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The 11 best second hand designer bag sites to bookmark immediately

Buying second hand designer bags without going bankrupt is not as tricky as it once was. Seriously. Ever wondered how the fashion pack seem to always have an arsenal of boujie arm candy?

Savvy stylists, fashion editors and influencers all go to the same place: one of the best second hand designer bag sites. The best part? They’re all online, so you can add a little Chanel to your checkout without leaving your desk / sofa / seat on the tube…

Enter: our Fashion team’s edit of approved sites to score your very own second hand designer bag (keeping you well away of fakes and scams).

The pull of a designer handbag is legendary, and if you fancy treating yourself there’s nothing better than a new-to-you bag. Resale sites are one of the fashion industry’s fastest growing categories and a second-hand bag is not only a brilliant way to save money, it’s a clever method for shopping sustainably too as there is nothing more sustainable than something already in existence.

Vintage bags are also proving to be smarter investments than stocks and shares. Bags are the accessory that appreciate fastest with preloved handbags rising in value by an average of 8% per year over the last decade. Some bags value now even outperform the price of gold! Ker-ching.

Despite those figures, preloved is still the easiest way you can get involved with designer brands at an amazing price. Although the most notable bags play on each brand’s style signatures, which can make them easy to fake.

Most retail sites are super-hot on their authentication processes but if you’re buying from an individual, check the hardware, leather, stitching, authenticity cards and serial numbers (make sure they match) then ask the seller to provide more pictures, receipts and more detailed history to ensure you’re making an authentic purchase.

How to buy a second hand designer bag for less:

Charlotte Staerck, COE & Co-Founder, The Handbag Clinic shares her top tips for avoiding a fake. “There are some incredibly authentic looking fakes out there, but the devil is in the detail. As a general rule of thumb when buying from any online seller:

  • Ask the year they bought their handbag and check the digits in the serial number corresponds to the production year. If it’s outside of that, it’s definitely a fake.
  • The hardware colour should match the logo colour on the inside of the handbag
  • Quilted Chanel handbags have 10 x stiches per inch. It can sometimes be ever so slightly outside of that, but never by much. So, if you count seven stitches, you know it’s not authentic.
  • If in doubt – ask where they bought their handbag, if they say, ‘Harrods’ – check to see if Harrods ever stocked that brand or style.”

So, what are GLAMOUR’s favourite sites for browsing designer bags at affordable prices?

1. Vestiaire Collective

The most well-known store-front in the preloved market with thousands of new items listed every week. The longer items are on the site, the more you benefit from reductions. Creating a wishlist will track your favourites then try making an offer to the seller for a bigger reduction in price.

SHOP VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE

Hermes Birkin 35

£11,494.25 £9,430 AT VESTIAIRE

Gucci Dionysus

£1,735.97 AT VESTIAIRE

2. Farfetch

As well as curating the coolest independent boutiques around the world onto one site, FarFetch.com also have a pre-loved channel, where designer bags from major names are properly authenticated. Sellers get store credit and buyers save a bag from landfill. Find everything from classic Chanel flap bags to Christian Dior saddle bags.

SHOP FARFETCH.COM

CHANEL Pre-Owned 1991-1994 Small Double Flap Shoulder Bag

£4,900 AT FARFETCH

Alexander McQueen Pre-Owned The Curve Leather Bucket Shoulder Bag

£1,753 AT FARFETCH

3. Selfridges

Selfridges offers the opportunity to shop new as well as pre-loved designer bags these days, thanks to its RESELFRIDGES scheme. Discover rare archival classics, contemporary favourites, fine jewellery and watches, as well as second hand designer bags.

