In today’s economy, it’s important to shop smart. Let’s look at these easy ways to save money when shopping for handbags.
Invest in the Classics, Save on the Fads
If you have some extra cash to spend, don’t waste it on a trendy bag that you won’t carry often. Only invest in high-quality, classic bags that you’ll be able to wear year after year. A classic flap bag or leather satchel is worth the extra money because it will be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come.
Take Advantage of Sample Sale Sites
In recent years, sample sale websites have popped up by the dozen. Gilt Groupe, ideeli, Haute Look and other sites allow you to purchase designer handbags (and other goods) at a fraction of retail prices – sometimes up to 80% off. The sales only last for a few hours or a few days. So if you see something you like, don’t hesitate too long or you’ll miss the deal.
Head to Thrift Shops
Thrift stores, estate sales and consignment shops are terrific places to get deals on handbags and other apparel. Gently used merchandise from decades gone by is often better constructed than some of the new bags on department store shelves. Back in the day, I found a real ostrich skin bag at an estate sale for just a few bucks. If I wanted to purchase this exotic handbag new, the price tag would be upward of $1,000.
Shop Out of Season
Look for summery straw bags in October and rich suede purses in April or May. You can get tremendous discounts at end of season sales when retailers are looking to clear out inventory. Sign up for email alerts from your favorite online retailers to get information on upcoming sales.
Search for Bags at Etsy
For unique, handmade bags, turn to Etsy.com. Etsy features handbags created by independent designers. The prices are very reasonable and the designs are unique. Right now you can get this gorgeous, eco-friendly bag from the Ikabags shop on Etsy. This large shoulder bag from the Parisian designer is constructed from 100% organic linen. It features pretty pleated details and plenty of organizational pockets. At just $59.00, you can’t beat this deal.