Handbags

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with handbags. I’m still surprised by what I find even after collecting them for 25 years. I’ve owned vintage purses shaped like poodles, ones made from sterling silver, some crafted by prisoners and one that lit up when you opened it. But the ones I reach for when I’m running out the door are always big leather sacs…utilitarian yet stylish.

950s Margaret Smith Floral Handbag

Bright, flowery cloth purse by “Margaret Smith, Gardiner, ME” could be the perfect Summer bag. Measures 12″ x 9″ x 4″ (not including 12″ handle.) Turn-lock closure. Fully lined with an interior zippered pocket. Kate Spade was definitely influenced by these bags when she first started designing…trust me, I used to sell them to her! Excellent condition.

*Margaret Smith started making these bags for friends and soon had a thriving business. Her nephew is now in charge of the business, which is primarily matronly women’s clothing. These cool bags are no longer manufactured.

Price:$85.00

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’70s “I Love New York” Satchel – Fun Graphic, Gucci Style Bag

Awesome “I Love New York” bag depicts the famous skyline, including the World Trade Center and the Empire State Building. It’s so 70s in every way! Classic Gucci-style satchel make it even more ironic. Quite collectible because of the graphic. Measures 12.5″ x 8″ x 7″ with 13″ double handles. Zippered pocket inside. Very clean, unused, excellent condition.

Price:$165.00

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80s Patricia Smith Leather and Tapestry Moon Bag

Moon Bags were manufactured by Patricia Smith, a Milwaukee-based artist, in the 80s. This style is very unusual…a black leather bag with tapestry fabric and one of her signature panels, with a floral design, on the side! Measures 12.5″ x “7 x 3″ with a 33″ strap. Label reads, “Moon Bags Patricia Smith Designs Milwaukee WI.” Very comfortable and easy to use. Excellent condition!

*For more information about Patricia Smith and her Moon Bags, see my blog. Patricia Smith herself even commented on it! The Moon Bags Story

Price:$225.00

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80s Brio Black Leather Hobo Bag

Love my 1980s Brio bags. What’s more practical that a big, soft, leather sac that’s practical and looks awesome? They’re the ones I grab most often to run around town all day because they fit so much stuff. This style is a classic hobo, made in this really cool, wrinkled leather that looks kind of washed or worn. I love the tassels and the leather covered rings. In hard to find black (lightened in photos to show detail, but is a true black)! Measures 18″ x 12″ with a 16″ strap. Excellent condition.

Price:$225.00

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80s Collage Bag – Tweed, Leather, Snake – Awesome Textural Purse

Awesome textural bag is a collage of different leathers and fabrics with a great wood decoration piece. Lined, with an inside pocket. Seven Handbags by Dimitri.” Measures 15″ x 9.5″ with 41″ strap. Excellent condition, looks unused.

Price:$165.00

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80s Huge Leather Hobo Bag -Olive Green

What’s more practical that a big, soft, leather sac that’s practical and looks awesome? They’re the ones I grab most often to run around town all day because they fit so much stuff. This is a great style…huge, big enough to be a weekend bag, but it lies flat if it’s not stuffed. It’s made in this really cool, wrinkled leather that looks kind of washed or worn. Lined in a matching cotton velvet, in very good condition, with a zippered inside pocket.Great season-transition color. Love the wooden ring detail. By Brio. Measures 26″ x 18″ with a 26″ strap. Excellent condition.

Price:$190.00

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80s Huge Leather Hobo Bag – Black

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What’s more practical that a big, soft, leather sac that’s practical and looks awesome? They’re the ones I grab most often to run around town all day because they fit so much stuff. This is a great style…huge, big enough to be a weekend bag, but it lies flat if it’s not stuffed. It’s made in this really cool, wrinkled leather that looks kind of washed or worn. Lined in a matching cotton velvet, in very good condition, with a zippered inside pocket. By Brio. Measures 26″ x 18″ with a 26″ strap. Excellent condition.

Price:$185.00

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80s Patricia Smith Moon Bag – Leather with Acrylic Panel

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Moon Bags were manufactured by Patricia Smith, a Milwaukee-based artist, in the 80s. This style is her signature, best-loved design: a slouchy bag with a hand painted acrylic panel. The panel is interchangeable so it’s fun to collect more and vary them. Gray leather. Measures 14″ x 9″ with a 45″ strap. Label reads, “Moon Bags Patricia Smith Designs Milwaukee WI.” Very comfortable, roomy and easy to access; great as a clutch, cross-body style or you can knot the strap to make it shorter on the shoulder. Excellent condition!

*For more information about Patricia Smith and her Moon Bags, see my blog. Patricia Smith herself even commented on it! The Moon Bags Story.

Price:$195.00

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80s Patricia Smith Moon Bag – Tapestry and Leather with Acrylic Panel

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Moon Bags were manufactured by Patricia Smith, a Milwaukee-based artist, in the 80s. This style is very unusual…a black leather bag with tapestry fabric and one of her signature panels. Beautiful and practical. Measures 11″ x 8″ with a 23″ strap. Label reads, “Moon Bags Patricia Smith Designs Milwaukee WI.” Very comfortable and easy to open and close (flap with magnetic closure.) Excellent condition!

*For more information about Patricia Smith and her Moon Bags, see my blog. Patricia Smith herself even commented on it! The Moon Bags Story

 

Price:$185.00

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