Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mistakes happen...what was I thinking?


Oxblood embossed leather bag
thrift shop find
very reasonably priced
I hoped that this was going to be a spectacular forever bag.

BIG FAIL...

It was too awkward to close 
magnetic closure that one had to align perfectly every time to close
the two compartments inside were too narrow for my wallet and sunglasses
and the bag looked far too big overall.


This small Mulberry backpack bag is perfect...
love the embossed leather
love the colour 
 the inside holds all I need and it is a hands free bag.
But I was hoping for a cross body bag option that was more like this one
and did not really want to pay a lot...
but now looking back it was money wasted.


Coach Vintage Court bag
brown 
(not embossed leather)
immaculate condition
cross body style
(hand hold option)
Two inside compartments big enough for wallet and sunglasses.
Two outer options for keys and cellphone.

WIN WIN 

I donated the frustrating bag...
will try to learn not to be wooed by the exterior looks of a bag in the future
I will be smarter and think more about the functionality.

One needs to try placing the wallet, glasses case, lipstick and keys inside 
BEFORE buying the bag!

Fortunately I did not pay a lot for the thrift shop bag and  hopefully someone will enjoy the donation.

Do you make mistakes when shopping?


Not too much excitement here this week...
seems like I am spending a lot of time doing laundry and cleaning.
But that's just fine with me.

I do love the routines as they really help me from getting overly anxious about all the crazy stuff that's happening in our world....
stuff that I cannot control or change.

My heart is with those people in Sonoma and Napa where devastating fires keep burning many still not contained and fanned by high winds.

I follow Adrienne who writes the fabulous blog A Rich Life in Wine Country and she has been evacuated from their home in Santa Rosa...
her husband is the local fire chief and is busy fighting the fires.

I have been keeping in touch on Face Book
and it is heart breaking reading how many people have lost everything.

Social media has been vital to many people who are displaced and trying to find a place to stay.

The kindness of strangers 
who lend a helping hand in times like these 
are truly the best kind of people.

I plan to do something nice for someone today...
perhaps we can all do something.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

29 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I've made so many similar mistakes. I try to be careful, but still, it happens. You did the best thing...cut your losses, donate, and move on. Otherwise, the thing sits there mocking you. ;) The Coach bag is beautiful! Did you buy it online or at a local shop?

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    1. I found the Coach bag at a local consignment shop...its a sturdy bag in immaculate condition!

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  2. Hello dear Hostess
    I need to follow your lead and allow soothing domestic routines distract me. I have been obsessing over bad news and allowing it to dampen my otherwise cheerful nature.
    Thanks for a good reminder to care for the things I value, home,family,and friends. xoxo

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    1. Routines can be soothing...I like to make soup to combat stress. The chopping of the vegetables seems to calm me.

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  3. Oh my! I have been lining my sock drawer today and doing lots of laundry. It's the first really rainy day here. I have a beautiful oxblood and tan leather purse that I bought at Ingledew's years ago. I found the zipper "finicky" and so I have not used it much. We have renovation problems in our apartment complex right now. A "lowball" estimate now seems to have been ridiculously inadequate. Some council members have resigned...Then there is all the rest of the larger world but at least my socks are freshly arranged. We are fortunate to live in a safe place and to have the time to putter.

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    1. Oh too bad about the low ball estimate and the problems...the council members must feel responsible. Its such a busy time for trades people here too that fly by night firms are getting a lot of the spillover contracts as people scramble to get workers...my neighbour has to wait 6 months to get a decent roofing company to fix her leaky roof!

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  4. i recently purchased a gift online for one of my daughters and when it arrived it was a very poor imitation of what was expected. A lesson learned. The photograph I originally saw was beautifully styled and I was taken in by this. I am usually a savvy shopper especially on line but I will be more aware in future. That particular gift has been "ditched."

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    1. That is disappointing Pamela. I rarely shop online...Lands" End might be the only exception as they have a good return policy. Better luck next time!

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  5. If you purchased your coach bag in a second hand store you got a great deal . Coach just started to bring back their leather handbags over the last couple years and they run $400 to much more than that. I still have 2 coach bags that are at least 30 years old and started to use them again. The leather bags are such classics. I just gave away a Coach briefcase that was in great condition, but vintage. The new ones are almost $1000. Ye gads . Lis

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    1. I purchased the Coach bag at a local consignment shop but did not pay $400...it was just under $100 which I think is good value as it is in immaculate condition!
      I do like the quality too of the Coach bags...I just found out that they are changing their name to Tapestry...as they now own Kate Spade and a few other companies.
      $1000 for a bag is a tad too much for me to spend.

