Thursday, November 11, 2010

Reuse & Repurpose: Purses in Their Place

I'll admit it. I have a thing for vintage handbags.

But don't ever expect to see me carrying one.

Instead, I carefully select these by-gone beauties at thrift stores and garage sales and transform them into gifts that I call Hooch Bags, pretty purses filled with funny money, candy cigarettes and a discrete nip -- a little naughty, but a whole lot nice. They make great hostess gifts and are a hit at wedding parties or other special gatherings.

Here's another fun use for vintage handbags: use them as place cards that guests can take home as a parting gift. I saw this idea at the Los Angeles County Fair's tabletop competition. This display was themed, "Ladies Luncheon for Four Femmes Fatales of Film Noir. "

Talk about giving a whole lot of personality to bunch of old bags!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Lol..."Dont expect to see me carrying one"...classic!

  2. Hooch bags. You slay me in the most sensational way! J'adore, and now I have a clear, completely fun focus for holiday gifting for my lady chums :)

  3. What a great idea. It would make a fun gift for hard to buy for teenage girls. Vintage bags filled with the foil wrapped gold coin chocolates and the sucker rings. I am going hunting for more girly related candies and then I can tuck in a little gift card to boot.You have solved a lot of gift giving problems for Christmas. Thanks muchly

  4. That is indeed some amazing thinking for gift-giving! I might have to steal this idea. Next time I see a lady's bag for pocket change I'll have to scoop it up!



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