Bags: What are the best investment pieces?

Is it really an investment?

The word "investment" might lead you to believe that you'll automatically make good money off your Fendi tote if you sell it in 10 years. But let's face it -- most handbags don't increase in value, especially if you use them every day. Sure, if you snag a vintage Chanel 2.55 bag for $15 at a thrift store and then unload it on eBay, you're going to make a pretty penny. You'll also see a hefty profit on a limited-edition Balenciaga motorcycle bag that has a months-long waiting list. In most cases, though, maybe it's best to think of the "investment" as more of a lifestyle lift (or reputation booster) than a moneymaking proposition.