How to Care for a Designer Handbag

A designer handbag is a joy to own and use, and one that is well-maintained can be expected to retain its value for years. Some rare and sought-after bags may even increase in value, if they’re in top condition. If you’ve splurged on a high-end bag or received one as a gift, you’ll want to make sure it stays looking its best so you can enjoy it for a long time. Here are some critical tips for maintaining your bag properly:

Think prevention, not cure

Sure, there are ways to repair damage to the interior or exterior of your bag after its been done, but it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to restore it to a like-new appearance after it has been scuffed or stained. Be mindful of how you use your bag by:

  • Taking care of where you set or swing it. Don’t put your designer bag on the floor or knock it into corners or doorframes when you’re out and about.
  • Keeping any contents that might leak or spill in separate, preferably waterproof, pouches inside your purse. Pens and makeup are notorious for leaking and spilling inside of purses, and ink and lipstick stains can be almost impossible to remove.
  • Keeping your load reasonable. Stuffing your purse full of heavy objects can stretch the bag out of shape and weaken handles and stitching.
  • Rotating your bag. Using the same handbag week after week without a break will inevitably result in visible wear and tear.

Apply some regular TLC

The ongoing care your bag will require to keep its materials looking good depends on what your bag is made out of. For example, leather should be regularly treated with a leather balm or cream to keep it from drying out and cracking. However, products intended for smooth leather should never be used on suede, and fabric requires a different care routine altogether. If your bag comes with care instructions, be sure to read and follow them. In all cases, if your bag suffers a serious stain, you’re best off taking it to a professional to treat rather than trying a DIY tip that might cause further damage.

Store your bag correctly

How you put your designer bag away when you’re not using it is critical to keeping it in good shape. Proper storage includes:

  • Always putting your handbag inside a fabric dust bag to protect it from dust and dirt. Most high-end bags will come with a breathable bag for storage, but if you received your bag without one, a cotton pillowcase will do just as well. Never store your handbags in a plastic bag, because these can retain and concentrate damaging moisture.
  • Cleaning your bag before you put it away. Dust off the exterior with a microfiber cloth and use a lint roller to remove any debris from the bag’s interior.
  • Stuffing your bag with acid-free paper or bubble wrap to maintain its shape in storage. Do not use newspaper, which can leave ink stains on the lining of your purse.
  • Storing bags upright on a shelf, rather than stacked on top of one another on the floor.

When you’ve invested in a high-end handbag, putting some thought into how you care for it is worth the effort to maintain its value and appearance. At AuctionKing.com, we offer authenticated designer handbags for auction at a fraction of their retail price, giving bidders around the world an opportunity to own high-end merchandise for unthinkable bargains. Our stock regularly includes favorites from Fendi, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Prada, and more. Register for a free online account today to start bidding and start winning!

The Most Valuable Collectibles of All Time

Many categories of collectibles inspire passion in their loyal fans: porcelain, coins, movie memorabilia, sports memorabilia, comic books, and more. It seems that no matter what your area of interest, somebody will be gathering up rare or interesting examples of that subject. Some of these unusual items set jaw-dropping records when they go up for sale. While the prices that ultra-rare collectibles command are beyond the reach of most of us, it’s fascinating to look at some record-breakers.

Honus Wagner Baseball Card – $3.12 Million – 2016

As one of the rarest baseball cards in existence, this Honus Wagner card broke the record for the most valuable baseball card set in 2007 ($2.8 million)…by another Honus Wagner card. Although baseball cards are one of the most well-known category of sports memorabilia, it’s not unusual for rare items in a variety of sports to go for staggering prices at auction.

1931 Dracula Movie Poster – $525,800 – 2017

This movie poster broke the world record for most expensive ever sold when it was put on the block by Heritage Auctions in 2017. It is one of only two surviving examples of the poster from the movie starring Bela Lugosi.

Action Comics #1 – $3.2 Million – 2014

This 1938 comic book, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, featured the first comic book appearance by Superman. It is widely credited for starting the Golden Age of superhero comic books, and originally sold for only a dime.

Ru Guanyo Brush Washer Bowl – $37.7 Million – 2017

This small, shallow 900-year-old dish from the Northern Song Dynasty set a record for Chinese porcelain when it was auctioned by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The blue-green glaze and “ice-crackle” pattern featured in this dish are extremely rare, having been produced for only two decades.

Wallis Simpson’s Panther Bracelet – $12.4 Million – 2010

The anonymous bidder who claimed this onyx and diamond bracelet once owned by Wallis Simpson claimed a priceless piece of history from one of the most shocking events to impact the British monarchy in the 20th century. The American divorcee’s affair with King Edward VIII led to his abdication from the throne in 1936.

Sickle-Leaf Persian Rug – $33.76 Million – 2013

This rug, which was once part of the Williams Andrew Clark estate, blew past pre-auction estimates when it went up for auction. It holds the honor of being the most expensive rug ever sold at auction, which it owed in part to its unusual combination of rarity and superior condition.

