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.
Here’s a woven crossbody bag with a brown woman weaving that I found at Goodwill years ago. I can’t express how much I love this bag. It’s art. One day during the giveaway I asked all three girls to bring down a bag and i was going to get rid of one of them. One of the girls brought this bag. I was like WHO BROUGHT THIS DOWN HERE?!?!?! As a result, I got rid of a Vera Bradley bag that I would have NEVER given away but this is what happens when you get your kids involved and want to see it through. UGH. I learned an important couple of lessons. 1. I can get rid of something I want – that’s the name of the sacrifice game. 2. Don’t ask the girls to do stuff sometimes.
Here’s a cute woven bag from J Crew. I was in high school in the 80s and Pappagallo bags were a THING. Of course, we had no money for that, so I had a knockoff brand with not the same number of buttons so it was OBVIOUS that it was fake. I still loved that bag, though.
So when I saw this at Goodwill it reminded me of those days so I bought it. The reason I take most of my bag photos on the same door is so you have an idea of the size and scale of each bag. If the doorknob looks big, the bag is small. Hence, it’s up for grabs, cute as it is.
I use lots of bags for other purposes – my vintage Fossil collection holds my scarves and jewelry. Bags are art to me, and this one fits that category well. Spring is coming, this bag will get you right in the Spring mood.
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So here’s how it goes for me at the Mt. Washington St. Vincent de Paul. I go in and get a cart. I make my way to the back where the purses are and start from the right and move left. This bag was right in the beginning, because the colors go from colors on the right to browns, then black, then neutrals. Yeah, it’s this organized. If I see something I like, I get it and put in the cart and keep moving until I’m finished browsing. Then, I examine each bag. This one is a woven kilim style carpet bag with a hinged closure – think doctor bag by T. Cappelli. It has four brass feet, so I knew the quality was there. If I’ve never heard of it, I google it. Sometimes I find that it’s a BS brand, sometimes it’s a QVC or department store brand. Sometimes I find that it’s a legit brand from the 80s. 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. $6.
Woven bag with leather handle and crossbody/shoulder strap. Velcro closure. A wonderful bag for Spring and Summer. Offered, claimed, and returend to me because the new owner discerned that she had too many bags.
I picked up this little baby at Valley Thrift and come on… Fossil, beads on the strap and zipper pull, the key is amazing; it’s all so adorable and classy. I am not leaving it there for $2.99. I know I used it at least once because the price tag is inside the bag, but I can’t remember when that was. So goodbye to thee, sweet baby. You are sooooo cute.
Woven bag that I use as a purse and a book bag. Here it’s loaded with books for church tomorrow. I’m doing the children’s sermon, and I can’t decide between the three books in the bag. I’m sure I’ll decide by tomorrow morning.
Back when Kaia was in 9-12 (grades 4-6) at Sands Montessori, we did a classroom sale of recycled products that the kids made. I worked with them on wallets made of chip bags – it was so fun, and challenging. I saw this bag at Goodwill and had to get it. But i’ve never used it, and now can remember it through this photo. Email me at email@example.com and it’s yours.
Here’s a cute bag from The Sak: a structured hobo in their traditional silky knit material, with woven leather handles. Makes a good shoulder bag or carry over your arm. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in bag 11.