SHOP SELFRIDGES

Pre-Loved Burberry House-Check Canvas and Leather Shoulder Bag

£350 AT SELFRIDGES

Pre-Loved Goyard Goyardine Saint Louis Canvas Tote Bag

£2,190 AT SELFRIDGES

4. Hardly Ever Worn It

The products on HEWI’s site are an eclectic mix or rare designer gems from the wardrobes of the wealthy, famous and stylish. There is a physical space at Heathrow airport so you can browse the rails before your trip if you’re passing through…

SHOP HARDLY EVER WORN IT

Dior Small Silver Calfskin Cannage My ABCDior Lady Dior Bag

£2,778.81 AT HARDLY EVER WORN IT

MiuMiu Cream Matelasse Arcadie Bag

£1,807.45 AT HARDLY EVER WORN IT

5. eBay

With a handbag selling on eBay every 15 seconds, it’s no wonder the brand is putting a major focus on designer bag resale. eBay’s ‘Authenticity Guarantee’ ensures total confidence for every buyer purchasing bags over £500 from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada and more. The platform works with carefully selected authenticators who undertake rigorous physical inspections while making use of specialist machinery to prove a bag’s provenance.

SHOP EBAY

Celine Triomphe Bag in Textile and Calfskin Bag

£650 AT EBAY

Mulberry Bayswater Black & Brass Small Classic Grain Bag

£750 AT EBAY

6. The Handbag Clinic

Any of the bags you buy here will be in pristine condition – they’ve all have had a glow-up at the in-house restoration clinic before going on sale. You could find bags with up to 83% off! Charlotte Staerck told GLAMOUR, “every bag goes through a thorough assessment and we offer authentication reports for all brands we stock – from full reports with finite detail and photographic evidence, to a signed certificate or simple evaluation as to whether the bag is real or a replica.”

SHOP HANDBAG CLINIC

Stella McCartney Falabella Vegan Leather Tote

£445 AT THE HANDBAG CLINIC

Prada Galleria Large Double Zip Tote

£835 AT THE HANDBAG CLINIC

7. Xupes

Founded a decade ago, originally specialising in watches and jewellery, xupes.com have been selling bags since 2015 and date them all to the year of manufacture. Find everything from crossbody bags and shoppers to clutch bags and hobos.

SHOP XUPES

Louis Vuitton Brown Monogram Coated Canvas & Vachetta Leather Neverfull PM

£1,149 AT XUPES

Fendi Brown Zucca Canvas & Calfskin Leather Vintage Baguette

£1,299 AT XUPES

8. Sellier Knightsbridge

The go-to destination for mega-brands, Sellier sell cast-offs from the super-rich, stylists and select boutiques. Hermes is their most-desired label and pieces sell out fast. New stock gets posted on Instagram first so keep your eyes open…

SHOP SELLIER KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Hermes Gold Kelly Sellier 32cm in Epsom Leather and Gold Hardware

£13,950 AT SELLIER KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Loewe Aubergine Purple Small Puzzle Bag with Silver Hardware

£1,650 AT SELLIER KNIGHTSBRIDGE

9. Bagista

Specialising in designer bags, this is the site to browse if you’re a bit of a bagaholic. In-season finds are listed with their current selling price point, if applicable, so you can see how much of a discount you could score.

SHOP BAGISTA

Givenchy Medium Antigona

£799 AT BAGISTA

Valentino Small VSling Tote

£1,699 AT BAGISTA

10. Sign of the Times

Antonia Timpany owns the legendary Chelsea designer re-sale store. Her advice if you want to buy a pre-loved designer bag? “Ask what will hold its value? If you are thinking about long term investment, it is much better to shop the classics. For example think Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. These brands retain a very high resale price and act as a statement piece. Iconic bags such as the Hermes Birkin and Kelly are ultimate investment pieces, particularly with the regular price increases and difficulty to get hold of them.” It also helps if you don’t buy pieces on sale, as they will also hold their price.

SHOP SIGN OF THE TIMES

Saint Laurent Black Manhattan Embosses Shoulder Bag

£1,335 AT SIGN OF THE TIMES

Loewe Tan Puzzle Fold Tote Mini Bag

£840 AT SIGN OF THE TIMES

11. Cocoon

As a bag rental service, Cocoon offer memberships so you can regularly swap designer bags and always been seen with the latest arm candy… but they also offer resale of some iconic styles which have been retired from the rental game. Members get even more discount on the prices.

SHOP COCOON

Chloé Medium Woody Tote Bag

BUY NOW AT COCOON CLUB

Bottega Veneta Teen Jodie

BUY NOW AT COCOON CLUB

For more from GLAMOUR UK’s Senior Commerce Writer Georgia Trodd, follow her on Instagram @georgiatrodd.

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