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day 48

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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.

day 45

IMG_1922Today’s bag is by Zina Eva, a designer I’d never heard of before I googled them to find out about this bag. They are expensive, and have mixed reviews. But nonetheless, I am happy with this bag at the price point of $8. What can I say, I’m a sucker for top-handle bags.

What’s cool: wooden handle, triple magnetic closure to make sure your stuff isn’t too heavy to keep it closed, and the beautiful suede lining. What’s not as cool: the exterior doesn’t look as real as it actually is. But, when it’s full of stuff it has a nice rounded shape on the bottom with the structured top – I think it looks classy. THere’s also a detachable shoulder strap – not long enough to crossbody for me. Overall, it’s pretty. Who knows, could end up in the giveaway someday.

day 43

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day 42

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Shopping at Clothes Mentor always teaches me something. I’d never heard of Linea Pelle until I looked up the brand while considering whether or not to buy this purse. Once I zipped and unzipped the zippers a few times and finally stopped touching this supersoft leather, I decided it was worth the $14 they were asking. Plus, I love perforated bags. Period.

Today I checked online an found this bag in cognac on Poshmark for $70. You can find others on Amazon ranging from $198-$245, unless you want vegan.

I love everything about this bag except one thing. It’s heavy. I have some physical issues that require me to lighten my load. The only way I can do that with this bag is to take off the shoulder strap and carry it like a satchel. That means I don’t use it as often as I’d like. But maybe I can carry it around the house.

 

day 41

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Here’s a bag my daughter bought for me – she actually bought one for both of us. It’s a Sherpani Soleil AT – Anti-Theft bag, perfect for travel. It’s got almost everything I’ve been looking for in a backpack, much of which I covered yesterday in my Hap Tim backpack post. The one element this bag has that Hap Tim doesn’t is that you can tuck away the backpack straps. That’s one of the most important features I seek.  But, it doesn’t have the frame opening I’ve been looking for.

It does fit a lot of stuff, though – I could get almost everything into it that i had in my Hap Tim except for a large hardbound planner. I probably could have crammed it in, and it definitely would fit if i took my purse out. Overall, it’s a really great bag – and if you want anti-theft features with cool style, look no further. Check out their website for all the safety features.  The water bottle holders are a very stretchy material that lay flat when not in use. Best of all, it’s wearable four ways – crossbody, shoulder bag, tote, and backpack. Wait, is that what’s best? Or is it that it stands up by itself? It’s so hard to choose.

Almost forgot! I reviewed this bag in this video.

day 39

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For this vintage bag, here’s a vintage post from early in the blog in 2013. This purse is a keeper and a testimony to my love of frame bags. The post I wrote in 2013 explains why. My mom really taught me to love high quality at low prices. I like to think she’d be proud of my taste in bags. Rest in peace, Mom.

 

I have a thing for frame bags. I remember playing in my mom’s closet when I was little, and finding her frame bags and just opening and closing them. Some of the hinges and closures were so cool. Yes, my love of bags began in my mom’s closet. There was a vast array of purses to choose from. She was seriously into Aigner. She also had this patchwork leather satchel in colorful neutrals – totally ’70s. I wish I knew what happened to that bag because I would rock it with abandon.

So when I saw this Oroton frame bag at my favorite Goodwill, I thought ok, this could be cool. It reminded me of something my mom would own. I got closer and touched the leather, opened and closed it a few times, and was entirely on board. Now, I had never heard of this brand, but that wasn’t going to stop me from making a purchase. I was just happy to have something that reminded me of her. Here’s another case of a bag that I don’t carry often, but I like to look at it.

I like carrying bags on my wrist or by the handles, and that’s how I carry this bag, even though it has a removable crossbody strap. The quality is impressive. So I googled it earlier and found out about Oroton. Made in Sydney, Australia, “luxury” bag makers, high-end stuff.

Then I tried to find a picture of my exact purse. I could tell from the style that it was a little older, so I wasn’t sure I would find it. And then, there it was – on ebay.com.au where the bidding began at $79 and is up to $182.50 with a little over 5 hours to go. I paid $8 for mine: score and a great reminder of someone I deeply miss.

day 36 – yesterday

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I brought this bag down to photograph and post about and then… who knows?? That day is gone, but the bag is still here.

One of my favorite bags on one of my favorite comforters ever. I took this pic in 2013 – the year the blog debuted. This is a beautiful Adrienne Vittadini handbag with gorgeous pebbled leather, whipstitching, and this mock tortoise buckle in cream and black. It has a magnetic closure but the sewn under the leather kind.

