After you purchase a handbag, it may be tempting to rip open the box, trash the tissue paper and lose the receipt, but it is important to keep all of these items together if you want the best resell value. Collectors can overlook rare and collectible handbags with substantial condition issues and missing items, making it difficult to sell your beloved bag once the time is right. However, it is relatively simple to keep your handbags looking good as new months, or even years, later. Below, Christie’s expert Rachel Koffsky reveals six tips to a healthy and happy handbag.
After using your handbag, the first step is to empty it of its contents and dust. Feel free to turn the bag inside out if it is soft and use a lint roller to get those hard to reach places. If your bag is crafted of hard pressed, grained leather, wipe the exterior of the bag softly with a damp paper towel or an alcohol-free baby wipe. If your bag is made from natural or untreated leather, or if it is exotic or suede, then simply dust it off with a dry paper towel. For more serious issues, take it to a professional.
Now that your bag is empty and clean, you must stuff it in order for it to keep its shape. I suggest using acid-free tissue paper, a small pillow, or bubble wrap. Be sure to wrap exposed hardware (including buckles and zipper pulls) with a piece of tissue paper to keep it from making imprints on your bag over time.
Place your bag in a soft, breathable dust bag. If you don’t have one, you can use a cotton pillowcase in a neutral color, in order to prevent color transfer. Make sure that the dust bag is large enough so that your handbag doesn’t warp over time.