A little while ago I wrote a post named "want", telling you I had a Mulberry Bayswater very high on my want list. Well, it's off the list.....because I bought one.
I have to admit, it is a pre-loved one. A new Bayswater would be out of the question. I did however decide to buy one in a decent condition. I bought mine through Ebay from a Belgian girl living in Paris. The bag was sent to me from Belgium. The bag, 4 years old, is hardly showing any signs of wear. The leather is beautiful chocolate brown, yum!
I love my bags, I have a large collection. Most of them inexpensive. I like my bags without bling. This bag is of an understated elegance. The only bling is the bronze colored lock. The bag can also easily be combined with jeans.
If you are interested in buying a designer bag I recommend you visit The Purse Forum. The Purse Form is divided into segments, each of one designer. On the Mulberry forum there are ladies who can help you to identify and authenticate a bag sold via the internet, for instance Ebay. I would recommend using some kind of authentication help as many bags on the internet are fake. There is also a ton of information there about every model, how to take care of your bag, tons of photo's.
I looked for a chocolate brown Bayswater for about 2 month's. As Mulberry is a British brand, most bags are offered from the UK. I won an auction pretty early on on Ebay. The bag was pretty much pre-loved. I paid for it using Paypal, but it was never sent. The seller never responded to my messages nor did she return my money. I had to turn to Paypal to have my money returned. In hindsight I am very happy, this bag is much nicer. I asked for some detailed photo's on a Dutch auction site (Marktplaats), it was a fake (as I found out with help of The Purse Form). I asked several sellers on Ebay and the Dutch auctions site for more information and detailed photo's and never got a response. I am just illustrating that buying a nice designer bag on Ebay is not something you can do on one dreary Sunday afternoon. You have to do some home work and keep looking!
There are also several reputable sellers on the internet that sell pre-loved Mulberry, you can find the information on the forum.
If you want to buy from Mulberry, but not pay the jackpot, you can also visit a outlet store. The addresses are on Mulberry's site.
I made a board on Pinterest with photo's of Mulberry Bayswaters, mainly pinned from Ebay. They are produced in so many kind of leathers and colors. It is a feast to the eye...at least for me!
Saturday November 15th. A little update.
When I bought my bag I asked the seller to send all original documentation with the bag, like the receipt and the care card if still available, but she didn't have them anymore. Today an envelope arrived containing the care card for the bag. That is so very nice of the seller! Thank you, Chloe!