Wondering what to do with that old Louis Vuitton bag that's been sitting in your closet collecting dust? You're not alone. Many people want to sell their pre-loved LV goods but don't know where to start. And although the luxury resale market is vast, it can be challenging to navigate.
If you're going to sell your secondhand LV bag online, you need to make sure it's in the best possible condition. If you don't, buyers will be unlikely to purchase it. If you have a Louis Vuitton bag that you've used over the years and now want to sell, here are a few tips on how to make sure it's in the best possible condition before you do so:
Make Sure the Zipper is Smooth
No one wants a zipper that snags or doesn't stay closed. The zippers on Louis Vuitton bags are very sensitive to wear and tear. Before selling your secondhand LV bag on consignment, ensure the zipper is smooth and holds its closure from end to end.
The best way to check if a zipper is smooth is by feeling it with your fingers while opening or closing the bag. If there are bumps along its way up or down (which means that some thread might have caught on another part of itself), then chances are the zipper needs to be replaced. If your bag has a zipper that doesn't work or gets stuck often, you can get new ones at any craft store.
Check Metal Components for Blemishes
You can get the most resale value for your bag by checking the metal components for blemishes. Over time, metal can tarnish and scratch. While some might like the charm of a "broken-in" bag, many want their LV goods to look fresh off the shelf. Polish up any metal pieces using a high-grade polish and a gentle microfiber cloth before selling.
Check the Leather for any Cracks, Tears, or Creases
Some types of leather will naturally crack over time and affect the resale value of an LV bag. Before parting with your bag, check the material for any cracks, tears, or creases that are disproportionate to its age.
If there are any signs of wear and tear, consider getting your bag professionally refurbished before you sell. If a buyer can see that you have cared for your bag, they are more likely to buy from someone who cares about their bags than someone who doesn't.
Make Sure the Lining is Intact
The exterior of an LV bag is not the only place to check for authenticity. Be sure to check the bag's interior and inner lining for any signs of tearing or holes. If you notice any, you can have them professionally repaired by a luxury specialist.
Make Sure Any Replacements or Repairs are Authentic
Over time, straps might need to be replaced, or an insignia might come loose from its fittings. If you need to replace any piece of the bag, be sure it is done with authentic Louis components. You can take your bag to a trustworthy luxury repair service that uses authentic pieces, or take it to a nearby Louis boutique to have it serviced.
Don't Forget Other Pieces in the Set
Sometimes, bags may be sold with keychains, charms, and other accessories that complete the set. Buyers are more willing to pay for a complete set than just a piece of it. If you have the full set, you should sell it together to ensure the highest possible return for your bag.
Include Documentation for Any Services You've Had Done to the Bag
The type and extent of repairs you’ve had done to a bag can play a role in determining its resale value. If your bag has undergone any authentic replacements or repairs, be sure to keep a copy of all service documentation. Having proof of services will help you prove that your bag was restored or repaired by an expert in luxury goods.
Partner with a Luxury Consignment Team
We hope these eight tips were helpful. If you’re thinking about selling your Louis Vuitton goods, be sure to contact OnQue Style to learn more about our consignment process.
We work with consignment partners from around the world, so we're happy to help you sell your used Louis Vuitton bag, no matter where in the world you live. If you're thinking about selling your secondhand LV bag or other Louis Vuitton goods, contact us to learn more about our consignment process.