If you read my Bags I’ve Got My Eye On At The Moment post, you’ll know that I was contemplating getting a Mansur Gavriel mini bucket bag, but perhaps not quite this quickly! I’d been looking on Vestiaire Collective and eBay since before Christmas, trying to see what kind of prices the bags go for on the pre-loved market, but couldn’t justify paying £350 minimum for a used bag when I could buy one brand new for £395 from Luisaviaroma. (Luisaviaroma is by the far the cheapest place I have found for buying brand new online!)
And then a listing popped up on eBay last week. Now, I don’t normally look on eBay unless I know the bag inside and out, and can identify myself if the bag is real or fake, but I’d done enough research of the Mansur Gavriel brand and bucket bags to know that the bag in the listing was authentic. The listing was for a used-once mini bucket bag in the Camello/Rosa colourway, which was exactly what I was looking for! And the buy it now price was *drum roll please* £200!
Of course I couldn’t believe my luck! I messaged the seller just to confirm it was the mini size and not the mini mini (I think that size is just a tad too small for me), to which she replied that it was indeed the mini bucket bag. £200 was already a bargain, but every penny counts, so I was a bit cheeky and asked if she could lower the price to £180 and I would buy straight away. After a bit of an agonizing wait – I didn’t want someone else to spot the bag and buy it! – the seller accepted, and I had my dream bucket bag making it’s way to me the next day!
The bag came with the original tags (including the care tag), but no dust bag, which was probably the reason for the lower price. I don’t often use dust bags because I like my bags out on display, so I was happy to pay a lot less in exchange for no dust bag.
And just to be sure, I did research the seller, and reverse google image searched the eBay listing images, just to give me piece of mind that the images weren’t taken from somewhere else and that it wasn’t a scam. But I needn’t have worried because as soon as the bag arrived I knew it was authentic.
The stitching and attention to detail on the bag is incredible, and the colours are so beautiful! The cammello tan colour really compliments the nude-pink rosa of the lining. The bag is made from vegetable tan leather, so it does scratch easily; you can see in the photos how much I’ve managed to scratch it from owning it for 1 week. But it actually adds a bit of character to the bag, and Mansur Gavriel themselves say that each bag and the unique wear and tear it gets is meant to ‘tell a story’.
The material is quite stiff at the moment, so I’m looking forward to it softening as I use it. I am going to use it in winter, but I think this bag is going to come into it’s own in summer. I wear a lot of tan shoes (mainly ballet flats and sandals) in the warmer months, so this bag will perfectly compliment my summer style.
What do you think of my purchase? Bargain or what?!
And if anyone has any advice for treating the vegetable tanned leather, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail! I’m not as bothered about scratches, but I would like to protect the bag against water damage, especially as I’ve heard rain marks are quite noticeable!
Thanks for reading 🙂