POCKETBOOKS TOP MY FASHION PASSION

 

How My Pocketbook Passion Began

My pocketbook passion started about 30 years ago. Each year, I would buy myself a beautiful, then popular, designer purse. To start my collection, I explored and purchased numerous Dooney & Bourke, Coach, then Kate Spade bags.

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Vintage Dooney & Bourke Teton Style Multi Color bag from vintagedooney.com

My Pocketbook Passion Journey Proceeds

I began my journey searching for and purchasing the most attractive Dooney & Bourke ‘All Weather Leather’ bags.

Since the Internet was not yet a means of advertising and purchasing, items were available from beautifully designed mail order catalogs. That is where my passion for pocketbook began.

 

 

Fast Forward: The Internet and Outlet Malls
Tanger Outlets
Tanger Outlets Deer Park, Long Island, NY on Yelp.com

Over the years, the technology for shopping has become more sophisticated, appealing and convenient. If you wanted to make a purchase without leaving home, the Internet became the place to go. If you wanted a feast of entertaining, purchasing delights, destinations like the Tanger Outlets became the ideal place to go.

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A map of a Tanger Outlet Mall in South Carolina.

There is no end to what I have been able to find online, at upscale malls and at outlet malls. But isn’t that the whole idea of retail shopping today? The possibilities are endless.

There is an evolutionary path to this search for collecting both new and vintage handbags. Collecting new handbags started with mail order catalogs and stayed there for many years. Then as technology was embraced, it evolved into the Internet. I also discovered outlet malls. But coming into the present, three elements have become primary. They are thrift stores, online discount sources for my favorite designer bags and online sources for vintage companies that are new to me.

INTRODUCING – TWENTY FIRST CENTURY SHOPPING


Eureka, Poshmark!

One brand, in particular has become my favorite pocketbook passion, Italian made ARCADIA. This brand is one I recently discovered by the newest technology for feeding my passion, online search and research.

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Arcadia Leather Vacchelta Trim Crossbody
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Light Blue ARCADIA Crossover bag

 

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ARCADIA-red genuine Leather handbag
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Arcadia Handbag Made in Italy available on Poshmark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCES AND RESOURCES


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Arcadia Handbags on Always Review

Arcadia bag on Poshmark

Arcadia Handbag on ebay

https://poshmark.com/listing/NWT-Genuine-Leather-Arcadia-handbag-62bc985aff7c5ad72378061d?utm_source=gdm&utm_campaign=16771323555&campaign_id=16771323555&ad_partner=google&gskid=pla-1391732150333&gcid=591243211847&ggid=133896447054&gdid=c&g_network=s&enable_guest_buy_flow=true&gclid=CjwKCAjw_ISWBhBkEiwAdqxb9ikkGvpQJHh3CavNZWYKEfpBZTm4IQ8EluXpXhaXOWR5XNNwDcCVnxoCmA4QAvD_BwE

https://poshmark.com/listing/Arcadia-Handbag-Made-in-Italy-61f00e5488cce3a5bb767ec4?utm_source=gdm&utm_campaign=9885398791&campaign_id=9885398791&ad_partner=google&gskid=pla-1238587050167&gcid=431634175106&ggid=101169993035&gdid=c&g_network=s&enable_guest_buy_flow=true&gclid=CjwKCAjw_ISWBhBkEiwAdqxb9uyw-WbfIkhApt_f3JyYI2DSQmyboUscalGEq2mTw3i_doP37BLo7BoCfqEQAvD_BwE

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THE FRUGAL FASHIONISTA

 

MY PASSION FOR SHOPPING

Donations Passed On To Me, Online and In Stores Bargains
Becoming a frugal fashionista has increased my passion for shopping. In other words, my extremely tight clothes and accessories budget has not diminished my joy and ability to acquire new attire. In fact, the degree of savings is directly proportional to the fun and bountifulness I experience. It may surprise readers to learn that the least expensive and most fun ‘free’ (clothes) donations to me are from a local church food pantry.

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A selection of clothes including three Old Navy dresses I got from the church pantry at my favorite price, a ‘free’ donation to me. Thanks to St. Agnes in RVC, NY.

Then increasing in price from least to most, I frequent thrift shops, online bargains websites like Poshmark, and rarely something new at a discount chain like HomeGoods or Savers. In addition, I will buy a quality name brand when it is on sale. But the rule is, it must be at least 50-70% off.

