Fashionistas on a budget: Rejoice! You can get stylish for pennies at your local consignment store.
For every designer handbag collector looking to find the style of her favorite purse for less, she needs expert shopping information to help score a delightful and delicious handbag for cheap.
At a second-hand store located in a swanky neighborhood you can find designer labels and name brands at a fraction of the price.
Scour the expensive neighborhoods for deals.
Check your area’s Rodeo Drive or Worth Avenue for cheap designer purses. Because a designer store’s inventory comes from the surrounding community, head to a wealthy neighborhood for classic and higher-end pieces.
Know when to shop.
Want to nab a great deal on designer purses? Designer deal lovers may clean out their closets over the weekend, so consignment stores have their best goods in stock on Mondays and Tuesdays. Make sure you shop early in the morning and weekly, so you can get last Season’s Fendi or Louis Vuitton handbag first.
Ask a sales associate when they put out newly donated items so you’ll get first dibs at the designer bags!
Buy the brand name designer handbags you know and love.
If you prefer Prada purses over Hermes, buy a handbag that will add to your purse collection. When in doubt of the quality of the handbag, do a quick internet search on eBay with your smart phone to make
sure you are getting the best price at the consignment store.
Prevent buyer’s remorse by buying discounted designer purses that are on trend and current.
If you need new fashion suggestions for 2012 or 2013, scour the weeklies like Us Magazine or People Style Watch for the latest designer handbags carried by celebrities.
Tear the magazine photo out of the gossip rags to find the style of the designer handbag that you want to add to your collection. Use the photo when shopping at the consignment store to buy a designer purse that is fashionable and trendy.
Inspect the designer purse carefully.
Consignment stores make every effort to determine the authenticity of designer goods, but people can make mistakes. Search for hallmarks of designer handbag quality such as: a fabric lining, smooth clasps that are easy to fasten, YKK metal zippers, heavy brass hardware and even seams along the side and front of the designer purse.
If you see plastic or polyester-looking fabric inside the designer handbag, it is not an authentic designer product. If there are loose threads hanging off the purse, fake or plastic-looking leather and signs of puckering at the seams, the purse is definitely a fake.
Above all when shopping for discounted designer purses in consignment stores, if you love it…buy it. Too often you can find a designer handbag that you love and walk away from it. And another shopper gets your designer purse, and you’ve missed purchasing your dream handbag forever.