Chanel Classic Flap Review

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I am absolutely obsessed with my dream bag–and I literally cannot believe it is finally in my hands. Since I was in college, I have lusted after the Chanel Classic Flap bag. I’ve always been a little 13-going-on-30 (also known as older than my age), preferring to wear pearls and lipstick when peers were wearing Soffes and scrunchies. There has never really been a question about size for my first (ahem) Classic Flap: Jumbo. You know how big my purses are. Five feet and change doesn’t deter this gal from big, honkin’ bags. I need to carry my iPad mini, phone, wallet, a few makeup essentials, and pen in my bag and believe it or not, the Jumbo fits it all (see the video below).

Since marriage is a two-way highway of communication, I wanted to get my hubby’s permission to make such an extravagant purchase. After I beat him into submission he agreed, I saved up money, sold a few bags I didn’t love as much, and voila! I found the bag destined to be mine from a high-end consignment site called Yoogi’s Closet. They’re a reputable retailer of authentic pre-owned luxury.

I enjoyed the experience, and recommend them to anyone–they’re authenticity experts, and they really know how to showcase a designer product. I do wish they gave free expedited shipping, considering I spent thousands! I saved $500 off the current regular retail price of this bag, and didn’t have to pay tax (saving me over $900 total). And this bag has barely been used, and it’s a 2012 model.

Click above to watch the video of my review, and a surprise little What’s In My Bag somewhere in the middle. (If you like my YouTube videos, feel free to subscribe so they’ll show up in your home feed on YouTube.com!) I know Chanel isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so please keep that in mind if you aren’t a fan, and also know that I’m not intending to offend, brag, boast, or otherwise “show off”–I’m simply one happy girl squealing to her friend (that’s you) about her latest purchase. Capiche?

I did make sure to get my bag authenticated with the experts in the Purse Forum immediately after snatching up the bag (I could return it as long as the Yoogi’s Closet tag was attached). No surprise here, it’s authentic, and I keep my Chanel authenticity card with the bag at all times, in case I stop by a Chanel boutique and need it serviced.

All in all, even though this is the most extravagant purchase I’ve ever made, I couldn’t be more satisfied. No regrets. I also enjoy regaining the closet space from selling unused or not-quite-as-coveted bags; and it makes sense to me, but it might be different for others. Would you rather have your one dream bag, or loads of non-dream-but-still-high-end bags?

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  • http://www.essenceofcapetown.co.za/blog Nielfa Hanifa

    I’d really like a classic Chanel bag, but really can’t justify spending that much! Your bag is beautiful and covetable though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/VeveKay Verunka Kostrouchova

    Mont Blanc … fancy! Oh right, this is a Chanel bag video :)) I wish I could afford a Chanel classic flap bag but I’m saving my pennies to buy a flat or a house (and it’s not a justifiable expense in my current financial/student situation) but it definitely does look very nice. Though I would have gone for the gold version.

    Do you prefer silver to gold?

  • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

    That’s my dream bag, great buy and totally worth it in my book.

    xo

    http://pinksole.com

  • http://twitter.com/GreetingsfromTX Megan Silianoff

    Digging your new look – shorter, darker hair! Bangs! Red Lip! I’m picking up what you’re putting down girl! =)

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      Is it weird that I could actually *hear* you saying this comment out loud? You’re too funny. Thanks a million Meg!

  • http://twitter.com/gritandglamour Grit & Glamour™

    OMG, LOVE this: “Five feet and change doesn’t deter this gal from big, honkin’ bags.” So you, so TX. And I know that you COMMAND those bags, babe. There’s just no stopping you!

    I also love that your sweet hubby had to weigh in; you two took a similar approach…my hubby would advise the same, especially since HE’S the one who sells all my cast-offs and knows the value of designer items. Of course, I’m not really good at that selling-off-my-old-stuff-first bit, but I’m working on it!

    I also have to agree on Yoogi’s Closet. So very coincidentally, I ordered a YSL Muse 2 from Yoogi’s last week, and I was extremely impressed with every aspect of the sale. Unfortunately, it was too big (can you BELIEVE that?)…I’m actually moving in the same direction with my bags as you (can you BELIEVE that?)—looking for more refinement. Large, but more structured and refined. An investment I won’t be selling on Poshmark a year later. The only thing I did not like about Yoogi’s was that I had to cop the shipping fee, and it was bloody $27! Ouch! Oh well. Teaches me to read a leeeeeeeettle longer befor I click BUY.

    xoxo

    Super video! Enjoy the bag. It is gorge and you deserve it!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      You’re hilarious. Sometimes I read your comments more than once. I’m so glad you liked Yoogi’s, and feel the same way about the shipping. And agog that we are having the same taste in bags! (Although, not really, since you have impeccable taste, it must mean I’m doing something right.) I also do not believe you when you say the bag was too big. Was it suitcase-sized or something?

  • Emma

    Love the bag and don’t ever apologize for working hard for something that you want!

