Why join the queue when you can lead it?

The rental market in designer handbags rocketed following the success of the recent Sex and The City movie but now a new website is offering a way for handbag lovers to beat the rental queues.

Fashionistas everywhere started hiring handbags after watching the movie, which features a character who rents several designer bags. But many bargain hunters found they faced long waiting lists before they could get their hands on the bag of their dreams.

Now Bagnificent.co.uk is offering a new alternative. The site allows shoppers to buy the latest designer bags and sell them again when they become bored. Because the site’s prices are a fraction of those in shops buying and then selling your bag through the site can actually be cheaper than renting – and it takes away the headache of having to wait.

Bag rental sites offer customers the chance to hire a designer bag for around £165 a month instead of paying the huge price tag for a new bag. But the rush to rent the latest must-have bag has led to waiting lists for many as fashion followers hurry to make the most of the service. Now help is at hand at www.bagnificent.co.uk where shoppers can bag themselves a bargain of their own without having to rent.

The site has now launched Loved, its range of preowned handbags which it is selling along with its existing range of imported designer handbags. The range has quickly proven a hit with buyers looking for exclusive designer bags at affordable prices.

Bagnificent.co.uk founder, Glasgow-based businesswoman Gerry Campbell, said she had launched the Loved range after inquires from customers.

She said: “We launched the Loved range and haven’t looked back since. A few customers have mentioned cash being a little tight and I think with the current economic outlook shoppers are generally looking for a good deal.

“With a pre-owned bag the customer gets to own something expensive and exclusive but at a fraction of the price they would pay if it were a new purchase from shops.”

Shoppers can save hundreds with some of the great deals available including Christian Dior tan patent leather bag for £235 instead of £900 originally or the Louis Vuitton Black Epi Bag which costs £600 in the shops but can be picked up on the site for just £195. There are many more bargains to be had at www.bagnificent.co.uk.