As a luxury-loving lass, you can’t deny the empowering beauty of a luxury handbag. Perhaps the most sought-after statement pieces in minimal fashion, a designer purse can elevate the status of an outfit in a matter of a slip over the shoulder. But of course, your admiration of quality handbags doesn’t have to hurt your pockets. Why break the bank when you can go the pre-owned route?
If you’ve never considered re-bagging, here are 7 reasons you should:
1. Pay less for luxury handbags
Snag the bag you’re lusting over—plus have money leftover for additional purchases. A brand new Louis Vuitton Petite Noé is currently priced at $1,270, compared to a pre-owned option for $770 on Rebagg.com. That’s $550 in savings that you could spend on other pre-loved lovelies ($450 D&G Miss Sicily, anyone?).
2. Stay on trend
Yes, going pre-owned offers you the option of obtaining styles from seasons past, but that doesn’t mean you can’t capture the latest trends.
Before you decide to buy directly from the brand, check the resale market. Given that it’s estimated to reach $25 billion by 2025, there’s a good chance that the “it” handbag of the moment could be yours pre-owned for a fraction of the price.
3. Switch up your style more often
Luxury designers are constantly changing their handbags to keep up with consumer demand. In fact, fashion shows have transitioned from a bi-annual calendar to executing up to 6 shows a year to introduce more products to the market. With so many options, people are trading in and trading up—and you can too, as new styles hit pre-owned sites like Trendlee.
4. Invest in Y-O-U
Pieces like the Hermès Birkin or Classic Chanel are fabulous investments as they retain their value over time. Their quality, craftsmanship and timeless style are simply unmatched. Purchasing pre-owned means you can get in at lower cost, yet still capitalize on the handbag’s high value.
5. Find your favorites, even after they’re gone
We all have one—that go-to handbag that we carry day in and day out. Over time, that type of heavy usage can cause damage beyond repair. Chances are slim that you’ll still be able to find that exact same bag in stores. Resale can be an excellent resource when it comes to restoring that relationship with your one true luxury love.
6. Not a celebrity or personal shopper?
Not a problem Pieces like the Birkin and Kelly are THE most difficult bags to lay your hands on. High production standards equal limited availability—that is, until now. Bypass the waitlist and opt for pre-owned, so you can show off your arm candy to your own version of the paparazzi (aka Instagram).
7. “One-of-a-kind” doesn’t have to kill your bank account
Remember the iconic collaboration between Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton? It may have ended in 2015, but those pieces of art (because don’t you dare call them just accessories) are available on reseller sites, despite being MIA from Louis Vuitton stores.
New doesn’t always necessarily mean better. Many luxury handbag companies have moved their production to new locations, which can compromise quality. Shopping pre-owned for older models might give you the gift of craftsmanship that doesn’t compare to today’s models.