  • Kenzi

    Gorgeous! I absolutely love it. Congratulations!! One day I will own one as well. But as of now it is still out of reach for me. Even if only slightly.

    I’ve done something similar recently though.. I’ve had a ton of impulse purchases among more contemporary mid-range designers (i.e. Rebecca Minkoff, Coach, MBMJ, etc.) And I’ve recently sold off several to fund my first Premier Designer bag- A Louis Vuitton. Well now I have two LVs and a few accessories, which probably could fund a Chanel.

    I am also like you in the 13 going on 30 aspect. I’ve always had more sophisticated taste vs. my peers. I’d rather shop at Express than Aeropostale in high school. And while I do love the Chanel flap, and it is my Holy Grail of a bag, I think at 25 I wouldn’t get as much use out of it. It’s still a bit dressy for me. My LVs are more on the casual side and fit my day-to-day wardrobe in my small cornfield of a town.

  • Shelley Zurek

    I totally get the “Making it” purchase , whether it be a Tiffany necklace or a Chanel bag. My “Making it” purchase or splurge if you will was getting a cleaning person..oh that was incredible! I think tons of your readers will be interested in all the details you provided about the bag. You know there are so many of us out here who aspire to such purchases..and its interesting to hear the thought process behind the purchase of such an items (it also provides us with more rationale for doing it teehee!)

  • Chelsa Caruso

    I loved the video and the bag. I am currently saving for mine and my feelings about the Chanel classic flap are exactly the same. I’m so happy for you :-)

  • http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com/ ashleigh

    Love the bag. I have a medium size Chanel classic flap.I think you made a smart choice buying pre-owned and saving all that dough. Congrats!
    -Ash
    http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com

  • AlinaValero

    I just bought my dream bag — a Celine Luggage Tote! I know the feeling of finally having something you’ve been lusting after — and thought you might never own — in your possession. Enjoy it!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      how amazing! i drool over the celine luggage totes! What color did you get?

      • AlinaValero

        I got the classic — Mini tote in black smooth calf skin! Ah!!! My boyfriend hates that I spent so much on it, but it’s my money and my happiness :)

  • Call me M

    This is my dream bag too! I love it! Congrats for buying the bag of your dreams.
    I loved your video, and everything you said was really interesting. I wish one day I can afford it too.

    Call me M @ Do You Speak Gossip?

  • http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/ Shannon Heart’s

    That is my dream bag too!!! Lucky girl!
    http://www.shannonheartsblog.com

  • disqus_yedQamyTmA

    You look so fresh and fashionable with your new haircut :D

    It makes me glad to see you so happy in your videos! I could tell you were really satisfied with your new purchase – can’t imagine how excited you were when you first got it!

    I just wish I could give you my opinion on something and I hope you don’t get offended.

    So everyday when I go home I see a homeless man in the trainstation. He lives there with a buch of blankets and there’s all he owns. Pains me to see how cold me though because he probably doesn’t eat a lot. He covers himself all up, doesn’t even show his face to the world – I never saw it, just the tip of his head – and this makes see stuff in a whole different perspective and how it is outrageous the amount of money we spend everyday in this we do not need. What I’m trying to do is to buy things only when I need them. I have a packed wardrobe and I believe most of us do, yet I kept on buying new stuff simply because the new collections are beautiful and I want to look my best. The result : I ended up not wearing the majority of my stuff because I had too much.
    Everytime I see that poor person I think how maybe he once had a job, money, a house and I can’t help to think that might happen to anyone, alerting me to the fact that money has to be spend wiselly And that the money people spend in ridiculously expensive stuff they don’t really need, could help to feed a person for at least months!

    I’m not rich, utill recently my dad didn’t even had a job – he had lost it some months ago- and never in my life I owned high end stuff, but I felt like a have waaay much than it is required. I have several shoewear, loads of jackets, jeans (…) and I just don’t need more until my old clothes get messed.
    I think it is wise to invest in something you need that is durable and great quality, although I believe, that at least in my country I could buy a bag for 200€ that you’d last me a lifetime. I don’t see myself spending 4000€ and more in a bag or anyother item knowing that people like that homeless man.

    I think you are an inteligent person and that you feel confortable with my opinion and that you won’t be offended.
    I’m not judging you in any way. I’ve been with this in my head for quite some time and just felt like sharing it with you. Who knows if it’ll change a bit our mind like it changed mine.

    If you happen to read this and you feel like it, I’d be pleased to have a reply :D

    Keep happy :)
    x
    Sofia.

  • Nique

    Congrats on the beautiful bag. You deserve it. I recently splurged on a Cartier Trinity Ring that I had been wanting for years, and I love it.
    I would love to know which bags you got rid of.

  • http://twitter.com/bbbrandnewww Kristina

    Congrats! It’s so gorgeous. I think those splurge purses are so worth it because you will love that thing forever.