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10 Most Desired Handbags

Luxury handbags have long been a classic sign of sophistication and wealth. They’re elevated over ordinary handbags by their combination of top quality materials and superior craftsmanship, which is why those who have the means and the taste to enjoy them choose them.

Luxury handbags

Even among luxury handbags, however, there are those that have become favorites, with a must-have status that has fueled their popularity over the years. Ten of the most desired are:

  • Louis Vuitton Neverfull: Introduced in 2007, the Neverfull has become one of Louis Vuitton’s most successful bags. This larger tote-style bag is meant to carry all of your essentials, and it comes in three sizes: PM (small), MM (medium), and GM (large).
Legendary Neverfull from Louisvuitton.com
  • Hermés Birkin: This bag was invented from the chance meeting of singer/actress Jane Birkin and Hermés CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on an Air France flight in 1983. When she complained that she couldn’t find a bag with enough pockets, he took notes, and thus the Birkin was born. These bags are known for being both popular with celebrities and very difficult to obtain.
Birkin from Hermes.com
  • Hermés Kelly: Designed in the 1930s, this bag became popular from its association with Grace Kelly, the actress and princess of Monaco. Famously, she used the bag to conceal her growing pregnancy from the paparazzi in 1956. In 1977, the bag was officially rechristened in her name.
Kelly Bag from Hermes.com
  • Chanel 2.55: This luxury leather flap bag is the updated version of Coco Chanel’s original handbag introduced in 1929. It is called the 2.55 because of the date it was created—February 1955. The 2.55 includes many features of iconic Chanel style, such as the chain straps and quilted diamond pattern in the leather.
2.55 Handbag from Chanel.com
  • Fendi Baguette: This compact handbag, which fits neatly under the arm like a loaf of French bread, is often credited with being the first “it” bag. Sarah Jessica Parker’s character on Sex and the City carried one, bringing it wider exposure and popularity.
Baguette from Fendi.com
  • Lady Dior: Created in 1995, this classic Dior bag can be found in a variety of sizes (micro, mini/small, medium, and large) and colors. It was originally conceived as a gift to Princess Diana on her visit to Paris.
Lady Bag from Dior.com
  • Chloe Paddington: In 2005, all 8,000 of the Paddington bags produced for Chloe’s spring collection sold out before they even hit stores, turning the soft bag with its giant signature padlock into the bag to have.
Paddington Leather Bag from Nordstrom.com
  • Gucci Jackie: Originally called the Fifties Constance, this hobo-style shoulder bag was renamed after Jackie Kennedy, who made it a hit when she was seen carrying it. A new, updated version was introduced in 2009.
Gucci Jackie Bag from Vestiairecollective.com
  • Yves Saint Laurent Sac de Jour: Created in 2013, this modern carryall-type bag became instantly popular with celebrities. It comes in a variety of sizes, from nano to large, and a wealth of colors and textures to fit any style.
Sac De Jour Duffle from Ysl.com
  • Prada Saffiano: This tote gets its name from the type of leather used in its construction. The textured diagonal pattern, which is extremely resistant to scratching, is made with a machine and has a wax finish that enhances its durability.
Saffiano Bag from Neimanmarcus.com

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How to Celebrate National Handbag Day on a Budget

October 10th is National Handbag Day, and it’s no wonder that in the four short years since it was first introduced it has captured the imagination of handbag-loving women all over the country. After all, a purse is an accessory like no other—it’s an item of daily wear that serves an essential practical function as well as being a fashion statement. Even if you can’t just run out and spring for a brand-new Birkin or Baguette, though, you can still celebrate.

How to Celebrate National Handbag Day on a Budget | Auction King

However, for those of us without iron willpower, there are ways to get beautiful designer bags for less. You can check to see if there’s a sale on at your local department store or boutique, and there are a plethora of sites online that focus on designer handbags. Before you take it for granted that the advertised price is really a good deal, though, you should do a little research—it’s rare that you’re going to find a truly great deal at a retail outlet, and certain high-end brands will never be marked down in a store. If you know the value of the bag you’re considering buying ahead of time, you may be disappointed to find that a sale price isn’t much of a deal, but you won’t be taken in.

If you want to score a high-end handbag for significantly less than full price, you have to think beyond retail. The best designer handbags combine enduring style with superior construction. With good care, they can last forever. That means that previously owned and vintage handbags offer you a beautiful option for owning luxury brands without paying outrageous prices. In fact, it isn’t hard to find consignment shops and websites offering well-known designer brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and more. You may also be able to find handbags in estate sales as well. However, although both of these options are better than shopping retail, neither offer the very best deals.

The best-kept secret for finding designer bags at rock-bottom prices is to shop at auction. Auction King, which offers a variety of luxury and collectible goods from seizures, surpluses, manufacturer overruns, and inventory reductions, gives you the opportunity to shop in a live auction format from the comfort and convenience of your own home. With bids starting as low as $1 for authenticated goods, there’s no better source for finding a beautiful designer bag at an unbelievable price! Sign up for a free online account and treat yourself to your new favorite handbag today.