How to Save on Luxury Designer Handbags

If you're reading this blog you've likely stumbled upon this because you're a lover of luxury and or vintage. You have  come to the right place! Even if you prefer the in-store experience you'll appreciate not having to pay full price for it. I personally have a budget to work with and when I can get that perfect handbag for less than retail, I'm all for it. Even if you're not that into handbags you can apply these tactics to other luxury purchases like clothing, shoes, etc.
Last month, I wrote about how to find designer handbags cheaper than retail. Click the link here to check out some additional tips within that post. Some of these tips you've likely already thought about but I'm hoping some of these tips are new to you. In addition to that, I hope to encourage you to try some of these tips if you haven't put them in practice yet.

Purchase out of season

I'm fairly certain you've probably already thought of this one before, but it doesn't hurt to mention it again. There's a reason retailers have sales. They need to get rid of the stock that didn't sell at full price. The perfect time to purchase a luxury handbag and/or any other luxury item for that matter is to purchase at the end of the season. Many retailers have discounts on seasonal styles, colors and materials mid-way through the season. For example, purchasing a straw handbag in the fall or suede handbag in the summer. Obviously, using this tactic you won't be able to get much use out of your new purchase in the current season but since you're saving money you'll already have it for next year. Be careful to purchase styles that will take you through the long run rather than purchasing trendy items. That way you're not risking purchasing something that's on sale because the style trend is dying down.

Purchase vintage or pre owned

I sing praises to luxury pre owned designer handbags and vintage bags all the time. I love the quality and deals you can get through the secondary market.  I have a few vintage gems in my collection. My first preowned handbag purchase was a Marc Jacobs multi-pocket hobo. I'm not sure was an It bag like, its younger sister, the Stam bag. It is an It bag to me! The leather is beautifully structured with a thick cut of cow hide and the interior is lined with luxurious suede. This bag hit the scenes around 2004 and I first fell in love with it after seeing it featured in the early 2000s hit the Devil Wears Prada. If you watch my YouTube channel (you can check out some of my videos on my website) I've mentioned this bag at least 3 different times :). This bag retailed for around $800. I purchased it several years later for 50% off retail. There were signs of wear but in overall good condition. It had a LOT of life left and still does. I mention this to say if you want to save on luxury designer handbags preowned is a good way to go. Also, to tell you that you can find great quality in second hand accessories.

Purchase vintage or pre owned

I sing praises to luxury pre owned designer handbags and vintage bags all the time. I love the quality and deals you can get through the secondary market.  I have a few vintage gems in my collection. My first preowned handbag purchase was a Marc Jacobs multi-pocket hobo. I'm not sure was an It bag like, its younger sister, the Stam bag. It is an It bag to me! The leather is beautifully structured with a thick cut of cow hide and the interior is lined with luxurious suede. This bag hit the scenes around 2004 and I first fell in love with it after seeing it featured in the early 2000s hit the Devil Wears Prada. If you watch my YouTube channel (you can check out some of my videos on my website) I've mentioned this bag at least 3 different times :). This bag retailed for around $800. I purchased it several years later for 50% off retail. There were signs of wear but in overall good condition. It had a LOT of life left and still does. I mention this to say if you want to save on luxury designer handbags preowned is a good way to go. Also, to tell you that you can find great quality in second hand accessories.

Purchase poor condition and have it repaired

This option sounds like a lot of work and it is. However, it is a good way to save money. You just have to be willing to be patient and keep an open mind. Items that have stains, holes, popped stitches and exposed piping will be priced a lot lower. Why? There's no guarantee you'll be able to get it back to the original condition. There are many companies that provide 3rd party repair services. If you've never attempted to repair a bag, I'd suggest sticking to something minor and work your way up from there. Also, you can try to reach out to a 3rd party handbag repair company prior to see if they'll be able to provide a quote or determine if they're able to repair.

Buy lesser known brands or seasonal colors

There are plenty of contemporary to higher end brands that haven't been discovered by the masses. You just have to be willing to look for them. To discover different brands check out the designer listings on retail sites and online designer resale sites. I'd suggest filtering your view to handbags and then work your way through the list. You can narrow down from there if you're looking for a specific material or color.

 

Purchase outside of trends

Another way to save on luxury handbags is to wait until a style is heavily saturated, usually has been popular for a couple of years, then make your purchase. I've referenced this example before but a year or two prior to Christian Dior revamping the saddle bag you could have found it for well under $1000. To me, purchasing outside of trends would mean you are 100% going for a bag you genuinely like and don't care about "trend". You're going to wear it weather it is popular or not. A few examples of purchasing outside of trends are listed below
 
  1. When mini bags are popular you purchase larger bags
  2. When top flap bags are popular you purchase hobos