The allure of a designer handbag is legendary, and nothing beats a new-to-you bag if you fancy spoiling yourself. And now, tah-dah, we’re sharing the best places to get your hands on a pre-owned designer bag.
Purchasing a second-hand designer bag has never been simpler. You can now shop on a variety of resale sites, whether you’re looking for a Hermès Birkin or a Dior saddle bag. The thrill of finally acquiring the bag you’ve wanted for years is hard to top, and it’s even better if you can get it for a bargain. As we all aim to shop more consciously, it’s also a smart way of purchasing sustainably – nothing is more sustainable than something that already exists.
We’ve rounded up eight of the top second-hand designer bag sites you should be aware of right now.
1. Vestiaire Collective
Vestiaire Collective‘s large selection of pre-loved and vintage bags is a must for any second-hand enthusiast. Set up notifications for all of your favourite brands so you can get your hands on the most sought-after items as soon as they appear on the resale site. Additionally, the longer products are on the site, the more discounts you will receive. Making a wishlist will keep track of your favourites and allow you to make an offer to the vendor for a larger discount.
In addition to curating the coolest independent boutiques from across the world onto one site, FarFetch.com has a pre-loved channel, where designer bags from big brands are fully vetted. Buyers save a bag from going to landfill, while sellers gain store credit. It’s perfect!
The Handbag Clinic
Any bag you buy from The Handbag Clinic will be in perfect condition since they’ve all been given a once-over at the in-house restoration clinic before being put up for sale. You could find reductions of up to 83 per cent! We’ll see you there…
Xupes, which started off selling watches and jewellery a decade ago, has been selling bags since 2015 and dates them all to the year of manufacture.
Selfridges created its own resale platform, Resellfridges, in 2020 as part of its Project Earth project. It features a wide range of luxury designer bags from Prada, Dior, Celine, and Gucci, among others. Along with all of the classics, the website also has some unique vintage finds too.
Cudoni, which sells bags from all of the major luxury brands, wants to make the resale process as simple as possible. If you wish to sell something from your own handbag collection, you can schedule a free collection and valuation service through their website, and they’ll handle the rest.
If you’re a bargain bagaholic, Bagista is the place to go. In-season findings are listed with their current selling price point so you can see how big of a discount you’re getting. The resale firm also has a bricks-and-mortar store in Knightsbridge, London, where you can browse its inventory in person.
Cocoon is already a favourite, owing to its fantastic range of designer It-bags available for rent – but don’t forget to check out its resale area, too. You may even buy a bag that you’ve leased from the company’s main collection, allowing you to actually try before you buy.