5 Tips for Buying a Designer Bag for Less

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It seems like our designer bag wish list is getting longer, with no end in sight.  Whether it’s the Gucci Marmont bag or previously the Chanel boy bag, there are plenty of beautiful luxury bags and we want them all.

Here are 5 tips to get you one step closer to your dream bag while saving some money.

Tip 1: Be Unique. 

Trendy and seasonal colors go on sale more often than classic colors such as black or nude. If you love color, then this is a perfect way to add bright hues to your closet. In my opinion, red bags are just as classic as black. If you really don’t like color territory, then consider getting a colored bag dyed to black.  You’ll need to find a great handbag or shoe repair service and the dye job will run you about $75-$100.  If you’re like me, opt to find the it bag but in the vintage version like the Celine bowler bag or Gucci blonde bag.  You’ll still have a popular style, but it will truly be unique.

Tip 2: Shop International. 

I never considered shopping international sites like Farfetch or Matches Fashion because I assumed with the exchange rate, I would pay more, but I was wrong.  These international sites don’t charge tax, generally offer free shipping, and the pricing is sometimes up to $100 less than US stores.  That’s a lot of savings there especially when you account for the nearly 10% sales tax here in California!

Tip 3: Buy Secondhand. 

If you’re not into vintage, can I interest you in saving about 40-70% and buying second hand? Shop at a local trusted consignment shop or The Real Real which has an amazing selection and guarantees authenticity.

Tip 4: Shop Friends & Family Sales. 

Saks, Neiman Marcus, Shopbop, and Bloomingdales all have yearly and bi-annual Friends & Family sales offering up to 25% off designer and luxury items.  Be patient, wait it out and get your bag with a big discount.

Tip 5: Sign up for Sale Alerts. 

I love and loathe ShopStyle; it’s great for my wardrobe but bad for my checking account. You can enter a designer or specific item and every time an item is on sale, you’ll be notified by email.  I’ve scored No. 21 Glitter Heels for less than $150 and my Sigerson Morrison OTK boots for more than 60% off thanks to their app.

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1 Comment

  1. June 2, 2016 / 9:58 am

    As a fashion lover, I love that you suggested buying internationally! I have seldom considered this and I recently found that since the tax rates vary and ship via the internet the cost is much lower. Thank you for helping me update my fashion experience and also save a few dollars. I will pass the information along to my designer-loving friends in the future!

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