Vogue’s Guide To Sourcing Pre-loved Handbags on eBay, courtesy of Commerce Director Naomi Smart

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When Smart was tasked with sourcing her three beloved bags on eBay – styles that “all have It-bag stature in their own way” – she jumped at the chance. “I never carry much, so cute and compact shoulder bags will always have a place in my wardrobe, no matter the trends,” she says. Smart can’t get enough of the supersize horsebit detailing on Tom Ford’s Gucci shoulder bag, which redefined the Florentine brand’s equestrian house codes in the 2000s. She waxes lyrical about the crystal-swathed Prada Re-edition 2000 bag, which promptly sold out when it relaunched a couple of years ago. Plus she heralds The Row’s Half Moon bag in black as a modern-day classic and a must-have for all minimalist dressers out there.

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How did Smart succeed in sourcing these three handbag styles on eBay? Here she breaks down her essential tips:

Refine search

“If you’re not searching by brand, try searching by era, colour and fabric.”

Set alerts

“Make sure you set alerts for those things you are desperate to get your hands on.” After searching for an item, select “Save this search” at the top of the results page and eBay will send email notifications of any new items listed.

Sellers’ other items

“Try clicking on sellers’ other items. You never know what amazing collections you may unearth.”

Blue tick

“Make sure that you look out for the blue tick. It means the piece will be meticulously checked by professional authenticators.”

eBay’s professional authenticators are as sartorially scrupulous as Smart. With decades of experience, they carry out a multi-point physical inspection inside and out, checking hardware and stitching. Custom documentation is then created to certify that a luxury pre-loved item – be it a Gucci shoulder bag, a Prada Re-edition 2000 bag or The Row’s Half Moon bag – has been authenticated. Mourning over the handbag that got away? Thanks to eBay’s blue tick and Smart’s Vogue editor-approved steps, it could be yours.

Shop pre-loved handbags with Authenticity Guarantee now at ebay.co.uk.


Featuring Naomi Smart. Creative design director David Godfrey. Lead senior producer Geri Kinde. Producer Hannah Domingo. Lead production manager Camilla Bellamacina. Senior project manager Ellie Evans. Make-up artist Lucy Burt. Hairstylist Dom Hogg. Hairstylist’s assistant Massimo Verrengia. Director Alyn Horton. DOP Jake Shühle-Lewis. Gaffer Guy Parsonage. Sound Ben Taggart. Colourist Alex Berry @ Quality Control. Composer/sound design Patrick Spilsbury.

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