The Nests Condition second-hand bags needn't mean 'Used' bags

All of the items in the Nest are pre-owned (or pre-loved as the resale market likes to say), but every one is selected on its own merits. Whether it be condition, rarity or desirability, each piece will be utterly beautiful and of the highest quality.

Many pieces will display their own character and individual signs of use, however its surprising how many bags arrive at the Nest in a 'New' condition, having never been used at all!

Although all items will be in an exceptionally good condition for preloved, everyone has their own preferences for the degree of use they like their bags to have received so I aim to cater for all tastes, (and budgets) and only ever sell items I love, in the hope that you will too.

When describing condition, attention to detail is very important but I also like to give an overall assessment so you can gauge whether it falls into your preferred state. It has been said that may standards are very high compared to most but here's explanation of the general categories that I use. 

There are always extensive photo galleries of all the items for sale and often the close-up photos illustrating any issues mentioned in the description can have the effect of making them look a million time worse than to the naked eye. Please do review the photos in conjunction with the listing and Condition Category ascribed, as this will provide the best guide possible.

Condition Categories

 *The addition of a Star after any Condition Rating means there is a exception to the overall category given. This may be extremely minor but please do ensure you read the listing for details of why its been applied. 

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With or without tags, this is an item that is 'Shop'' perfect and has never been carried. 

Please do remember to refer to the listing for details of any accompanying packaging as sometimes, even brand new items come without dustbags, cards, tags, etc.

 Also, do remember items will have been handled for photographs to bring you the most accurate details about the item you are buying.

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With or without tags, this is an item that is brand new but has some minor reason why its not 'Brand New'.

It may have a small issue, be a 'Sub'' (substandard) or Second, but very ofen the reason for this classification by the Designer can be extremely difficult to find for most folks.

Full details and extensive photographs will always be provided in the listing and of course, reflected in the price.

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As New

An item that may (or may not!) have been carried but would virtually pass for new. 

Possibly the lightest creasing to the leather, extremely light signs of handling or scratches to the base feet from when its been placed on a shelf.

Many ex-display items fall into this category or items that have been carried but shown no evidence of such.

If you buying as a present and want to know whether it's Giftable, in my view, just ask!


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An item that has most likely been carried but with very few immediate signs of use.  

There may be some very minor cosmetic blemishes but the item will be in an extremely good condition both inside and out.

Full details of condition will always be provided in both the written listing and illustrated in the Gallery photographs.

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Very Good

In a lightly used condition, there will be signs of use but nothing to detract.

Leather may be softened with minor wear and there may be a few light marks, scratches or scuffs.

Every aspect of conditon will be photographed and described so you can view and assess but please don't hesitate to let me know if you've any questions or would like larger photos. It can be so  easy to see a shadow as a 'mark' in a photo when its just the light and I know it can be difficult if viewing on a phone screen.

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Good Used

Gently loved, the item will be in a generally good but obviously used condition throughout.

There may be blemishes, possible areas of fading or water-spots. 

The leather may be well softened with a seasoned patina and there may be darkening to the handles or light scuffs to the corners.

Inking may display crackling or wear and the interior  may have acquired light ruffling or marks.

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Well Used

A much loved piece. Possibly vintage, it may have a very lived-in look, display numerous marks, scuffs, scratches, darkening, rubbing and general signs of wear.  

The hardware may display tarnish or plating loss and the leather will most likely have a well-seasoned patina. Inking may have cracked or be absent and the interior may have pen marks or other noticeable signs of use.

All of my my well used items will be completely structurally intact and fit for purpose, without holes, exposed piping and any other detriments that effect the aesthetic.

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I am very sensitive to smell (and personally can find even the lightest aromas overpowering,) so hope I can always indentify and advise you of any smell that may be present.

Sometimes leather pieces in particular can intensify in smell if not aired regularly, can acquire perfumed aromas from their previous owner or even cooking smells can be absorbed. Occassionally items develope a vintage or musty aroma from storage  but any aroma detected will be expressly mentioned in the listing. 

Items will never smell of cigarette smoke.

PS - I'm often asked the question, "How bad actually is it?" when listing items with issues.....And, I always answer the same way! I aim to show, via the photos and description, exactly what I see, no better, no worse, just accurately and in lots of detail.

In my experience, there are some people who wouldn't even notice an issue and those who'd notice it but not be bothered in the slightest. And there are those who would be so put-off that they wouldn't be able to carry it.

We're all different, all have different tolerances and outlooks, so I hope this helps you in your buying decisions but please do remember there will always be an element of personal interpretation.

Thank you and happy shopping! Shian x