In the market for a designer handbag but don’t really have the budget to splash out on a brand-new Birkin? Here’s a competition you’re going to want to circulate in the girls’ WhatsApp group asap.
One of our lucky readers will be able to get their hands on a £500 voucher to spend at Fellows Auctioneers, making it possible to get hold of the ‘It’ bag of your vision board dreams without breaking the bank. Praise be.
Founded in Birmingham in 1876, Fellows is one of the UK’s most established auction houses with a focus on luxury watches, designer brands and unique jewellery. They hold regular specialist designer handbag and accessories auctions, with a luxury handbag auction each quarter, at a variety of price points.
With names such as Chanel, FENDI, and Louis Vuitton regularly appearing in their saleroom, you can pick up the most covetable arm candy and iconic designer totes at a price you can afford.
Designer handbags on a broke girl budget? Yep, we’re sold.
Hold up, why the bargain price?
Klaxon: there is no catch. Most designer handbags – the holy trinity Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton aside – depreciate with ownership. Every item listed at Fellows is pre-owned and therefore classed as second-hand goods.
Buying pre-loved designer bags at auction is not only a great way to get your hands on a hot-ticket item for a fraction of the retail price (excluding big buck Hermès Birkins) but it’s far more sustainable than buying new. Bring on the bidding buzz!
Fellows have a specialist team to check and authenticate every item. A handbag’s estimate depends on various factors including condition, desirability, brand and past auction results, though the price could exceed the estimate if multiple people keep bidding.
Every item has an extensive condition report listed online alongside its description but if you’d like to view an item or you have any specific questions, you can book a pre-auction one-to-one Zoom appointment with one of the Fellows specialists for the ultimate virtual personal shopping experience. No one wants to deal with buyer’s remorse.
Place your bids
Whether you’re on the hunt for a Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull MM, a Chanel lambskin Hidden Chain or a Céline Phantom, you can snap up the deal of the century from the comfort of your own home thanks to the Designer Collection timed online auction.
Firstly, you’ll need to register for a Fellows account in order to bid. Once registered, you’ll be able to see the remaining time left to bid on each lot before it closes and access past auction results.
The timed auctions normally take place over two weeks but unlike a live auction, there isn’t an auctioneer. The extended time frame means you can re-submit bids mid-auction, should your initial maximum bid be beaten. In this event, you’ll be notified, allowing you to bid again at the click of a button.
Conveniently, you don’t have to wait for the day of the auction to take part. You can bid on your desired items as soon as the catalogue becomes available. Sign up for alerts to get notified of the auctions so you’ll never have to sleep on that FENDI baguette ever again.
Even if you’re new to the world of auctions, Fellows make it easy to bid for the bag of your dreams with Samantha Jones-worthy confidence.
The next Designer Collection timed auction starts on 7th June at 9am and you can view the catalogue right here.
How to enter…
For your chance to win a £500 voucher to spend at Fellows, simply enter your name and contact email address below. Good luck fashionistas!