Shopping vintage is one of the best ways to find unique pieces that don’t break the bank or the planet. Vintage bags in particular have been increasingly regarded has great investment pieces with unique period pieces or classic luxury designer bags increasingly going up in value. An example of this is the classic Chanel flap bag, that has risen in value by more than 230% in the last 12 years as reported by FT.
Here is why going vintage for your next bag purchase is a good investment:
- You get more for your money
One of the more obvious reasons for shopping old rather than new, is that you can find some pretty good deals out there which means you get more for your money. Yes, it involves a lot more rummaging or research trying to find what you’re looking for, but that’s part of the fun.
2. Certain classic pieces can go up in value
For designer bags, the classic Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Hermes, are always in high demand and the quantity available out there is limited which means they are likely to keep going in value. These are also pieces that have high quality of craftsmanship and generally people that do buy them, keep them in very good condition which makes it easier to resell. Certain unique period pieces, although harder to find, can also keep going in value.
3. You get something unique
One of the main reasons so many of us enjoy vintage shopping is the ability to find unique pieces. When most of today’s fashion on high street is mass produced, finding a unique piece is a true joy.
4. Vintage doesn’t necessarily mean poor condition
A lot of the bags you find in thrift or vintage shops are in pretty good condition although you should definitely be aware of any stains, scratches or faults before buying to make sure you’re happy with your purchase. If you’re worried about the “storage” smell, stains, or any faults there are quite a few professional cleaning and repair options out there that can help restore the bag.
5. It’s more sustainable
Buying second hand or vintage, even if you don’t always do it, is still more sustainable than always buying new. And with such a large array of choice out there it’s not hard to find something special that you’ll cherish forever.