Bonita Springs Florida Weekly

Hermès? Tiffany? Dior? Think twice before you toss the box

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Prices for shopping bags and boxes from Dior, Fendi and Tiffany started at $10 at a charity shop. PHOTOS BY SCOTT SIMMONS / FLORIDA WEEKLY

Prices for shopping bags and boxes from Dior, Fendi and Tiffany started at $10 at a charity shop. PHOTOS BY SCOTT SIMMONS / FLORIDA WEEKLY

Admit it: It drives you crazy when a kid tears open a package and ends up playing with the box instead of the toy inside.

That box provides great pleasure, even if it is of little value otherwise.

The packaging almost always is the first thing we toss when we receive a product.

Typically, it’s of little use or value.

But sometimes, the packaging is well worth retaining, especially if the boxes and bags originally held luxury goods.

It’s summertime. The seasonal rush has passed and the warm weather may force many of us to stay indoors, where we focus on clearing closets and drawers.

This is directed at premium shoppers — or folks clearing out estates.

Those boxes from Dior and Hermès and Louis Vuitton that may have piled up in a closet are desirable on the secondary market — a consignment shop may well pay you for those items, or your neighborhood thrift shop may be able to sell them at a premium.

If you like the look, they’re well worth scouting out in thrift shops, where you may be able to find a bargain.

Boxes from Hermès also command a premium.

Boxes from Hermès also command a premium.

That came to mind recently when I visited a charity shop in northern Palm Beach County.

On shelves ordinarily devoted to housewares, I saw small Tiffany shopping bags priced at $10 apiece. The flat orange boxes Hermès uses to package its printed scarves and hankies were priced at $40 and up.

Those certainly were not bargain prices, but I have no doubt the store eventually will sell all of them.

This is not the first time I’ve seen them priced that way; larger boxes can fetch well over $100 on the secondary market. A search of completed sales on eBay proves that — one Hermès box sold for $150, plus shipping.

In many ways, it makes sense. People who buy couture things often like to store them in the original packaging. And face it, exclusive products receive exclusive packaging — that orange Hermès box connotes quality.

And that transcends simply being packaging — they look darn fine on display on closet shelves or on a dresser.

Scott SIMMONS

Scott SIMMONS

That may make you rethink those items you previously thought of as throwaways. ¦

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