The wholesale space for luxury goods is growing quickly with more overseas companies expanding into the US.  This can be an amazing opportunity for your business,  having access to authentic, pre-owned handbags and accessories for resale but before you start buying, make sure you are asking the right questions so you know exactly what to expect from the company you parent with.

There are basically two types of wholesale companies, ones that own their inventory and ones that are middlemen for auction houses overseas. Both are excellent options for purchasing authentic pre-owned goods for resale but they work a little differently so understanding each ones business model will allow you to plan accordingly.

There are several factors to take into consideration when looking to work with any of these companies and asking the questions below upfront will make your wholesale journey a lot smoother.

Questions to ask each wholesale company you are interested in working with:

Wholesale Companies

I’ve listed wholesale companies that carry pre-owned, authentic handbags and accessories from brands like Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and more in alphabetical order below. I’ve added as much information as I could for each one but always confirm details before purchasing.

Arigatou Share Japan

Location: Japan
Business Type: Inventory Owner
Buy-In: No
Categories: Handbags, Small Leather Goods, Fashion Jewelry
Ships To: Worldwide
Free Shipping: No
Return Policy: Within 14 days

Fmasarovic

Location: Japan
Business Type: Inventory Owner
Buy-In: No
Categories: Handbags, Small Leather Goods and Fashion Jewelry
Ships To: Worldwide
Free Shipping: Yes
Return Policy: Within 14 days (must contact them within five days of receipt of items)

Le Prix

Location: Washington DC
Business Type: Auction Style and In Stock Inventory
Buy-In: No
Categories: Handbags. Small Leather Goods, Fashion Jewelry, Clothing
Ships To: Worldwide
Free Shipping: No
Return Policy: Exchanges within 60 days but read their Exchange Program details as there are many rules.

LXR

Location: Canada and New York
Business Type: Owned Inventory
Buy-In: Yes
Categories: Handbags and small leather goods
Ships To: Canada and United States
Free Shipping: No
Return Policy: Within 14 days

Marque Luxury

Location: United States – Showrooms all over the US
Business Type: Inventory Owned
Categories: Handbags, Small Leather Goods, Fashion Jewelry
Ships To: United States
Free Shipping: Yes
Return Policy: Exchange product for credit within 45 days

The Brand Collector

Location: Paris and Charlotte, NC (opening early 2023)
Business Type: Auction
Categories: Handbags, Small Leather Goods, Fashion Jewelry
Ships To: Worldwide
Free Shipping: No
Return Policy: Within 14 days

There are also several companies that offer wholesale through live selling auctions on apps like Comment Sold or ShopShops or that sell through their Facebook, Instagram and/or TikTok pages and I’m in the process of building out that list but for businesses that do sell this way, my only advice would be to vet these companies very carefully and ask all questions before you purchase.

One more piece of advice to make your wholesale purchasing experience smoother. Do your homework before you start buying from any wholesale company. Figure out the brands and styles that you want to start selling and research the resale value for each style. Always take into consideration your total costs for each item (item cost + shipping + duties (if applicable)). From there you can determine what you would like to sell it for before you even purchase so you know what you’re working with.

Any questions about purchasing wholesale or if you know a company that should be included on this list, feel free to contact me here.