How To Score A Highly Coveted Vintage Designer Bag Online

By definition “the greats” are legends, rulers of their categories, something or someone so outstanding they’re unforgettable. In handbags, “the greats” are vintage. They’re bags so iconic and expertly made, they stand the test of time. They’re also eco-friendly, and prices are significantly lower than retail. Right now, they seem to be everywhere, too — on the arms of every top model and blogger and reintroduced at some of the biggest fashion houses. But finding an amazing vintage bag online is kind of like digging for treasure. It isn’t easy, but you can strike gold.

First things first, if you’re ready to buy one, you have to start by doing your research. “You have to know who you’re buying from,” says Yael Kanter, who runs the Toronto-based e-retail site, Vintage Couture, with her mom, Lynda Latner. “You want to have a full condition report. Some sites have rating systems, like A, B, C, based on the interior and exterior,” says Kanter, whose company has been dealing vintage all over the world for over 20 years. You should look at plenty of photos of the bag you’re intending to purchase, and make sure there is a return policy or an actual person you can speak to if you’re not happy with the final purchase, she advises. As for number one most important thing? “You have to feel comfortable knowing that this bag is not pristine, no matter what,” says Kanter. “Even if someone bought it and it sat in their closet, it’s not brand new from a store.”

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While Dior’s Saddle Bag has become one of the most sought-out vintage bags online, according to Kanter, there are other treasures to consider. “I would definitely snatch up as many of those vintage-style Gucci bags, if you can find them,” she says. Given that they never stray too far from their cult classic bags, Chanel and Hermès are good value buys too, says Kanter.

As for what’s ahead, Kanter has a couple ideas of which bags to buy before they become the next big thing in vintage trends. “I feel like Balenciaga is going to do something with a bag they’ll pull from the archives and make new again, but still honour the style that made it so famous in the first place,” she says. Another good bet: Any of Loewe’s ’70s animal-shaped bags, which have made a comeback in recent seasons in the brand’s main line. “They’re just fun and quirky,” she says.

Ready to start the search? Keep clicking for seven amazing vintage bags from seven trusted sources.

If fans like the Olsens, Kate Moss, and Rachel McAdams regularly turn to Vintage Couture for great vintage finds, you know you can too.

Hermès 1972 Black Blue Box Supple Leather 28cm Kelly Bag, $8,500, available at Vintage Couture.
One of the most reliable sources for vintage online, The Real Real’s 600 authentication experts, horologists, and gemologists check each and every piece to make sure it’s 100% authentic.

Fendi Zucchino Baguette Bag, $687, available at The Real Real.
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The e-store behind Kendall, Gigi and Ariana’s recent vintage bags, Treasures of NYC is a millennial fave that has some of the best pricing I’ve ever seen online.

Dior Black Classic Logo Saddle Bag, $1,847, available at Treasures of New York.
While the flagship store is based in Soho, you can shop this New York City-based store’s high-quality bags online from anywhere in the world.

Gucci Original GG Canvas Belt Bag, $544, available at What Comes Around Goes Around.
They call it handbag heaven for a reason: Rebag only buys and sells the best bags. Plus, you can even exchange a Rebag purchase for 70% of the purchase price within the first six months.

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patent Jumbo, $3,865, available at Rebag.
Believe it or not, eBay has an entire section of its site dedicated to luxury bags its experts have guaranteed as 100% authentic, which means you can go ahead and browse worry-free.

Louis Vuitton Black Monogram Multicolore Speedy 30 Bag, $1,427, available at eBay.
A leading retailer in authentic pre-owned luxury pieces, Vestiaire Collective has an impressive marketplace where you can find just about anything at up to 70% off retail pricing.

Loewe Black Leather Animals Purse, $431, available at Vestiaire Collective.
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