Here we are at the end of the 50 days of Easter celebrating Pentecost with a red Liz Claiborne hobo. Liz made this bag with some of the softest leather I’ve ever felt. I took these photos in 2015, which is likely when I got this bag, as it’s the earliest post I can find, but a couple of years later, I remembered that I got it for $8. A fitting choice to welcome the hot fire of the Holy Spirit.
Just look at the detail on this stitching and check out the logo – it’s thick brushed nickel with a cutout design for the LC. Below you can see the detail in the ring and studs that hold the bag and strap together. And don’t get me started about the zipper—butter with a pull very similar to the logo plate in heft and feel.
COVID-19 gave me a year where I completed all posts and most of them on the day or the day after. I’d rather miss a few days being busier and have no one get this illness. Since my only control with COVID-19 is to stay home and away from people, I need to find wins amid a lot of loss. I wish COVID-19 was the only issue that made me sad and angry, but there are lots to be sad and angry about these days. I will continue to pray for my enemies, seek joy in small things, and love my loved ones even more.
I have a feeling I’ll be back to the blog before next Lent. Making no promises, but my feelings usually hit the mark. Especially lately. Peace all and thank you for joining me on this journey I call life through my love of hauling stuff around in what I consider to be beautiful vessels.
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.
Fossil vintage style frame bag in cream with a kiss clasp closure, two front pockets, and a short shoulder strap for when I want to look cute and not carry a lot of stuff. It’s much more beautiful than it is functional – when I put all my stuff inside, the clasp doesn’t stay closed. I keep scarves in it so it can hang out in my room and be attractive. I don’t remember where or when I got it other than that it was a thrift store.
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.
This Coach bag might be a fake, but if it is, it’s an excellent one. I remember when I bought it at Goodwill, I went though all the checks, and it seemed to pass. The leather feels really amazing. The tag checked out. The stitching is tight. There aren’t any zippers, but all of the closures look legit. I really hate fakes for myself, but I understand. No judgement. This bag is really heavy so I don’t carry it often. But when I do, it’s amazing. After I bought this, I gave three Coach bags away. I gave another one away this year. This is the last one in my collection. Handle bags are my weakness.
This gorgeous bag is by Isabella Fiore. I got it at Clothes Mentor a few years ago for $18. I couldn’t believe this gorgeous bag was only $18!! Beautiful leather, butter zippers, and look at the zipper pull! Beautiful. Full size pics so you can see every little detail. Enjoy.
Me, the girls, our masks, and this DKNY quilted leather bag went for a ride today. I think I got this at Clothes Mentor but I’ll have to read the blog to find out for sure. Did you know you can search by bag? I’m very thorough with my tags. Librarian.
Here’s a bag I got at Goodwill for $6 a few years ago. I’d never seen a Miu Miu bag in person before because I don’t shop at the mall. But I’d seen them in magazines, so I knew what I was looking at when I saw it. Miu Miu is a Prada brand, and the bags retail for $600 – $3,000. I just found one like this one for sale on Poshmark for $150, original price $999. Thick leather, whipstitching, beautiful silver hardware – I couldn’t care that it’s smaller than bags I usually use. It’s perfect to put into a larger bag or backpack, and then BAM hit the world with your style as you go into the UDF.
The question that comes up a lot when thrifting: Is it real? Is it fake? There are lots of ways to tell. Often I will sit down and get to checking online. With this bag, I read that I should check the logo to see if the spaces were in the right place on the M and the U. CHECK. Here’s some advice I gave in 2017 on the original post for this bag.
When you’re checking authenticity, let the internet help you. Google the brand, and if you can find any identifying marks or codes (think Coach numbers inside each bag), use those in your search. Sometimes it’s effortless to spot a fake, but there are some excellent fakes out there, so it can be hard to tell. For this Miu Miu bag, I checked all of the factors, and if they’re accurate, this bag is authentic. Areas to check: zippers, stitching, wear on handles, any labels inside – don’t be afraid to pull the lining out and inspect. For $6, I’m willing to take the risk.
Jaiya and I had a great trip to the Woodlawn Goodwill, and I’ve given away all the bags I got there – except for this one, which I’d intended to keep. It’s easier to give up new bags than ones I’ve gotten attached to, so here we are.
Maxximum brand black pebbled leather with whipstitching and silver hardware. If you like this bag, email me at email@example.com with bag 34, name and address. Also don’t forget to check the blog for unclaimed bags. See you Monday
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!