Would you leave the house without your purse or sunglasses? I know that I wouldn’t! So why would you overlook them at the thrift store? There are plenty of people out there looking for designer goods on the cheap — do you know how to sell designer handbags online?

I see bold accessories as a woman’s armour.
– Rachel Zoe, Fashion Designer

The thrift store has a wealth of high quality items with big resale potential. Here are 12 of the name brands you should look for, both the obvious and the not-so-obvious.

Note: There are a lot of counterfeit accessories out there so do your research about how to spot them for each brand.

The Obvious Brands

The Not-So-Obvious Brands

Michael Kors Vintage Pierre Balmain
Gucci Tokidoki
Tory Burch Sharif
Fossil L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani
Chanel LeSportsac
Louis Vuitton Cole Hann

How to sell designer handbags online: 4important notes

1. Take measurements

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Key measurements

People are going to want to know how big the bag is:

  • Height
  • Length
  • Width
  • Strap drop

This diagram shows you how to measure a bag properly.

2. Document condition

Properly documenting condition is one of the major flaws for most people just learning how to sell designer handbags online. Make sure you’re describing all of the flaws and signs of wear on the bag in detail. If the straps are fraying, take a picture and let your buyers know about it! If there are ink marks on interior, let them know! (Of course, try to get the ink stains out first.)

People who are buying second hand items are aware that these items have been used. If you don’t tell them about imperfections up front, chances are they will find out about them when the receive the item! That means unhappy customers and possibly even  you paying for return shipping.

3. Note the material

Patent leather, pebble embossed, canvas, nylon, alligator, etc. Sell your item! Don’t hide those beautiful details! Use your gift of language!

4. Verify authenticity

Make sure your bag is the real deal. Not only is it illegal to sell replica handbags and pass them off as authentic, it’s also really mean. This is something that I’m still continuing to master myself. I’m consistently looking up reputable blogs that help people to identify the reals vs. the fakes.

Tip: I keep the tags from the thrift store on these bags after I have purchased. I can always return the item for store credit if in fact it my great Burberry Bag find turns into a Burberry Bust.

Bonus! Glasses: Sunglasses/Prescription

Make sure you head on over to where they keep the glasses! I’ve found some real gems on days that I had just about written off as a dud.

Above are a pair of Brand New Chanel Titanium Prescription Glasses. These little beauties were purchased for $6.27 and resold for $64.99. Yes, this is a little low of a resale, but my selling tactics are more about volume of sales than capitalizing on the most I can get for each product. Right now, I can’t afford to let it sit for longer than a month.

1. Frame Shape

Make sure you list the shape of the glasses:

  • Aviator
  • Round
  • Classic Wayframe

It will also make your item more searchable and make people want to click on your listing.

2. Measurements

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All the measurements you will need can be found on the arm of the glasses! It will look something like this: 50-18-140. That translates as follows:

  • 50: Lens Diameter
  • 18: Bridge Width
  • 140: Arm Length

Also, it’s important to note that these measurements are in millimeters. So if you happen to find a gorgeous pair of Dior Sunglasses but the marking have worn off over time, break out that ruler and get to measuring!

3. Condition

Make sure you tell people what the are buying. If the lenses have scratches on them, don’t hide it. Your buyer will find out.

Pro Tip: Providing a photo of yourself wearing the glasses will help to increase sales. People want to be able to envision the glasses on themselves. If you aren’t comfortable with using your face, you can always look for a stock photo.

Hopefully these tips have helped you learn how to sell designer handbags online…and designer glasses as well! Properly following the above takes extra time but will increase your chances for repeat customers shrink the amount of time it takes to make a sale.

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Dawn

Welcome to Debt Free Dawn! I'm a social worker by day and second-hand clothing flipper by night (and weekends) trying to pay down $130,000 of student loan debt as quickly as possible. Please comment below with any questions and thanks for visiting my site!