Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thrift Haul: My Bag Collection

I have never been a big fan of bags. Which is kind of ironic considering what this first blog post is all about.

To some of you, I realize that this might be quite unusual for a female.

But stereotypes aside, this has a lot to do with the fact that I hate changing bags. You have to know that I carry a ridiculous amount of stuff in my bag with me every day (and even guys think that my bag is too heavy). And dumping all those things in another bag just to look fashionable is simply not worth the hassle for me.

However, when I do find bags that I absolutely adore, I could not help but rave about them. And even more so when I get them for a cheap price! And hence this blog post! (I hardly think people around me are interested in this, but I thought maybe some one out there on the Internet might be!)

I rarely thrift for bags (mostly because the ukay ukay smell is soooo hard to get rid of). But when I do find pieces that are eye-catching and unique but still in very good condition, I cannot help but make my wallet a little lighter.

One thing you need to know though. The bag haul I am about to share with you guys were thrifted on separate occasions. Okay??? (Hahaha, defensive much? Lol!)

Because you might think, "this lady bought so much bags and yet she says she's not a big bag fan. Hmm…"


But of course, we're not here to talk about my shopaholic issues, so let's just proceed to my ukay ukay bag collection! :)

Bag Number 1:

This was actually the first bag that I thrifted in my entire life. The design of the fringe bag was too awesome to pass up so I looked past the fact that it was from an ukay ukay and bought it. (At the time, I wasn't too open to buy items that were difficult to sanitize.) On the plus side, I found out it was from an expensive brand from Japan called Jeanasis.

Jeanasis suede fringe bag
280 PHP or 6 USD

One thing I have learned about thrift shops here in the Philippines is that they tend to overprice bags, especially those from known signature brands (even when they are actually fake, meh!).

One time, I found a St. Jack leather backpack that I adored so much. When I got to the counter, the lady told me it was friggin' 480 pesos. I thought to myself, that is simply too expensive for a second-hand bag that isn't even in excellent condition. I could even buy a great quality brand new bag for that same price! But I didn't know what the brand was at the time so when I found out it was actually an expensive brand, I decided to go back for it the next day. I thought to myself, maybe I could just recondition the bag since it was genuine leather. Maybe. But when I got to the thrift shop, I felt indignant when the same lady told me the price was 690 pesos. I told her that it wasn't the price she gave me last time and she really didn't give a good explanation for that. Needless to say, I ended up not buying the bag simply because I felt like I was being bamboozled by the lady in the counter.

I learned my lesson, though. When you find a bag you adore that has excellent quality (i.e. genuine leather), buy it immediately or they will jack up the price on you!

Lesson learned well. Because now I am able to find amazing pieces for a fairly cheap price in thrift shops!

Bag Number 2:

09J8 black tote bag
350 PHP or 8 USD

What attracted me most to this huge tote bag was the details! It looks very exquisite and Victorian, don't you think??? :)

This huge tote bag was in excellent condition and I couldn't pass it up because of the room space. I was not very successful in finding out which brand this is from so if any of you might possibly know, please comment below because I am dying to find out! :D

Bag Number 3:

Genuine Leather Vintage satchel bag
350 PHP or 8 USD

I had to think twice about the price of this one (since it was only small and compact), but I remembered my St. Jack experience and bought this with my eyes closed. The feel of the leather is so supple and soft so I simply could not pass it up! (It's even more nice than the leather feel of the St. Jack one!)

Bag Number 4:

Teenie Weenie Bear Classic Travel bag
350 PHP or 8 USD

I was actually planning to sell this one but I decided not to let it go anymore. I was attracted to this bag because of the beautiful travel details on it. It even has teddy bears all over and I thought it was a very unique piece! :D

Beautiful, right???

When I googled to search for the brand, you could imagine my amazement when I found out that this popular Korean brand actually retails for as high as 8,000 PHP when converted! Awesomeness! :D

Bag Number 5:

My best thrift find (for the bags section) might actually be this black suede fringe bag. I did not think much of this bag at first, but the suede was so soft and amazing to touch. Plus the bag was practically brand new, so I decided to buy it.

Axara Paris black suede fringe bag
140 PHP or 3 USD

See the price??? Amazing! :D

And there you have it! :) I hope you liked my ukay ukay bag collection! If you have a blog sharing thrift hauls like mine, please comment below and let me know so I could check them out! Thank you for reading and have great thrifty day! :D

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