Ever since my first paycheck, I’ve been a boujee b*tch when it comes to bags. Even on a minimum-wage budget in high school, I slaved away and saved for designer items – mainly Juicy at the time (anyone else?).
Juicy may no longer be my vibe but more importantly, I’ve learned to better regulate my investment bags. Which is not to say I don’t live for a trend here and there, but when it comes to spending a lot of money on something like a bag, I’m picky AF about the purchase.
Here are the rules I stick to when investing in a bag:
+ Longevity: For the most part, I can not justify buying a designer bag that will only be on trend for a short amount of time. I consider whether the piece is classic and whether I’ll be able to wear it for years to come, or if I’ll be sick of it by the end of the season.
+ Quality: Ironically enough, I’ve bought some designer bags in the past that were pretty shitty in terms of quality. Make sure the straps are in good condition, that no strings are hanging, and that the inside of the bag feels sturdy.
+ Purchase options: One of the smartest things I’ve done over the years is to find different avenues to buy designer. Department stores obviously carry new bags, but you’ll pay an insane price point when you can get something in just as good of shape elsewhere. Which is why I’m obsessed with StockX. I just got this mini Celine there and paid much less than if I were to buy this off the shelves somewhere. StockX essentially lets you bid or buy designer pieces, usually for significantly less than you would elsewhere. They have professionals who assess the quality, so everything you’re shopping is legit (another perk). They carry everything from YSL to Gucci to Celine and the inventory is insane. I’ve mainly stalked bags, but they have designer belts, shoes, etc etc.
+ Resale value: Now that I’ve shopped on StockX, I’m getting ready to sell a couple of my other designer bags on the site as well. You can see all the price history of the bag you are trying to sell to get a better understanding of its value which is cool. When I go to buy new bags, I try to keep in mind their resale value if I end up wanting to sell it at some point. Paul especially loves this rule LOL.
+ Durability: I won’t name names but I bought a bag last year that essentially came apart days after buying it. Not sure if the quality was shitty or because I’m not the most precious person with my bags but either way, I need bags that can handle toddler life, being thrown in the back of my car, getting a scratch, etc. If you’re not psychotic about the care of your bags, live by this rule.
For more items I’m eyeing from StockX, see my shopping widget to the right.
This post was sponsored by StockX. As always, though, thoughts + opinions are my own.