Building an Hermès collection takes three paths: acquisitions from Hermès boutiques, acquisitions through the pre-loved market, or a mix of both. While recent years have seen me purchasing more and more from the boutiques—thanks especially to travel, and now a move, that puts those boutiques in physical reach—most of my collection is pre-loved. That is most certainly the case with my bags, all of which were bought used.
In the previous version of AA, I had a long two-part post about Hermès scarves and how to acquire them. I gave lots of tips for eBay and such, including links to my favorite consigners. I’m not quite up to recreating that extensive essay, but I definitely want to share my list of favorite sources for pre-loved Hermès items. It’s come to my attention that even collectors might not know these names, and that seems a wrong to set right—because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s how beautiful some of the older leathers and scarf designs are. I wouldn’t want to be without them.
For scarves, there is no one better than Jan of Its–All–Goode. Jan is one of the scarf authenticators at the Hermès subforum of the Purse Forum, and I’m happy to say that we’re becoming friends now that I’m in NYC. Jan knows her stuff. Knows it. She has years of experience with vintage and newer scarves, and her connections in the collector world generates listings beyond compare. Her page for Annie Faivre scarves, for instance, would make about any scarf lover cry for joy. One of Jan’s specialties is color analysis, so if you have any questions about how a scarf will look on you, don’t hesitate to ask.
My favorite consigner for bags is Kaleidoplace—and she also sells great scarves and jewelry. Like Jan, this consigner focuses exclusively on Hermès and has the connections within the collector world to generate some incredible finds. My Indigo Drag above . . . That comes from her. A true joy to work with, Nancy from Kaleidoplace is one of my favorite people from whom to acquire a bag.
Another favorite, favorite, favorite consigner of mine is Docride on eBay. Docride advises women on the Purse Forum about leather care—all my knowledge about leather conditioning and restoration comes from her. I’ve used her services for cleaning bags (I personally won’t touch Barenia for cleaning and conditioning, so I know the doctor to call!), and her deep ties to the Hermès subforum means that she gets the creme de la creme of H bags. There is no one who showcases so much Barenia, VN, and other natural leathers in their store.
Everything coming from these three consigners is authentic Hermès. Between these three alone, you could acquire a wide range of styles, leathers, and H accoutrements that will provide you endless joy. Their prices are also fabulous—another bonus.
Of course there are other consigners I’ve used on occasion—resellers I completely trust:
Audience on eBay (my rouge vif Jigé came from her…)
cheapfrillsnorth on eBay (my Dalvy came from her…)
sandiaexchange on eBay (the red Kelly comes from him…)
So why share my secrets with you? Well, if you did even a little bit of research, you’d find these names—all are established and much beloved by collectors. Besides, it’s easy to give the names of people you trust. I’ve heard way too many horror stories—as well as have been completely turned off from buying scarves online except from these sources. Too many fakes. You have to know what you’re looking for, so why not avail yourself of the expertise of others.
I hope you find a treasure soon! xo