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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Precious: vintage suitcase and luggage collection


Of course, I’m referring to my collection of vintage Samsonite luggage and other retro suitcases and carry-ons. And believe it or not, this isn’t all of them!

I can’t help but buy them when I see them for only a few dollars. I’m sure that it already looks a little like hoarding disease up there in the picture, but I try to put all of them to good use! The suitcases I usually fill with crafting supplies and fabric and store in my craft room until duty calls—when I actually DO travel with them as my functional suitcases. The smaller bags are rotated into my outfits and the larger carry ons are used as camera bags, teaching bags, and even shopping bags!

That covers the functionality part. But really, what I love about the vintage Samsonite is all about the dimensions, the bold retro colors, the sturdy zippers, and even the old “smell”. Yep, I’m a weirdo.

I’ve been carrying around these old bags and suitcases ever since I was a teenager, and no matter what I stashed inside them, they always made my items feel “special”. Isn’t that what attracts us to bags and purses of all kinds? If I could only choose one, it would be the absolutely precious mini-suitcase on the left—with the blue/green tapestry fabric. SO in love. And have been for years!

When vintage luggage makes you feel this great, how can you stop collecting pieces? I must admit, though, looking at most of my entire collection DOES have me thinking…

I need something yellow.

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