Buying a Vintage Chanel – What I Look For

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Buying a Vintage Chanel – What I Look For

I did it! After years of eyeing preloved and vintage websites, I finally got my hands on a vintage Chanel Medium Double Flap handbag. I am so in LOVE! I found “the one,” on Fashionphile, and I had such a great shopping experience with them. In this post, I want to share what I was looking for in a Vintage Chanel, and my experience shopping at Fashionphile.

Let me begin by saying, Chanel’s are a pricey investment. I would shop around and find a vintage piece that is best for you, and your budget, before making this financial decision.

I have been on the hunt for a Vintage Chanel for a few years now. A few of my must-haves were;

  • Had to be from before 2008. I prefer that the vintage versions of the Medium Flap have 24k gold hardware, and was made in France. Mine is from 1993
  • It had to be in Very Good/Great condition
  • Needed to come with the original authenticity card
  • The serial number still needed to be attached
  • Dust bag included
  • A good return policy. I had to be able to return (if it didn’t meet expectations) or, if it was in fact, not authentic

As previously mentioned, I purchased my handbag on Fashionphile. The process was super simple. I searched for Vintage Double Flap Medium Chanel, and filtered by price and condition, found one that met all my expectations, and I ordered.

I was drawn to the website because of the free returns, the credibility, and the fast shipping. I ordered and received my bag within the same week. I am not sure if it is because they have extremely fast shipping, or if it is because their warehouse is located in California. Fashionphile also offers a Layaway plan. You can hold a bag for 90 days, and pay it over time. This is a great option, however, your bag doesn’t ship until it’s fully paid, and you can’t refund the bag for a full refund or credit. They charge a holding fee.

I am linking some of my favorite Chanel’s below.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know some of your vintage finds! xx

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Buying a Vintage Chanel
Buying a Vintage Chanel


  1. February 4, 2021 / 4:43 pm

    Congratulations, you lucky gal! <3 So happy for you! Thanks for the tips, maybe someday …. for me too! 🙂

    • simplytandya
      February 10, 2021 / 4:58 am

      Thank you! Someday for you as well! I am so happy with my purchase.

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