If you google “how to buy a Birkin bag”, you will see endless articles and videos about women discussing their journey to snag the bag. Some get really lucky while others can get blacklisted from boutiques for asking for their particular dream bag way too much or too often. I get it. SAs don’t like to be pestered all the time about the same bags by so many customers day in and day out.

Here’s the deal: I really appreciate heritage brands like Hermès and Chanel. I like to buy a variety of items, not just bags, including scarves, home accessories, shoes and jewelry. I don’t ever want to buy things just to build or boost my customer profile, hoping that one day I would be worthy of being offered a Birkin. You know why? Because I know I am worth it!

I do applaud Hermès for building this air of exclusivity around their brand. I understand why many shoppers want that whole boutique experience, but as a highly anxious, super Type A person who likes to have control, I cannot bear the thought of waiting to be offered something that I may not even like. I know what I want exactly and I go for it.

I knew that going to the secondhand market was the best way for me to get my hands on the Birkin of my dreams. Here’s why:

#1: I knew exactly what I wanted

I was looking for a specific type of Rose Jaipur/Coral or Rubis/Raspberry colored bag in Togo or Clemence leather in size 35 CM. I know a lot of people get neutrals such as black or grey, but I wanted mine to have that pop of color that Hermès is known for and ever since I saw this raspberry color, I couldn’t get my mind off of it. Besides, I wear a lot of black and neutral colors as it is, so I thought a pop of color would be great.

If I were to have waited for the boutique to offer me one, there was no guarantee that I would have gotten exactly this. For most shoppers, they’ve often had to accept what was given to them, even if it’s far from what they wanted. I am not about that. I wanted to find this exact combination for my bag so the only way was to go to the secondhand market. I, of course, did my due-diligence, researching reputable resellers (and getting multiple authentications of course! Yes, I am that paranoid!).

#2: I don’t like to play games

I don’t like to play games, period. That is true when it comes to dating, work or just personal relationships. What you see is what you get. If I want something, I go for it. I don’t want people or brands just leading me on without knowing that I will get what I want. I don’t mind paying the premium because cost and value are two different things. In order to get what I want, I don’t mind paying extra to avoid playing games.

Besides, I would say that not playing this game has actually helped me to build a better, honest relationship with my Hermès SA as I buy what I love without worrying about building a purchase history or profile. It’s a really great feeling and I get to enjoy the brand and everything it offers.

#3: The experience was exactly what I wanted

This is going to be very different for people. Some absolutely love the boutique experience and want that whole experience. I get it, truly. However, I actually loved having my bag shipped to me. I loved seeing it online, putting it in my shopping cart and waiting for the box to arrive. The anticipation was killing me in a good way and I loved how easy it was. When I saw it, I knew it was THE ONE!

Though my experience was different, there was no fuss. No drama. Just me on my phone in my PJs buying my Holy Grail bag. I even opened a bottle of champagne once I placed my order 🙂

Regardless of how you buy your designer bags, the best part is using them and taking them out into the world. So however you get your hands on the next one, do it your way (whichever route you chose), enjoy it and cherish it for many years to come.

Hermes Birkin 30

Happy shopping!

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Gayle
Gayle
10 months ago

Angela that birkin is perfect on you. You are so happy and beautiful. Love your article. We have the same experience. My birkin is orange (specific color i was looking for). I dont mind the leather just the color. Its 35cm too. I find the 30cm a little bit on the small size (im 5’3 size 2/4 more on the skinny side). Got her at a really good deal from my favorite seller of preloved luxury goods. And bonus i got to pay her in installment. Worth the wait. The right bag will come along at the right time.

Angela Hwang
Angela Hwang
10 months ago
Reply to  Gayle

Your Birkin sounds beautiful!!!

Angela Hwang
Angela Hwang
10 months ago
Reply to  Gayle

Thank you so much!!! ????

Ree Childs
Ree Childs
10 months ago
Reply to  Angela Hwang

Absolutely love you bag and that color!
I was hoping to see where you purchased from….
I only buy pre loved from FASHIONPHILE so just wondering if another is trustworthy?

Angela Hwang
Angela Hwang
10 months ago
Reply to  Ree Childs

Hi! I only trust Fashionphile and Yoogi’s Closet. They are my go-to. Yoogi’s Closet is really great. 100% authenticity guaranteed for both. I also got double authenticated with Bababebi (the best!!) and Real Authentication. Hope this helps 🙂

Angela Hwang
Angela Hwang
10 months ago
Reply to  Angela Hwang

The emojis are showing up as question marks but I put smiling emojis here 🙂

Julie
Julie
10 months ago

Love this! My HG bag is a Kelly Retourne, 25 or 28 cm, Togo or Clemence in navy blue with palladium HW. I am more than happy to go on the resale market and appreciate all your perspectives on the boutique v. online experience. My personality style sounds very similar to yours – no BS, go for what I want and happy to track online in anticipation. I love the idea of the champagne!!

Angela Hwang
Angela Hwang
10 months ago
Reply to  Julie

I love it!!!! No BS, keeping it real! And yes, champagne always!

Tia
Tia
10 months ago

I so enjoyed this article!! It’s always nice to read articles about my fellow bag lovers because no one in my world get my love of bags and the money I spend on them.

Bianca
Bianca
10 months ago

The bag looks great on you! Condragulations! ?

Angela Hwang
Angela Hwang
10 months ago
Reply to  Bianca

Thank you!

kemilia
kemilia
10 months ago

You looked so darn happy I just had to read your article, otherwise it would have been just another “I got my HG Birkin!” and I would have taken a pass. You are so right–it is a great pop of color for your wardrobe. You look great–keep that smile going!!

Angela Hwang
Angela Hwang
10 months ago
Reply to  kemilia

Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!

thefashionableteacher
thefashionableteacher
10 months ago

I know that I’m not interested in the boutique experience. I just want what I want. If I can’t get it in store then online it is. I hate waiting, but I’m willing to do so to get exactly what I want.

psny1217
psny1217
10 months ago

another hermes post, these tend to be so boring and morbid at this point

Victoria
Victoria
10 months ago

Love this. What a great idea with opening a bottle of champagne to celebrate! I purchased my first brand new Chanel from the boutique and I did it via phone and a prayer! Honestly, I just didn’t feel like going to the boutique. Your bag is absolutely beautiful, congratulations!

Gretchen
Gretchen
10 months ago

Thank you for sharing your experience! While I did have my eye on a Kelly, but after seeing and putting one on my shoulder at a consignment store in LA in June, I began rethinking the bag. (Due to the weight when the bag was empty.) But who knows if I’ll change my mind; if I do, I plan to go pre-loved too.

Maya
Maya
7 months ago

It’s disturbing to me that anyone can support this game that Hermes plays. It seems discriminatory and I can’t believe it’s legal. Buy your bag secondhand, by all means, but don’t defend them. I really don’t understand why people go along with this idea that buying a bag should be a “journey”.

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