  • http://twitter.com/aprettynest A Pretty Nest

    This would be my dream come true, such an iconic bag ! I’ve been saving for years and soon I’ll have one too !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001339377777 Jennifer Holmes

    Great bag video, I have been lusting after this bag for sooooo long, my friend recently got one and i was so jealous! I also have a bag hook & its great, mines like this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/FREE-SHIP-19-colors-New-Crystal-Folding-Bag-Purse-Handbag-Hook-Hanger-Holder-/121010915361?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item1c2cd00821 if your looking to get one thats a little prettier :-) I also bought my mum one at christmas :-) It would be great to see a whats in your work bag video, Im an odp and end up with so much crap in my work bag! hoping one day I’ll also have saved up enough for my dream bag! hope your having a fab weekend.

    Jen :-) xx

  • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

    Thanks! I was really apprehensive as I’m usually weird about pre-owned stuff, but it was in great condition, a few scratches on the lining on the inside, but I didn’t care too much. :) What are the deets on your medium flap?

    • http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com/ ashleigh

      I wish I had gone bigger because it doesn’t hold a lot. Once my wallet and lipstick and compact are in there anything else makes it hard to close and bulgy. I am used to lugging WAY more stuff! So i only use it to go out when I won’t be needing may items. I also bought used from a local upscale consignment place but I was very, very lucky. The original tags were in a pocket inside the bag and so was the receipt for the purchase by the old owner. I was able to authenticate it easily so I could send it to be cleaned.

      • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

        Ooh, where did you have it cleaned? Did you send it to Chanel and pay to have it cleaned?

        • http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com/ ashleigh

          Yes! The inside was way dirty. I took it to the Chanel boutique inside Saks and they sent it away. They give you an estimate when you take it in and they tell you it takes 4-6 weeks to get back. Mine took 5.

  • Chelsea Mac

    Love the review! This bag is definitely on my must own in the next 5 years list ;) Thanks for the recommendations. I also adore your hair cut – your entire look in this video is fab! Cheers doll! And Congrats!

  • shareasecret

    Nice Blog! Greetings from Europe!
    http://shareasecret.wordpress.com/

  • Lloyd and Wolf

    Congrats on the purchase. I too am saving up for my first Chanel.

  • Liz

    I had been coveting a Chanel flap for years…and finally got one from the Rue Cambon store when I went to Paris with my husband a couple of years ago. The whole experience was unforgettable. Mine is a maxi (I’m 5’7″) with gold hardware and I feel like a million bucks whenever I carry it. I love that it’s a truly timeless bag and I’m certain that one of my girls (I have two) will love it as much years from now. Enjoy your bag! It’s beautiful!
    P.S. Your lips are awesome! What are you wearing here?

  • http://weheartbeautyblog.com/ Lara Love

    I. AM. SO. JEALOUS. Great purchase! And I love that you talked to your man about it – what a good wife you are!

    xox Lara http://www.weheartbeautyblog.com

  • http://twitter.com/LilyaDDS Lily

    Congrats on the bag! I can totally relate to this because after I started working I really wanted a certain designer bag and after many “discussions” with the husband I finally obtained it. I know it is ridiculous and superficial but we work hard and we deserve to buy things that make us happy! Can you please post more makeup tutorials (like for the look in this video) since I am very challenged in that area and I would love to see what’s in your work bag as well!

    cheers!
    lily

  • http://lippylash.blogspot.com lippylash

    Oooh congrats!! I have been wanting this bag for so long!!!!! And exactly like the one you have: caviar and silver!

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  • http://www.bragmybag.com Alex

    Hi Kristina, that’s a Chanel medium classic flap right? I love the snapshots you made. And I can’t see any scratches, so I guess you have a caviar flap bag. And for $900 off, well done, it’s a bargain.

    I looked with my GF for the jumbo classic flap bag a couple months ago in Paris. The medium bag is sold out everywhere, I am not sure how it is in US, but Europe is going wild. A lot Asian tourist come to europe and buy not one but a whole bunch of bags. I have seen the medium bag in Hong Kong, they are 150% more expensive than Europe. How is the price in US?

  • http://www.vintageheirloom.com Laura Jane Brown

    Your bag is an investment which over the years will increase in value. Congrats on your purchase! We recently had one online silver hardware 2012 jumbo and was snapped up instantly. You got a bargain!

  • erika

    Hi Kristina,

    Where do you get your bags authenticated?

  • Jennifer Birk

    I cleaned out my closet this weekend and looking to sell 3-4 of my bags – just wondering if you did this through a website or took them to a store or etc???? Thank you for the helpful information. I greatly appreciate it.

  • Brenda Camarillo

    Good for you, she is a beauty, don’t feel guilty, I’m sure you deserve it, you are a doctor for peas sake !!!! I’m a mother of two and working on getting a nursing degree, I wish I made time like you, to have a blog, you should be very proud of yourself. Again congrats on your Chanel.
    I came across your page when I google Chanel refurbish, since I would like to dye my vintage Chanel Kelly ( Ebay found). do you know of any places here in Houston?
    thanks in advance.