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day 20

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vintage Oroton frame purse

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Oroton Sydney detail inside

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 completely 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 mom. here’s another case of a bag that i don’t carry often, but i just like to look at it.

it’s saturday, and i spent most of the day at home. i did go out to the library, so it was time to choose a purse. i went through my usual reticence about making a selection, and in frustration i impulsively grabbed this purse. i like carrying bags on my wrist or by the handles, so that was nice. the quality is amazing. 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.

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day 8

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tignanello black pebbled leather structured hobo

tignanello. one of my first forays into the fabulous world of pebbled leather. i bought this bag in 1995 at tj maxx. i shopped there a lot when my oldest was a baby and my husband was in grad school. i’ve used it as a diaper bag, briefcase, purse, airplane carry on… it’s a great bag that holds a lot, not just my requsite magazine and water bottle. today, i carried my stuff + 4 mags, water bottle and spill-proof coffee mug. multiple zipper pockets inside and out ensure a place for everything, which is great for the perpetually disorganized. (who, me?)

18 years later, the bag still looks great. it feels weird to say that the bag is a comfort to me, but it is. i can’t explain it. but it’s the bag i reach for when i don’t know what else to use.

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zipper pull detail

i’ve obtained a lot of bags since i bought this, but its definitely in my top 10. maybe even top 5. we’ll see as the days go on. i think i paid something like $49 for it, which was not my usual m. o. but i fell in love with the leather and thought it would be a good investment. buying it taught me that it’s worth it to pay for quality. it’s even more worth it to buy quality bags at thrift store prices! hence, the quest continues.