I had a triea for myself when I was not sure about one particular bag if I wanted to keep it or not. I actually put an add on eBay. First of all, I noticed myself that I have put BIN price and start bidding price very high. That was the first signal to myself that I was hesitant. Then, lived in mortal fear for two full day that someone might enter a bid, and I cancelled the sale one night before anyone would bid on it, and was so happy ...like on the day when I bought it. Although it is totally impractical, not even very fashionable because it is huge, does not stay well on the shoulder although it is a hobo, but the bag itself and leather are just too amazing for words....I decided to test myself and it worked...I am carrying it all the time now
I am not saying that you should do this same test, but imagine really seriously, the moment of you parting with it...you will see
I won't sell it, even your dad said it is ok. I'll keep it aside and wait til I get older to use it. It might not fit your style right now, but I believe it should suite you few years later. You may not get it few years later after you sell.
I believe you should keep it. It is the THE bag which most lady would want to have! When I was a student, I saved a huge sum of $$ to buy bag. At that time, I could have bought the kelly but decided against it and want to have 'quantity' over 'quality'. I bought a few bags and yes I am very happy but like now, I kinda of regret my decision as I should have bought that kelly.... Now, the price has risen so much that I might take a longer time to save to buy a new one....
So, yeah. I have a XXX Birkin XXX which I got from my parents as a gift for a very special day. I love the bag, but I almost never use her - so she is in pristine condition. One of my relatives is offering to buy it from me, with a very generous sum of money. As a student I would really have some use to the money and that's why I'm asking: Should I sell my Birkin and buy Gucci, LV, Miu Miu, something I'd use..? This is a very tough decision.
Don't sell your Birkin! So many ladies who did.... desperately try to find one a few years later. It's one of the most beautiful bags in the world...and you are very lucky to own one!
Actually it was my fathers idea to sell it. He is a person who appreciates excellent craftmanship (in this case, H) and thus decided to get me a Birkin bag. I know they really went through a lot to get me this bag, and I appreciate very, very much - but it was actually he who made this suggestion to me. He said that he'd prefer me selling it, since it is just a bag (I actually got a bit insulted over this since even if I don't really use the bag, I do love it .. It is not just a bag! )
I take excellent care of it, I love how it looks, I love how it feels, I adore the bag but it doesn't feel right to have it sitting in my closet since I know how passionately some people want one. The "selfish" side of me is saying "Keep it! You'll learn to use it one day! You can spare it to your own children!"
Many people want one, especially that relative of mine. We don't have a H store in Finland so it can be tricky to get one here. It's really rare to see a real Birkin or Kelly in Finland.. Especially in the countryside, which is where I come from.
But then again, it really is worth a lot, and yes I think that the prices are increasing all the time. I think I'll give myself some time to think over it.
Please KEEP IT!!!! My mother gave me a birkin when I went to college 11 years ago. I didn't like it at the time so I sold it for a big chunk of money. 3 years ago, I paid a heck lot more to buy one from H store (price had gone wayyyy up over the years) and I was kicking myself in the head for selling my first birkin. I should have kept it. Birkin is like a rolex, it appreciates in value over time. Please keep it unless your relative is offering you at least 25% above retail for it. Take a look at eBay... they sell for over 25% above retail. KEEP IT!
I completely agree! Give yourself time. You are young and carefree. Definitely hint what you would like as your next bag for your next birthday. In the meantime, being that this is a very desired bag by all, keep it in a safe place in its dustbag. I think at a later point in your life, you might actually treasure and appreciate wearing this Hermes.
If you didn't love it (and if it was not a gift), I would say sell it. The essence of a successful purse collections is having bags you love and not having bags you don't love.
If you love the Birkin, you will use it in the future. Birkins generally increase in value. Hermes keeps raising their prices. Most people wish they could get a Birkin at the price they sold for 10 years ago. In 10 years you will likely be kicking yourself if you sell this cause you will wish you still had it and you may not be able to afford it after 10 years of price increases or you will hate to spend the money. Why do you think your relative made you such a generous offer? Your relative wants one and Birkins are so hard to get. This was not an act of kindness.
Secondly, it will hurt your parents feelings. They went to a great deal of effort to select something very special. Something that would have enduring value.
Over the years, my husband and I have given his daughter from his first marriage a number of expensive gifts, most of which she picked out herself. After she got them, she did not value them and did not use them or trashed them. It caused us a great deal of hurt. The Birkin was a gift and I personally think it would be very tacky to sell it. Selling is not worth risking inflicting hurt on your parents.
If you need a Gucci or Mui Mui, hit mom and dad up for one for your birthday. Explain how you value the Birkin, but need an interim bag that fits your immediate needs.