I love yellow. And I love things that are quirky. So naturally this Sassy Patent Leather 80s Upcycled Half Moon Purse just leapt off the screen and into my Etsy Favorites. That gorgeous color! That half moon shape! That disembodied, googly-eyed woman peeking crazily out from the corner! Charmed, I had to find out more.
And find I did. The piece hailed from a shop called undercover POPULAR, which was just brimming with beguiling bags. By reading the shop profile (I love reading Etsy shop profiles, don't you?), I learned that shop owner Elizabeth scours estate sales for vintage purses to upcycle with her own design touches. Here's an excerpt:
"There’s that shock of recognition when you pick up something that’s not widely available in today’s market. There’s another little tinge of excitement when you realize the quality of workmanship that went into creating it. Doesn’t it deserve to be loved a little more? How can I leave it behind? With a little bit of love and creativity, I realized I could give handbags a whole new life, so a new owner could enjoy it as much as I would."
Elizabeth reminds us that things aren't just inanimate objects. They have histories, infused with the joint powers of the people who loved them and of the people who will love them again.
If you want to be one of those people, then hop aboard the time machine that is undercover POPULAR. Your purse with a past awaits