If you have a designer handbag collection, you have probably spent quite a bit of money on your purses. Therefore, you probably want to maintain their value; then, if you decide to sell them, you can get as much for them as possible. Luckily, following these tips will help you maintain your purses' value for a long time to come.
1. Keep All Accompanying Items
Although you might be tempted to rip off the tags and start using your new purse as soon as possible, it's important to use some care when unpacking your handbag and using it for the first time. Carefully cut off any tags, and keep the original packaging, stuffing and accompanying paperwork. You may need these items to help prove that your bag is authentic if you choose to sell it later on.
2. Store Them Properly
Make sure that you store your purses properly to keep them clean and looking like new. Your purses should come with dust bags, which are designed to keep your bag clean and safe from debris. If you don't have a dust bag for each of your purses, you can also store them in pillowcases. Also, make sure that you wipe off your bags before storing them, and keep them in a cool, dry and clean place. The top shelf of a closet is a great place to store designer purses when they aren't in use.
3. Be Careful When Cleaning
If you spill something on one of your purses or otherwise notice dirt or a stain, you'll probably want to clean your bags as soon as possible. However, you should always be careful when cleaning to help prevent fading, staining or other damage. For example, you should only use leather cleaners when cleaning leather bags. You can also take your bags to a shoe repair store or other place that offers professional leather cleaning services. Also, make sure that you condition your bags with a leather conditioner to keep them supple and beautiful and to prevent cracking.
4. Rotate Your Bags
You probably don't need another excuse to buy new handbags, but it is a good idea to rotate your bags regularly. Regular everyday use can cause staining and damage to your bags, but if you swap them out and use different ones every few months, you can help keep each bag in its best possible shape.
As you can see, there are a few things that you can do to help maintain the value of your designer purses. Follow these tips, and your purses should stay valuable for a long time to come.