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Sunday, 24 February 2013

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Are you a fashionista?  Do you long for the "It" bag of the season?  I'm the type of girl who has a favourite handbag, uses it everyday until it looks more shabby than chic then goes hunting for another handbag.  However, it occurred to me, as I plowed through endless snow and ice with groceries dangling from each hand, that having a handbag dangling from one arm along with said groceries whilst trying to keep my balance was not exactly convenient or safe.    As I looked around, I noticed that most people were sporting cross-body messenger bags which left their hands free.  What a revelation!  So the hunt was on.  Looking around online I found this:

Proenza Schouler PS1 Messenger
Did you notice the price tag ($1945.00)?  No....Really?  How about this one:


Coach Bleecker Suede Messenger

The price tag is a little bit better (I say this tongue in cheek) but still...really?  I think my guardian angel was looking out for me, though, or I had messenger bags on my mind because what do I find out thrifting?


Oddly enough, it was in the pots and pans section.  I fell in love with it on the spot.  The suede is velvety soft and the caramel colour works perfectly with the boots I picked up during the Boxing Day sales.  The cost?  About the price of a sandwich.  The little Scotty Terrier was my own touch to personalize the bag and make it mine.


And as if that wasn't enough, shortly afterwards, I found another messenger bag this time in the clothing section which is a little less strange than the pots and pans section.  This one is in smooth leather and is a bit bigger.


The cost of this one?  The price of a sandwich and a drink.  Two messenger bags and two different looks.  I think the suede one is more casual and has a bit of a hippie vibe to it and the smooth leather one has a more scholastic air to it.  I can't decide which one I prefer.  Which do you prefer?  Let me know your preference and help me decide.


And speaking of bags or things that hold other things, my lucky streak continued because I won this darling pins and needles book from Jeanette Ann during her Heirloom Treasures blog giveaway.

 
This is the first time I've won anything on a blog giveaway and I was so, so thrilled to hear that I'd won something!  Do check out her lovely blog.  So I have lots of bags to stroke and ooh and aah over this week.  I think I've moved from a one handbag girl to a wannabe fashionista with a "collection" and all for the price of a couple of sandwiches (and a drink).  Tell me, do you have a collection of handbags?



 



9 comments:

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

I cannot imagine spending that much on a bag. No. Matter. What. I like your finds! I did just splurged on a second hand Michael Kors...shopgoodwill.com. The have at least 1,000 new pieces of clothes and bags each weekday. It's addicting.....for me tableware is even worse! A very fun site!!

The Recycle-ista said...

love thrifting what i need..right when i need it!

ThrifterSisters said...

I am definitely a switch my handbag weekly type of gal. I actually collect purses! I love both of the bags that you found. You are set for all different kinds of situations.

Have a great week!

Erica

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

I am crazy about handbags, too. Loving BOTH of your finds--I don't think I could pick a favorite, though the suede one is certainly more unusual. Lucky you! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love all of your handbags, and yes, great finds. Hugs, Marty

Donna Wilkes said...

Karen above has gotten me hooked on perusing the shopgoodwiil.com site! I found a black leather messenger bag at T.J. Maxx deeply discounted to the price of a good lunch. (since we are speaking in food terms!) I am in love with it - not falling off my shoulder, neatly tucked by my side, easy to get in and out of. I am now afraid they will go out of style. So I am looking for one to put away - just in case. I love your caramel one!

Cottage and Broome said...

I love cross body bags, the only kind of purse I use. I like the free hands and it saves my back. Great find, enjoy!!! Laura

Marigene said...

I always check out the racks with the handbags...I have found some really nice ones for very little money.

I love your picnic basket...they come in so handy for storage...I have several, like around 10-12!

Diann said...

Love the purses! I am a huge purse girl! I just bought two ones at a thrift store recently that I just love. all of my high end designer bags came from thrift stores. love a great deal on purses. thank you for sharing at TTF.

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