Vintage is a relative term. In the library world, historical means at least 25 years ago. Today’s bag is certainly historical and definitely vintage. It’s a
no-name bag ok someone who knows told me it’s likely Brooks Brothers, based on the pattern. I thought the pattern was elephants, but she says it’s a sheep suspended by a ribbon. Ok, is see that now. I got it at Goodwill for $6 years ago and it’s a collectible piece of art vs. a bag I would carry. It reminds me of the structured bags my mom and grandmothers had back in their day.
Fabric and pleather with feet, an adjustable strap converts a shoulder bag to a handbag. Gold hardware includes a gold ball zipper pull. The zipper moves smoothly which surprised me for a bag of this age. Best of all is the coin purse attached to a chain that has it’s own pocket in the bag,
If vintage is your thing and you like this bag, email me at email@example.com with bag 8, your name, and your address. First come first served. Peace!
So here we are with a favorite favorite bag that I didn’t use because I thought I might use it to go somewhere, but that didn’t happen. But I did decide to go and lay hands on it. It’s looking worn where some of the stitching came loose, but I don’t care. Of course, it’s a Fossil. It’s a bag I use for weeks and months until something happens where I need to switch. It’s big, and holds my water bottle and still fits inside my backpack. The adjustable strap is long so it acts as a crossbody and a shoulder bag.
Because I knew it was getting a bit worn, I already have a Fossil backup that I found at the St. Vincent de Paul sometime in the last six months. Being honest, it’s not as cool as this one. What I love most about this bag is that there’s a place for everything. Phone in the front zipper pocket, change in the pocket in front of the phone, keys in the snap pocket, and so on. There’s so many pockets and pouches – eight total. I searched the blog and found out that i bought it on April 16, 2013 for $6. Wow.
Sometimes what I do is try to find the bag online by describing it and finding a picture that hopefully has the name of the bag, then find a replacement. Ok I’ve only done that for shoes now that I think about it, but this bag is one I would try to replace or get repaired. Someday.
Mask is by Mother, a denim company in LA. Highly recommended.
TJ Maxx teaches me a lot about shopping at the thrift store. The reason I find so many excellent bags is that I know what to look for. Sometimes, I end up buying a few bags from TJ. This Maurizio Taiuti called to me from the clearance rack for $39 at least nine or ten years ago.
Animal prints really never go out of style, and even if one particular print makes a comeback it’s never wrong to wear something that celebrates the beauty of nature and creation. It’s got a long crossbody strap and a slip pocket just the right size for my phone. Here it is in 2019 when I was out there for Episcopal Communicators in Denver at Starbucks when Sandra wanted something sweet after lunch.
Here’s another one by the SAK. Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s gold with two interiors – the flap opens to an ample open space; unzip the zipper on the flap, and that opens to another large open area. It’s helpful to keep things organized. I would put my phone and wallet in the zippered side for more security, and my little zipper pouch with meds and lipsticks on the other side. Back pocket for a phone – but not those giant phones, people. The adjustable strap has a shoulder pad and it’s best used as a crossbody. Pretty sure I got this at the St. Vincent de Paul on Este.
I used to have another bag just like this in black pebbled leather, but I gave it away last year or the year before. For the first time, Nia and I did some math on this giveaway and through the years, I’ve given away over 240 bags. This is year 7, so… wow. I’ve changed in so many ways thanks to this Lenten practice, for which I’m grateful.
If you like shiny things, including this bag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with bag 26, your name, your address. Thanks!
Let’s just go ahead and get this one out of the way. I have a thing for the mailbag or saddlebag style of purse. This Fossil bag is leather on the front and canvas on the back and interior. That’s yogurt on the bag; daggone Siggi is no joke, but it will clean with no problem. The strap is very adjustable and takes this bag from a shoulder bag to a crossbody.
I found this Fossil several years ago at the Mt. Washington Goodwill. Those were the days when the girls were still at Sands Montessori and I still went out there on a regular basis. I used to get out to the thrift stores once a week. My thrifting frequency is one of the most significant changes since I started this blog. Each year I go a little less often. GIving up this bag is a direct result of my new normal of infrequent thrift shopping. If you like it, email me at email@example.com with the following: bag 3, your name, your address. Thanks!
Be sure to check back; bags that are still available won’t say “claimed.”
A newer to me Fossil that I got at Clothes Mentor last year. Coated cotton with leather trim, detachable adjustable strap, keys, and this supercool pattern. It’s got room for everything – even my laptop, if I use the strap. But it’s much cooler to carry it by the handles. And I gotta stay cool.
This Avorio hobo made in Italy was hanging at the Mt. Washington goodwill for $8. I almost injured myself snatching it from the rack. Those days are long gone, un/fortunately. Here’s more about it. Pebbled leather, neutral color, adjustble strap – and a black hole.
This year is a little more… at home. Yeah, that’s my foot and one of my New Balance lightweight runners. The goal here is to get a photo each day and sometimes that photo is more real than I’d like, but that’s ok – welcome to my life.
Glad to be home from an amazing time at the Episcopal Communicators conference. Here’s why I could give away some baggallini bags this year – I have some good ones still in the family. This black crossbody with a detachable adjustable strap, three exterior pockets, and room for essentials. Fits nicely in my backpack and keeps the load light.
I didn’t get out much but I did see this:
My daughter Kaia loves Patricia Nash purses. I’ve found a couple in the thrift store – one was a frame bag – and she was so excited. For her birthday last year, she got herself a Patricia Nash wallet. So when I saw this at TJ Maxx, I was like… hmmm… which one of us is going to get this bag? I love round things, embossed leather, and most of all, fringe. She loves Patricia Nash. So, we share it. She can use it whenever she’s home, but it lives at our house. Perfect.
The fringe is excellent for people like me who like to touch things, not people. It’s so soothing to run my fingers through that fringe, braid it, shake the braids out – it doesn’t take much, people. Not much at all.
Shooky (keychain) is excited that BTS won two Billboard awards tonight!! Best duo/group and top social artist. What does this have to do with bags?
You’d think with all of my bags I’d be rocking fabulous stuff all the time. But with my various physical maladies, carrying a backpack is best. That means I carry a purse inside the backpack, and the purse that fits perfectly is this Kipling bag I got at the thrift store a while back. It seems small, but an iPad would fit in there. It has an adjustable shoulder strap, but I unhooked it to make it lighter.
Last week I had to give it up to start the 50 days of favorite bags, but since I’m on a work trip where I needed to bring four bags, I opted for lightweight ones. And we’re back together again!! Yes, it needs a little mending on the sides where the seams are starting to unravel. I will get to that one day. Kipling bags typically have a fuzzy monkey charm, but this one has a tiny brass monkey. Cue the Beastie Boys!!