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Chanel, Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton Handbags Are Sold at a Bargain in Pawn Shops

Chanel, Prada, Gucci, and Louis  Vuitton Handbags Are Sold at a Bargain in Pawn Shops - Idaho Pawn & Gold

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Then and Now

Pawnshops are not the same as they were in the past. Dating back to roots in Ancient China over 3,000 years ago, pawnbrokers would work with the local peasants and offer them short-term credit. In the Roman and Greek empires, pawn brokering was viewed as a respected profession. During the Middle Ages, the House of Lombard in England owned and operated a chain of pawnshops.

In the 19th century, pawnshops began to be established in the United States and grew quickly. People working in the industrial manufacturing part of the nation were paid low wages making it necessary for people to figure out how to make ends meet between paydays. Pawnshops became an intricate part of some communities, helping people secure cash to help with basic needs including rent.

Interestingly enough, during the Great Depression, communities found that pawnshops were the only place to secure cash for their valuable items. During this time in New York City there was one item in pawn for every person living in the city. Pawnshops became a major source of consumer credit.

Pawnshops have continued to find their place in communities. These shops are the general public’s go-to solution to get small loans quickly. Banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions often require credit checks and aren’t willing to write short-term small loans. Pawnshops do!

Today, many different economic classes shop and deal with pawnshops. Pawnshops are often dual shops, providing loans and buying services as well as retail. Because of this, pawnshops are frequented by collectors, people searching for a bargain price, and those wanting to sell unused items for quick cash.

Because designer handbags are worth money and have a cash value, pawnshops will appraise and buy and loan on these items.

Great Quality Designer Purses for a Bargain

More so than in the past, people are selling and securing collateral loans on gently used designer bags. Handbags have become a commodity. Barely used luxury purses like Chanel, Prada, and Louis Vuitton can bring a nice return when sold to a pawn shop and this makes it possible for people to buy a luxury handbag at a discount.

Unlike major department stores where the sales tag is the price you will pay for major brands, pawn shops are able to purchase a designer bag and turn around and put the bag on the sales floor for a discount.. Pawnshops are in the business to sell luxury handbags that were previously used at an affordable price.

Pawnshops are experts in appraising and valuing designer handbags and can tell the difference between those that are authentic and those that are fake. Customers are able to purchase designer bags with confidence in pawn shops.

Are There Benefits in Buying a Designer Purse?

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Luxury bags like Gucci, Prada, and Chanel are worth money and thus a good investment. Because of their unique and skilled craftsmanship, designer bags hold their value. Made of the finest leathers, textiles, and products, they wear well and hold onto their unique character.

Designers in the industry take painstaking precision in making sure their handbags represent the quality their company is known for. This allows people to get a luxury handbag as a timeless piece that will never go out of style.

Louis Vuitton Handbags

At the early age of sixteen, Louis Vuitton made a lifelong decision to change his life and the lives of future generations.

Originally working as a trunk maker, he worked under Monsieur Marechal to craft and design a trunk that would protect travelers’ belongings.

In 1859 he opened a shop outside of Paris with 20 employees and by 1900 he employed over 100 people. His company expanded quickly due to his craftsmanship and focus on protecting goods when customers traveled.

In 1886 Louis Vuitton and his son designed and a single lock system for their trucks with two spring buckles which is still used today. In fact, Harry Houdini was unable to escape from a Louis Vuitton box and lock.

By 1925 a dome-shaped handbag was designed for personal use and the demand for these bags was huge. Let’s fast-track into the 1990s. The company began to make major waves into the fashion industry. In 1997, Marc Jacobs designed the first ready-to-wear line of handbags.

In the 2000s, the designer handbag speaks to the younger generation and continues to offer limited additions to satisfy the designer handbag customers' appetite.


Prada signifies excellence and a refined style. The first shop opened in 1913 in the prestigious Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II in Milan, Italy. Mario Prada opened the first store that sold leather goods like bags, trunks, and traveler accessories.

Mario did not believe a woman should work outside the home, however this quickly changed when his daughter, Luisa took over the family business when his son did not want to. In 1970 Luisa's daughter began helping in the business by designing accessories.

By 1977 the company would take a new turn when Luisa's daughter met Patrizio Bertelli, a young Italian. He had his own leather goods business and he helped take the company in a new direction. The company began marketing worldwide.

The global success of a womenswear line was introduced in the late 1980s. Luxurious fabrics and colors and a sophisticated look were appealing to the world of fashion. Their designer handbags are sought after by many and stores command top dollar for these bags. Buyers can be assured that pawnshops will have these bags and other name-brand bags at a fraction of the cost depending on the location.


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In 2021, Gucci celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary. Passing through years of turmoil laden with family feuds, a murder, almost claiming bankruptcy, and take over attempts, the company has endured and signifies the excellent craftsmanship of Guccio Gucci.

In 1897 Guccio was a bellboy who enjoyed horseback riding. He was impressed by the craftsmanship in the luxury trunks carried by aristocrats, so much so that he wanted to create his own company to craft these items.

In 1921 he opened his first store and was faced by the League of Nations embargo against Italy. He sought a solution and imported leather and woven hemp. He also used pigskin and bamboo. By 1953 the brand opened in the United States.

In 1961 Jacqueline Kennedy was seen sporting a Gucci bag and it was subsequently named the Jackie. By the 1970s the company was known for its shoes, bags, luggage, and accessories. Through ups and downs the Gucci brand is known nationwide. Men and women pursue the purchase of Gucci handbag and bags as an example of artistry and sophistication. Authentic bags are sold at luxury goods in fashion shops and as previously owned in pawnshops at a discounted cost.

Where to Buy a Luxury Handbag Near Me

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Here at Idaho Pawn and Gold we carry an exceptional inventory of authentic previously used luxury handbags. Conveniently located in Nampa and Boise, ID customers can know that whatever they buy they can do so with confidence.

If you are shopping for the best price on designer handbags including Dior, Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton and are concerned about a bag being fake, there is no need to worry when shopping with us at Idaho Pawn and Gold. The knowledgeable experts working authenticate every bag we put in inventory.

Brick & Mortar Storefront and On-Line

Going beyond, we have two locations located in Boise and Nampa, Idaho. We also have an on-line inventory with shipping nationwide. Inventory is updated daily. There is a gently owned Louis Vuitton Bag nearby waiting to be purchased.

People can find exactly what they are looking for and be assured the luxury items are authenticated. We buy, sell, and loan on authentic designer bags and each purse is authenticated.

Customers living in Boise, Meridian, Kuna, Eagle, Nampa, and Caldwell can bring luxury handbags in to us and we will make them a no-obligation quote to buy the item or secure a collateral loan. Our process is totally transparent.

Idaho Pawn and Gold is a one-stop shop with instore inventory, online inventory, and loan services. Our moto for 2022 is “The Lending Store – A New Way to Pawn.” No matter what a customer is shopping for or wanting to sell, buy, or pawn all items are verified by the experienced team who take the time to answer any questions and provide customers just what they are looking for.

Sam, the owner of the company said, “Idaho Pawn & Gold is founded upon respect for our customers and each other. Our moto has always been "people taking care of people and we will always stand by that motto. We provide the best experience pawn and gold shops offer.”

About Idaho Pawn and Gold

Sam opened his first pawn storefront in 2014, and through his dedication to helping people, and providing stellar service, he grew his company into Idaho’s premier pawn service.

For Sam, money and profit will always be prioritized well after making sure his customer’s needs are met, and they are satisfied. Now that Sam’s time in uniform is over, his new mission is to build a legacy of service to his community at home.