As you know I love to scour vintage stores, thrift stores, and consignment stores. I find a wonderful selection of fashion and accessories at these places, but it does require a bit of effort and a lot of patience. This has paid off nicely for me. I have a wonderful collection of second-hand bags ( and clothes, and coats, and jewelry...)
Here is a photo of some of my favorite second-hand bags. Top to bottom: Is a lizard "kelly" bag from Lederer's On Madison Avenue. Like another well know French house, this company makes hand-made bags in France, with highly prized quality leather and exotic skins. This bag cost me a lot, for a second-hand bag, about $180.00, but it retails for so much more - you could add a zero and then multiply by 3-5... And if It were made by Hermes it would be north of $16,000. It has no engraving on the front, but I am cool with that. It is a ladylike beauty. Just under it is a bag from Lancel, another handbag company based in France. This resembles the Hermes Bolide bag, perfectly, except for the engraving. It is in a textured leather and I love the caramel color and the brass hardware that is still gleaming after all of these years. I do not know what the retail price is, but I paid somewhere around 20 dollars for it 10 years ago on Ebay. The Hermes Bolide, one of my favs, is about $12,000. ( correct me if I am wrong, it has been a while since I have shopped there).
The gold quilted bag underneath is a Tag sale find, and cost me $5.00. I love the burnished gold color and the tassel. The metallic is very neutral and a good choice when I am tired of black, gray and brown. The little top stitched bag below was $3.00 at a tag sale, and I love it. It is quite small and works perfectly when I am dressed in a fancy dress and want a simple bag. I love the top stitching detail, and its diminutive size. Three Bucks! Even I am speechless..
The next photo was a gift from a friend, when she was antiquing on the North Fork of Long Island. It is a lovely old clutch, and is beautifully crafted in crewel work and has little paste pearls and emeralds seeding the frame. it is missing a few tiny stones but is flawless otherwise! Behind it is a pair of Missoni gloves.
The photo in the opening picture is a vintage bag, made of old telephone wires. I have seen Fendi bags similar to these, and I believe this kind of bag was an inspiration to designers looking for texture and a graphic feel to their hand bags. Here is the photo, worn with a houndstooth skirt by GEMMA KAHNG, New York. I treasure this second hand bag, it has a true vintage feel. The next photo is of a jeweled bag thrifted In East Hampton, in a lovely muted rose color. I was also wearing a skirt from F21 that was dead ringer -copy of Prada that year! My huge pearl bracelet strung with baroque beauties was also purchased second-hand at Encore, Madison Avenue. I could have walked 5 blocks south- on Madison- and seen something very similar for 10 times the price I paid, maybe more.
You may remember this photo from a recent post featuring my Docle and Gabanna velvet coat and my $3.00 leo bag, ( I apologize once again to my dear friend Greetje from No Fear of Fashion).. I love its round hat box shape.
This jeweled bag is a second look from a recent post as well. It is hand-made on velvet and is comprised of agate and semi precious stones. ( amethyst and chalcedony). It is a favorite of mine from the Second Time Around in Sag Harbor.
Okay, The weekend is coming to an end, so I will quit here. I will post Part 2, when we get another awful week of weather! Have a great weekend!