Buying a shiny new purse has got to be one of the best feelings in the world. But if you’re buying designer, that feeling is probably followed with a ton of guilt — but settling for a no-name-brand handbag doesn’t always satisfy your craving for shopping designer.
Luckily, if you’re willing to compromise your budget ever-so-slightly, you can find a designer bag for less at a fraction of its original price.
If you’re looking to buy your first designer bag, we’ve got some tips for you. Check them out. And check out our favourite places to shop more affordable designer bags below.
Bluefly is an incredibly versatile online designer discount store. They’ve managed to combine discounted luxury items, and pre-owned designer items, and modern on-trend items, at an even further discounted rate. So, if you’re on the fence about shopping consignment, this store offers the best of both worlds. They carry handbags from designers such as Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tom Ford, and more.
The RealReal is an online store that ships worldwide, that actually started as a small business run out of someone’s home, and eventually grew into a major consignment retailer. If their name didn’t already give it away, their main mission is to always focus on authenticity. They pride themselves on only consigning the best of the best, and that is why they have an entire team of horologists and gemologists dedicated to deciphering real from counterfeit.
Tradesy is a buy-and-sell online consignment store that specializes in reselling gently used items for as much as 70% off the original price. Here, you can find high-end designer items from brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes, Burberry, Fendi, and Givenchy. But you can also find more reasonably priced brand names such as Zara, J. Crew, Aldo, American Apparel, and hundreds more. Tradesy’s website is, like Gilt, a membership-based website. Which means you can only shop if you’re apart of their consignment-community. They are dedicated to honouring the life cycle of items, so if you’re buying — they encourage you to sell items as well.
Gilt is a membership-based online store that offers exclusive discounts on designer clothing and handbags. The website doesn’t even allow non-members to browse through their merchandise, ensuring exclusivity to those that are part of the Gilt club.
Love That Bag is a Canadian consignment store based in Montreal that specializes in handbags. More specifically, finding high-end, designer handbags that are in near perfect condition, and reselling them without the huge designer price tag. They have a hassle-free return policy, and they ship worldwide.
Winners has been a favourite of ours for years. It’s a discount designer haven, hidden in almost every suburb in Canada, and is usually paired up with a HomeSense. At Winners, whether you’re looking for clothing, skincare products, hair-care products, makeup, jewelry, shoes, linens, intimates, luggage, or of course, handbags, this can be your one-stop-shop.
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Marshalls is actually owned by the same company that owns Winners, HomeSense and TJX. So, like Winners, you can expect the exact same concept from Marshalls (20-60% off designer products,) from thousands of vendors from around the world. The only downside to these stores is that there tends not to be duplicates of any particular item, they are constantly getting new shipments in. The magic of Marshalls and Winners is finding hidden gems.
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