When I purchased a tanned leather vintage bag at my friend Wendy Grace’s wardrobe sale, I had no idea that it would become so popular amongst my friends, family and complete strangers. Wendy, founder of fashion blog Little Jimmy’s Girl and a friend with impeccable style, renowned for her love of textures and layers, held a wardrobe sale to make room in her closet and depart with goods she had little use for.
So when I sorted through her amazing stuff, this vintage bag caught my eye due to its unusual shape. Looking inside the bag, I was impressed that the tartan interior was immaculate and the label clearly indicated that it had been locally made in Melbourne. When I asked Wendy about the bag, she mentioned that it had been her mothers and she had inherited but had outgrown it. So the bag had been passed from mother to daughter to friend. Technically, it is a third hand bag and not a second hand one!
Since I acquired it in April, I think I’ve been asked at least a dozen times or more where I got the bag from. And every time I respond, I breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they will never be able to find an identical one anywhere. I find nothing more unappealing than to see someone wearing the exact same anything. I have tried to avoid chain stores since I wore a Miss Shop dress to a birthday party only to have another girl wear the exact same outfit. I was glad that I learned that lesson at 15. I have tried to dress as uniquely as possible ever since.
The leather on the bag is starting to show signs of wear and tear as I use it daily so I will now have to start putting some leather treatment on it to ensure its longevity. But doing the sums, I’ve worked out that this bag’s cost per wear so far is a mere 13c per day!
So my vintage bag, a green fashion envy, is not only helping to celebrate my sense of individuality, it is helping me to save the Earth by turning someone else’s trash into my treasure and best of all, it is helping me to save money as well!