It’s got a big opening inside with a zippered divider so that things don’t get too chaotic in there. The zipper pull on that middle section is made of the same tortoise as the front buckle. There’s another back wall zipper pocket so it’s as functional as it is beautiful. It’s big enough to hold a folded magazine. Elegant without being too fancy – I love to carry this one when i have an event, which i did in May of 2013 – the May Festival Chorus with the Youth Chorus, when Nia was still in high school and sang in that group.

day 35

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Today is a new day – as in today, I’m sharing a brand new bag. As in, I bought it new with the tags – so rare for me! Even though the tags are still on it, all my stuff is in there. Well, not my water bottle. But it’s cool, since this is the perfect size to throw into my new Hap Tim backpack.

In my backpack quest, I discovered the brand Sherpani. They make sustainable backpacks and ones for anti-theft. I recently got the Soleil AT from my daughter as a gift.
Now, I’m a fan of TJ Maxx. It’s known. Thank goodness, after their site was down for a couple of weeks, it came back up – but for browsing only. I loved it! It feels great to love a company that takes care of its employees and has the good sense to put them before their economics. The site finally came back up for shopping around a week ago, but only taking a few orders a day.

One of the companies in their family is Sierra, and one day they had a link saying, “if you really want to shop, go over there.” So I did. I searched for backpacks, and along the way, found this bag. The pattern is one I liked a lot – c’mon, I’m an 80s girl who loves colorblock – and it’s from Sherpani’s essentials collection, which is 100% recycled. They also do work to clean oceans, called the blue verve project. The bag was on sale for $24.99, around half off. I decided to try it.

The verdict is – I love it. It’s got an adjustable crossbody strap, two zipper pockets on the front, a side zipper on the back with an open pocket outside. Inside, a zipper pocket and two open pouches for phone and whatever else you need to keep organized. It’s even got the nerve to be RFID protected.

It’s the first brand new purse I’ve owned in a long time, and I plan to enjoy it. I’ll let you know how it holds up in about a year!

day 34

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Let me give you a little advice about shopping for bags in the thrift store. I’ve provided information about this before, and I’ll go back and tag it better with “thrifting advice” and “bag shopping advice.”

When you’re looking, do so calmly. No talking. If you see something you like, put it in your cart or over your arm – calmly. Don’t get excited when you see a brand like Marino Orlandi. Don’t talk out loud, saying things like, “Wow!” “I wonder if this is real?” “Oh my gosh!” and so on. Just put it down and finish your shopping. If you find something phenomenal like a Marino Orlandi patent leather croc-embossed tote, take it and the other bags you may have seen and find a quiet spot where you can sit down.

Take the bag and examine the exterior. Get your phone and google the brand. Many high-end brands have blog posts with photos of real vs. fake to help you analyze your bag. Fundamental questions include: Are the logos clean or slightly messy? Are they straight or crooked? Is the stitching tight, or are pieces coming unraveled? If it’s leather, is the leather supple or stiff? Test the zippers. Are they smooth or difficult to open and close? What about the zipper pulls? Here is where fakes go cheap. Is branding clean and perfect? Look for YKK zippers or zippers of similar quality, which I refer to as butter.
Moving inside – check the brand tag. Is it made of the same material as the bag? It should be. What about the lining? Quality bags make their lining, and it’ll have the brand in the fabric.

This gorgeous bag shows all the signs that it is authentic. If it isn’t, it’s an excellent fake. Little touches like the bound ends on either side of the zipper and five feet to protect the bottom, in addition to the fact that it’s a used bag in excellent shape, indicates authenticity. When I see fake Coach bags or Dana Buchman or the like, they look like… well, they don’t hold up well.

I found this bag earlier this year during the early days of the giveaway at the Woodlawn Goodwill for $10. And I qualify for the senior discount – which is lit when 50 and up makes me a senior because I’ll take that discount! – so it was even less. YES!!!

I can’t wait to get to the thrift stores when the time is right. I know I have a pile of stuff to take in! But hey, they might burn it all for safety.

day 21

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One way I cope with this current situation is to not take new photos of these bags, but go into the photo library and find ones I took last year or before. This Rebecca Minkoff tote was photographed two years ago at Procter, my diocese’s Episcopal Camp and Conference Center. This tote was $5.99 at the thrift store so it was a no brainer. So well made and the leather is beautiful.

Today proved to be great – woke up at 11:41 am after many sleepless nights this week, got to visit with my dear friend Jill in the driveway – both wearing masks and more than 6 feet apart, and had a small zoom party with friends. And Kaia made chocolate chip cookies. Blessed.