Where to Buy Vintage Chanel Bags


A few days ago I shared an Instagram story on where to buy authentic designer bags, as well as how to determine whether or not they are authentic. Purchasing designer bags online can sometimes be tricky but if you have educated yourself enough you can make sure that you won’t fall victim of purchasing a dupe aka fake designer handbag.



As most of you know, I love vintage CHANEL bags and shoes. I don’t have a full closet of them but I do own three CHANEL handbags and one pair of shoes I’m very proud of. All of my purchases were researched thoroughly until I actually hit the “buy now” button. I think it’s of utmost importance to educate yourself on vintage designer handbags before you buy them online since the risk can be high ending up buying a dupe aka fake handbag. There are many great online resources, though such as Spot Fake Handbags, The Purse Forum + Ebay provides great articles on “How to spot fake Chanel handbags”. Also, if you ever bought a vintage designer handbag online and you want to make sure it’s 100% authentic you can always get it authenticated online (since you won’t be able to go to the designer boutique and ask the sales person to authenticate it for you).  My Poupette, for instance, offers authentication services which can ease your mind if you have any doubts about your purchase.


My favorite online sites to buy vintage designer handbags and shoes are: Portero, TheRealReal, Fashionphile and Ebay.

How about you? Do you have any recommendations, and which site do you prefer when it comes to buying authentic designer handbags and shoes? Let me know by commenting below!

As always, thanks much for reading & have a wonderful Wednesday!






  1. October 5, 2016 / 1:05 AM

    Ahhh…. love your Chanel bag and shoes! Love that you kept your outfit simple and classic so your accessories pop… and boy do the pop in the best way ever! Also, great tips!

    xo, Jennifer

  2. October 5, 2016 / 2:59 AM

    Yo reconozco que sería incapaz de gastarme esa cantidad de dinero en un bolso, tendría unos remordimientos!!
    Así que tengo un par de réplicas. La verdad es que es un tema que me da bastante igual, cada uno hace con su dinero lo que quiere.
    Y tu como siempre impecable!!!

    el blog de renée

  3. Izabela
    October 5, 2016 / 3:02 AM

    I adore your bag Vanessa. I would love to treat myself to a Chanel bag one day but sadly they are out of my price range for now.


  4. October 5, 2016 / 3:06 AM

    I love your bag!! You look beautiful.
    These are great tips. I think the purse forum is the main place to go when considering a vintage bag and wanting authentication from sources don’t have their own authenticators.
    I like Vintage Heirloom’s website and heard great things, but have never bought from them. They have a smaller selection.


  5. Andrea Nine
    October 5, 2016 / 5:20 AM

    Beautiful Bag and most gorgeous lady carrying it!! Great tips and may your Wednesday be wonderful!!

  6. Bubbe
    October 5, 2016 / 5:59 AM

    Give a girl the right shoes [and the right handbag] and she can conquer the world. Great outfit – greater purse and shoes!

  7. October 5, 2016 / 7:08 AM

    Dear V., how beautiful you look, as usual! I loved your top, shoes and bag! I liked your recommendations, and I have one to give as well 🙂 Vestiaire collective is also a great site to buy vintage pieces. A friend of mine got an amazing Chanel necklace for her daughter, and the site only accepts goods that it can prove are genuine. I loved your bag because it is colorful and I love colorful pieces 🙂 I have some Chanel pieces and they are timeless, for sure. A nice skirt unfortunately doesn’t fit well anymore, and I am struggling to wear it again – less pasta, that’s the answer for me 🙂 Hugs and kisses, dear V.!

  8. October 5, 2016 / 7:20 AM

    Wow your Chanel purse is just toooo lovely – thanks for the tips!!!

    I am doing the second installment of my collaboration with fashion-forward brand STAYING SUMMER this week at blog & I know you’ll like it – don’t forget to drop by & let me know what you think!

    Happy Wednesday!


