I found this no-name bag at Goodwill in Connecticut last year when we went out during the girls’ spring break. My mother-in-law was not doing so well, and we wanted to help my father-in-law as much as we could. Hiking at West Hartford Reservoir 6 and thrifting gave me solace.
Wooden triangular handles, faux lock, adjustable strap, pebbled pleather, gold hardware, and most importantly – my favorite color, green. I carried this last Easter. It’s a very unique bag, perfect for Spring.
How I chose two Liz Claiborne bags in a row is beyond me. But here we are. This briefcase is mock croc faux leather aka pleather or vegan leather as the folks are calling it now. If you knew me as a librarian, you might remember me rocking this bag at the public library and Sands Montessori. I carried it a lot, especially when I was creating Homework Central. What can I say; I felt super classy.
The bag has several internal dividers like a mini file cabinet and has a spot for your computer. There’s also an outside pocket on the back for your favorite magazines and papers.
I got this at TJ Maxx around 15-17 years ago. Mock croc is a pattern that never really goes out of style. Neither does patent leather. So it’s a classic look that you can dress up or wear as my sweet baby is with a casual look. It elevates your whole aura. I carried it a LOT, and it looks fantastic.
I’m not sure exactly why I’m parting with this bag, but sometimes you have to close your eyes and let it go.
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Remember old school Liz Claiborne bags? I had a couple back in the day; the coated leather circle bags with the embossed pattern? Yeah, I know some of you remember those.
Today brings this Liz Claiborne fabric bag with leather trim that reminds me of Fall. Let me tell you: If you see a Liz Claiborne bag with these kinds of detials and this kind of zipper, it’s a higher end bag. There are some cheaper or knockoff LC bags, but check out the quality of the trim and hardware and you’ll be able to tell. This one has a beautiful leaf pattern with brown leather whipstitched trim. Very spacious with three sections inside: two large sections with a zipper seperator will transport all of your… stuff with style. The leather feet are the cutest part of this bag to me. Yes, I really like this bag, but I have a red leather LC that you will see in the 50 days of Easter, so I’ll be fine.
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Here’s my other The Sak convertible purse – remember the one with the rainforest? Here it is in silver. Convertible in many ways – crossbody to shoulder bag to clutch; full size to envelope style. I got this new at TJ Maxx around 9 years ago for a high school reunion.
Ok, I’ll admit it – these photos are from a few years ago when I carried this purse during the 50 days of Easter. The cane in the pictures belonged to my dear mother-in-law Ida McKenney. She was visiting us a few years ago, and we went to Panera for lunch. Ida died last May, and I miss her terribly. Not only was she a great friend, but she stepped up her mom role for me after my mom died in 2001. We loved to go thrifting together wherever we were – her house in Connecticut, here in Cincinnati, or when we traveled.
Here’s another snakeskin print, this time much lighter and made for travel. Yes, it’s Travelon, with it’s adjustable strap and multiple sections to hold your stuff securely. It’s a cool design with two large zipper sections creating a middle section that snaps closed. There are zippers, pouches, and pockets galore. Know that your important items are secure while looking marginally cute. Just kidding.
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Jaiya modeled then helped me resarch this brand. G.I.L.I. get it love it. We found out that it’s a high-end QVC brand. If you check the G.I.L.I. page the bags are anywhere between $45-$300. Yeah NO. I got this suede convertible backpack shoulderbag from Goodwill for $10 within the last year. I was in a backpack mood and while I’ve stopped buying lots of bags, I would still get a backpack because I need things to be even on my back as much as possilble. But I have enough, so here you are.
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If you like to travel, or if you like to have a place for everything and everything in its place, this is your bag. This quilted nylon Travelon bag is a crossbody in the truest sense. It’s got more pockets pouches and secret compartments than most bags i’ve seen. Zipper pockets front and back are great for passports and tickets, especially the back pocket. I dare someone! Lift the flap and you have a mesh zipper pouch inside the front flap. Then the front section zips down on the sides so you can reach all your cards and do–dads. The main section also unzips to give you more room inside. It’s crazy. I thought about counting the storage options but the thought made me tired. I know it’s vintage because of the space on the strap for a flip phone. Don’t worry – it’s the perfect size for sanitizer or a small deck of cards. Or, as Jaiya suggests, candy.
My mom loved Aigner bags. I mean she had them in every size and style. Maybe not every. But she loved Aigner like I love Fossil – and she had a collection. I can remember that she loved the shoes, too and had matching shoes and bags. Navy. Spectator. And of course, the classic burgundy color that you immediately recognize as being a vintage Aigner bag. When I saw this at Goodwill it brought back all of the memories of my mom styling with her Aigner bags. It brought back lots of good memorires of us shopping and her trying on shoes down at Crown Shoes in Roselawn back in the day. Oh, well… when she died, I was on the outs with fashion and I got rid of lots of bags that I wish I’d kept. That’s cool, though. I have the memories and the photos.
This shoulder bag has a large middle section with a zipper pocket, and two large pockets on either side with a front flap closure and adjustable strap.
So maybe I really went overboard with the Vera Bradley situation. They were $5 and $6 so whatever. This one has an adjustable strap to go from shoulder to cross body. Very roomy inside with some interior organization. I can assure you that my water bottle is in that bag. I need to start posting some of the brown black and gray bags or you’re going to think it’s a complete colorfest. IT’S NOT.
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Having one of those days. Here’s a quilted Vera Bradley frame purse in blue, orange, pink and white. It reminds me of my mom’s purses back in the day – she loved frame bags and coin purses. Another Goodwill find last year when I invested in way too many VB bags.
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