Monday, January 30, 2017

Bag Lady

Most of those close to me know me as a bag lady in the sense that I keep all plastic bags/shopping bags until I can re-use them. I literally have bags and bags full of smaller bags taking up prime space in my closets and cabinets. What can I say? I hate waste.

But purses, on the other hand, I've never used much. I enjoy being a hands-free person. And when ever I do carry a purse, I fill it with make-up, notebooks, tampons, and inevitably, rocks. (You'll find rocks in most of my jacket pockets as I love to collect them). Rocks are heavy. Purses are heavy. Carrying nothing is so much easier.

Despite this, I've amassed some real designer treasures over the last year, items I've lusted for since I first saw them many, many years ago, and the most I've ever spent on a single item is CA$315. Most of these things don't get used because again, I hate carrying things, but I love them all the same.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Large in white

This bag retails for US$2,150 (CA$2,935). I bought it for CA$315 (including shipping) off Kijiji from a woman in Montreal. It was incredibly dirty which is why it was so low. I'm not ready a fan of the large - I've always wanted the medium - but you can't be picky when you're bargain hunting for luxury goods.

Pen mark on the front flap is all me.

Very dirty back. This was how it looked when it arrived, which didn't bother me because wearing jeans with white leather will invariably turn the back blue anyways.

I've since dyed it black and plan on selling it on eBay. This photo shows the bag after the first coat. And trust me, there will be several more before this guy's ready for sale. I might be frugal but I'm a perfectionist.

Balenciaga Classic City in Oxblood

This bag retails for US$1,835. I got it for CA$290.67 off eBay from a seasoned seller in Japan. Free shipping. No customs. Also a bit of wear to the bag but I use my things hard anyways so even had it been brand new, I would've destroyed it within its first week. 

Mine. Condition's not too bad, only thing is the messenger strap is broken and unusable.

Alexander Wang Marion crossbody w/ rose gold hardware

This bag retails for US$675 and I got it for CA$199.24 off eBay, including shipping and customs. The bag went for so low because it's lost a lot of its initial structure and the hardware is quite scuffed.

Mine. Leaves a lot to the imagination, huh?

It's these folds on the sides that are the problem. They stick out like two giant ears. I've been thinking about taking it to a leather smith and getting them to grommet the folds and attach something that will keep the leather in tact (as you'd see in the top of a bucket bag), but I haven't.

Stuffed with newspaper. 

I kinda see a resemblance?

How it's supposed to look when on...

And how it actually looks hanging. Mine looks like it ate the other one and is now bloated from all that leather and metal.

Alexander Wang Fumo wristlet w/ rose gold hardware

This wristlet retails for US$225 and I got it for CA$120 off eBay, including shipping. Now wristlets, I use. Easier to carry and less amenable to stuffing. I like the Fumo because it has zippers and compartments and interior pockets galore.

But only 50% off, you say? How extravagant of you, J? 

Original photo from eBay.

So cute.

Photo makes it look slightly dirty but it's in pristine condition

Probably the best condition leather good I've gotten off eBay.

And this next item I've bought but haven't received yet:

Alexander Wang Isis clutch

This bag retails for US$1,050 (CA$1,391) and I got it for a whopping CA$170 off eBay including shipping. I've always liked this bag but thought it was rather pricey for a clutch. 

Original eBay photo. Condition pending!

As you may have learned, I'm quite a fan of Alexander Wang. And I think that's the main takeaway here. That and I'm more than comfortable sacrificing condition for cost. 


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