Friday, September 4, 2009

The Lady with the Alligator Purse

Today I went to pick up my purse from the leather repair shop. I was so excited to see how it looked and that excitement grew once I saw my bag! I tried out a new shoe repair shop since the one my mom used to go to has since closed. Needless to say, I will be returning if and when I need something else repaired. This guy did an excellent job. He couldn't repair the handle so he made a new one out of matching leather, and didn't charge me!! I was happy that he did a new handle, because now I won't worry when using this bag, the leather will definitely hold up better than alligator would. He also oiled and polished the outside. It really shines!!!! This $10 estate sale find has really blossomed into something I can cherish for many years to come.

Since finding this bag, I really wanted some shoes to match. I'm the kind of girl that really likes to have shoes that matches my purses. Since the bag wasn't exactly what I was looking for, (I had a 40's box style in mind on my vintage wish list) I really wanted to find shoes that would bring out a 40's look. I found this pair pictured on eBay for a real steal and am now waiting their arrival in the mail. I really cannot wait until they come!! I have the perfect late 30's coat that I want to wear with the shoes and bag once it gets a little bit colder here in Michigan.



Heidi Ann said...

Both the shoes and the purse are completely fabulous!

Amy said...

Your purse came out great. Love the shoes...they will look fab with the purse and other stuff you got.

I had fun today and enjoyed being with just the girls. Thanks for going with me and all the love.


The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

Have you read the book Alligators, Old Mink and New Money? It's the real life adventure of a former model/current vintage store owner in Brooklyn that's a lot of fun-- she had an obsession with alligator purses!

I picked up my first (actually got 2) alligator purses at an upscale estate sale when I was at home in Arkansas. Photo here:

It's hard to see the purse in the back but I believe it's very similar to yours!