Jaiya chose this from the pile so since i missed yesterday here’s me getting caught up. I can’t remember where I got this bag. I want to say Pier 1. But I can’t be sure. Anyway it’s a cute crossbody from the 1990s. If the boho or eclectic look is your thing, email me at email@example.com with bag 16, your name, your address.
I got my first vaccine shot yesterday and my arm got more sore as the day went on. Typing this now gives a little well-worth it twinge. Peace.
You already know I love vintage bags, and here’s one Kaia pulled from the pile for today. I have no idea of the brand, but do know its patent leather as in real leather vs pleather. I don’t know how old it is, but it’s at least 60s or 70s because that’s when i was a little kid and my grandmother’s purses looked like this on the inside. The interior fabric is stiff with some backing, one zipper pocket and one slit pocket. What sold me was the frame with clasp closure. I love frame bags. Brown really isn’t my color, though, so off it goes.
If you dig vintage and like bag 14, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with bag 14, your name, and your address. And now i’m all caught up.
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!
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.
Ah, I remember finding this one at St. Vincent de Paul in Mt. Washington for $6. I just saw one online for $165. Woven kilim style carpet bag with a doctor bag style hinged closure by T Cappelli in Plano, Texas. Complete with four brass feet, and a detachable crossbody strap, the brand is recognizable by the single ring on the handle. These bags were made in the 1980s, which is just my style. Well, usually. I grew up in the 80s, so let’s just say it’s my style era. Last year, I wrote: I enjoyed carrying it today and got lots of comments on it. I had it full of stuff, and the magnet closure did not fail. Can’t wait to carry it again in the future. This picture was taken in my office last April.
A vintage leather tooled bag that reminds me of my mom that I said I’d never get rid of us up for grabs today. I’m tired, missed a day yesterday, and don’t feel like talking about how much my mom loved bags like this. Someone out there will love this bag and use it well.
If you like bag 31, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with bag 31, your name, your address.
Throwback Thursday on a Wednesday to the 80s when some people had bags like this that I couldn’t afford. Yes – this is a vintage Blackwatch plaid Ralph Lauren Polo saddlebag crossbody. I got it for Kaia because she likes stuff like this but it found its way to the giveaway basket. The girls also offer bags for the giveaway. Often they’re bags that I bought for them, but not always.
If you had a blast in the 80s or wish you did, this Polo purse will bring you to that Xanadu you’ve been looking for. If you like this bag, email me at email@example.com with the following information: bag 7, your name, your address. Thanks!
My mom loved Aigner bags. I mean she had them in every size and style. Maybe not every. But she loved Aigner like I love Fossil – and she had a collection. I can remember that she loved the shoes, too and had matching shoes and bags. Navy. Spectator. And of course, the classic burgundy color that you immediately recognize as being a vintage Aigner bag. When I saw this at Goodwill it brought back all of the memories of my mom styling with her Aigner bags. It brought back lots of good memorires of us shopping and her trying on shoes down at Crown Shoes in Roselawn back in the day. Oh, well… when she died, I was on the outs with fashion and I got rid of lots of bags that I wish I’d kept. That’s cool, though. I have the memories and the photos.
This shoulder bag has a large middle section with a zipper pocket, and two large pockets on either side with a front flap closure and adjustable strap.
Another vintage bag coming your way – this is a Brio bag, ’70s/’80s style convertible clutch and shoulder bag or crossbody. It’s leather and patent leather. I saw it at Goodwill and thought WOW. I just love vintage bags and rounded things. If you do too, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My sweet daughter has been taking the pics for me while I’m away from home – love her.