Owning a designer bag is most girls’ dream. It certainly is mine. I have exactly one designer bag in my closet, which is this Phillip Lim satchel bag worn here. I wouldn’t call it my dream designer bag though. That would be a Chanel, Saint Laurent, or a Céline, and I’m still working towards that. Recently I have found Trendlee, an online consignment store that I think will be where my first Chanel comes from. I’m excited to share with you this beautiful pink Saint Laurent bag that Trendlee kindly lent to me for a review, as well as other tips and tricks I’ve collected from purchasing my Phillip Lim. I hope this will help you closer to the dream of owning your first designer bag (or your 10th one).
I also have a coupon code for you to save 5% on Trendlee. Use code LILYROSE at checkout!
Always look for the bag condition
Any consignment store should always include a short description of the bag’s condition. Trendlee does a great job of showing that information on a separate line. For example, this bag I have here is listed as
Condition: Great. Light scuffs on exterior and handles, scratches on hardware.
Personally, since I take photos of my outfits for the blog, I would look for Great or Excellent in a bag. But sometimes Very good or Good are just as great. I love the idea of purchasing a second hand designer bag because the bag can have one little scratch on the inside, which nobody will see except you, and the price is lowered by a couple hundreds dollars. So why not shop here, you don’t have to pay full price but you get an almost perfect bag!
Always check for flaws in the pictures
Because the bags from Trendlee are pre-owned, they will have flaws. After you read the description of the bag’s condition to get an idea of where the flaws are, use the photos (and zoom in) to inspect them. Make sure you’ll be able to live with those flaws. For example: a scratch on the inside of the bag is more acceptable than a scratch on the designer label. Make sure you inspect them thoroughly because even though Trendlee allows you to return an item no questions asked, you still have to pay for return shipping, which will bring us to the next tip.
Always check for a Return policy
Generally you should always check for a return policy for any online store. You need to make sure you are able to return a purchase should you change your mind or the item looks different in person. Especially if it’s a big purchase worth a couple of thousands of dollars, a return policy is a must! Trendlee offers a no questions asked return policy as long as you contact them within 2 days of receiving your bag. I believe they will deduct a shipping fee from your refund, depending on your item.
Popular colors won’t last
There is one bag that has been on my wish list for the longest time: the Prada Saffiano Double Tote bag, color Caramel/Rosso, read tan color with red suede lining inside. Of course I wouldn’t want to pay the full price for it, so I’ve been keeping an eye on all the consignment stores I know of. And I found it! It was on Trendlee here, but I chickened out. The next day I came back to look at it, it was sold!
Moral of the story: I’m not saying tan bags are the most popular, but neutrals are typically more desired than other colors. People want to invest in a designer bag that goes well with any outfit, smart. But at the same time, that means those black, white, tan or grey bags won’t last long, especially if they’re in above good conditions! So when you see one you like, decide quick.
There are financing options
I get it, we’re not the Jenners who can afford to buy a Hermes every couple weeks. So to purchase a $3,000 bag, it is insane to pay it all at once with a debit or even a credit card. A lot of consignment stores offer financing options to make it more possible to own your dream bag. Trendlee teams up with Affirm to offer easy financing. You can split the cost into 3, 6, 9 or 12 month payments that makes it easier on the wallet. I do want to inform my readers, though, to be very cautious of this option. It is a credit loan that affects your credit score. And there is an interest rate you have to pay just like any other loan. So make sure you know what you’re doing before going this route.
The best way in my opinion is to save up for your dream bag first by setting aside a small amount each week or each month. And then purchase the bag when you reach your savings goal. That way it doesn’t affect your credit score, you don’t have to pay interest and it doesn’t hurt anything if you miss a payment.
Sign up for newsletter for coupon code
Trendlee has a newsletter that you can subscribe to to receive special promotions. I’ve seen coupon codes for up to a couple hundreds off your purchase, which helps a ton. I know it’s not much compared to a couple grand you’ll be spending, but hey it’s something. And don’t forget, readers of With Love Lily Rose can get 5% off too if you use code LILYROSE at checkout!
I understand a designer bag is a luxury that not all of us will justify purchasing, and that’s okay. But if you’re reading this post, it means you already know you want one. You already had that conversation with yourself about why and how much you “need” it. So I just wanted to provide you with some tips on your purchase and hope they help. Leave a comment below and share with me which designer bag is your dream handbag, I’d love to know!