My two recent thrift purchases other that my refashions have been bags. The first bag is from the same op-shop as fellow Thrift Collective blogger Dogstar Bazaar, a vintage tapestry carpet bag, made in Italy, complete with wooden handle, and in tip top condition for $7. A bag Mary Poppins would be jealous of!
And next is a designer bag which I picked up from a recycle warehouse selling mainly bric-a-brac, damaged or near damaged goods, building materials, books, toys, household goods.. anything goes. Proceeds from sales go to support local adult shelters, workshops and communities.
Initially, my purpose was to find old unwanted and perhaps damaged things to upcycle into new products; mainly fabric, and papergoods.
But, out of the corner of my eye, I spot a bag, hanging on the edge of a shelf. A bag with the cutest mini cooper print.
On closer inspection, I notice a label:
Paul Smith, a leading UK fashion designer
I ask the lady behind the counter the price for the bag, to which she replies $2. Two dollars for Paul Smith?! SOLD!
Is this bag a real Paul Smith, or a copy? It certainly looks and feels a quality product, but no matter, for I am keeping this little gem, not for the designer label, but for the print which reminds me a little of life in London.
Finding a second hand designer bag when you least expect it. That is what I call, a result!
Happy thrifting bloggers! Erica @ Recycled Fashion