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Two Diophy brand purses from Poshmark. One I bought ‘new’ and the other one I got for $11.97 slightly ‘reused’.

ALMOST PROFESSIONAL SHOPPER

Hobby to Pro
In fact, I am becoming so adept at this pastime that I feel like a pro. What amazes me the most is that I like the clothes and accessories I am acquiring as a frugal fashionista is better than regular retail shopping.

Believe it or not, my wardrobe is nicer and would be more expensive new than I could ever afford. For example, my accessories include numerous Coach Leather, Kate Spade, and Dooney & Bourke handbags.

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Over the years, I have collected vintage Coach, Dooney & Bourke, and Kate Spade bags, very affordable new bags and bags that would be a steal.
Mid to High End Treasures Finder
My skills as a frugal fashionista have resulted in labels like Old Navy Lands’ End, Talbots, L.L.Bean, and Lands End and more apparel in my closet.

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A collection of ‘free’ cardigan sweaters to match any purchase. Included are (from top left to bottom right) Charter Club, Lands’ End, Croft & Barrow, L.L.Bean, Merona, Izod. All from the church pantry at no cost to me as a low-income senior.

CONCLUSION

Becoming Even More Frugal

Within a fairly short period of time, I have gone from a middle class, middle aged shopper to a fixed income savvy senior shopper. When the concept was first presented to me, it took some time for me to adjust. But now, I love being a frugal fashionista and I plan to get better and better at this great way to go shopping.
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My Designer Purse Gems

 

Selecting My Gems
My designer purse gems were not difficult for me to select from my rather large collection of favorite designer and style bags. Some are on my studio wall to provide a decorative view of this room. Others decorate my bedroom, and the rest are housed in their own cabinet. Four of my designer purse gems are featured in this blog post. Indeed these four are my favorites even though I have many others that I love.

For example, I own about a dozen Coach bags. These and others purses are the ones that serve as decoration on my studio wall. They are all still usable as pocketbook. They are truly my designer purse gems.

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This wall displays most of my Coach Bag collection as well as others and is the view on my studio wall
My Gems
From the above and other purses that I have collected, there are four that are the absolute gems. The images below or either from my own collection or from the companies themselves. How I wish you could see them and touch them. Maybe one day, they will all be in a design museum or a handbag collection in a interdisciplinary one. Museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art, also in New York and The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Then you will able to see them in person.

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These are pictures of the bags that I posses or similar ones to my own. From left to right, Coach original Wills bag, new Coach Willis 18 bag, Dooney & Bourke teton bag, and the Furla round bag.
Public Gems
Did you know that there are other museums that do house outstanding everyday objects of superior design? Well, there are. Even though some of my bags are design to last ‘forever’, I hope that as many people as possible will be able to enjoy them by experiencing them. Then my designer purse gems, will be your design purse gems, too.
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TRAVELING COACH STYLE

 

Traveling Coach Style is a very fun and pleasant ways to coordinate a purse with an outfit. As a connoisseur of fine leatherware, I gifted myself a new purse each birthday for many years. In fact, the brand has either been a Coach or a Dooney & Bourke.
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Above is the blurb about Coach on their Yahoo page. Note the Coach logo in the top right

Each company has a long history of quality leather goods. Although they both use primarily leather and fabric, their results are uniquely recognizable. So whether one is ‘traveling coach style’ or in ‘all weather leather’, with these products, it is always with fashion in mind.
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The original logo of a duck representing the Dooney & Bourke brand of all weather leather.

I have not always been able to afford the latest and newest creation of my favorite leather goods. Since our budget has changed dramatically in recent years, I have become a frequenter of thrift stores. I am always on the lookout for great buys. In this category I have found many.
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Rebag is newest, hippest, most affordable ways to acquire re(used) luxury handbags.

In fact, I recently discovered Rebag, re(used) purses that are not just for the shabby. They are very chic but less expensive than to buy them new.

For your viewing pleasure, future posts about this topic will feature pictures of great designs, colorful bags, and some of my very own favorites. Keep reading these fun fashion posts, to find out my most desired bag for my upcoming birthday.

Learn how I developed in detail a system of responsible and profitable credit cards use to make such purchases. There is a very affordable collection of Amazon Ebooks that I wrote that will teach you how to use credit cards responsibly and profitably.

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Here’s are illustrations of early Coach bags. When was the Coach Company founded and who designed their early bags?
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SOURCES AND RESOURCES

Coach – The Early Years

Bonnie Cashin

First Dibs on Bags

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