Friday, November 18, 2011

Reveal: Black Chanel M/L Flap in Caviar Leather

I hope I'm not sending a wrong message by doing this type of reveal 4 times this year. (Some people including my husband might count up to 6, but it's really just 4.) I am a hard working woman who's been very thrifty throughout my life. I used to cringe at buying any clothes items more than $20 and I owned a bunch of ill fitted clothes that were very cheap. My passion used to be getting the highest possible discount on things that I might or might not need or love. After I started blogging, I have changed a lot on what I really will purchase. When I read Kelly's post on how she knew she loved something, I realized that I am the same way. And since then I started using her method as a way to decide whether to keep or return an item. I set a budget for my clothes/bags/accessory purchases and keep a very close tab on it. Note that depending on how old you are, how much you take home every paycheck, and how much you are willing to spend on luxury items, your monthly budget will be different. However no matter where you are in your stages of life, I think keeping a budget is very important.

Did I talk too much already? Ok, here's the story about this bag. I got this bag from Bag Borrow Or Steal which I joined a while back but never made a purchase till now. They offer bag rental, new and used designer and couture bags sale and cleaning/restoration services. If you are into handbags, I think you should check them out. They recently sent me a 30% off coupon code that was valid for a day for all their designer bags. I took a look and found a Mulberry that I really loved. Notice that Chanel is NOT categorized as designer in their website, but couture. I browsed around and stumbled on this M/L flap. It was listed for $2885. The bag is about 5-6 years old. I don't worry about the authenticity of the bags sold on their website, because they are a very big online dealer and they have a team of experts to certify that the bags they buy and sell are authentic. I thought $2885 is a pretty reasonable price. (Current sticker price is just below $4000). But heaven knows, when I put my coupon code in, the 30% off code worked for the Chanel as well. This was when my palms started to sweat and my heart started to overclock (sorry, engineering term, had to throw it in there). I couldn't believe it was real until I had this bag in my hand yesterday.  It was so beautiful! This was when I started grinning ear to ear, dancing up and down the stairs, running around from office to kitchen and back to office. This was when I started tweeting my dear blogger friends to share my good news and my excitement. Thank you, Jean, Kelly, Elaine, Elle, and Sidney for putting up with my stupid overjoy!

Nice thing about caviar? I can use it ... every day! My self picture taking didn't get any better, and the flash seamed to have changed the silver hardware to gold. So bear with me for the not so true to life pictures. But I will share the picture of this bag nicely done by the seller at the end. That is very true to real life.

By the way, I also found out that 5% of the purchase price goes into my account as a credit that can be used for future purchase or services. I am very happy with their service and would recommend them in a heartbeat. For an invite to free membership to Bag Borrow or Steal, click here.

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photo c/o Bag Borrow Or Steal
Have a great weekend, everyone!

25 comments:

  1. I can totally picture you grinning and running around!!  :)  Love you choice!

    I am also loving the animal print mixed with stripes!!

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  2. that is a good deal!! congrats! ive actually had horrible experiences at bbos. they now scare me.

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  3. Oh my goodness! At a discount, plus another 30% off? What a wonderful deal on such a beautiful & classic bag! =)

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  4. Gorgeous bag and what a great deal you got! I totally got the overclocking reference HAHA. Love it :) Enjoy and wear!! 

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  5. Amber, please share your experience. As consumers we are better off to be more prepared. Thank you.

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  6. Right, Michelle? I'm silly like that. :)

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  7. Thank you, Kelly. I'm so thrilled. 

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  8. You did! lol. Thank you for getting me. :)

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  9. my worst experience was with the "refurbishing." it took 12 weeks and they dyed my balenciaga instead of cleaning it. i contacted them at least 10-15 times about it, saying make sure you dont dye it because it lowers its value. apparently their communication is crap. when i bought a bag (i think it was an RM) from them it was very used and dyed. They dont really put any info up about the item, such as if it has been dyed or fixed in any way, which i think is crap. hopefully they've fixed this problem.

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  10. Wow, that sounds awful, Amber. Thank you for sharing. Now I'm really grateful that both my bags turned out great. That's very scary.

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  11. OMG! She is a beauty, Vicky! So gorgeous! I am glad you were able to score such a great deal (for Chanel, of course). Jasmine is so lucky. She'll inherit all of your goodies =)

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  12. It's so awesome that the coupon code worked!!  What a great buy! :)

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  13. Omg!! I've been so out of it that I had no idea you had gotten this! *scream* *dancing*

    I cannot believe you scored this and with the 30% off ?!! Yay!

    She is amazing and I'm so happy for you!!! Can't wait to see it with future outfits!!!

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  14. Oh congrats Vicky...this is great! Congrats on your beautiful purchase!

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  15. Gorgeous!  To say this is a great find would be understated :)

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  16. OMG she's beautiful and that has to be the deal of the century! Way to go! Overclocking, lol!

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  17. that bag is beautiful!! i sooo want to own one!!

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  18. we are bag twins.  i LOVE chanel bags!!   you look beautiful with it. :)

    jasmine

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  19. Congrats yet again, Vicky! My black caviar flap w/ silver is hands-down my most favorite purchase ever. It's simple, it's classic, and it can get a lot of wear without you worrying about it getting worn out. My mouth fell open when I saw the price you got it at, especially after whipping out my calculator to tack on the 30% off (for an Asian, I'm terrible at doing math in my head). Even before the 30% off, dare I saw I agree with you that it was a fair deal? As you know, before I bought my small black flap at Bloomies, I watched many pre-owned ones on ebay. All of them ended above what you paid. Small, mind you, not even medium sized! And that was before the crazy price hike which I'm sure has pushed the secondary market prices even higher. So enjoy her, wear her well, and Bryan should be happy that his wife is such a bargain hunter.

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  20. Congrats, Vicky!! I check out BBS all the time, but seemed to have missed this one. ; )  I'm so happy that you received a great deal on this!!

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  21. Hi bag twin! My jaw is still on the floor after seeing the price you paid for this beauty. Loveeee it on you! Perhaps a collection post soon? :)

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  22. awesome deal! i signed up for BBOS but I didnt receive a code :(

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    1. Follow me on twitter. I will post code when I receive one. They do run specials once in a while.

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  23. Congratulation, I love your bag, it's so pretty. I am really suprised that it is possible to get 30% off.I didn't knew that anything like that was even possible. I am looking forward for the code =)

    http://www.bragmybag.com

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