Guide to Buying and Selling Classic Designer Handbags – National Rarities
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Buying and Selling Classic Designer Handbags

While handbags have been around since the 14th century, their status as a fashion staple skyrocketed during the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s. Since then, designer handbags have been a prominent accessory all over the world. From iconic brands to up-and-coming designers, there's now a handbag for every taste and style. But what exactly should you look for? And how can you sell your own vintage collection? Follow our simple guide to learn about buying and selling classic designer handbags.

What to Look For When Buying a Classic Designer Handbag

Quality Craftsmanship

Luxury handbags are crafted with high-quality materials and extreme precision. The stitching is neat with strong hardware and real leather. Because of their superior quality, designer handbags retain and sometimes exceed their original value.

Brand Reputation

Many luxury brands may look like ordinary purses. However, when they’re attached to a prestigious designer, they’re held in high regard. Find reputable designers with a proven track record and history of quality and style to increase your return on investment. The best way to do this is by putting in some research on the brand's history, value and recognition before making your purchase.


Many luxury designers roll out their collections in limited quantities. Because of this, there’s usually a long waiting list to get your hands on the real thing, making them less accessible. The control of production ultimately preserves their prestige and exclusivity, increasing demand and value.

Challenges When Selling Your Designer Handbag

When it comes to selling classic designer handbags, there are many marketplaces such as eBay and Poshmark. Typically, these platforms involve selling online to other people, just like you. However, in today’s day and age, there are so many ways to get scammed online by people you don’t know, which poses risks. Through these platforms, you also must research the value, get an appraisal, receive a professional cleaning and stitch up any minor repairs on your own. Plus, these companies take a percentage of your earnings, leaving you with less. 

Sell Your Designer Handbag the Smart Way

If you’re looking for an easy, simple and safe way to sell your classic designer handbags, reach out to our team at National Rarities. Since 2009, National Rarities has served with integrity and honesty. Our team consists of estate specialists that will do the work for you. Explore our upcoming events, schedule a video chat or send us an inquiry online to get started today!