand new price tag? Nothing else sounds quite as glorious as that
Make sure you identify the absolute highest price you’re willing to spend on a handbag, because this will truly drive your final pick. Depending on the range you select, you may be limiting certain brands or models and styles within brands – which is certainly fine! Once you have a clear spend and an idea of what kind of bag you’re looking for, the guidelines are that much more precise to help you on your way to finding THE bag.
3. PICK A BRAND
This is a lot harder than it sounds, and it all boils down to your initial decisions made at steps one and two. If you’re looking for a timeless, iconic brand such as Chanel, but trying to spend less than $800, then your pickings will be slim, often limited to smaller vintage pieces or dainty WOCs. However, $800 will go a long way if you opt to go with many of the other brands we offer! This comes down to what type of handbag you’re looking for, and meshing it along with the budget you have set for yourself.
4. DO YOUR MARKET RESEARCH
After selecting the bag of your dreams, now it all comes down to finding it! This is where your attention to detail becomes incredibly important. There are a number of factors to consider, including 1) where to purchase your new-to-you, pre-owned handbag, 2) confirming the authenticity and legitimacy of the reseller and the bag in question, 3) what the price typically runs for in the resale market… the details continue! Scour the forums, talk amongst handbag lovers, and shop the resale providers of the world, whether brick and mortar or online.
5. COMPARISON SHOP
Depending on the commonality of the bag you’re searching for, you may find yourself with tons of listings to shop from, which is fantastic news! Now it comes down to the nitty-gritty details, mainly consisting of cross comparing condition and quality comments, additional accessories (e.g., this listing comes with a box and dust bag, while the other does not), as well as final prices. Look out for promotional codes that appear every now and then on the site to save some extra money at checkout.
For some bag seekers, the hunt might not be so easy. Some bags aren’t commonly found on the resale market, and may take some digging or even worse: waiting.
Now that you have the top five tips to shopping for your first designer bag, what are you waiting for? Shop around for your meant-to-be bag!
Article By: Rachelle B.