What woman doesn’t covet a fabulous designer handbag? It’s the queen of all accessories and makes your head-to-toe look complete. It carries a certain cache – an “I’ve made it” sort of outlook. But a purse of this stature can set you back a few paychecks – rent? Or the Hermes?  With a little research and patience, you can score big with a champion handbag. While there are lots of consignment shops and discount stores around town, we’ve narrowed down the best. Give them each a call, introduce yourself and get on their good side — they may even give you a first look at that vintage Chanel.There are several hot spots here in L.A. where you can find the designer goods on the cheap…well, cheaper than full price or the month’s rent, that is.

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658 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 466-3300

It’s a win-win at Ampersand for designer goods. This consignment shop gets some pretty fabulous pieces and they turn them around at some unbeatable prices. You’ll find the latest clutches, satchels and purses from top designers including Frenchman Jerome Dreyfuss, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and many more. Check the website frequently to find out when new arrivals are ready-to-wear. Or stop by to drop off bags you no longer use for some extra cash to put toward new designer bags. Ampersand will display your goods for 90 days and give you 40 percent commission off of whatever sells.

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Juicy Couture Outlet
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Drive, Suite 480
Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 888-1724

If you’ve been eyeing that Juicy bag, it’s the right time to shop it. Juicy Couture’s outlet store may be only one season behind, but who cares when you can score big for little? Known for illustrating the glamorous L.A. lifestyle of the rich and beautiful, Juicy Couture’s accessories line is perfect arm candy. The Scotty Bling Daydreamer bag is still very popular around town and the outlet store has these bags in pink, gray and black at almost 70 percent off the retail price. Gals are known to tote their mini dogs in this purse looking picture perfect for the paparazzi.

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R. Chameleon
353 Main St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 322-2940

R. Chameleon Designer Discount Boutique in the South Bay is the affordable destination for designer bags and duds. Handbags are discounted dramatically and are often pre-owned in mint condition. Find an array of popular designers such as Tory Burch, Coach, Carlos Falchi, Dooney Burke and Michael Kors. But, before heading down to R. Chameleon, check for current merchandise by visiting the website or calling the store. All of the exclusive merchandise is hand-selected by owner Rita Gingras-Koziara, who also offers personal shopping sessions for clients. One of the few boutiques to carry a full lot of sizes from 0-24, R. Chameleon’s goal is to “dress every woman.” Clothing is always discounted 50 percent off the original price and you’ll find trendy (Free People, Citizen of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind) to the classic (Eileen Fisher and Ralph Lauren).  To contact the store directly email r-chameleon@sbcglobal.net.

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Tory Burch Outlet
Camarillo Premium Outlets

740 E. Ventura Boulevard
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 445-1495

The number one reason to visit Tory Burch’s outlet boutique? Her classic must-haves. The goods are discounted from 15-50 percent off. Even though the outlet store is six months to one year behind regular retail, you are bound to find Tory Burch handbags, clutches, wallets and wristlets that are to die for. Signature Tory Burch wallets are available in black or red with gold insignias and in the metallics as well. The store is expecting to receive part of the Robinson collection in fun and trendy colors popular for summer.

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The Mint Fashion Exchange
757 E. California Ave.
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 526-MINT (6468)

Owner Marie Herring is very “picky” about what she takes in for resale at The Mint. Her luxury goods are almost brand new and if you are interested in seeing a Chanel, Hermes or Louis Vuitton, call to make an appointment for a private showing. You’ll find a wide array of names at The Mint from Coach to Hermes, including Tylie Malibu and Cole Hahn. The higher end handbags are up to 50 percent off retail, and the trendier lines are up to 75 percent off original retail prices.

Sheryl Craig embraces her passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. A writer at heart, Sheryl’s background in journalism and public relations gives her the knack to meet new people, unveil new discoveries and share ideas. Motivated by a healthy lifestyle, she integrates that attitude into raising her two teenage daughters, and into every facet of her daily life. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.