Shopping for Vintage Designer Handbags

Dec 10, 2018

Some time last year, I started a new obsession of mine: Searching for Vintage Designer Handbags. Those late night searches on Etsy, eBay and Poshmark quickly turned into actual purchases. Quickly may be the wrong word, as I had to do extensive research on each item before handing over any money. Buying things second hand, especially online, may deter some people because as we all know there are so many scammers out there, you never know what you might end up getting. I am happy to report that each bag I purchased turned out to be 100 % authentic and exactly what I wanted. 

Here are a few of my tips when shopping for Vintage Designer handbags:

1. Research! Before buying anything used online or in person, you should research the product to familiarize  yourself with all its details. You should also research the seller you are buying from. Whether it be a person on eBay you are buying directly from or a company such as Fashionphile, look at other buyer reviews and ask the seller questions directly about the bag before buying and also inquire about return policies. 

2. Price the bag on multiple sites. I know when shopping on sites like Etsy and eBay, you will come across several options for the bag you're looking for. Of course price will vary depending on the condition of the bag and how available the bag is in general. It's important to see how much the bag is worth (retail if it is still being produced) and how much other people are selling it for. Knowing this information will help to make sure you don't spend too much on an item.

3. Look up how to authenticate or spot fake handbags. Different brands have different ways of marking their products for authentication. For example, Louis Vuitton uses date codes while Fendi uses serial numbers. However, be aware that serial numbers and date codes can be faked also. So read the blogs and articles dedicated to spotting fake/replica handbags. There are tons of them out there and they have good information that will keep you from wasting your money.

4. Do not sleep on your neighborhood thrift stores! I have found several high end vintage handbags, including Coach and Dooney & Burke, at my local thrift stores for under $20. Fakes can still be a problem here, however seeing the material and hardware up close and personal should help you determine weather the bag is authentic or not.

Please comment and let me know where you guys are finding some vintage gems!


  1. Hi, there! I really enjoyed reading this post! I absolutely adore thrift stores and hunting for bargains, so this sounds super fun!


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