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  6. Good for you for drawing a line under the bad experience and moving on (with a better bag!)
    I have made mistakes too - most often with shoes. I am learning to spend more time walking around in the shoe store before purchasing.

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    1. I have learned a valuable lesson...with this bag fiasco!
      Shoes are difficult as they need to be worn a bit before we can decide if they are comfortable...I like Clarks as they fit me and are comfy to walk in.

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  7. First of all, I never make mistakes when buying clothes. Not. I think your idea of donating it was perfect. Out of sight out of mind. Yes, I've also been keeping track of all our dear friends in danger. I don't know how they cope. Yes, I will do something kind today.

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    1. I noticed there are a lot of FB posts with links to the red cross and fire relief funds have been started up for the hundreds of people in need. We had a similar fire in Fort McMurray and the Red Cross was the way that we donated to help.
      I auctioned off a Hermes scarf and my daughter auctioned a piece of jewelry and the funds went directly to the Red Cross. Every little bit helps.

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  8. Oh yes, I get tripped up with shopping from time to time. This week I donated some 'mistake' expensive shoes purchased four years ago, worn two or three times. They are simply too high for me, and I needed to let go and move on too. Your new vintage Coach bag is gorgeous, enjoy!

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    1. I cannot wear high heels. Someone is probably loving your cast off shoes Patricia!
      I enjoy donating things...in this case it relieved my guilt over a bad purchase.

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  9. Your first bag was very nice but it was a good decision to donate it as soon as possible,to eliminate the witness :-)
    Coach bag looks lovely,too, and if you were pleased with its function as well-this is great purchase
    I am very careful when I shop,(and I don't shop a lot,I love to care about my "old"things,so they are always in good shape)but mistakes could always happen (a bag is too heavy,for example :-)),or online: a sweater in sand colour was smaller than the same model,by the same brand,in other colours (well,that was not my mistake)
    Dottoressa

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    1. Yes...saying goodbye to the bad bag was easy!
      I once bought a Marc Jacobs bag that turned out to be far too heavy...I gave it to our DIL...hope that you were able to return the smaller sweater for a refund.

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  10. I've made those mistake too many times to count.Now, I remove everything from my current handbag to verify it will fit in the new one. That doesn't mean I use that as a hard and fast rule because if I love it. I sometimes talk myself into it...then I am disappointed later.

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    1. It's good that we can learn from our mistakes...i am rather surprised that I didn't do exactly as you do...I think it was too hasty a buy. Your new bag looks great!

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  11. Good example to show us how to move on from a small shopping mistake. I must admit I do not get rid of my shopping mistakes so quickly as I always think there may some saving intervention coming. Haha, not usually....so the item(s) take up space and remind me of the error.
    Thanks for posting this, off to donate some of those now!
    Suz from Vancouver

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    1. Ah intervention was not given a chance at all with this quick switch!
      It feels good donating things to charity...I like to give to our local WIN shop which is Women in Need and they help single moms in many different ways from clothing to household items, money and training.

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  12. Thank you for posting about Adrienne. I was thinking of her the other day and looked at her blog to see if she had posted anything. There has been so much tragedy lately, these fires are breaking my heart.

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    1. There has been so much going on in our world... the hurricanes, the fires and that Vegas shooting. We all need to do what we can to help...even if it is a small gesture that brightens someones day.

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  13. Good to hear that others make mistakes too but you were very wise to donate and move on. I hold on to my mistakes for far too long.

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    1. I didn't want to be reminded of my bad choice that's why I ditched it so quickly!
      Moving on with the better bag just makes sense!

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  14. Well! Shall I tell you about the pair of teal jeans I thrifted but donated back because they stretched badly and were too loose around my middle? Then a month later, I thrifted another pair of teal jeans ("Score!" I thought) ..... only to find out that they stretched and were too loose around my middle ..... AND THEY WERE THE SAME PAIR THAT I'D RE-DONATED! DUH! Hahahaha.

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    1. Oh my that's too funny Sandy...
      I will keep that in mind when I thrift shop from now on!!

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  15. I bought a similiar bag once and it proved to be so stiff and awkward to use that like yours it went in the donation box. I think everyone makes a bad purchase once in a while. Lucky for you that it wasn't expensive. I like your new one much better!

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