February 29, 2012

New Jumbo Chanel

Welcome the newest addition to my handbag collection! I’ve been wanting this Jumbo Chanel for a few years and after a lot of thought, I decided to sell my Blue “Tempete” Balenciaga bag in “exchange” for this one. While I loved that Balenciaga, I was okay with giving it up in order to justify this one (something I’ve been planning to do for a bit).
For those that are wondering, I bought this bag on eBay, for significantly less than I’d pay for a Chanel in a store. I only buy from reputable sellers and I always authenticate my bags on The Purse Forum before I commit to buying. I’ve been lucky enough to find all my handbags this way, but this one might be my favorite.



  • Nicole

    It's so pertty!! Congrats on your newest addition to the family!

  • Beautygirl24

    It's beautiful πŸ™‚

  • Anisa Young

    Gorgeous Chanel! Athough I do love Balenciagas (and dream about them), Chanel is Chanel <3 xx

  • Elle @ nutritionella.com

    Gorgeous and timeless! Definitely an investment piece you'll have forever.

  • Julia

    LOVE the new Chanel! Would you mind sharing some of your favorite ebay stores? I get so weary buying from ebay- although I have scored on a few things.

    xo Julia

  • jennyjk

    congrats to the new chanel! you can never go wrong with a chancel esp. the quilted pattern πŸ™‚ btw i really like the color of your jeans πŸ™‚ great simple outfit


  • Kiwi's Fashion Blog

    Congrsts!! Chanel us classic! Looking forward seeing you carrying it in the future postings!!

  • Less Is More

    Great find! I think I just died and went to Chanel heaven!


  • Stacie

    This is my dream bag!

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  • Jody-Ann

    Congrats on the new baby! I'm sure you'll make a wonderful purse mommy πŸ™‚

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  • lovelyxobsessions

    Love it all especially that bag <3


  • Ashleigh Nicole

    Smart idea, I've always been skeptical of buying designer bags on ebay but I shall try this out!

    xo Ashleigh

  • Natalie Suarez

    super duper amazing!! LOVE IT πŸ™‚



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  • Bespoke Biddie

    She sure is lovely


  • debbiecutieface.com

    love your patterned scarf! Lovely bag, too – Chanel is classic.

  • Bettina

    It's beautiful, an excellent swap! What do you mean by authenticate on the purse forum? Do you get feedback on what in particular you need to confirm to ensure it's a real and not a fake?

  • Sarah

    Such a gorgeous bag. Congrats!


  • ashleighjoan

    I love the green pants!

  • Marisa

    What a great eBay find! I'd love to know which reputable sellers you purchase your handbags from too.


  • Katerina

    I love it^^

  • Constanze

    Amazing bag, you lucky girl! πŸ™‚

  • Inez

    Congrats on the New Chanel.

  • Β Ms. Allee

    Lucky you!*
    Amazing bag!*


  • Jen

    I think you made a great decision – it adds such timeless appeal to your collection! Love it with the gold hardware too. Can't wait to see it incorporated into your looks!


  • Kultur und Stil

    that's quite a cool bag, a good deal! but wasn't it difficult to give the balenciaga away?

    xxx Anita

  • Laura

    Soooo jealous, I've been dreaming of owning one for a good couple of years now. One day my lucky day will come, and I can own one like you!



  • La Petite Olga

    What an amazing Ebay find! I've been wanting to buy a classic Chanel one for years but I'm way too scared to get it of Ebay…

    xx Olga
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  • Fashiable

    Chic look, perfect look for you!


  • la vie quotidienne

    GORGEOUSSSS…J'adore Channel bag =)

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  • Andrea

    What a gorgeous bag!! It's such a classic.
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  • Styleclouds

    The bag is fabulous and just fits perectly into your wardrobe!!! Absolutely love it!! And thanks for the tips on buying the bags. I am always careful when it comes to bags on ebay. Maybe I should consider it again. Have a wonderful Wednesday! xo, Christina


  • Estherina

    Such a great buy! It's gorgeous.

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  • I'm Just Me

    love the bag & outfit!!
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  • Nastja

    Love it! And the shoes are also gorgeous!



  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    it's beyond gorgeous and definitely a great purchase πŸ™‚


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  • nessy

    i love your bac chanel

  • Lucija

    I think this one might be everyone's favourite πŸ˜‰


  • Maja

    a classic beauty πŸ™‚


  • Luciana

    ITs beautiful!!!


  • Wendy's Lookbook

    Congratulations love!!! What a great exchange! On a side note, I think it's crazy that I've been reading your blog since TPF days (which is quite some time!). How time flies! And you're more amazing in person <3

  • Vladda C.

    I adore the bag!Want to have it too,but unfortunately I cant` (( Also love the details of your outfit!

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  • nzlgrck

    it's so cool. i like it..


  • Fashion is for idiots [like us]

    What a beautiful & ladylike piece. Everyone should have one of these chanel bags.. πŸ™‚

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  • Lips N Stick

    I love the chanel! But still I loved that Balenciaga too!!

  • Sethrin

    Good swap! What a gorgeous bag, congrats!

  • Blush

    Dream came true πŸ™‚


  • Anonymous

    Congrats on your new addition. Gorgeous!!!! Erica

  • Shayne Renee

    Great choice! I think it was a wise swap. This bag is gorgeous and timeless. Love it! πŸ™‚

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  • PinkGlitter

    Chanel is timeless. I adore this bag. Congrats!