  9. October 5, 2016 / 7:37 AM

    First of all Vanessa: I LOVE this bag, it’s so beautiful and that pop of color is just too cute and perfect 🙂 Secondly, I need to get my hands on a vintage chanel piece too 😀 Still searching for THE right piece, which makes me fell in love at once 😀 Wich I didn’t see anywhere else..it’s so difficult 😀 Again I LOVE your beautiful photos, your editing and how detailled the photos are 🙂 So sorry I couldn’t stop by earily, I ‘m still ill but finally feel better to do some blog work, not only instagram.. Hope you have an amazing day and hope you and your family are all well <3
    By the way: since I don't know weather I can answer on my blog.: the Mishibox is available in the US 🙂 They are always shipping from there <3 <3 will you show us your halloween look? and when is your hubbys birthday? Sending him early birthday wishes too <3

  10. October 5, 2016 / 8:49 AM

    I have always been scared to purchase from Ebay or somewhere online because you never know, but I do love FashionPhile! I’ll just have to do my research because I have a serious love for vintage Chanel! While I love the current collections too, I just don’t think they make them like they used to!

    Thanks for the tips, V!!

    xo Bryn

  11. October 5, 2016 / 9:14 AM

    What a pretty Chanel bag! Such an interesting pattern. I’m totally with you on doing as much research as you can before making an investment purchase like that. I feel like it also makes the purchase that much more rewarding, too! xx

    Audrey Adair-Keene | http://www.happilyaudrey.com

  12. October 5, 2016 / 9:36 AM

    Such a great post, Vanessa! I am always skeptical about ordering designer handbags online because there are so many fakes out there. You are so right when it comes to doing your research though. I haven’t purchased any online yet, but I do know people who have had good luck with The Real Real. Such a fun bag and I love those shoes! Happy Wednesday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  13. October 5, 2016 / 9:51 AM

    Ooo this is such a helpful post! I love vintage designer pieces so will definitely have to check these sites out! Your yellow Chanel is so fun!
    x Emily

  14. October 5, 2016 / 11:32 AM

    Chanel is just the most timeless and classy label ever – it’s not just the product you buy but also the whole history and this is what I love about it. Your picks are so pretty and I love how you styled two of them in this look! I will definitively keep those online shops in mind 🙂
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

  15. October 5, 2016 / 11:52 AM

    Great post with very useful tips! We love a girl who does her research before shopping. These bags are a great investment and definitely worth spending some time looking getting the real deal! We also have a few Chanel (and other brands!) authentication guides on our site, our blog, and our YouTube channel, but you seem to be a pro at it already! Love, PORTERO.

  16. Tamara
    October 5, 2016 / 11:55 AM

    The Realreal is where I shop for designer finds too! That Chanel bag is absolutely gorgeous Vanessa!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  17. October 5, 2016 / 12:06 PM

    I absolutely love your new Chanel Bag!! So pretty and exclusive! Thanks for sharing your online destinations to buy your designer bags!! Maybe I’ll have a look as well;)! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

  18. October 5, 2016 / 1:29 PM

    Those shoes are darling! I’ve looked on TheRealReal website before, but it’s scary making such a huge purchase like that. Thank you for sharing your tips with us, Vanessa!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  19. October 5, 2016 / 2:52 PM

    This post is very educative V. There are so many fake designer bags out there and it is very easy to be corned. You look fabulous and I love the Chanel shoes and bag. You are a total stunner dear!

  20. Amy Arnold
    October 5, 2016 / 3:56 PM

    These are great tips! I always get nervous purchasing anything designer from a retailer I am not certain about. You have some lovely pieces and they all sound well planned and thought through. Love your outfit! Have a great day babe!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  21. October 5, 2016 / 5:51 PM

    Looking just radiant as usual! I get so many of my designer bags from The Real Real. I haven’t heard of the other ones though so I absolutely need to check them out! Hope you are having a gorgeous week!

