November 2, 2007, Newsletter Issue #42: How to Shop for a Vintage Handbag

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When shopping for vintage handbags, make sure you only purchase from reputable manufacturers.  Unless you have a lot of knowledge about vintage handbags, it will difficult for you to know exactly what you're buying if you're shopping on Ebay.  A good retailer or dealer should be able to give you the estimated age of the handbag as well as a list of all of the flaws and damage the handbag may have.  You should also look for a retailer with a good, fair return policy.  Much of the appeal of vintage handbags has to do with the workmanship of the bag and not just the appearance.  If you're interested in handbag history, there are probably many vintage handbags you would love to own; however, if you just want a nice looking bag, vintage handbag collecting may not be right for you.  Many vintage handbags get their value from the innovative ways they were built during their time period.  You can find some vintage handbags for low prices, while their prices can also be extremely high depending on the bag.

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