We all have our weaknesses and as long as we can afford it there’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat – especially if we’re getting the best price possible – read on to discover how to get a pricey designer handbag for much less than the RRP
While I absolutely love saving money, in any which way possible, there are some things I will occasionally treat myself to. I have an iphone, even though there are cheaper options available. I love Hotel Chocolat and food from M&S even though it is more expensive.
I know many of my readers work and save really hard and there is nothing wrong with odd expensive purchase as long as it’s not getting you into debt or means you can’t pay your rent.
A lot of people do see luxury or designer items as an investment and as long as the quality and the amount you’ll use the product is viable, then this could be a good way to look it.
Today I have a guest post from Kate Gardiner who is passionate about handbags and blogs at www.bagsposure.com
Designer handbags are definitely not an area I am particularly familiar with so in this post Kate is going to put her expertise to good use and discuss the best ways to get a luxury a handbag for the best possible price. If you love all thing bags related don’t forget to check out her Instagram: @bagsposure.
How to get a luxury bag for less
- Designer consignment stores, like Grace and Ted (www.graceandted.co.uk), offer designer pieces at knock down prices and the stock is always changing. I picked up a brand new Hill & Friends bag in the current collection for 40% off the ticket price. Don’t be afraid to haggle either. The price you pay is agreed with the seller (with the store acting as an agent) and they may be inclined to reduce the price if they are keen to sell. It’s always good to ask!
- Join Facebook fan groups for your favourite designers. There is often a buying or selling aspect to these and you can negotiate great prices with sellers on authentic items. You may have to be a bit patient to find the handbag you want, but there is a chance to snap up a bargain.
- The old favourite – eBay – but beware of fakes. Use a service like Authentic8 (https://authentic8mybag.com/) or Authenticate4U (http://www.authenticate4u.com/Home.html) to check the bag you are watching or have bought is the real deal. There are still some bargains to be had. It’s also worth checking common mis-spellings to bring up listings that other people might miss.
- Scour charity shops in well-to-do areas. This might sound random but I’ve heard so many tales of people picking up designer bags at tiny prices in the richer suburbs of Manchester and London. it could well be worth a look.
- Wait for Black Friday. Some designers will use this bumper bonanza shopping day to move older stock, samples or one-off pieces, if not their current collections.
- Check out sites which sell pre-loved bags which are often as new. I would recommend Unicorn Designer Handbags (https://unicorndesignerbags.com/), Naughtipidgins Nest (https://www.npnbags.co.uk/) and Vestiaire Collective (https://www.vestiairecollective.com/).
- It might sound simple but wait for the sales. Most designers will do a Boxing Day sale to sell seasonal colours and mid-season.
- The Outnet (https://www.theoutnet.com) – launched by Net-a-Porter in 2009 – sells Designer Brands for up to 75% off. You can browse by Designer and while you never know what stock they might carry at any one time, there are bargains to be had.
- Car boot sales. An old classic but these can sometimes turn up with the goods. You have to be up early and be there while the cars are being unpacked in order to swoop on any finds. If you’re a fan of carbooting then why not extend your search to bags while you’re there?
- TK Maxx. Yes really! You can browse online (they often have items from current collections). Search for ‘TK Maxx Gold Label’ and you’re away. Brands include Stella McCartney, Mulberry and Dolce and Gabbana.