The 5 Best Places To Buy A Designer Bag Second Hand (And Not Get Scammed)

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There might be a plethora of re-sale marketplaces out there, but it’s impossible to forget the original site for selling pre-loved items, eBay. And while we’re sifting through the online marketplace’s offerings on a regular basis, a major concern for thrift shopping users is whether their designer offerings are authentic.

With replicas seeming genuine, the internet can be full of misleading descriptions and downright fakes. Now, eBay is saving us from scams with their newly launched ‘Authenticity Guarantee‘ for designer handbags listed over $350. Logos are inspected, quality of design is assessed and leather is sniffed to ensure that the item you’re looking to purchase is as real as it gets—just keep an eye out for their blue tick of authenticity to make sure it’s been approved by the eBay team.


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With a new, iconic designer handbag—we’re talking Prada, Gucci and Saint Laurent—listed on eBay every two minutes, those on the hunt for a designer addition to their wardrobes can breathe easy.

In fact, eBay is offering their customers the chance to Spend & Save when building their luxury bag collection. From August 1 to 14, if you spend between the $350 minimum and $499, you get $40 off; if you spend between $500 and $999, you save $70; and for spenders of $1000 or more, you welcome $100 back into your back accounts. All you need to do is pop in the coupon code ‘BAGSNS’ at checkout, and you’re on your way to save some pennies.

You can browse, shop and sell authentic vintage pieces that have been carefully vetted by eBay, here—and you can check out how the eBay Authenticity Guarantee works here.

Our Pick Of The Second-Hand Designer Bags On eBay


Saint Laurent Cassandra Tote Bag, $1899 at eBay.


Prada Small Brushed Leather Tote, $999 at eBay.


Gucci Soho Disco Bag Small, $1320 at eBay.

The RealReal

The RealReal has a history of authentication when it comes to designer items and are known for hosting brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Gucci. Over the years, they’ve earned a reputation for their simple processes. Its streamlined selling process does all the work for the consigner, from authentication to photography, merchandising and shipping.

However, the trick with shopping for a luxury item in online consignment stores is to keep a close eye out for the condition of the handbag. Look closely at the imagery and check up on their policy, in case the item you are purchasing arrives in lesser condition compared to what was originally specified.

Curious? Fret not, you can check out TheRealReal here.

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Vestiaire Collective

When it comes to Vestiaire Collective, its community-driven platform is another go-to for pre-owned fashion pieces, especially since they promote secondhand as the sustainable alternative to fast fashion. Through their popular app, nine million members list more than 60,000 new items in any given week, making Vestiaire a solid choice for shoppers. 

Just like TheRealReal, quality of product should be checked when purchasing designer handbags from Vestiaire. And while there’s a lot of confidence in their offering, the best deals to navigate from Vestiaire are more rare and limited-edition pieces, found through the ‘Exceptional Pieces’ section on their website. On the app, you can find pieces such as the Prada Tessuto, the Gucci Jackie or the Dior Saddle for up to 70 percent off their retail price.

Curious? Fret not, you can check out Vestiaire Collective here.


You might have heard of 1stdibs before, but likely because of how popular they are for their antique or obscure furniture finds. But what many might now know is that the online marketplace also serves as a middleman between you and screened shops and galleries all over the world.

Sure, there might be a plethora of home decor ready to be snatched up, but there’s also a bevy of limited-edition, one-of-a-kind designer handbags that are ready to be snatched up, like the Hermès Birkin Bag and the coveted Versace La Medua.

Curious? Fret not, you can check out 1stdibs here.


Having recently transitioned from being a solely sneaker-based company, StockX has decided to delve into the handbag marketplace. Sorted into a market-like format, once you find a handbag that makes your heart swoon, you need to place a bid below the price that’s being asked and wait for the seller to give you the tick of approval.

While, sure, losing the ability to buy the item immediately can feel like a downfall for some, we think that it keeps your buying experience on its toes. There’s nothing more satisfying then vying for an item you desperately want, á la the Teflar Shopping Bag, and getting it.

Curious? Fret not, you can check out StockX here.


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