  • Char

    OOOO Chanel. Perfect. Enjoy.
    Char xo

  • Urban Mantra

    Ooh, I've been coveting the classic Chanel flap purse for years but didn't think about ebay. That's a really great suggestion. Would you mind sharing names of some of the reputable sellers on ebay? Would really appreciate your tips! Thanks so much!


  • Erin

    Beautiful and classic. I've been lusting over a few Chanel bags, one of these days I'll bite the bullet.

  • Jolie Jouel

    Very nice! She suits you!


  • Toni Styles

    Exquisite fashion!

  • Niki

    I'm not really a quilted bag girl, but I do love those teal colored pants!!!

  • stilettolover91

    LOVE IT!!!!! <3


  • Alicia

    Eeeks, great choice lady! x

  • Lisa Griffin

    wow that's quite a bag! i'm not a huge designer purse fan, but hope you enjoy!
    in dramatic fashion

  • Yasemin

    great choice! can you share the sellers you use on ebay?

  • Perpetuity

    I love the purse and what Im assuming to be waxed jeans. Looks great!

  • BrooklynBlonde

    Hi everyone!
    So I don't have specific sellers that I always buy from, but rather with sellers who
    1. Have an eBay store and are selling items similar to what I'm buying (shoes, handbags, accessories..etc).
    2. Have great feedback and a lot of it – 250+. I'm not saying that someone with a very small amount is not reputable and every seller needs to start somewhere, but this is if you want to be extra cautious and are not from buying eBay.
    3. I always authenticate on The Purse Forum. How this process works is all explained on there, but this basically means you want to provide them with the eBay seller, the eBay item # and a link to the item. Experts of that particular brand have a bigger eye to really spot what makes a certain bag authentic or not – whether it's the rivets, the hardware, the authentication card..etc. For example, on Balenciaga – the bale & rivets play a big factor..
    4. Lastly, I bought this particular bag from the eBay seller kaorin139. She was a pleasure to work with (easy, great communication and a good reputation) so that's one I can recommend. Also, Mimiaction is a great seller as well with lots of handbags.

    I hope this slightly helps!

  • Lioness

    I have purchase alot of authentic designer bags from Ebay. If you do your homework there is no issue and I always try to stay with "vintage" bags versus brand new. The newer bags are easier to copy.

  • Ballerina'sBun

    Are you sure that this one is real? Anyway this bag is gorgeous if it the REAL one and only ! Xx nadine http://www.ballerinasbun.blogspot.com

  • BrooklynBlonde

    Yes, good point on the vintage!

    And yes I am sure! πŸ™‚

  • Andrea

    awesome buy dear! congrats!

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  • Anna

    That is one amazing bag! Beautiful, really!

  • Modas_diva

    Niceeeee!! <3


  • Sarah

    That is one beautiful bag! I have always a Chanel bag, and this one is amazing.

  • Whitney Hubbard

    Thank you for sharing Helena! I also have been coveting the Jumbo classic for some time now, but have been wary of purchasing via eBay for fear of lack of authenticity. This was extremely helpful, and now I think I am gonna go for it:-)

  • Ena

    I'm jealous πŸ˜‰

  • Giovanna

    Love the peach jacket!


  • prissyshopper.com

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!

  • sarahthestylescout

    beautiful bag!

  • Becoming Refined

    A classic bag, a great trade.

  • Call me M

    A really classic bag every woman would love to have in her wardrobe! I know I would! as much as I like Balenciaga bags, I much prefer classic Chanels, so I think you did well selling it to buy this one! πŸ™‚

  • Mz Savvy Style

    Gorgeous! Congratulations!

  • NoaB

    The purse is indeed lovely, but I am all about the way you styled that rad jacket with the teal bottoms! Great combo!

    Noa B

  • apd5050

    Love this bag… I am currently craving the Chanel Wrap around messenger, but seeing your jumbo makes me torn! Great pics!

  • OnTheRacks

    OMGGGGGGGG amazing!!!!! Such a great find, and definitely worth the splurge. I mean, come on, it's Chanel. Doesn't get any better than that! Oh and I love the jacket and scarf too. πŸ™‚

    Hope to see you soon, love – we should grab lunch or drinks or something! <3

  • Cat

    I think I need to make better use of eBay.

    Great bag!!


  • Anonymous

    I saw a tempete gsh city on eBay this month but it was pulled down and deemed a fake πŸ™ seller was from Brooklyn too!! I wish I could have bought your tempete πŸ™ where didmu sell her? I've been scouring

  • BrooklynBlonde

    @Anonymous – I sold it to one of my readers actually. Mine never made it to eBay after I tweeted about me selling it. Sorry about that!

    • Mary

      What is your eBay username? I would love to have you on my "saved sellers" list in case you ever sell another bag!!

  • Elizabeth

    *womp womp* Flats are sold out. Wait-listed it is! Adorable look though.



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  • Parveen

    Thank you for your Ebay tips, I managed to score a mini CHANEL bag for 1/3 of the RRP! I even took it to a CHANEL boutique and got it authenticated, they were not pleased with my method of purchase, naturally lol! Thanks again Helena πŸ™‚ x x

  • Anonymous

    I am afraid it's fake… stitching on the flap is a dead giveaway! and out of shape. do not con us, please

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