My Charity Shop Bargain Designer Vintage Handbag ♥

I work in a cake shop next door to a charity shop, and I often peek in the window to see what they have. They had displayed this lovely handbag for a couple of days, but I couldn’t see the price tag so I assumed it would be too pricey. But then yesterday I decided to go in and find out how much it was, because I kept lusting after it in the window! It had a tiny label on it that said £4! That’s cheaper than Primark these days!
The handbag is by French designer Pierre Balmain, which personally I hadn’t ever heard of, but a quick Google reveals that he was a Parisian fashion designer, known for sophistication and elegance. His original vintage gowns have been worn by Angelina Jolie, Penélope Cruz, and Kate Moss. In the period following World War II, Pierre Balmain was “a king of French fashion” and outfitted stars including Brigitte Bardot.
I’m not sure the age of the handbag, but it’s in perfect condition. I’ve found the exact same bag being sold on a retro handbag website which simply describes it as ‘vintage’, so I have no idea of which period it is from. However, it’s still a gorgeous bag and I love it! It’s in a rich mustard colour, which is perfect for Autumn. It has an adjustable buckle strap, a few compartments inside, and an outside zip pocket. Most of all, I love the fastening. It’s a gold clasp, that you have to flick upwards to undo, and then slot it through the hole. It’s also embossed with the Pierre Balmain name. I am so pleased with my vintage designer find! 🙂
What do you think?

My Charity Shop Bargain Designer Vintage Handbag ♥


  1. September 12, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    This is so pretty! You definitely have a keen eye to find this beauty. I'm going to have to start trying my luck in charity shops! xx

  2. September 12, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    Ah i love the clasp! I have a vintage carvella clutch that I picked up from a charity shop for £4 too. Absolutely love finding little gems in charity shops! 🙂 SX

  3. September 12, 2012 / 7:57 pm

    Love the bag it will be perfect for Autumn! xx

  4. September 12, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    Love it, so cute. Looks brand new :-). Love your blog by the way – very cute! X

  5. September 12, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    I once got an authentic louis vuitton cherry blossom handbag from a charity shop in stoke for £4! Sold it on ebay for 60 haha. Good find!

  6. September 12, 2012 / 8:39 pm

    That is lovely. I'm sure it will go with a lot of outfits too. Xx

  7. September 12, 2012 / 8:41 pm

    Wow, you found a Balmain in a charity shop! That's awesome, nice find indeed! 😀 x

  8. September 12, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Wow, what a great find! I love browsing in Charity shops, but am yet to find anything designer.

  9. September 12, 2012 / 10:46 pm

    Wow amazing find. Also wow you work in a cake shop, so cute 🙂

    Sophierosehearts x

  10. September 13, 2012 / 3:48 am

    Great find, its gorgeous!

  11. September 13, 2012 / 9:47 am

    As if you got a Balmain bag you £4.00! Crazy! It's gorgeous 🙂 xxx.

  12. September 13, 2012 / 9:55 am

    Very cute!! 🙂

  13. September 13, 2012 / 10:33 am

    I like Balmain – i have a Balmain inspired party dress that i love. The bag is a beauty x

  14. September 13, 2012 / 12:14 pm

    This is a gorgeous colour and in such great condition too!


  15. December 22, 2012 / 5:11 am

    I'm thinking it's '80s by the colour and lining.

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