So you want to buy a purse but you don’t have the funds for a designer purse of epic cost. I am right there with you. Even though I participate in many giveaways for COACH purses like the one at the end of this post, I don’t have the funds to buy one for myself. I just cannot justify that cost!
So I’ve been stalking sales and have nearly given up on finding cheap designer purses I actually like.
I’ve figured out that if you are looking for cheap designer purses, that could mean one of two things: 1) You could actually be looking for bargains on real designer purses – like super low, blow out prices on purses like COACH brand, or 2) You could actually be looking for cheap purses – $40 or less – that look like designer purses but aren’t really truly brand name designers.
I’ve heard that there might be invite-only outlet sales for designer purses but so far I have not had any luck actually shopping at one of those. And I know that outlet stores have some pretty good deals on real designer purses near Black Friday and other holidays.
But for real, I’m mostly focused on number two–finding inexpensive purses that look as stylish and fun as real designer purses but without the hefty price tag. Design on a budget!
The first place I look when it is time to buy a new purse (and so far I’ve just flat out refused to spend more than $40 on a purse) is clearance racks. I peruse the clearance at Kohls, Ross, and other similar store models, looking from something with good lines and a shape I like.
I tend to not like a bunch of added metal though that does seem pretty trendy right now. I especially do not like gold metal embellishments. So I’m looking for cute, interesting, well-shaped purses that don’t have brass tacks all the way around. If I don’t find something I love, I just don’t buy anything.
If I’ve exhausted all the stores in my area and my purse is beyond waiting because it is falling apart, I start looking online for cheap designer purses that look interesting. It’s tricky buying purses online because it is hard to ascertain quality, but if you aren’t trying to buy name brand you don’t have to worry that it is a cheap knock-off. You already know it is! I’ve definitely found a few gems that way.
Here are some examples of cheap red totes similar in size and shape to the COACH tote we are giving away at the end of this post. You can click directly on the image if you want to shop.