Now if you’re a regular reader of this blog. Or follow me on social media. You’ll probably know that I like my handbags. And in particular my designer handbags. This isn’t unusual though. Designer IT bags have been around for decades now and I’m sure I’m not alone in my obsession with bags that cost more than my mortgage. After all, it doesn’t matter what size clothes you’re wearing. Or how expensive the clothes are. A good handbag can instantly turn an average outfit. Into an amazing outfit.
While some people choose to spend their spare cash on cars, holidays or their home. I choose to spend mine on handbags. But designer handbags don’t come cheap. Unfortunately. Which is why I wanted to share with you all how I afford luxury handbags and how you can too. Now while this might be an obvious point, I feel like I should point out that obviously, designer handbag purchases should only come after you’ve paid for your essentials. And they should only be an option if you can afford it. You don’t want to get in debt because of a handbag.
But now that’s out the way, let’s talk about bags! For me, my brand of choice has always been Mulberry. And it still is. Ever since I treated myself to my first Bayswater almost eight years ago, my heart still lies with this iconic British brand. And over the years my collection has grown. But as well as buying new bags, I’ve also sold some too. For me if I no longer love it, then I can be quite ruthless in selling it to buy something I really want. But how do I afford my designer handbag addiction?
Save, save and save some more
Well for starters, I have to save for them. I’m not lucky enough to have a salary that allows me to blow thousands a month on designer bags. I wish I did! But I have bills to pay like everyone else. But when it comes to saving for a bag. I find it’s easier to save by having a separate savings account. I’m one of those people who have about four or five different savings. An account for house bits, an account for holidays, a rainy day account etc. By separating it all out, it’s easier to see how much you have for your bag. And how much more you need to put away for that dream purchase.
Buy second hand
I can’t deny that it’s an amazing feeling walking into the shop to buy the bag you’ve been lusting after for months. There’s a great sense of accomplishment in picking and paying for it when you know you’ve been saving for it for months. But don’t rule out buying second hand. Not only are there some amazing second-hand websites out there. But it also means you’ll save yourself some money. As unless it’s a limited edition bag, most bags are cheaper to buy second-hand. I’d recommend looking at Vestiaire Collective, they check their products so you can be sure of its authenticity.
If you can’t afford to buy designer handbags, but love the idea of owning one. Even if it’s only for a week or two. Then have a look at hiring them. This concept has become incredibly popular over the past couple of years. All you need to do is take out a monthly subscription. And then pick a bag that will be yours for a week or two. Bag hire varies on the type of bag you’re looking to hire. But it’s an affordable option if you can’t afford the expense of buying a designer handbag. Fashion Hire has a fab selection of bags, including Chanel for hire.
Do you love designer handbags as much as me? How do you afford yours?
As always thank you to Kaye for taking these pictures!