A stylish, designer handbag is seen by many as the ultimate accessory. A great handbag can really make an outfit. The looks can range from silky to shiny and the sizes from totes to clutches. Unfortunately for many shoppers looking for high style bags created by top designers, these bags can be extremely price. But there is hope for those who don’t want to spend all of their money on just one piece. Many Chicago area stores carry new, used and vintage designer purses that have high style and low prices.

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Designer Resale of Chicago
658 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 587-3312

The Gold Coast locale of Designer Resale of Chicago may be the primary reason for this shop’s great stock of discount purses. Socialites and business women who shop here have their pick of purses with brand names. Find everything from Chanel and Farrago to Gucci and Hermes. The purses sold here are in top condition, and are well discounted from their original prices. If you find something you like, be sure to swoop it up right away; selections here are popular and go fast.

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Trends Oak Park
810 N Blvd.
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 434-0801

Career women and trendy moms are just some of the shoppers you’ll find at the very chic Trends Oak Park. Many of the most popular products sought after here are, of course, purses. Trends Oak Park carries a variety of exclusive brands. With names like Gucci and Kate Spade often times appearing on the shelves, Trends is a great store for anyone looking for designer discount purses. In a relaxed atmosphere with a helpful staff, Trends has a “something for everyone” feel. Encouraged by a selection that’s constantly updated, shoppers can find themselves frequenting Trends several times a week.

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Second Time Around
823 W Armitage
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 698-6260

Having grown from a single, small boutique to a local chain of 29 stores over the last 35 years, this shop knows its purses. Second Time Around is a savvy purse shopper’s dream. With names like Burberry and Rebecca Minkoff, this store has great designer purses at prices significantly less than retail. If you’re looking for an upscale casual type of purse, or one that can be worn everyday to the office, this store has a range of styles that suits a variety of tastes. Looking for a purse as a special gift? Second Time Around is a wonderful place to look, without breaking your budget.

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2117 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 525-7467

Chicago’s own Edrop-Off is so popular now that it has its own reality show. With an eBay-heavy presence, this online-based company carries the ultimate in luxury purses. Deeply discounted from original retail prices, Edrop-Off offers shoppers every kind of purse for the woman of style. If you live in the Chicago area and see a purse on Edrop-Off’s eBay site you’d like to see in person, you’re in luck. Just schedule an appointment online and you can come to the store for an up-close look at it before you bid.

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1754 W Division
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 912-9675

Love Fendi and Coach but not a fan of the sky high prices? Then don’t miss out on visiting LeThrift. Smart shoppers know this Division Street store is has great designer purses for prices that makes customers do double takes. From classic styles to glamorous sequins, LeThrift has a wide range of shopping options. The prices are very reasonable, and well below the retail prices. And if you like shopping with a purpose, LeThrift is your store–the shop works with various charities and will sell clothes on their behalf to raise money for charitable organizations.

Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.