The name "My Grandfather's Things" is an homage to Granddaughter's late grandfather who loved collecting old items from Hong Kong's colonial period.
My Grandfather’s Things began as a blog in 2017 with absolutely zero intention of being an actual shop. The blog was set up by G-daughter to document her journey to hunting for one (just one!) Diana for herself. It was difficult enough to find let alone to find information on the style, so she decided to blog about it in early 2017.
As the blog post grew more popular, G-daughter started getting emails from random strangers asking if she sold these bags and that’s how the journey started. First bag ever sold was actually through email where someone sent money over paypal and MGFT shipped the bag through HK Post. For some reason, despite being seas apart, this person trusted us and of course we could not let her down.
In late 2017, G-daughter then set up an instagram for My Grandfather’s Things to post pictures of her handbags and then inquiries started coming in to sell the bags in the pictures (which as you know are not for sale!). The idea of splitting out the shop into a stories-only space and being an otherwise “bag influencer” remains today.
MGFT is (infamously) known for its annoying auction method so it is worth explaining how that came to be. In early 2019, G-daughter started noticing that handbags were getting sold out incredibly fast and it was biasing those in timezone which resulted in MGFT’s customer base not being reflective of its fan base. This is when and why MGFT has implemented the 24 hours full run of certain handbags and has subsequently been able to diversify and encourage a very global customer base.
There are of course lovers and haters of this method. The auction method of selling handbags allows potential buyers to leisurely browse through a very long detailed method to make informed decisions. Critics of the MGFT auction method claim that this allows for price gouging but in reality this scope is limited given that it is effectively an (almost) blind method of making offers. After 2 years of using this method, the data has shown us that actually most prices just oftentimes reach market price, with some being under market price and some over market price.
In 2020, MGFT launched its accessory line which focuses on technically constructed accessories to bolster, preserve and maintain conditions of new and old Chanel bags. We started with fluffy and ferdie and continue to work directly with manufacturers to design other potential accessory products. Each product undergoes rigorous testing and G-daughter personally designs and tests each product on her own handbags to ensure that it is fit for purpose and use.
In 2021, MGFT launched a second shop based out of Singapore to provide logistics support as well as to sell different styles of vintage handbags to customers based locally in Singapore.
Looking ahead, MGFT continues to pride itself on organic growth and support through predominantly word of mouth. We continue to pride ourselves on being technical and meticulous with our condition reports on each vintage bag sold and create new functional products that solve problems for the world’s bag lovers. We hope you will continue to support us as we grow.
MGFT does NOT sell fake or imitation bags because we respect intellectual property. We also PROACTIVELY assert and protect our intellectual property and have many friends in the legal industry who will not hesitate to send you template warning letters if any of our rights are infringed.
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