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How to make handbags and shoes look like new again. Tips for sellers and buyers.

Pre-owned handbags and shoes sell much faster if a little care is taken to clean them. The customer will be pleased with their purchase, and turn into a repeat buyer. On the other hand, if you are a buyer that received a soiled pre-owned handbag I have the solution.

For fabric handbags and fabric shoes I have had great success with an inexpensive carpet cleaner from the Dollar store. It is in a Red spray bottle, and is simply called Carpet Cleaner. No fancy name needed, it really works! Just spray it on a clean cloth first, and then rub out the stain. Be sure to do a test spot first. For stained lining, pull the lining all the way up and out of the bag then work on the stain until it comes out. Hang the bag by the strap to dry overnight with lining still pulled up. It made a Burberry handbag look brand new. The same cleaner works great for fabric shoes.

For the inside and bottom of all pre-owned shoes, rubbing alcohol on a cloth will clean and disinfect. The shoes will look almost new again. You will feel better about selling them if you clean them, and the customer will be pleased with their purchase.

For leather handbags, a thin coat of leather conditioner will do wonders for them and help them last longer. Rub in a small amount of leather conditioner, let dry a few minutes and buff with a clean dry cloth. It is well worth a little extra effort and you will feel good about the sale.

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annabellas | May 2nd 2013 at 1367558316 | May 3rd 2013 at 1367583764

Excellent ideas. Saddle soap also works well on leather goods.
Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | May 3rd 2013 at 1367600343

Great tips. Thanks for posting! Are you on FB? We do an AddoBlog Wednesday promo on the Addoway Sellers Meet & Greet page. It's a great way for you to share your knowledge and get more exposure for your store. Hope you join us next week!
SunflowerAcres | May 4th 2013 at 1367727197 - in reply to catsmom

Thank you! I'll have to try it.
SunflowerAcres | May 4th 2013 at 1367727289 - in reply to DonnasStuffMore

Thanks Donna, I'll look for it:)

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