Vintage Coach Photos & Chat

Paris Girl

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Thank you....thats a big No from me on those...looks like they have gotten a child to write on them and then embroidered/painted them.
Waste of a Dinky.
I’m very creative and I can sew and embroider but somehow I couldn’t do this to a bag unless it was a total loss with bad stains. I do not care for any of the hand-embroidered bags. They are not done well and designs do look child-like. It might be fun to buy a nightmare bag that is beyond help and play around with it.
 

Syren

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So true about the waste! But at least they've been trying to improve their quality a little? Maybe? I dunno, I have never bought a full price coach bag. They are at least looking better. I sometimes see some I might think about buying if they didn't have the "genuine glovetanned whatever" in gold letters I would have to look at every time I open a flap. I wish they would stop doing that. It looks so cheap!

ETA..no offense...I know some of you like the newer bags.
As a long time Coach lover who could only afford to buy them starting in 2009ish, I think the quality has really been improving after being so so in recent years. I think it started when the 1941 bags began appearing but now even the non-1941 (I know Coach doesn’t designate them this way anymore but we can all tell lol) bags are a step-up.

I watch a lot of purse reviews on YouTube and many people who are really only into luxury brands have now been discovering Coach and showing them on their channels. They always seem to be amazed at the bang for your buck you get with Coach. Kind of interesting. I often stray into other contemporary brands but the quality is pale by comparison to Coach even in the iffy years, at least in my opinion.

I love my vintage Coach, and mid-2000s Coach, and modern era Coach bags. And I love my outlet Coach items! (I even think the outlet bags have improved a lot!)
 

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As a long time Coach lover who could only afford to buy them starting in 2009ish, I think the quality has really been improving after being so so in recent years. I think it started when the 1941 bags began appearing but now even the non-1941 (I know Coach doesn’t designate them this way anymore but we can all tell lol) bags are a step-up.

I watch a lot of purse reviews on YouTube and many people who are really only into luxury brands have now been discovering Coach and showing them on their channels. They always seem to be amazed at the bang for your buck you get with Coach. Kind of interesting. I often stray into other contemporary brands but the quality is pale by comparison to Coach even in the iffy years, at least in my opinion.

I love my vintage Coach, and mid-2000s Coach, and modern era Coach bags. And I love my outlet Coach items! (I even think the outlet bags have improved a lot!)
I agree. The quality of my MFF star quilted Jes is just as good as my recent boutique Coach bags.
 
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Im sure everyone has their guard up after the pony express incident as well! Unrelated, but has anyone else noticed how vintage coach listings are turning more and more into auctions rather than BIN? Maybe Im wrong, but it’s been feeling that way lately lol
I've only tried auctions three times and won two with nice prices. First was my BT2 casino for $28 but with UK shipping and taxes and second was a lot of three Basics for $62. Everything else I've bought BIN has been much more expensive ranging from $30-120 or so:sad:. Cheapest was an absolutely parched Metropolis Zip from Goodwill for $9. Can't wait to rehab that one!

I have a “new” basic bag that I love but I also got an older basic bag in a lot of bags I purchased but it was in horrible condition. I keep my newer one to use & then the older one, I use it as an experiment bag for testing out different rehab ideas. Perhaps you can do the same? I rehabbed a tired looking court a little while ago and it came out phenomenal. It did require 2 dunks and massaging the leather with cpr a lot. Maybe you can try tossing it in the washing machine even- if it was only $20- whats there to really lose? Ive always wanted to try that method lol
How do you and others manage to apply the right amount of conditioner? I ALWAYS oversaturate and have to redunk to wash off the excess whilst the typically dry areas (corners, stressed areas of piping, straps etc) stay dry!
 
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whateve

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That's cute, and your reasons for purchasing make a lot of sense. I have been seeing things I like, the new Swingers and Ergos, the Saddle bags...but when I consider buying one, I come to the conclusion I could buy several vintage bags for the price. But then again I've only paid over $100 for one bag, so It might just be the thrifter in me talking. I've been thrifting for 30 years, I just like to do it. Nothing feels better to me than a good deal. It helps that I really just love old stuff :lol: I got a couple of hours by myself a few of weeks ago, and I walked around my favorite antique store(that I haven't been into in FOREVER) by myself. Didn't buy anything, but it just feels so good to be surrounded by old stuff. I love to oooh and aaah and think about the lives the stuff had. I honestly can't remember the last time I bought anything new!

