If someone offered me a few grand to spend how I wish, I'd purchase a designer handbag.
I know that's not what many people would use the money for and there are probably (definitely) smarter ways to spend it, but that's what I'd do.
I've loved designer handbags since I was a kid.
Not to sound like a wanker, but there's something about their cult status and craftsmanship, seeing them worn by The Fashion People and celebrities, that just got me.
These days, I still love them as much as I did back then – I own two that I saved up for and wear to death, and have a list of a few I'd like to buy eventually.
Having purchased some and still after one or two more, I've learned some useful tips and hacks for when shopping new or second-hand designer handbags.
Here are five things you really should consider before buying one.
1. Buy from a reputable platform.
DO YOUR RESEARCH.
This is so important. Like any big investment, you need to consider your budget, what you're looking for and where you want to buy your designer handbag from.
Just like buying your first property, you would never just go in and buy it.
Shop around, get an idea of pricing, the bag's possible resale value (if you want to sell it down the track) and its authenticity.
ICYMI, there are designer fakes out there, and some pretty good ones that look near identical to the Real McCoy.
If you're after a second-hand designer handbag (something I highly suggest as it slows consumerism and costs less), eBay have introduced a handbag Authentication Guarantee feature to sort that step for you.