About Us

She believed she she did! Vintage Skins was created by Lisa Corbett Thurber in late 2004 as a unique online boutique that focuses exclusively on vintage and antique exotic skin handbags and accessories. Her hope was to share her deep admiration and passion for these beautiful items, educate people on their differences and care, and reconnect today's generation with the timeless style and opulence of generations past. She believes that every woman should be able to affordably own a one-of-a-kind exotic skin bag that can endure as a cherished family heirloom.

A business grown from love. Lisa has been personally collecting vintage exotic skin bags for almost 22 years. Her grandmother, Madeline, who was born in 1908 and was one of the most influential people in her life, was the inspiration for her first purchase of a 1908 antique Edwardian hornback alligator bag. The power that was held in that little antique purse was simply overwhelming to her...Who owned this bag? What were they like? What significant events had this beautiful bag been through? And, oh how someone must have cherished this bag enough to care for it so well that it would end up in her hands almost 100 years later. She has been in love ever since...collecting, selling and restoring the beautiful exotic skin handbags from the past 100 years.  Prior to starting Vintage Skins, Lisa worked in the financial services industry and owned and operated a marketing consulting business.
Integrity, knowledge and customer service has been the key to Vintage Skin's success!  We are fully committed to our customers, and the entire customer experience that comes with doing business with us!  We understand that purchasing over the Internet can sometimes be scary. It lacks the "touchy, feely, trying it on" aspect, and the face-to-face interaction that some people are traditionally more comfortable with. If you have not done business with us before, we're glad you are here, and want you to know that we stand behind the quality and authenticity of all of the items that we sell. Our vast customer base includes both individuals and other dealers, some who have done business with us since we started in 2004, as well as new customers that have just "discovered" Vintage Skins! Roughly 85%-90% are repeat customers, and many (most) are multiple purchasers. We may never have met personally, but we have, in some way, touched each others lives...whether it be through cultivated friendships, centers of interest, or simply exchanging a small part of history between us.

We sincerely thank you for your trust, your continued business, and your initial decision to purchase from Vintage Skins.  We promise, if this is your first purchase, YOU WILL BE BACK! If you prefer to talk by phone, please contact us and we will be happy to give you a ring!