Oh wait, I did buy some tank tops that were on sale for $3 the other day :lol:
I am a bargain shopper but I didn't get into going to thrift stores until around 2014. When I first joined the forum, it was because my teenage daughter had spent her hard earned money buying a purse and a wallet with no discounts from a Coach boutique. I wanted to show her you didn't have to spend that much to get what she wanted so I started looking at contemporary Coach on ebay. I did find some bargains but I also found some fakes, which is how I found the forum, and which led ultimately to me becoming an authenticator. I didn't get interested in vintage until Katev started showing off her rehabs. At first, I wasn't attracted to it because it was vintage or better quality; I just wanted to be able to transform something. It appealed to the crafter in me. Ironically the first vintage bags I bought on ebay were in perfect condition and didn't need any rehabbing.

In 2014, we drove cross country, shopping at thrift stores along the way for something to do. It was a good way to drive around new towns and get a feel for the area. We met interesting people. I shopped for vintage Coach because it was something I knew and liked. Ever since then, whenever we travel, we go to thrift stores. It took me a long time to get over the ick factor with buying thrift. I don't mind vintage Coach because I know I can get them completely clean with dunking. But even clothes that I know I can wash, I still feel funny about those that touch the skin. I love my thrifted down jacket. I can't see myself ever buying used shoes. I bought a used stand mixer. Even though I washed it thoroughly, the first few times I felt kind of icky using it.

Now I know that many people who sell on ebay get their items from thrift stores but when I was first buying, if I was buying used, I imagined I was buying from the original owner, and it didn't seem as icky.
 

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I agree. The quality of my MFF star quilted Jes is just as good as my recent boutique Coach bags.
Those Jes bags are cute! Last time I was in the outlet I inspected one of the Nora kisslock bags in pebbled leather and it was the nicest pebbled leather I felt on an outlet bag in a long long time. I would say I preferred it to the polished pebbled leather on some of the boutique bags. I want one :lol:
 

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I've only tried auctions three times and won two with nice prices. First was my BT2 casino for $28 but with UK shipping and taxes and second was a lot of three Basics for $62. Everything else I've bought BIN has been much more expensive ranging from $30-120 or so:sad:. Cheapest was an absolutely parched Metropolis Zip from Goodwill for $9. Can't wait to rehab that one!


How do you and others manage to apply the right amount of conditioner? I ALWAYS oversaturate and have to redunk to wash off the excess whilst the typically dry areas (corners, stressed areas of piping, straps etc) stay dry!
I don't usually have this problem and I often slather on the CPR. It helps if you start with a freshly dunked bag that isn't completely dry. IMO dunking opens up the pores of the leather so the conditioner can soak in. You can also put your bag in a warm place to help the conditioner melt and soak in. Sometimes I'll sit mine out in the sun for a few hours. If it is too cold in your house, you can use a hairdryer.
 

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I am a bargain shopper but I didn't get into going to thrift stores until around 2014. When I first joined the forum, it was because my teenage daughter had spent her hard earned money buying a purse and a wallet with no discounts from a Coach boutique. I wanted to show her you didn't have to spend that much to get what she wanted so I started looking at contemporary Coach on ebay. I did find some bargains but I also found some fakes, which is how I found the forum, and which led ultimately to me becoming an authenticator. I didn't get interested in vintage until Katev started showing off her rehabs. At first, I wasn't attracted to it because it was vintage or better quality; I just wanted to be able to transform something. It appealed to the crafter in me. Ironically the first vintage bags I bought on ebay were in perfect condition and didn't need any rehabbing.

In 2014, we drove cross country, shopping at thrift stores along the way for something to do. It was a good way to drive around new towns and get a feel for the area. We met interesting people. I shopped for vintage Coach because it was something I knew and liked. Ever since then, whenever we travel, we go to thrift stores. It took me a long time to get over the ick factor with buying thrift. I don't mind vintage Coach because I know I can get them completely clean with dunking. But even clothes that I know I can wash, I still feel funny about those that touch the skin. I love my thrifted down jacket. I can't see myself ever buying used shoes. I bought a used stand mixer. Even though I washed it thoroughly, the first few times I felt kind of icky using it.

Now I know that many people who sell on ebay get their items from thrift stores but when I was first buying, if I was buying used, I imagined I was buying from the original owner, and it didn't seem as icky.
I started thrifting when I was a teenager. I wish I had kept a lot of the stuff I bought back then! Cross country thrifting sounds like the best road trip ever!

If something seems icky to me(clothes anyway) if I happen to have vodka I pour some in the wash and soak a bit. Takes the smell out of clothes easier than anything else I've tried. I can't remember where I learned this but it works lol. Wish I could do this with a couple of bags, but I figure soaking in alcohol isn't a good idea for bags.
 
