All my boxes were ticked - I found a trusted source AND I could go in person to choose a bag! Visiting Luxe Touch was a bag-lover's dream - here's a peek at part of their boutique! There were multiples of each type of bag - with different price points depending on condition and whether it came with its original dustbag, box, etc.
I mentioned I was interested in a medium/large classic flap, and the owner put aside 3 bags for me to choose from. I picked this beauty - all in, I spent around US$1.7K. This cost less than my Chanel WOCs (I bought those new and in-store at Chanel) but my vintage bag is made of lambskin, while my WOCs are made of a more durable caviar leather. I'm VERY happy with my purchase - I love the gold hardware and the vintage "loved" look of my flap bag. Because it's slightly distressed, I feel I can use it freely without worrying about keeping it perfect.
If you're thinking about purchasing a vintage designer bag - I'd highly recommend buying from a trusted source - such as Malleries or Portero. The Purse Forum is a great place to ask for advice. And if you can find someone who is reputable AND local - even better - because you can check the condition of the bag before committing to buy. Finally, if you're in the GTA - definitely get in touch with Luxe Touch - their bags are amazing and they are so honest, kind and sweet to work with!
P.S. If you own a lambskin Chanel bag - here's a tip from the owner of Luxe Touch - use this sponge to keep your bag looking great.
DISCLAIMER: I purchased this bag myself and am in no way affiliated with Luxe Touch.