Friday, April 13, 2012

Flea market finds

I love flea markets.  Do you know what's the difference between flea markets vs. swap meets?  To me flea markets are vintage items and swap meets is where you can buy tube socks, tools anything that you can find at a 99 cents stores?

Anyway, my favorite flea market is the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena that's held once a month, second Sunday of each month.  But it's harder to go there once I moved in the bay area so I always have to plan it in advance.  My favorite flea market here is an hour away, the Alameda flea market which is similar to Rose Bowl, which happens the first Sunday of the month.  A vendor told me that if you want to sell items at the Alameda it has to be 20 years or older which is considered vintage.  Then there are smaller flea markets that is also a swap meet like De Anza flea market held the first Saturday of the month at De Anza College.

A few months ago I've mentioned that I went crazy over leather pants and skirts which I still need to do a post on and now I'm going crazy over leather handbags.  I think they get better as they aged.  Still so buttery soft.  Both straps are detachable which is a plus.  I like having the option of carrying it as a clutch.

Vintage Coach Handbags. 

Original Coach City Bag.  There's a scratch that is visible in the picture but the scratch didn't damage the leather, it just looks like a fold.  Inside and outside front pockets.  
Flea market $25 vs. $278

I guess this is the original Coach Classic City Bag.  The straps are different than the new version.  The straps are also shorter than the City Bag and not adjustable, one inside zip pocket.  It has a pen mark inside the flap but I cleaned it with wet wipes and the pen park came off.  
$35 vs. $278?  

My handbag collection has dwindled in the past years.  At one point I had 120 in my collection mostly vintage but now I have a great mix.  Some of my favorites are the quirky ones which I'll share in a different posts.  

There's a storm watch right now but by Sunday and next week it'll be in the 70's so I can't wait.  Hope you're weather is better than ours.  Have a great weekend! 


  1. Oh my goodness- 120?! How many do you have now?!

    1. Yeah, I'm a purse hog. Maybe half of that, give or take not counting the purses I left at my Mom's. but less than 120. I think.

  2. Amazing finds! Isn't it the best when you find such great stuff for a steal?!


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