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YOUR GUIDE TO VINTAGE DESIGNER BAGS

Buying pre-owned is a smart, sustainable way to indulge in luxury shopping. Not only is it a statement against fast fashion, but buying a vintage designer handbag is an investment. When properly cared for, iconic designers and classic styles either retain or increase in value, especially when it comes to luxury bag brands like Chanel, Hermes and Saint Laurent.


While exclusivity and craftsmanship make these products so desirable, there are a number of other benefits of investing in pre-owned fashion. Not only does this offer the opportunity to buy a classic designer piece at an affordable price, but designer items and vintage pieces, in particular, are made to last, using the highest quality leather and materials.


Here's what to look for when purchasing your dream women's designer handbags.



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Whether you're looking for a classic black leather bag or a quality crossbody bag, educating yourself on what to look for is one of the most important factors when it comes to purchasing a vintage designer bag. The reputation of the seller, the authenticity of the bag, and the price are all things you should look into before making any purchases.



AUTHENTICITY IS EVERYTHING

With so many replicas on the market, checking the authenticity of a designer bag is essential. In general, the lining should look authentic, the zippers should be of good quality, and you’ll find a brand logo either stamped or embossed inside the bag. Chanel bags, for example, have an authenticity card and hologram sticker, while Hermes bags have an “H” authenticity stamp, and Gucci and Louis Vuitton bags contain a heat stamp.


Purchasing pre-owned items from Secret Sales alleviates much of the difficulty when it comes to the authentication process. Our team of experts provides in-house authentication so that all you have to do is choose from our carefully curated selection of authentic designer bags.


GO FOR CLASSIC DESIGNS

Classic designs and neutral colours will always be valuable and sought after because of their timeless appeal and versatility. While bright colours or specific trends may be all the rage at a particular point in time when it comes to investing in vintage bags, it's best to go for items like a classic brown leather bag, that will remain in vogue for decades to come. There's also no need to shy away from bold branding, as names like Gucci, Fendi and Dior will always retain iconic status.


READ THE DESCRIPTION

The condition of your purchase is equally important to collectors as it is to individuals in search of a great deal on a luxury bag for women. Vintage pieces are expected to show some wear – while this can give the bag character, too much wear can be problematic. It's best to avoid bags with any major defects, as well as those that have completely lost their shape. While it's easy to restore zips and lining, restoring the leather will alter the look and feel of the item.


This makes it essential to read the description when shopping online. Quality online stores will include a detailed description of the bag, its general condition, and defects. A certificate of authenticity should also be provided, upon your request, at no extra cost. Also, make sure the price accurately reflects the quality of the bag. At Secret Sales, you can save up to 80% on the original price, and our various payment options make it easy to choose an interest-free payment plan that suits you.


The Secret Sales pre-owned collection offers over 4,000 sought-after pieces. Focusing on iconic designers and prestigious brands, we've chosen vintage bags, clothing and accessories that stand the test of time.

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