Finding, buying, and carrying the right bag is a blissful experience. Not paying full retail price it? Well that’s just the final cherry on top.
Typically warranted due to impeccable construction and high-end materials, designer bags can cost a lot of cash. Any priced so low that you think, “That can’t possibly be right” are likely not right, however, buying second-hand from reputable spots is a good way to knock a couple hundo off the price tag.
Thanks to the recent bump in the number of high-end consignment and resale market shops popping up over the past couple of years, sites and apps are helping people buy their dream designer bags for less. The major players in the resale game (like Vestiaire Collective and The RealReal) need no further introduction, but plenty of smaller fish have started offering up prize styles. Here, sites to consider if you’re in the market.
There’s an international treasure-hunter element to Rebag, with the company buying pre-loved pieces from individuals within the U.S. and from “professional sellers” around the globe. Pieces are examined by an in-house team or third-party authenticators to make sure they’re the real deal.
Proof that the market is strong? StockX expanded from its sneaker roots (another insanely active re-sale marketplace) to include bags in its stock market-like format. You place a bid and select how long you want it live for (from one to thirty days), and the seller has time to respond. The listed “ask” price is similar to eBay’s buy-it-now option, and should serve as a guideline for what’s a realistic bid.
eBay itself is no secret, but an insider trick? Find a seller who has similar taste to yours and you trust (or have had a positive experience with) and “follow” them for updates whenever they list a new item for sale. It’s a sure way to make the ocean of listings manageable and less scary. Stumbled across a seller who’s listed bags she’s lightly used (and still has the original receipts for)? Tap “save” on their account page and become a repeat customer.
Dependable product and stellar service make this oddly named site worth browsing. The authenticating process involves sellers sending bags in, where they’re examined and then photographed if all checks out, which means a plethora of brands are represented including Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Gucci. It’s also a good resource if you’re after something unique. For example, the Louis Vuitton in brilliant cyan Damier and a Saint Laurent Sac De Jour in tropical teal that are currently on the site.
There’s serious tech behind Lollipuff. Seed money came from Y Combinator; a Google software engineer and robotics PhDs are among the founders (inspired by a bad experience purchasing fakes). Browse lots of Chanel, Valentino, and Louis Vuitton.
If you’ve nursed a nagging suspicion that Manhattan has more than its fair share of pre-owned pieces for sale, it’s legitimate. A thriving population of the well-heeled means a constant supply of bags hitting the resale market. This Upper East Side spot has been in business since the ’50s; current listings include Chanel, Céline, Chloé, and plenty of well-priced evening bags.
In the same way Michael’s is bringing NYC’s pre-owned bags nationwide, this is your opportunity to shop pieces from the UAE. Though still relatively new, the site’s team has been utilized in the Middle East as experts on authenticating and has gotten good feedback from always-picky PurseForum members. The Dubai-based site boasts plenty of Goyard, Louis Vuitton, and Céline.
With three brick and mortar locations in California, those on the West Coast are lucky to shop this brand’s designer collection in real life. But for the rest of us, the sleek and clean website is just as good. From bold and unexpected Hermès options to more Chanel than you can handle, this site is a shopper’s dream.