Old, Brand New Leather Bag

@Raine38 (9117)
United States
November 20, 2016 2:20pm CST
(Note: If you are a vegan/vegetarian, then this post might not be for you as I discussed about leather purses, mink oil, etc. I respect your beliefs as much as you respect mine, and I have no intention to offend anyone in this post. I have other posts which you can read and respond to that you might find more interesting. :)) I mentioned before that I just moved. And with the move also comes de-cluttering and getting rid of stuff that I no longer use. I put everything in this old plastic container so the boyfriend can easily toss it in the dumpster. Yesterday, he showed me this Marc Jacobs black leather purse which I also intended to trash. He said he picked it up because he thought that I might have thrown it out by mistake. I told him no, that I am really getting rid of it because it is already almost 10 years old and look so scratched up and very dirty. He said that he thinks this is pure leather, and I said yes it is. He suggested selling it instead of throwing it out, or donating it. I told him that nobody would want a beat-up purse. He said to use saddle soap and mink oil. I honestly never heard of those - I usually use a leather conditioner which they sell at those stores where I purchase my other purses. And I have tried to use it on that same purse with no results. I did a quick research online and indeed a lot of people will use saddle soap and mink oil to restore leather especially leather purses. So we head to our local tractor supply store and snagged saddle soap and mink oil for $9.00. I used my old socks to apply saddle soap. When it has dried, I used the other sock to buff it and apply mink oil. And to my surprise, all the whitey grime which has been there for years were gone! And the leather seemed more supple and shiny. I wish I can post a picture of the purse, but it’s a Marc Jacobs one resembling a LV speedy 30 only with longer shoulder straps which are padded so the leather does not dig on your shoulders. I am glad that my boyfriend talk me into giving this old thing another chance. I plan to take this with me on our upcoming trip. I can just kick myself thinking how I almost trash away this oldie but goody thing. From now on I will be able to restore and protect my leather stuff. And it is even cheaper.
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7 responses
• United States
20 Nov 16
I've never restored anything .. but even though it's trash to you, it's treasure to other people :) You'll be surprised what people buy!
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@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
20 Dec 16
That is true! I think I will hold on to this purse a little but longer. That's what you get for getting quality stuff, really worth the price.
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• United States
20 Dec 16
@Raine38 Yep love me quality purses they last much longer and look nicer :)
@Shellyann36 (9513)
• United States
13 Dec 16
Glad he noticed the purse and told you how to fix it. I will have to try the saddle soap and mink oil for some of my old purses. Thank you for sharing.
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@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
20 Dec 16
I am glad too. Otherwise I would have wasted a really good quality bag.
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• United States
21 Dec 16
@Raine38 Makes you rethink getting rid of things doesn't it?
@SIMPLYD (79610)
• Philippines
21 Nov 16
Good thing your boyfriend talked you into cleaning it instead . Sometimes , i am like you wanting to just throw those things that has not been used and is in just one box by my husband , for many years . But then , i always ask my husband because it is his . And when he says throw it already , i will indeed throw it . At least , he won't blame me when he remembers it and get to know i threw it .
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@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
20 Dec 16
When I get into one of those moods, I also want to ditch a lot of his stuff that he has not used or worn in years. But he is the type who likes to hold on to things. He is not a hoarder by any means, but I can understand his reluctance as most of his stuff is branded. I have no problem throwing out stuff that I have not used in a year, or donating it if it is something that is still usable.
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@SIMPLYD (79610)
• Philippines
21 Dec 16
@Raine38 I can relate .
@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Nov 16
There's a site online where you can sell name brand purses. It is called rebagg.com. If you decide you still want to get rid of it.
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@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
20 Dec 16
Thanks for the tip. I have not heard of it and I will check it out.
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Dec 16
@Raine38 .....It sounds pretty easy.
• Philippines
15 Jun 17
Well, good luck with it. have a nice day.
@amadeo (65656)
• United States
20 Nov 16
If you know or do you that these poor animals suffer to give you a wonderful hand bag.Along with the furs etc.
@marlina (73885)
• Canada
20 Nov 16
Good point for your boyfriend.