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.
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.
Hanging around the thrift store one day was this Donald J Pliner bag. It’s tiny but so cute I could not resist buying it. Plus, I know how expensive they are. It’s hung from a hook on my closet door for years. I think I’ve used it once. This is a case of bags as art. I really enjoy looking at them, but at this point in my life, if they can’t be both beautiful and functional, I need to let them go.
Snakeskin saddlebag, and when I say tiny, my whole hand cannot fit in there. The strap has a padded shoulder thingy and is detachable to turn this bag into a clutch. It’s so cool. Sometimes I let bags go and feel a twinge of regret. It doesn’t last, though. Feels like it’s going to be rough going from here on out because it took me a while to choose this bag. We’ll see what happens tomorrow, now that I can’t go to the thrift store to supplement the giveaway.
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Green is my favorite color, so I’m always on the lookout for green bags. On a recent trip to Goodwill, I found several awesome bags and had Jaiya help me narrow it down. This $6 purse by Wilson’s Leather made the cut. You may know Wilson’s from the mall, a place I rarely go so I’m not sure if the stores are still there. I’m also not a fan of using small bags, but this one has so many cool details and – it’s green! It’s got a split strap handle, silver hardware, and three interior pockets. Very attractive for the season.
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Since tomorrow is a feast day and there’s no post, I’ll remind you to review the blog for any posts that DON’T say claimed. That means they’re still up for grabs. If you see anything you like, follow the instructions in that post. PEACE
Today Jaiya and I stopped into the Woodlawn Goodwill. I had a feeling and the feeling was right. There were two bags by Maxx and let’s just say I got one for me and one for you. Yours is a classic example of quality craftspersonship and most everything I look for in a bag. So here you are – a red mock-croc leather shoulder bag with a paisley interior, silver hardware including feet, a big magnet pouch on the front, and a zipper pouch on the back. $8 before the 10% senior discount. BOOM. You’ll see mine during the Easter season.
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Sometimes the reason I give up the bag is the reason I never should have bought it: it’s too heavy. This red Fossil satchel style bag has all my favorite things.
- adjustable strap with canvas on one side and leather on the other
- top handle
- functional hardware
- seperate pockets and pouches for organization
- back pocket for phone
So even though it’s too heavy I bought it anyway. WHY? To at least rescue it from Goodwill. I could not leave it there. It’s been hanging from my purse rack and I look at it like… maybe someday. One day last year during the 50 days I carry a different bag during Easter, I tried to use this one and I didn’t make it out the door before I’d switched to something different. Gotta let it go.
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I found this bag at Goodwill a few years ago when cognac was the color to have. I could not believe the quality of the leather when i touched it. You know i love pebbled leather but this is smooth, rich, quality leather and craftspersonship. It was $8 or $12, something like that – and it was quickly purchased before someone figured out they should have charged more for a vintage Nordstrom leather bag/tote. Yes, it converts to a tote. This color goes with everything. I really enjoy this bag.
The other way to wear this gorgeous cognac bag.