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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vintage Purses For Everyday Life

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Photo Credit: Nicol├ís Boullosa

Welcome back Vintage Purse Fans!  As you know, since there are so many types...vintage bags can be so versatile and used from casual to formal wear.  But, I really think my favorite vintage bags are the ones that can be used in EVERYDAY LIFE!  I mean, REALLY.  Why not?  Vintage bags are so-o-o-o-o cool! 

So, I just wanna drool over some of these gems from yesteryear!  Maybe while listening to Abba or the Beatles or the Doors? : )

Here they are...

This large Coach Envelope Bag from New York City is one awesome bag!  It is in very good vintage condition from the 1970's.  How many years ago is that, anyhow?  : ).
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Vintage Coach Envelope Bag from New York City - BUY NOW!

 Maybe, a shopping trip with this vintage tote by Tommy Hilfiger?  Hilfiger started his company in 1984 and it became a roaring success in the 1990's.  This preppy vegan bag is fabulous and would probably hold anything you want...

Hilfiger Tote Bag

Chocolate Vintage Tote Bag by Tommy Hilfiger - BUY NOW!

This gem will go with nearly any outfit; can go to school, work, or on a weekend outing. From 1995, it surely would get lots of compliments...

Coach Buckle Bag

1995 Vintage Coach Buckle Bag - SOLD


I'm about to "go bananas" over this bag!  Just check out how neat this 1990 Vintage Coach bag is... large, chocolate leather, and oh so cool~!

Large Chocolate Coach

Large Chocolate Leather Coach Bag - BUY NIOW

For the Western Lovers out there... this baby could go to the office EVERYDAY.  And, who doesn't like Brighton bags?  Love the engraved silver metal and how they really stand out from the rest and this bag is the QUEEN of all Brighton bags...

Brighton Briefcase

Vintage Brighton Briefcase - BUY NOW!

Whew!  That was a lot of fun!  These vintage bags can be so much a part of our EVERYDAY LIVES!  Grab one while running out the door each morning...

Until next time... CHOW!

Black Dooney

Vintage Montana Silversmith Purse

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

VINTAGE PURSE CLEANING - oh, that delicate, precious bag! ...

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Vintage Fossil Bag - SOLD

 Hi there Vintage Purse Fans!  We all have different ideas of  how to clean our purses... n'est-ce pas?  But, there is one thing I think we all agree on is that we do not want to leave it in a worse state than before; possibly shortening it's life (or ending it, LOL!)

Photo credit:  Harrilott
So, the one word that is most important to remember when selecting cleaning products or making your own home concoctions is:
Photo credit:  Robert De Bock
What you should not do:
  • Use Clorox wipes
  • Use baby wipes
  • Use any bleach or abrasives
  • Scrub with a rough pad
  • Put in the washing machine
  • Put in the clothes dryer
  • Leave in the sun
  • Use harsh detergents
  • Skip spot testing
  • yada yada yada...

 Believe it or not, there are many women who claim to be addicted to Clorox wipes that contain several dangerous chemicals... and cannot stop using them.  They even have such a bad addiction that can be a challenge to their health and even to unborn children.  If you Google "Clorox wipe addiction", you can see it there... do NOT EVER use Clorox wipes on your vintage leather!  There are many environmentally friendly alternatives that do not pose a health risk.

Cowhide Leather
It is important for cowhide leather should be cleaned to remove dust, dirt and other debris that can damage the surface. It is made up of many fibrous strands, much like a sponge. And, the fibers are so tightly compacted they cannot be seen until the leather is damaged (ripping or tearing). According to a Government of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development publication, once leather become dirty and dry it becomes dry and brittle. There needs to be proper cleaning help maintain healthy, moisturized leather.  However, cleaning should be just enough to be effective as you can damage this type of leather with too vigorous of cleaning. (Teague 2010).

Tanned Leather
For regular maintenance:  Wipe your bag once a week with warm, soapy water... mix a small amount of mild liquid soap to warm water and use a soft damp cloth to wipe away any dirt from the outside of your handbag (Cosmopolitan, 2019)... very GENTLY on old or delicate leather!  Dry with a soft, dry cloth.  When the leather is nearly dry, wipe down with a moisturizing conditioner to fight dryness and add protection against the elements.

Some well-known and widely accepted leather mild soaps that we recommend are:  Castile Soap, Saddle Soap, and Ivory Soap (EHow, 2010).

We believe in being kind to the earth and using cleansers that are environmentally friendly. 

We ALWAYS use the gentlest cleaning products for all of our vintage bags and have been doing this for over 12 years now!  If you purchase one of our bags, you can be sure you will be getting the highest quality (that makes our competition GREEN WITH ENVY). : ) ...

Green with envy
Photo credit:  Fran Tapia

In conclusion, we recommend any difficult cleaning jobs are given to a pro to help... don't risk drying out or changing the color of your bag!  But, for regular care (after spot testing), using these methods will give your bags the attention they deserve!  They can live to be well over 50 - 60 years old AND LOOK STUNNING!

Well, that's enough Vintage Purse Fun for now!!  Until next tine...CHOW! : )

“How to Clean Leather With Ivory Soap.” EHow, Leaf Group, 20 Apr. 2010,

Person. “How to Clean Your Designer Leather Handbag.” Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan, 7 Jan. 2019,

Teague, Lillian. “How to Clean Cowhide Leather.”, Hunker, 5 July 2010,

Check out Newprairiestore to see all the cool vintage!!

Black Dooney

Vintage Montana Silversmith Purse

Friday, January 18, 2019

GORGEOUS Vintage Purse Survivors From Our Past

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Moda 1973    Photo Credit:  YolkFolk

 Hi there Vintage Purse Fans!  Glad to be back to d-r-ool over some FABULOUS Vintage Bag Survivors.  I think you'll agree that 50+ years old in purse life is an accomplishment!  And, there are some rare beauties out there.
So, without much are some...
From the seventies, this vintage dream bag was very popular.  And, many have not survived as well as this one.  A rare find, indeed!...

Vintage Tooled Leather Bag from 1970's - BUY NOW

And, for the classy chick, check out this Queen of Class - an exceptional black Downey & Bourke.  Famous for their "All Weather Leather", this bag speaks of style and durability ~ all in one!...
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Vintage Black Dooney & Bourke Handbag -  BUY NOW

 Next, who doesn't love RED bags?  This cute Coach purse is the best little crossbody bag and hard to find!  Another RARE survivor for anyone on the go...take this little gem anywhere...
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Vintage Red Leather Cross body Coach HIPSTER Purse - SOLD

And, what do you think about this "Stand Out" western purse?  Another hipster and would go with a cute brown or beige dress, jeans, or some stylish shorts.  Very versatile and sure to get a lot of compliments...
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Vintage Leather and Cowhide Montana Silversmith Hipster Purse - BUY NOW

 Whew!  That has been quite a journey down memory lane for me... really gets me soooo excited to see these Beautiful Survivors~!

But, all good things have to come to an end... So, until next time.... CHOW!

Check out Newprairiestore to see all the cool vintage!!

Black Dooney

Vintage Montana Silversmith Purse
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