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Guide to Pawning Your Designer Handbag in San Francisco

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201 Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Corner of: Kearny / Sutter

Store hours

Monday-Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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Phone: 415-915-7597

Maxferd’s San Francisco pawn shop is the best place to go if you want to pawn your designer handbag in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Established in 1884, it is the oldest continually operated pawn shop in the continental United States. We have been called “the Tiffany of pawn shops” – an eloquent testimony to our century-long reputation.

We understand that pawning your luxury handbag to get a pawn shop loan is not an easy decision. However, when life throws you a curveball, pawning your bag is one of the best ways of getting fast short-term financial relief. 

Our San Francisco pawn shop makes getting a collateral loan on your high-end handbag a breeze. We aim to meet and exceed customer expectations based on our expert evaluation of the bag you want to pawn. At Maxferd, we aim to keep the process as simple as possible.

Read on to learn:

  • Why our San Francisco pawn shop is the best place to pawn your luxury handbag
  • How the process of pawning your handbag works
  • Tips on what you can do to get the best deal

Why Pawn Your Designer Handbag at Maxferd San Francisco?

Why Pawn Your Designer Handbag at Maxferd San Francisco?

The reasons why you should pawn your high-end handbag at our San Francisco pawn shop include:

1. Convenient Location

Our shop is conveniently located at 201 Kearny St. (on the corner of Kearny and Sutter). If you work or reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is the closest Maxferd pawn shop location.

2. We Respect Your Privacy

Besides reporting transactions to law enforcement as legally required, we do not divulge your personal information or transaction details to anyone. Nobody will know if you get a pawn shop loan from us unless you tell them.

3. Safe From Scammers

Despite some of the pawn shop myths out there, we do not wish to scam anyone. In fact, pawn shops are one of the most regulated industries in the United States.

We want our customers to have a good experience when dealing with us so they will visit again in the future when they need another pawn shop loan.

4. Free Evaluations

Our San Francisco pawn shop has decades of experience dealing with luxury handbags. Our in-house experts know and understand the luxury handbag market better than most. You have nothing to lose by bringing in your high-end bag for a free, no-strings-attached evaluation.

5. We Don’t Mind Negotiating

Feel free to negotiate the amount we can lend you for the handbag you want to pawn as security for your loan. We will never pressure you to accept an offer you feel is unfair.

6. No Waiting

At Maxferd in San Francisco, you can get a collateral loan the same day you bring your designer handbag to us. We approve most loans in less than an hour.

How to Pawn Your Designer Handbag at Maxferd San Francisco

Pawning your luxury handbag at our San Francisco pawn shop is a quick and easy 5-step process.

Step 1. Come in for a quick over-the-counter evaluation of your handbag.

Step 2. Receive your verbal quote in minutes.

Step 3. Provide valid identification, such as your driver’s license or ID card. We also need to take your thumbprint as required under CAPSS (California Pawn & SecondhandDealer System).

Step 4. We write your loan and print your contract right away so you can sign it and keep a copy for your records. 

Step 5. We safely store your handbag and pay you in cash, through wire transfer, or by check according to your preferred payment method.

How Much Can You Borrow?

The amount we can lend you depends on how much we could reasonably get for your handbag should you default on your loan agreement.

Before we make you an offer, the first step is to determine the market value of your handbag or the price at which it would sell in a competitive auction. We ask that you please keep in mind that we cannot lend you the market value as we carry all the risk.

Factors we take into account to determine the value of your designer handbag include:

  • Demand – Is there a big market for it? Are other consumers frequently purchasing the same or a similar item?
  • Condition – Does it look new or show a lot of wear and tear? How well has it been cared for?
  • Completeness – Does it come together with its original accessories like straps or original packaging?
  • Brand recognition – Is it a well-known brand?

The top designer handbag brands include:

  • Gucci
  • Chanel
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Prada
  • Saint Laurent
  • Loewe
  • Paco Rabanne
  • Hermès
  • Celine
  • Christian Dior
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Valentino
  • Balenciaga
  • Jacquemus
  • Fendi
  • Givenchy

The resale value of designer handbags fluctuates over time. However, three brands that have consistently maintained a higher resale value are Chanel, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton. The following bags perform particularly well at auction:

  • Chanel Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Boy Bag
  • Hermès Birkin
  • Hermès Kelly
  • Hermès Evelyne Bag
  • Louis Vuitton Neverfull
  • Louis Vuitton OnTheGo Tote

Tips for Pawning Your Handbag to a Pawn Shop

Tips for Pawning Your Handbag to a Pawn Shop

#1. Clean Your Handbag – A clean handbag creates a positive impression. It makes it easier for the pawnshop to spot potential problems and shows you care about your bag.

#2. Include All Accessories – Include any accessories you have, including any original tags or packaging.

#3. Try to Determine the Value of Your Bag – It is good to have realistic expectations before going to a pawn shop. Knowing the value of your bag might help you negotiate a better deal.

Here are two ways to help you establish the market value of your designer handbag:

  • Sold Listings on eBay

Search for your handbag on eBay. Find the “Show only” heading and tick the “Sold Items” block. It will show you recent sales and how much they fetched.

  • has a database with more than 29 million results of what items, including luxury handbags, are sold for on auctions.

#4. Negotiate – Pawn shops are typically willing to negotiate with customers.

#5. Choose the Right Pawn Shop – Choose a pawn shop that deals in luxury bags. Our San Francisco pawn shop has bought and sold hundreds of bags from dozens of different designers over the years, so we know the market inside and out.

Selling vs. Pawning Your Luxury Handbag

Pawning your handbag is not always the right decision. If you are no longer attached to it or feel you won’t be able to settle your loan, it might be better to sell it to us.

For more information, read our ultimate guide to selling your luxury handbag to a pawn shop.

That’s a Wrap 

We hope you now have a good idea of:

  • Why Maxferd San Francisco is the best place in San Francisco to pawn your handbag
  • How the process of pawning it works
  • What you can do to get the best deal

The Maxferd team has the knowledge and expertise to thoroughly evaluate designer handbags and provide our customers with fair collateral loans.

If you have questions about a handbag you want to pawn or have evaluated, don’t hesitate to contact our pawn shop in San Francisco today.