6 Ways to Get a Luxury Designer Bag That You Never Knew About

Most people don’t know there are other ways to get a luxury designer bag aside from trunk sales and directly through the retailer. There’s something here for each type of person, whether you prefer a new or pre-loved bag. You’re a saver or a borrower. Or you just don’t care either way, all that matters is securing the bag. 😹


First place to look for a luxury designer bag would be eBay. You can find so many good deals here. Current designs or even find some classic cult favorites that aren’t typically sold anymore. Some brands more than others, but no matter what - if there is a big purchase you want to make (depending on the product), check eBay first to see what a good price is before you go to the retailer. Here’s a good pricing example between one vintage resale store vs. eBay….

Exhibit A:

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Sellers located in Japan will usually have a lower price compared to the USA since the vintage resale market over there is massive. Plus, the condition rating system they use for resale bags makes deciding a little easier.

No matter who you’re buying from though - always get the bag authenticated. There are several ways to do this:

  • Find listings that have bags already authenticated by eBay (it’s very obvious).

  • Go through an authentication service. I’ve personally used Authenticate First, you just send them pictures of the bag and wait for the email with your results. Its a very simple process and reasonably priced.

  • Post in a Facebook group or Purse Forum. There’s a few out there, just Google or poke around Facebook.

If you don’t feel like getting a bag authenticated prior to buying, make sure you go with a seller who has a return policy of 30 days (plenty enough time for you to get the bag authenticated). And - always read the fine print!


At the store via employee discount:

Just like any retailer, luxury stores give their employees a discount. Some discounts are better than others, depending on the store. If you know someone who works at a store you like, then you’re in luck. Especially if that brand is connected to another brand. For example, someone who works at Balenciaga can also get a discount at YSL since they’re under the same umbrella. 😉


underground Market:

This is where you can get high quality replicas (aka super fakes) for a fraction of the price of an authentic bag. Most people don’t know this even exists. And it’s not like the typical (and painfully obvious) fakes that you see on Canal St in New York or at your local flea market.

Let’s put your skill to the test, which bags are real?

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If you picked 1, 3, and 11… you’re wrong. Just kidding, the real answer is at the end of this paragraph in {italics}. But, now I got you questioning it!

A few things to keep in mind if this sounds appealing to you:

  • It’s illegal, so there is a chance you could have your package seized by customs.

  • There are some low quality reps being sold at high quality prices. Do your research.

This method isn’t for the faint of heart and I would not recommend it for those who don’t like to shop on the wild side. If you can’t even handle thrifting, you better find another way sis. But, if your interest is piqued, you can check out the r/RepLadies forum. It’s full of information, plenty of warnings, and of course - bag pics.

{P.S. The fake ones were 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 11. The real ones were 3, 7, 10, and 12.}


Borrow or Rent One:

Yup! It’s possible! For those those who aren’t ready to commit to a long-term relationship. 😂
Or you just want a really nice bag for a formal event that rarely happens, something that you’ll only wear once.
There are places like Bag Borrow or Steal or Rent the Runway where you can rent bags for a night, a week, or even a month.

You just go online and see which bag you want, set the date, and wait. The bags are well kept and authentic, mainly because of the strict upkeep policy for each renter. This method is a nice way to get the experience without having to actually commit to a bag or spending more than you need to on one. These days it’s much easier to access and try stuff out, why not a bag too!?


Vintage resale stores:

There are so many vintage stores popping up now that sell designer bags, it’s hard not to see one as you scroll your Instagram feed. The Real Real, Fashionphile, Reinvintage Collection, What Comes Around Goes Around, etc. You can easily find some more by searching hashtags on instagram or Googling around for a few.

However - I noticed the more established they are, the higher the price. Which makes sense, but just because you’re buying from a vintage resale store - doesn’t mean you’re 100% safe from getting a fake bag. Slip-ups happen, and if it’s something you’re concerned about, make sure you go with a store that offers a lifetime authenticity guarantee.


Estate or Garage Sales:

This is pretty risky, unless you’re a champion at authenticating bags online or in person for yourself. Or - if you don’t have a preference on whether you get a real or fake bag, then by all means. These can be a hit or miss when it comes to finding bags and it’s not one I recommend often, unless you have a four leaf clover in your pocket. 😏🍀