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PSA: You Don’t Have To Buy An Hermès Bag First Hand

You get to hunt for discontinued Birkins, strut the most unique shade of Kelly, and get some real moolahs when your one-of-a-kind Hermès overtakes its original selling price. Hear us out.

The love for the powerhouse of handbags runs deep in the hearts of every bag enthusiast. But if you love a good Hermès Birkin, you’ll also know how insanely difficult it is to get your hands on one, first hand. Almost impossible to purchase, beautifully crafted, and built to last, it’s a no-brainer when people turn to Hermès in need of a super-solid bag investment.

But with waiting lists of months, is it really worth the hassle to get an Hermès first hand? We don’t think so. If you’re looking for a unique, special bag that no one else will have, you might want to consider shopping vintage.

Vintage and pre-loved shopping may sound scary at first, but leave all your thrift store thoughts behind, because shopping for vintage luxury goods is so different from digging through an old pile of hand-me-downs. Not to worry, there is an array of websites that are specifically catered to delivering vintage bags that feel and look just like first-hand purchases. It’s almost like a little treasure hunt when you’re browsing through the catalogue, the rush of excitement you get when you’ve finally found the one bag you were looking for. Ugh, perfect!

Now that you know all about the wonders of shopping vintage, here comes the real question: should you really invest in a pre-loved luxury bag? And to that, we say why not! Using the Hermès Birkin and Kelly as an example, you can often find them easier on the vintage market instead of their official boutiques because of said long waiting lists.

Also, shopping for vintage bags can offer you uniqueness in terms of owning discontinued products. There are leather types like Gulliver and Veau Grain Lisse that have been discontinued since the late nineties. Bags in these styles are impossible to find unless purchased pre-loved. And, since the market for pre-loved vintage Hermès bags has exploded in recent years, don’t be surprised to find that your vintage find will eventually overtake its original retail price. This will give you some serious ka-ching if you’re looking at selling some of your very own pre-loved bags in the future. As we said before, vintage luxury bags are a solid investment to make.

If you’re ready to jump into the deep end of luxury vintage shopping, you can try online websites like Vestiaire Collective and The RealReal. If you’re more of a brick and mortar kind of girl, there are loads of vintage stores all over the world. Just to get you started, check out our guide for vintage shopping in Tokyo.  (Vintage Qoo is also in Osaka and Hong Kong.) Of course, the best ones we’ve seen are in Paris, the motherland.

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