How to Nail Your First Designer Handbag Sale

So, you’re considering the investment into the world of designer purses? And as a savvy shopper, you know that a designer handbag sale is a perfect way to snag yourself a designer piece with a slightly smaller price tag to the everyday RRP? Congratulations on being one of our favorite kind of shoppers! You the love quality designer style but you want a great deal at the same time. Don’t we all?

If you’re simply here to find out where to find the best designer handbag sale, scroll on down to the bottom of the page and all will be revealed. However, if you are not yet decided on your designer pick and you could do with a little assistance on choosing, hang about and we’ll do our best to help.

How to Choose Your First Designer Handbag

Decide how much you want to spend

This is a pretty important step to take in the designer bag process. Although you’re making your own rules, so you are of course free to break them, it’s best to consider budget first and try to stick to it because it will help you to not end up falling in love with a designer purse that’s a little out of your price range, right now.

Figure out how much you really want, and can afford, to spend and when you’re browsing through the online racks, narrow your search to only include bags within your budget to avoid disappointment and keep your search super-positive.

Ask yourself how you’re going to use it

This is really important. Consider if you want to find a bag for every day that you’ll be filling to the brim with work docs and spare shoes or if you want a stand-out evening piece. This will really help you to decide on fabrics, finishes and additional details, as well as, of course, shape and size.

Consider if you prefer subtle or iconic

From serious logos to monogram prints, consider if you want your bag to scream the designer label you choose or if you want a more classic and subtle piece. This will help you to quickly narrow down your options.

You don’t have to opt for classic

While lots of people would advise a first-time buyer to choose a classic designer handbag, this isn’t your only option. Choosing a classic style and color is great advice and it’s sure to mean you’ll wear your bag time and time again for years to come. However, if you really want to celebrate buying your first ever luxury piece, we’d say just go for the one you truly love. If it’s a statement piece, you’ll keep it forever and remember it as your first ever designer bag.

Do your research

Here, we basically mean just take your time. Do your research into the brands you like and play around on Pinterest to really get a feel for the style of bag you’re craving. Try not to just rush into the purchase because let’s face it, making your first ever designer handbag sale is a pretty big deal!  

Where to Find the Best Designer Handbag Sale

When it comes to deciding where you are going to buy your discount designer handbag, you’ll find that you have several options, some of which are notoriously better than others.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the options you can look into for designer handbag sales.

Sample sales

Sample sales are always an option but not necessarily the easiest option when it comes to handbag shopping. We recently wrote a blog post all about the problems with sample sales in-store and also the possibility of finding them online. However, the main issue with online sample sales is the need to be “in the know”. Without an inside track heads-up, this can be a disappointing and often underwhelming reality.

Annual department store discount events

Another option for shopping designer handbag sales is waiting for the yearly rush at the major department stores, both in-store and online. Dates such as, Black Friday will continue to be huge shopping days for finding big discounts on designer goodies, but let’s be honest, it’s a fairly stressful reality and quite often getting up and online by 5 am is the only way to snag your favorite brand before it instantly switches to “sold out”.

Shop It To Me

See how we snuck that in here? And it’s not for nothing! You can scour through samples sales online or in real life whenever you find them and you can wait patiently for a yearly sale that might never have your favorite bag included. Or you can hop onto Shop It To Me any day of the week and find designer handbag sale deals that you’re just not going to find anywhere else.

From brands, such as Balenciaga, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi from retailers, such as Barney’s, Bergdorfs and Macy’s, here at Shop It To Me, we know as soon as a designer bag price drops and bring it to you, directly to your inbox. Browse the collections on the site or even set up a price alert on a specific handbag or designer in general and you’ll be notified when it hits the sale. Ready for you to bag in an instant.

If this is your first ever designer bag sale, you’ve probably started doing your research into the kind of handbag style you’re looking for. But just in case you’re not quite sure yet, we thought we’d bring you a touch of extra handbag inspo to get you started.

Designer Clutch Bag Sale

Clutch bags are a classic handbag choice and therefore, could be the perfect choice for a first-time designer handbag purchase. Clutches are the type of bag you’ll keep forever if chosen well and can be worn with a plethora of different outfits.

When it comes to investing in a designer clutch bag, you can choose chic and classic shapes and colors that will make it easier to style and decrease your cost per wear. Alternatively, you could opt for a statement bag that you’ll keep forever and remember as your first ever designer handbag. Below, we’ve chosen one of each to get your designer bag imagination flowing.

Designer Crossbody Bag Sale

Crossbody bags are having a moment right now in fashion. From casual weekend looks to evening wear, women are choosing crossbody bags because of their wearability and ease. Allowing you to wear across the body over one shoulder, hanging straight down from one shoulder, or often also as a clutch bag, a crossbody can be a great choice for a designer bag investment if you want to be able to wear it for lots of different occasions.  

Designer Mini Bag Sale

From the Celine Mini Luggage bag to the super-tiny Dior Lady, mini bags are forever a popular choice when it comes to investing in a designer purse. In fact, out of Marie Claire’s top 25 designer handbags of all time, around half of the styles could be considered mini bag shapes, proving that designer handbag lovers just can’t get enough. It might only be able to fit your phone, credit card, and lipstick inside, but really, do we actually need any more than those three essential items most days? If you’re a light-packer day to day, a designer mini bag might well be the perfect choice for you at your first ever designer purse sale.

We also recently put together a list of all of our top designer mini bags that you might need for this spring, so remember to check it out if the mini bag is the one for you.

Designer Tote Sale

Mini bags and even micro bags are certainly on-trend right now. However, a tote style is a classic that will never be out of style. Plus, according to Glamour Magazine, big bags are now coming back anyway! A designer tote is perfect for completing a chic workwear look and if you opt for neutral hues and a classic shape, you’ll be wearing it for years to come.

Top Designer Handbag Tip: When it comes to larger handbags and totes, when you’re not using them, pack them full with a filler to ensure they retain their shape and don’t start to slouch in-between wears. The better care you take of your designer purses, the better your investment will be if you ever choose to resell.

Nailing your first designer handbag sale is all about location and timing. Choose the location that will work best for you (and if you’re anything like us, that means on the sofa with your feet up and a glass of wine in hand!). Choose a brand that you’ve loved for a long time and that will continue to mean something to you, and lastly, don’t choose a bag because of a trend. Choose a designer bag because you love it and because you can imagine wanting to wear it with everything you own.

If you’ve nailed the handbag sale and now you need to move onto creating the perfect professional capsule wardrobe to pair with it, check out our recent blog giving you all our top tips.