All I seem to write about is how to design your own bag, how to take care of your bag and what about the latest designs. But what do you think of vintage leather bags? Personally, I love them. Although I would like to give you some tips and tricks if you are looking for a lovely vintage leather bag on a flea market or thrift shop.
1. Too good to be true
When you think of vintage leather bags you might think about finding a little treasure. A lovely Kelly bag, which was hidden in a corner of a thrift shop. Well… it could happen. But it is not very likely. Nevertheless, you should always check out the brand of the bag. It might be worth much more than it is sold for. But if you find a big brand which should cost a fortune and you can get it for cheap… think twice. Is it an original or a fake counterfeit. If it is too good to be true it often is.
2. The condition of the leather
If you have read my blog for a while now you know leather is like your own skin. It will bronze or patina over time, it will get dehydrated if you don’t give it hydration and it does need a little tender, love, and care. If this isn’t given to a leather bag, the leather might be damaged irreversibly. Tears and burst are two signs of this irreversible damage. Scratches and dirt are not preferable but might be cleaned and fixed with the proper care.
3. Stitches and hardware
Many bags are made on sewing machines. This is not the strongest type of stitch so some stitches might be damaged. Check all the stitches, lining and for example zippers to see if they need to be replaced (if you are up for it) or if this bag isn’t in the best shape.
4. Recycle a bag
You might not just want to buy the bag for your own use but you could also buy bags to learn a new technique, take the bag apart and learn how it is made. If the leather is still in a good condition but there are some holes in the bag you could also recycle the good parts of the leather and create a new bag of the old patinaed leather.
5. Price & Quality
Sometimes just because it is a vintage leather bag people think they can ask exorbitant prices. Even though it is probably less then a new one from a store it might be more then if you make one yourself. If you don’t mind spending the hours of work (for free) into making a new bag to your own preferences, price, and quality, you might review your opinion on the vintage bag.
So besides making your own bag, there are many reasons to also check out some thrift stores. You might find the perfect, less expensive but still in good condition vintage leather bag! Do you often buy vintage bags or do you prefer to make your own?