I love all things vintage, retro, and kitsch... which is why I dedicated Thursday's blog posts to a bit of a wander down memory lane. Today's post is in the bag, so to speak. I found a bevvy of beautiful handbags, totes, clutches, and purses made with re-purposed, re-cycles, and up-cycled items from the past, that makes them not only fabulously chic and fun, but truly one of kind scene-stealers. I am a bag lady, I collect bags and purses, more than I could ever use. Here are some of my favorite bags, all found on Etsy, that tell a story all by themselves.
Alice in Wonderland Book Purse by Kelly Mitchell, The Write Stuff Design on Etsy.
1950s Chic Cocktail Handbag - Upcycled Vinyl Record Bag, Retro Fabric and Lucite Handles by Charlotte Dymock, Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage on Etsy.
VHS Case Handbag - Retro, upcycled. Many Titles by Robyn, Red Zebra Designs on Etsy.
DAMASK - 100% Recycled Upcycled Suit Tote Bag by Dandy Florence, Dandy on Etsy.
Chutes & Ladders Gameboard Handbag by Mugwump on Etsy.
Recycled vinyl banner - Shoulder Tote - Retro Doctors Bag - Diaper Bag - Eco Purse - Pop Art by seen1 on Etsy.
Record Album Purse featuring Madonna, Pink Patent Leather by Brinda Kay, Vindicated Vinyl on Etsy.
Pink & Blue XL Tape Measure Wallet - Upcycled Vinyl/Metal by David, Home Made Karma on Etsy.
Vanity Case - Vintage Upcycled Fifties Style Luggage - Alternative Handbag or Purse by Emily Holmes, Love. Mimo on Etsy.
Retro Record Tote by Sophie Blanc, My Little Gumnut on Etsy.
Necktie Bag: An Eco-friendly and Upcycled Purse in Brown and Royal Blue by Josée, Cul de Sac on Etsy.
Billy Joel Glass Houses Record Album Purse by Tracey, Reinvented Vinyl on Etsy.
Handmade Purse Made With Recycled Caribou Coffee Bags Upcycled Repurposed by Lisa Z., Green Designs by Lisa on Etsy.
I choose to highlight these bags in particular because they are lovely, colourful, imaginative, and really unique. Each of the highlighted shops offers so many versions and options on this theme, you really need to take a closer look. Bags really are an accessory that you just can't go wrong with. Bags fit anyone, no matter their dress size, and they can add pizzazz to any look. No gal would ever say no to a great purse from their Valentine Sweetheart, so get shopping! Shop for yourself, shop for a friend, or just "window" shop and see what's out there in the fabulous community of artist on Etsy.