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Real Talk: Sometimes I Think About the Bags I’ve Sold

I don't miss them per se, but I do feel nostalgic for those times in my life

I have been collecting bags for two whole decades. That’s more than half of my life. In that time, I’ve had a lot of gains, a few losses, and some bags that got away. The amount of personal growth I’ve experienced in those years is immeasurable. Through each stage of my life, not only have trends come, gone, and come back around but my personal style and aesthetics have also cycled.

My current collection consists of fifteen bags, all of which I keep track of in a note on my phone with the year of production. At the bottom of the note, I have a list of the bags I’ve owned and sold, just for my records. Only recently did I add this to my notes when I tried to recall the name of a (now discontinued) Louis Vuitton Bag I had sold. The list consists of nine bags that I owned anywhere from 2010 up until 2022.

Three of them are Louis Vuitton, once one of the most important brands in my collection and the brand that really started my handbag obsession. Another three of them are Chloé, purchased during my time interning and freelancing at the start of my career in luxury fashion. The remaining three are miscellaneous pieces that I acquired within the last 6 years.

Sell the Bag But Hold on to the Memories

In an effort to condense my closet and all of the stuff in my life, I began assessing my current collection last week. I do this at least once a year, sometimes every half year, as now that I’ve become more comfortable selling bags, I like to make sure I’m not holding onto things just to hold on to things. *Quality over quantity, quality over quantity,* I repeat to myself. Certain bags in my rotation are definitely getting more use than others, but I have at least used all of my bags once or twice within the last several months.

And while I feel at peace with what I currently own, as I looked back on the list of the bags I’ve let go, I also felt a sense of peace. I don’t actually miss any of the nine bags I’ve rehomed. Those pangs of regret I’ve felt here and there aren’t true regret. Rather, I find myself longing for the times in my life that have come and gone. Youthful memories that I hold close.

There was my study abroad trip in college, where I purchased the first bag I ever sold, my Louis Vuitton Verona PM. Then, there’s my red Saint Laurent Sac de Jour, which will always be reminiscent of moving to New York and my first apartment in midtown Manhattan which I both loathed and loved. When I think about those bags, I’m not sad that I don’t have them anymore; none of them truly suit my needs or style any longer. What it is that I really miss when I feel nostalgic for them is the memories each one holds.

Real talk: sell the bag but hold tight to the memories.

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Terri
Terri
10 months ago

I’ve sold many of my Lady Dior bags. The fondest memory of a laced Lady Dior medium is the smile of the new owner when I sold her the bag when we met up in person!
Such memory still makes me elated.

Anna
Anna
10 months ago

Awww…I remember your red  Saint Laurent Sac de Jour. I was enamored because it was beautiful & unique. I don’t typically lust over bags, but I did with that one.

HeatherTweedy
HeatherTweedy
10 months ago

I sold a Chloe Patchwork Faye bag and at least once a year, I find myself looking for the same one online. Then I have to remember how it never went with my style (I’m preppy, it was decidedly boho) and the feeling fades. I do like to imagine that the person who buys my bags find them to be a perfect fit and are happier than I ever was. Some of my favorite purchases have been pre-loved.

Rosendo garcia
Rosendo garcia
10 months ago

I’ve sold multiple lady dior in the past, i miss them, think about getting one and then I don’t pull the trigger, it’s a great bag, impractical, but adorable. (Well the vintage ones) and when they come to resale it’s sad that they don’t hold no value like the Chanel or the Hermes. Miss those ladies but I don’t see myself purchasing one soon anyway. (Unless a great deal swings by)