    Manda | http://ASparklingStickyStyle.com

  22. October 6, 2016 / 12:28 AM

    Oh my gosh that bag!!! I just about died when I saw it on snapchat its so pretty!!! Thanks for sharing this V. Sending to tons of love


  23. October 6, 2016 / 4:41 AM

    I love RealReal and Portero but let’s talk first how GORGEOUS you look and how amazing find is this Chanel patterned vintage bag! Wearing it with classic black blazer and pants and a breton mariner makes it so on point and perfect! You are such a stylish and chic woman Vanessa! Always amaze me! <333
    Have a wonderful day and week!
    PS: Sorry for being a little bit behind on your posts, I just came back from my vacation!

  24. October 6, 2016 / 7:44 AM

    Jealous of your bag and sunnies. Stay gorgeous!


  25. October 6, 2016 / 9:48 AM

    I loved your Instagram story about your vintage Chanel bag and how to tell if it’s real! Your bag and shoes are gorgeous! Fast so schön wie du, aber nur fast! 🙂

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  26. October 6, 2016 / 11:29 AM

    I remember when you went through the authentication process on your Insta Stories! So helpful! I feel a lot more equipped to spot a fraud now. Plus – love the bag you choose!


    Violet Roots || Instagram || Twitter

  27. October 6, 2016 / 11:29 AM

    OMG I have to try this online store!! I’m always so iffy on buying vintage pieces online! Thanks so much for sharing this girly!

    xx Olivia

  28. October 6, 2016 / 1:31 PM

    I know how much you love vintage Chanel, I remember that vintage Chanel brooch you also have, which is gorgeous! This purse is so beautiful and unique, it screams vintage. I’ve never purchased a vintage designer item before, so this post is incredibly helpful and resourceful. I’ve heard such amazing things about TheRealReal, that they’ve often come to mind when I think vintage designer. I know that Nasty Gal also sells them, too, but I’ve never read any reviews on buyers’ experiences. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having the best week so far!



  29. October 6, 2016 / 3:21 PM

    You definitely have to do your research, that’s for sure! I love these resources, lady- could definitely come in handy for my next purchase! 🙂

    Le Stylo Rouge

  30. October 6, 2016 / 5:32 PM

    Oh I just love your vintage Chanel bag, it’s so fun! And shoes your shoes are beautiful and in such good condition. I saw your video on instagram stories, you had so many great tips for us.
    I also like to look at The Purse Forum they are a great resource for buying vintage too and I also often check out Love That Bag. They’re a Canadian company that sells authentic bags too and they even have a layaway plan…which could be dangerous!lol

    xo, Jackie

  31. October 6, 2016 / 8:23 PM

    I love shopping on Poshmark- they have such an amazing marketplace of both new and secondhand clothes and awesome vintage finds! I do a lot of shopping and selling on there- it’s like eBay but 100% fashion geared. Totally worth checking out. (my closet is @shesgotclass- say hi if you join!)

    Love this post, Vanessa!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  32. October 6, 2016 / 10:24 PM

    I most likely couldn’t tell a real one from a fake one, so I’m bookmarking the links you’ve shared here! I love Chanel and other designer brands, but especially the vintage items, so this has been a great read 🙂

    Have a great Friday!
    ♥ Josune @ Your Beauty Script


  33. October 6, 2016 / 11:48 PM

    I adore CHANEL as well, Vanessa and would love to own pieces someday. This is a great resource I’ll definitely turn to when I’m able to make my first purchase!

  34. October 7, 2016 / 12:19 AM

    What a great, useful post! Thank you for sharing, I will definitely use the websites you recommended when I decide to get my hands on vintage designer items. But can we talk about how gorgeous your Chanel bag is?! Love the unique, fun print, you have an awesome taste girl!


  35. October 8, 2016 / 11:19 AM

    I love everything about your outfit, Vanessa, including that adorable bag!
    Thank you so much for sharing your tips – I had no idea that authentification services like this existed (although I still have a lot of saving to do before I will require one!)
    Julia x

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