Things to Know Before Buying Vintage Chanel Bag

Have you ever considered investing in a vintage Chanel bag? Well, it has never been high on my purchasing priority list because I have always favored products that were fresh out of the box. However, I was yearning for a small Chanel flap bag in navy blue with a golden chain a few years ago, and the hue was unavailable in shops at the time. Because I had my soul set on the navy classic and no other option would suffice, I decided to look into other possibilities and, reluctantly, focused my search on the internet second-hand luxury market in the hopes of locating the coveted bag.

While purchasing a vintage Chanel bag initially looked like a good idea, I soon discovered that there were numerous pitfalls along the road, making the transaction far more complex than I had anticipated. I eventually got my hands on the back of my dreams, but the process was far from easy. On the other hand, my first experience with the used designer goods market taught me a few important lessons about buying vintage online, which I’d like to offer in this essay.

As a result, I’ve compiled a list of five items to consider for anyone considering purchasing their first antique Chanel purse before making such an investment.

Always Buy From a Verified Source.

Nowadays, the internet is used for a significant number of second-hand luxury goods transactions. While the ease and convenience of purchasing things online have their benefits, the lack of face-to-face interactions and the buyer’s inability to immediately verify a product’s authenticity has unwittingly created a field for counterfeiters to exploit. Determining whether a product is genuine solely based on an advertisement is nearly impossible.

As a result, when spending a significant amount of money on a vintage Chanel bag (and you will be spending a considerable amount of money because classic Chanel retains its value), it is critical to choose the appropriate marketplace to purchase the bag. Naturally, as imitations become more sophisticated, there will be rare occasions where a fake bag may sneak through the cracks. On the other hand, many of these sites feature a return policy that guarantees a full refund if the product turns out to be a fake. Anyone worried about spending a fortune on a replica bag should rest easy after reading this.

Have the Bag Authenticated

Primarily because the antique market is flooded with fake goods, get your purse from a vendor who offers authentication services wherever available. A verified bag may turn out to be counterfeit on rare occasions, but this is unlikely. Having proof that the bag is actual will give you peace of mind. As previously indicated, competent second-hand luxury product vendors are highly likely to refund money if the item turns out to be an imitation.

If the seller does not include authentication as part of the delivery, an external company can be contacted to verify the bag’s authenticity. If you request it, they can also provide an authenticity certificate. And there’s more to come!

Look Out for Signs of Authentic Chanel

Identifying the look and feel of a genuine item may be pretty straightforward for those familiar with Chanel bags. However, as imitations get more sophisticated, even a seasoned Chanel consumer should remain vigilant and look for telltale signs of a genuine product. How do you tell whether a Chanel bag is authentic? The following are signs to look for in an original Chanel bag:

Positioning of the interlocking CC logo

The right-facing C should overlap the left-facing C on the top, and the left C should intersect at the bottom, except for some classic Chanel bags. The CC emblem is reversed as an embossed plaque with two screws surrounding the center and a CHANEL on top and Paris at the bottom.

Interlocking CC logo front

In a traditional Chanel bag in caviar leather, the front of the interlocking CC lock. The phrases CHANEL and PARIS are inscribed on the back of the CC lock.

Authenticity card and a sticker

From 1984 onwards, Chanel bags must be accompanied by an authenticity card with a serial number and a sticker on the interior that matches the card’s number. The sticker should be made of plastic and should not have a hologram on it. The serial number indicates the bag’s age; for example, bags manufactured between 1984 and 1986 have a 6-digit number, those manufactured between 1986 and 2004 have a 7-digit number, and bags manufactured after 2004 have an 8-digit serial number. The authenticity card should feel like a credit card and not be too bendable; therefore, if yours is composed of malleable material, it’s most likely a fake.

Stitching count

The diamond-shaped stitching on an authentic Chanel bag is dense, with at least ten stitches per inch, resulting in relatively flat quilting. A copycat bag with fewer stitches has a bulbous, puffy appearance. Close-up of stitching on a vintage Chanel bag- In this photo of my old Chanel bag, you can see that each side of the diamond-shaped quilting has at least ten stitches.

The quilting

Quilting in the shape of a diamond should be precise and constant throughout the bag. The quilting on the bag’s external pocket on the back should be perfectly aligned with the bag’s quilting. Any flaws are a dead giveaway that the bag isn’t genuine.

Chain straps

Before 2008, there was no stitching in the leather threaded through the chain element, whereas stitching is visible on one side of the strap in current bags. The seam should be even throughout the intertwined leather strip, with no bulging.

The shape of the bag 

A genuine Chanel bag has a sturdy structure and very gently rounded bottom corners, standing upright. Boxy shapes and rounded corners are common in replicas.

Ask the Right Questions.

Assuming we’re dealing with a reputable vendor of an authentic bag, one item to watch is the product description. The bag’s look will usually be described in detail in the advertisement, with the pack being rated as very lovely, sound, or fair depending on its condition. While some trustworthy vendors supply many images with detailed close-ups and information pointing to specific problems, this is not always the case. It is frequently the buyer’s responsibility to find the flaws.

To avoid disappointment when the bag eventually arrives on your doorstep, don’t rely on the seller to tell you everything there is to know about the item; instead, do the following:

Ask about the condition of the bag.

It is subjective what one person perceives to be in good condition and what another considers excellent. This is why, when purchasing pre-owned designer items online, always inquire about the bag’s appearance, as well as any faults, internal or exterior, to determine how much wear and tear the article has received. Requesting additional images of areas of concern, such as corners or the bag’s interior, is also a good idea. While marketplaces like Vestiaire ensure that things are as represented before sending them to the buyer, it never hurts to be extra careful and curious about any flaws in an item purchased online.

Ask about the age of the bag.

While the notion that a Chanel vintage bag has a history may fascinate some, the truth is that the older the bag is, the more traces of use it will have. This isn’t to say that every vintage bag will show signs of wear. A good-condition antique Chanel bag from the 1990s, on the other hand, will never have the same appearance and feel like a bag that is ten years old. Although it may seem self-evident, when buying vintage online, one should control expectations and expect to receive a well-used item, even if it is in overall good shape.

Ask if the bag was previously restored.

While there is nothing wrong with bag restoration services, in theory, it is a good idea to ask the seller if the bag has ever been adequately mended and to what extent it has been refurbished. If the color has been changed or the bag has been otherwise personalized, this may affect the bag’s future resale value and overall sellability. This may not be a concern for everyone, but those who plan to exchange the bag in the future to get another arm candy should keep in mind that selling a bag that has had a big makeover is more complicated.

I hope you found this helpful post; if you have any more antique Chanel bag recommendations, please share them in the comments section. Visit Baggage Claim Boutique today for reviews of additional Chanel goods and preowned bags.

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