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Buying a second-hand designer bag has never been easier. Whether you’re looking to invest in an Hermès Birkin or a Dior saddle bag, there’s a whole swathe of resale sites that you can now turn to.
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Not only is buying a pre-loved or vintage bag a more sustainable choice, you can find rare pieces of fashion history, including one-off collaborations (think: the Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama capsule, which has become a celebrity favourite). That thrill of finally finding that bag you’ve long been lusting after is hard to beat, and even better if you can get it for a bargain price, too.
Below, we pick out 10 of the best second-hand designer bag sites you need to know now.
A long-time fashion-editor favourite, the OG resale site eBay is a treasure trove for pre-loved handbags, from the classics to new-gen favourites. Plus, its authenticity guarantee initiative, launched in 2020, means you can buy with confidence – just look out for the little blue tick.
Matches X Sellier
Matches has teamed up with Knightsbridge-based vintage experts Sellier to offer a specially curated range of rare luxury second-hand handbags. Its most recent drop includes an Hermès Kelly Colourmatic bag, along with a ’90s Chanel vanity case.
A go-to for any second-hand obsessive, Vestiaire Collective’s vast array of pre-loved and vintage bags is well worth checking out. Make sure you set up alerts for all your favourite brands, so you can snap up the most coveted pieces as soon as they appear on the resale site.
First launching its resale section in 2019, Farfetch Pre-Owned offers you the same luxury shopping experience for purchasing second-hand bags as it does for its main site. Not only that, if you’ve got a designer bag that’s gathering dust at the back of your wardrobe, you can sell it to Farfetch in exchange for store credit via its Second Life programme, making the whole process hassle-free.
As part of its Project Earth initiative, Selfridges launched its own resale platform, Reselfridges, in 2020, featuring a wide range of designer bags from the likes of Prada, Dior, Celine and Gucci. Alongside all the classics, the site includes some more unusual, vintage finds, too.
The resale site of choice for collectors, 1stDibs is the perfect place to look for those rare gems that can be difficult to find elsewhere, from a ’90s Gucci Diana bag that’s in immaculate condition to limited-edition Hermès Birkins.
Sign Of The Times
Founded in the 1970s, Sign Of The Times certainly knows a thing or two about vintage bags. Look out for the “investment piece” label on its website for the classic bags to add to your collection, but don’t sleep on the current season pieces, either, available for a fraction of the RRP.
While best known for being a resale site for sneakerheads, StockX also has a collection of the most-sought after bags of the moment, including Telfar’s shopping bags, Prada’s Re-Editioned 2000 Crystal bag and the Gucci X Balenciaga Hourglass.
First launched back in 2014, Bagista offers a curated selection of second-hand bags, ranging from classic Chanel flap bags to Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato designs. The resale company also has a bricks-and-mortar store in London’s Knightsbridge, meaning you can check-out its inventory in person.
Cocoon is already a Vogue editor favourite, thanks to its incredible selection of designer It-bags that are available to rent – so make sure you keep an eye on its resale section as well. There’s also the potential to purchase a bag that you’ve rented from its main collection, meaning you truly can try before you buy.