Why Buy Pre-Owned?

If you have never bought pre-owned before, now may be the time to take a look.

Our founder started The-Hosta.com with a clear mission to honour the craftsmanship and the creators who make beautiful bags, and allow customers to shop in a more sustainable fashion.

Buying pre-owned may not be the right choice for everyone, but here are some reasons why you might consider buying a pre-owned handbags, especially if you’ve never considered doing so before.

Pre-Owned Handbags cost less:

One of the most compelling reasons for buying pre-owned handbags is the cost savings. High-end designer bags can be extremely expensive when purchased new. Pre-owned bags often come at a fraction of the retail price.

The biggest hit of item depreciation occurs between the transition from new to pre-owned. Many pre-owned bags settle in price after this and depreciation slows considerably. For a number of highly desirable bags, such as Chanel and Hermes, their value can even increase in value due to scarcity and desirability.

Buying pre-owned bags opens up opportunities to afford brands that you might have otherwise not expected. It also means you can consider the piece you really want without being put off by inherent high depreciation.


Buying pre-owned is a more sustainable choice. The fashion industry is a significant contributor to environmental degradation, so opting for a pre-owned bag can be a more eco-friendly option. By buying pre-owned you’re not only contributing to the life (and story) of these items, but you’re also limiting the environment impact associated with the production of new items. 

Opportunity to Own Multiple Items:

The cost savings of buying pre-owned can allow you to diversify your handbag collection. For example, you could own several pre-owned designer bags in different styles for the same price of a single new one.

Rarity and Vintage Appeal:

We love to source vintage designer and discontinued models that are no longer available in stores, including pieces from Celine and Loewe. Buying pre-owned is often the only way to find these gems.

Bags as investment pieces:

Buying a pre-owned bag can be a good investment, as the initial depreciation has often already occurred. High quality, desirable pre-owned bags retain much of their value, so once you’ve enjoyed your bag, why not consider selling. Read more about our Consignment Service.

Having mitigated the large loss associated with buying new - and the heavy rate of deprecation - you can recycle your investment; potentially buying another pre-owned piece with the proceeds.


Vintage and pre-owned pieces are often of higher quality than their new counterparts, which use cheaper materials, including lesser grade leathers and hardware. This means they are much more durable.

Well made designer pieces are expertly crafted and designed to be enjoyed. Many pre-owned bags are still in excellent condition and have many years of use left in them.

By selecting an affordable pre-owned handbag, you can also enjoy regular use, whatever the occasion.

The ability to “test drive”

If you're unsure about committing to a particular style or designer, buying pre-owned allows you to "test-drive" a bag before investing in a brand-new one. Sure, this sounds crazy, but it’s actually a thing.

Why Buy From The-Hosta.com?

Buying pre-owned needn’t be a daunting experience. We have set the standard for quality and peace of mind when it comes to buying pre-owned luxury and vintage bags. Here is why:

Everything listed on The-Hosta.com is personally sourced, held, sold and shipped by us. Each and every item has been fully authenticated by our team, prior to being listed. We photograph every item, and ensure that any minor imperfections are clearly described and detailed on the product listings.

In addition to our Authenticity Guarantee, every item we sell is covered by our 14 day returns policy.

As a small company, we care about building lasting relationships with our customers, and as such, we work hard to ensure we’re delivering the best and most personal service possible.

If you have any questions or suggestion, or you’re looking for a specific bag that we haven’t got listed on The-Hosta.com, please do not hesitate to email us (hello@the-hosta.com).

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