Thrifting Tips: Purchasing Purses

Who doesn’t love a new bag? Whether it’s a clutch, shoulder, crossbody or tote, a new purse adds style and function to your wardrobe.

Buying your new purse from a thrift store will save you big. But how can you make sure you get a good bag for your buck? Here are some tips to make you next buy a great one!

1) Get Strappy Happy

When purchasing a purse, be sure to inspect the handles. Often times, this is where wear will be evident. Make sure the handles are firmly attached to the bag and look for fraying along the handles themselves.


Check the handles for wear and tear.

2) Look at Lining

The lining of a purse can take a beating. From pen leaks to crushed candy canes to rips along the seams, the lining of a purse can be a bit worse for wear. Some lining issues can be fixed with a spin around the washing machine or even needle and thread. Make sure the wear and tear is something you can live with.

Check the lining of the purse for discoloration or tears.

Check the lining of the purse for discoloration or tears.

3) Beware of the Bottom

Purses get plopped down and dropped into all sorts of messes. Many hard bottom purses suffer from water damage or permanent stains. Also, inspect the bottom for possible weakness in the seam or rips. You don’t want the bottom to fall out of your bag.


Check the bottom of the bag for water damage or seam stretching.

4) Scent of a Bag

Stick your sniffer into the bag before purchasing. Often times, bags pick up the scents from their owners  – from leaky perfume bottles to cigarette smoke. Not all scents can be eradicated from a handbag. Smell before buying.


Smell the bag for strong scents.

Do you have any purse buying tips? We would love to hear your experiences in the comments section below!

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