3 GENIUS BAG CARE TIPS THAT WILL GET YOU TOP RESALE VALUE
When it comes to consigning a designer bag, the work starts the minute you buy it. To get the best future resale value, it’s important to keep your pieces in stellar condition, an easy charge if you put in the work regularly. David Mesquita is Vice President at The Leather Spa and entrusted with accessories belonging to some of Manhattan’s most well-heeled residents. Herewith, his key rules for keeping your pieces in pristine resale condition.
Protect your bag before using and regularly between wears. Before you carry your purchase for the first time, use a repellant spray, not a waterproofer as it won’t allow leather to breath. “I relate bags to human skin. You don’t want to seal your pores, and it’s the same concept with your accessories.”
Being diligent with re-spraying is vital for keeping leather clean, and Mesquita is adamant that you can’t over-treat a bag. Spray a frequently used style once a week; pieces that don’t see as much action can be tended to before carrying. It’s worth asking a clerk for product recommendations when purchasing the piece too. Graham Wetzbarger, Senior Director of Authentication, advises that certain brands won’t accept items for refurbishment or work if they’ve been treated with non-recommended products.
Quickly clean them every night. Dirt and dust are facts of life, and a small amount of TLC can pay big dividends in the resale market. A soft cloth will do the job, as will the dust bag. Do a quick once-over before putting your bag away.
Pay attention to marks as they happen. Inspect accessories after use and apply spot cleaner to anything that grabs your attention; if you’ve used repellent regularly, the mark won’t have had time to penetrate. Deeper scratches revealing a different shade of your bag’s skin should be handled more aggressively. “Apply some colored cleaner cream, but know that even if it’s a neutral shade, it’s going to appear much darker than the original color. Don’t freak out: It’s just wet, and when it dries it’ll lighten.”
Stuff your bags and use dust bags when storing. Aim to keep your bags in their natural shape when not in use, stuffing with the material that came with it upon purchasing, basic tissue paper, or soft cotton (avoid newspaper due to concerns with the ink rubbing off and staining). The dust bag is the only other protection you need, though clear plastic boxes can be handy if you have the space. There’s a caveat though: Make sure there’s no moisture before sealing the lid.