Guide to Retro-styled Bags

Retro Shopping

Where there are handbags, there are retro handbags.
Where there are handbags, there are retro handbags.
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Retro styles are so popular you may not have known they were retro. Department stores, boutiques, eBay, eBags, Claire's, flea markets -- where there are handbags, there are retro handbags.

Prices run the gamut. The most important thing to keep in mind is authenticity. Retro does not mean vintage, an important distinction in a place like a flea market or eBay. Vintage, if it's in good condition (and sometimes even if it's not), is worth a lot. Retro does not have any inherently high value just because it's retro.

If a handbag is billed as expensively vintage, don't take it at face value. There are a lot of fakes out there. Far more than there are authentic collectors' pieces.

If you're going for a retro bag with a famous name, or handmade, or living in an overpriced boutique, expect it to cost you. But know you can pick up a retro bag on the cheap and it doesn't make it any less retro.

It's the style that counts.

For more information on retro handbags, fashion and related topics, check out the links below.

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