How To Buy A Cheapish Designer Purse

see by chloe

When I was in New York last month at BlogHer, I passed through the expo hall {where all the sponsors of the conference have booths to show their wares} and spent some time at the eBay booth.

You see, back in the day I sold a lot of stuff on eBay to make ends meet and earn a little Disneyland cash on the side.  I sold fashion stuff.  Old clothes I was recycling for cuter stuff, things from around the house.  I have a soft spot for eBay.  In fact, I still buy a lot of stuff there.

Well, the whole booth was about fashion.  Turns out, they have an entire fashion section now.  Designer stuff.  Pretty, expensive, shiny, sparkly things for way less money than anywhere else.

cheap designer purse

Pretty, sparkly things like this purse.

I entered a drawing, as one is wont to do, and ended up winning a purse and wallet.

Dude.  This stuff is nice.  The See By Chloe purse retails for around $600-$700.  It sells on eBay for anywhere from $100-$400.  If you’re into that sort of thing {I am} it’s a steal.

designer purses

They had me at the zipper.  Come on.  It’s adorable.

And there’s really something to owning a nice purse.  I have one other really nice one I whip out for special occasions and hard days.  There’s a weightiness to it.  A plush, leathery, heavy goodness you just can’t find in a Target bag.

You know I own mostly Target bags.  I hold nothing against them.  I worship at the altar of Target just like everyone else.

But sometimes, mama needs a little splurge.



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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. oh amanda :

    How cute is that? And your title? Cheapish? Love it.

    • Allison :

      Cheap-ish is right! Not totally affordable, but a little.

  2. Lacretia :

    Congratulations on winning! I am definitely going to head over to ebay to check out their new fashion section. And the purse! Love the color – gorgeous!

    • Allison :

      Isn’t that green ridiculous? In the best way possible. I spent a good hour browsing the fashion section this morning, there’s some really great stuff!

  3. Marisa :

    I totally agree with you. I love Target as much as (probably more than) the next girl, but sometimes Target bags just won’t fly. As soon as my youngest was old enough, I splurged on a good bag. LOVE IT.

    Oh and that zipper? Amazing. How did they do that?

    • Allison :

      There’s just something to a little weightiness, a little softness in the leather.

      The zipper kills me.

  4. Danielle Smith :

    J-to the-E-to the A-L-O-U-S. Color me GREEN. like your purse. it is gorgeous. You deserve it. And I’m still jealous. xoxo

    • Allison :

      It’s okay, I know you can be jealous and still love me at the same time. :) It’s gorgeous, so I’d feel the same way if I were you.

  5. Jen :

    That is an amazing purse, the color, style, and zipper for sure. I last went on e-bay for designer diaper bags. There are great steals for them there! Love everything about that purse!!!!

    • Allison :

      I find the greatest stuff on eBay all the time. But it’s super cool that there’s a whole new section devoted to high fashion.

      My kind of deal, high fashion + eBay prices. :)

  6. Andrea Fellman :

    LOVE this bag! I never shop on Ebay – I think I’m missing out!

    • Allison :

      Andrea, your life isn’t quite complete yet. Hop over to eBay and give it a browse. You’ll thank me later.

  7. abby :

    OH MY!! That green purse is so fun. Love the color of course and the zipper is really cool too. What a fun giveaway to win!! I heart purses way more than I should and I definitely think it’s nice to invest in a few nicer things every once in a while. {jeans, purses, sunglasses, etc.}

    • Allison :

      Abby, it’s very pretty isn’t it?

  8. Melissa :

    Thanks – who doesn’t love a new bag!

    • Allison :

      Um, I clearly do. I have a growing collection that’s getting out of hand.