This is a guest post By Sandra Mendoza-Daly at DebutanteClothing.com
Sandra Mendoza-Daly is the owner and editor of Debutanteclothing.com. The blog features news, tips and resources on all things vintage. It’s a must read if you love vintage. The shop is loaded with wearable vintage which has been carefully selected by Sandra herself. No frumpy or dated items in this store! Sandra is on a mission to teach the world how to incorporate vintage with modern clothing.
When it comes to accessories, women are usually in one of two camps: shoes and handbags. I’m part of the handbag camp. I love bags of all shapes and sizes, every decade, and a variety of materials. But shopping for vintage handbags is one of my favorite pastimes. Shopping for vintage purses can be a real treasure hunt, with some designer names and styles worth a small fortune. Before you set out for shopping for your next vintage bag, here are a few pointers to help you find a purse you will treasure forever.
- Buy What You Love
This old adage is true of any collectible, but especially true when you are shopping for vintage bags you actually want to wear. Always buy what makes your eyes dance and your arm or hand feel like it’s carrying a work of art.
- Less is More
Vintage bags do tend to run smaller – women didn’t have Blackberries and iPods back in the good old days. Be sure to buy a bag that will be roomy enough to hold just the essentials. Think of it as a junk in your bag diet.
Some of my favorite Day Bags:
And favorite Evening Bags:
How to Care For Your Bag
- Keep in a dark, cool place like a closet. It’s hard not to display these beauties, but keeping them out of light or harsh temperatures will keep them around for another 50 years.
- Keep them in a dust bag. You can make your own out of a clean pillow case.
- Clean with a damp, soft cloth. Do not wash or spray your bag with any harsh chemicals.
Great Places to Shop for Handbags
Do you love vintage handbags? Want to win one? Sandra has been so gracious to allow one winner her choice of either a lovely vintage satin clutch or a cute mustard pleather & plastic clutch.
Ways to enter to win:
leave a comment here and tell me which one suits your style better – the classic black, or the edgy mustard? (I personally would rock the mustard pleather/vinyl clutch!)
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Good Luck! Giveaway ends next Monday, August 17th and the winner will be chosen by random.org.