Thursday, 31 May 2012

Better than new, nappy bag


I called into the Salvo's in Mt Waverley while I was in the area on Tuesday and found this AWESOME leather bag!

Mind you it didn't look like this when I bought it.  It was pretty manky.  It was very dirty and had some white powdery patches which I think were some kind of mould.  It didn't smell though and the leather seemed in pretty good condition, ie still flexible.  I nearly didn't take it, it was $25 which I thought was a bit steep for something that needed a lot of work.

I've been looking for a largish bag to use a nappy bag though and this looked like it'd fit the bill so I thought it was worth the risk.  Who needs the fancy nappy bag that Angelina Jolie has!!

It took a lot of elbow grease to clean it up.  I cleaned it with the leather cleaner I use for the sofa and scrubbed it all over with a toothbrush :)  Then cleaned the brass hardware with brasso and finally applied two coats of (sofa) leather conditioner.

Very pleased with myself now :)



12 comments:

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Very nice find, definitely worth the effort!

grunge-queen said...

OMG, it's gorg! I agree, $25 is a lot for thrift, but this piece was well worth it, congrats! :)

Anonymous said...

That is amazing! I wouldn't have thought about buying it but well worth the effort.

Gina E. said...

A number of our bloggers have said in previous posts that they think the Salvos are too expensive, and sometimes I'm inclined to agree. $25 is a LOT to pay for a bag in poor condition, but it has come up really well, and I wish I'd found it this week instead of the bloody thing that I dropped when my poor camera broke!

Silvia said...

Wow, that has come up beautifully. It looks like a bag that you can use for years to come and if you need any repairs (say a new handle or strap), because it is leather you can take it and get it fixed. Great job!

Teresa said...

$25?! Whoa! But, it did come up beautifully and you have a fabulous find.

I Love To Op Shop said...

Much nicer thean the bog standard nappy bag I lugged around for two years!

Jenny,Washed up Treasure, Nsw said...

Great job, after the nappy stage, you can use as a cabin travel bag, you must be a yummy mummy! Want to volunteer at Washed Up Treasure, I love challenges like that I.e. the bag, so rewarding, well done.

bubbachenille said...

Well done, Nice find and nice work to bring it back to beautiful !

Anna said...

Such a stunning bag! I love leather bags and finding them so cheap in op-shops is always a thrill, especially as tacky fake leather ones are so expensive in retail stores.
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Ren said...

Hello, I love what you have done with this bag! Can you share with me the name of the leather stuff you used? I have a few old leather handbags, and I'd love to spruce them up like you have.

Thanks
Ren

Unknown said...

Nice bag.