A friend just told me about this site:
Bag Borrow or Steal™ - Borrow or Rent the Latest Authentic Designer Handbags Purses Jewelry and Accessories
Bag, Borrow or Steal lets you rent a couture purse, belt, jewelry, etc. by the week or more. There's $5 for membership, and then you pay for your selection for however long you want to keep it, with the option to make an offer to buy a "gently used" item if the site is willing to sell it to you.
My friend has events coming up, has a budget, and has a taste for lux design. One of the bags she would love to have costs $1,700, which she isn't going to buy (hopefully one day!), so instead this gives her the option to rent it for a week.
I'm fascinated by the idea.
Anyone tried it?