8 Ways to Spot a Fake ...

I spend a lot of time on eBay on at the thrift store, looking for vintage clothes and accessories to add a little retro flair to my closet, and for my family and friends.

Itโ€™s a jungle out there, though โ€” I canโ€™t tell you how many phony handbags, shoes and jewelry Iโ€™ve run across, and Iโ€™ve become something of an expert on telling the real deal from the fake junk.

Here are 8 ways to spot a fake.

1. Shoddy Craftsmanship

If youโ€™re holding a designer bag in your hands, and the stitches are uneven or loose, and the lining is poorly sewn in, and the zipper catches, then chances are, the bag is a fake, no matter how real the tag looks.

Designer accessories are pricey because of the name but also because of the superior craftsmanship.

If the work is poor, then itโ€™s likely a fake.