It's not a bag. It's a Birkin.

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Ok Hermes lovers, you know the drill. If you want a Birkin from the boutique, there are three ways to go about it: 1. Build an enduring relationship with a sales associate who truly wants you to remain a long-term customer and helps you score your dream bag. No games. 2. Fly to Paris FSH (a.k.a. The Mothership), jump through the online appointment hoops and hope for the best. You may win the jackpot and score your dream bag, but you may also leave empty-handed. 3. Spend a lot of money at your local boutique on stuff you don’t really want and hope that maybe one day you’ll be offered that dream bag, but it probably won’t be in the color, size, or hardware you requested. But you’ll feel obligated to take it for fear of never being offered one again.

So this begs the question - If you really want a Birkin in a very specific color, size, leather, condition, year and hardware, and you don’t want to play games or wait forever, what do you do?

A few years ago, there simply was no other way but to wait patiently, hope for good luck, and play the game or risk ending up with a counterfeit bag via eBay. But big changes have happened in the past 5 years. The online consignment market now offers a wide variety of Birkins in every combo imaginable, including some rare finds, brand new bags from the boutique with the box and all the accessories, and gently used pre-owned bags in excellent, very good, or good condition. Stores such as Fashionphile (my personal fave), Ann’s Fabulous Finds, Yoogi’s Closet, and The RealReal offer authenticated bags on consignment shoppable from the convenience of home. It just takes some perseverance and research to hunt down that special treasure.

Here’s my (hopefully) helpful visual guide and search tools to take care of some of the work for you and help get you started on your quest: