Vintage Handbags and Purses

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Shopping for vintage handbags and purses brings me a certain joy. There’s nothing like spotting that rare vintage Chanel or Hermes bag tucked away in the corner of a shop.

That said, the chances of stumbling upon a highly prized handbag worth thousands of dollars is unlikely. Most shop owners have a good idea of their inventory’s worth.

That’s why your best bet for a vintage designer handbag may be to look online on sites like Fashionpile and TheRealReal that offer authenticity and peace of mind.

But there are also quite a number of far more affordable contemporary vintage handbags and purses available on Amazon and Etsy as well.

This guide is for those who don’t want to cough up thousands of dollars on a Birkin bag, who still want a vintage looking handbag, while still having enough money left over to buy a cute matching dress (and/or pay their bills!)

(Affordable) Vintage Handbags and Purses

Vintage Full Grain Italian Leather Satchel Bag

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This is a classy vintage style handbag made of smooth full grain leather. It has a flap and lock on the main compartment that locks by simply turning the clock.. The inside is very roomy, enough to hold a 10 inch iPad Air or other tablet, books, cell phones, planners etc…

Pockets: There’s one main compartment that’s divided I half with two zipper pockets and slip pockets as well.

Vintage Bohemian Embroidered Tote Bag

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This is a large bohemian handbag aka a tote. And according to reviewers, the pictures don’t do justice to this beautiful bag. It will hold absolutely any and everything as it is big and sturdy

It has a gorgeous embroidered tribal design, a zippered exterior that lines the bag. Unfortunately, there aren’t many inside pockets. Still, if you want a vintage looking beach bag or tote to hold a large number of items that still looks great, this is the bag for you.

Vintage Style Brown Leather Crossbody Purse

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This is a purse that is only meant to carry the basic items you’ll need for the night. Users online note that it’s “cute and adorable,” which is code for small.

That said, it has a beautiful vintage design with a cute embossed rose pattern – great for parties. You’ll get plenty of compliments.

There’s a removable strap so you can wear it either as a crossbody or shoulder bag.

Pockets: In addition to the main compartment, there are two zipper pockets to hold your keys, phone and lipstick.

Vintage Genuine Leather Tote

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This is a really popular handbag with over 500 reviews averaging nearly 5 stars on Amazon. And for good reason. This is a gorgeous tote bag made of soft cow leather that has the look and feel of bags that usually go for hundreds of dollars.

It is has a soft outside that still manages to hold shape, high quality metal zippers, and nylon inside lining, and a ton of pockets: two main pockets, 1 side zipper pocket, two for your cards, keys, makeup etc…

Vintage Leather Hobo Handbag

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This Vintage Hobo Handbag is large. Large enough to hold everything you may need from a laptop and umbrella to your basic phone, wallet and keup items.

It is made of high quality retro leather with gol accents and comes with a (removable) cross body shoulder strap.

Pockets: There’s the main zipper across the center of the bag that divides it in two compartments, a zippered pocket on one side, and two open pockets on the other side.

Vintage Evening Purse

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This is an evening purse designed for a night out on the town so choose your items wisely as you’ll only fit so much.

It has a vintage floral look and is made of cotton on the inside and out. There’s a detachable chain so you can carry it either crossbody or by the handle.

Great for special occasions or just for a night out on the town.

Blue Vintage Messenger Handbag

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People love the strap on this bag. It makes all the difference and you will definitely be noticed. You can of course wear it crossbody and/or as a shoulder bag since it’s large enough to carry many items and will be the ideal length for most people.

It has sturdy clasps and is large enough to carry all your items for the day and night as well. Did we mention that we love the craftsmanship?

Vintage Beaded Purse (Clutch)

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This bag screams vintage. With its beaded design, it possesses a certain elegance that would go equally great with a casual look or a night out.

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To be sure, it’s a clutch baf that is made to only hold the essential items. That said, it’s big enough for your phone, makeup and keys.

Vintage Crossbody Messenger Bag

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This messenger bag has a vintage look as well and is perfect for vegetarians who don’t want a leather bag.

It’s a bag meant to carry your essentials but certainly not large enough to carry large laptops or notebooks. There are detachable straps and a durable handle to boot. The inside lining is dark brown made of soft fabric.

Pockets: There’s a horizontal zippered pocket, a small inside zippered pock, and inside pouches as well.

Yellow Leather Crossbody Satchel Bag

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The only thing that was annoying, but I got over quickly: the strap is long and there’s nothing to secure the excess stra

This satchel purse is another great option for those who prefer non-leather handbags that are just as durable. The bow decoration is removable. That said, its what helps the bag standout to begin with!

The bag is a bit smaller than it looks, according to many users. That said, it will help keep you well organized as the bag is well separated into 3 parts and an fit an iPad, wallet, phone, makeup and lipstick.

Some people complained that the strap was too long so may not be a good option for short people.

Vintage Leather Tote

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This is a tote made of full grain leather handcrafted by local Indian artisans. The leather will age well as it is soft and durable.

The bag can fit your Macbook, a bunch of folders, and your phone and wallet of course.

Pockets: The one knock is that there aren’t as many pockets as some people would like, which may help people fell better organized.

Vintage Handbag Rules have changed.

Fashion cycles are far shorter now and though it may be worth it to invest in one or two high end designer vintage bag like the a saddle bag from Dior or Fendi’s Baguette shoulder bag, that will appreciate 10%+ every year, most of us prefer to buy moderately priced bags and purses with a vintage look.

There are hundreds of affordable vintage bags from which to choose and we hope you found something you liked. XOXO

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