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I've only tried auctions three times and won two with nice prices. First was my BT2 casino for $28 but with UK shipping and taxes and second was a lot of three Basics for $62. Everything else I've bought BIN has been much more expensive ranging from $30-120 or so:sad:. Cheapest was an absolutely parched Metropolis Zip from Goodwill for $9. Can't wait to rehab that one!


How do you and others manage to apply the right amount of conditioner? I ALWAYS oversaturate and have to redunk to wash off the excess whilst the typically dry areas (corners, stressed areas of piping, straps etc) stay dry!
For auctions it depends. If there’s no interest, I can usually win bags at starting bid or a little over, but when there are multiple bidders & price is being bid up days before auction end, I remove the listing from my watchlist if it goes higher than what I was willing to pay. For my currant willis, I put a ridiculous end bid but won it for less. It was a miracle!!

I gently wipe the excess off with a fluffy microfibre cloth (my favourite is the arm&hammer blue one) before buffing. When I first started using Renapur, I slathered it on & left it overnight. The next day the bag felt like rubber LOL. I didn’t make that mistake again, always buff your bags after conditioning!

ETA: For CPR, I only apply it while the bag is wet, I don’t like using CPR on dry leather
 
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In 2014, we drove cross country, shopping at thrift stores along the way for something to do. It was a good way to drive around new towns and get a feel for the area. We met interesting people. I shopped for vintage Coach because it was something I knew and liked. Ever since then, whenever we travel, we go to thrift stores.
That sounds amazing! I definitely want to do a US road trip so that and eating out at the nice restaurants sounds like the best way to exploring new places!!!

I don't usually have this problem and I often slather on the CPR. It helps if you start with a freshly dunked bag that isn't completely dry. IMO dunking opens up the pores of the leather so the conditioner can soak in. You can also put your bag in a warm place to help the conditioner melt and soak in. Sometimes I'll sit mine out in the sun for a few hours. If it is too cold in your house, you can use a hairdryer.
Oh, that might be a reason as it's quite cold here. I'll start putting them in the sun, if we get any, or the boiler room for a few hours so it can soak in.

I gently wipe the excess off with a fluffy microfibre cloth (my favourite is the arm&hammer blue one) before buffing. When I first started using Renapur, I slathered it on & left it overnight. The next day the bag felt like rubber LOL. I didn’t make that mistake again, always buff your bags after conditioning!

ETA: For CPR, I only apply it while the bag is wet, I don’t like using CPR on dry leather
Thank you - noted. Why don't you like using CPR on dry leather?
 
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That sounds amazing! I definitely want to do a US road trip so that and eating out at the nice restaurants sounds like the best way to exploring new places!!!



Oh, that might be a reason as it's quite cold here. I'll start putting them in the sun, if we get any, or the boiler room for a few hours so it can soak in.


Thank you - noted. Why don't you like using CPR on dry leather?
I personally think it absorbs much better on wet leather. I’ve tried it on a dry bag before but I noticed I had to use way more product & the bag felt a bit tacky afterwards.
 
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I’m very creative and I can sew and embroider but somehow I couldn’t do this to a bag unless it was a total loss with bad stains. I do not care for any of the hand-embroidered bags. They are not done well and designs do look child-like. It might be fun to buy a nightmare bag that is beyond help and play around with it.
I think I’ve figured it out. These colourful words & embroidery are targeting young people, mainly influencers. I can totally see a young influencer flexing these bags as a trend on Instagram. It doesn’t have to be well done embroidery & the words are seemingly random but if there’s one thing I remember about being a teen, it’s the individualism & wanting to be seen as “different”. Look at the embroidered words: “too much”, “off the deep end”, “wild”, “daydreamer”, “tune out” etc... these all seem like things Id expect some young person to put as a caption on social media. Or am I reaching? Lol
 

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I think I’ve figured it out. These colourful words & embroidery are targeting young people, mainly influencers. I can totally see a young influencer flexing these bags as a trend on Instagram. It doesn’t have to be well done embroidery & the words are seemingly random but if there’s one thing I remember about being a teen, it’s the individualism & wanting to be seen as “different”. Look at the embroidered words: “too much”, “off the deep end”, “wild”, “daydreamer”, “tune out” etc... these all seem like things Id expect some young person to put as a caption on social media. Or am I reaching? Lol
Like you said, I can see influencers buying them, these remind me of 2013/2014 when studding the vintage bags were “in”. I will never understand revamping a bag and slapping a $500 price tag on them, except that one collection with Barney’s where they put that really cute suede striping on them. I personally would never spend that much money on a purse that’s poorly embroidered with weird sayings, but to each their own! There’s obviously a market out there for it.