Hermès Birkin bag

The Hermès Birkin has long been a classic choice for bag fashionistas to invest in.

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Ah, women and handbags. Some of us stockpile them, snapping up the latest styles straight off the runway, and some of us are still dragging around the same tired tote bag we had in college. But, whether you have two or 200 purses, there will probably come a point in your life when you feel compelled to kick things up a notch. Yes, it's time for an investment bag.

To the uninitiated, this might sound a little scary. But "investment" doesn't necessarily mean you have to break the bank. If you don't have $35,000 lying around for a Hermès Birkin bag (or even $700 for a Coach hobo), we'll show you how to invest in a stylish yet classic bag that will last you for years to come.