Happy Friday y'all! Sorry I missed you last week but I'm back and ready to discuss more fun fashion finds. You saw this purse earlier this week when I shared what's in it but lets take a moment to discuss the purse itself, and how it came into my possession.
I have no idea of the style name or season of this purse as it came from a consignment shop. But it is a leather purse by St.John. I seriously cannot find this purse online anywhere so if you know what it is and the original retail price please let me know, just for my fun knowledge. Research indicates that this purse would have retailed for at least a few hundred dollars, I paid $65 - woohoo! Besides the color, which obviously I love, my favorite thing about this purse is how soft the leather is, very similar to a channel purse.
I'm not crazy about the acrylic chain on the strap but I do enjoy the button detailing:
And it fits all of my contents quite nicely:
The one thing I don't like is how delicate the leather is. Although I purchased in perfect condition it now has a few dents and discoloration. I've found that soft leather tends to absorb the color from your clothes when held against them - annoying! So my favorite thing is also my least favorite. I don't think I'll be able to use this as an everyday purse for long.
One thing I really like about consignment shopping is the terrific condition everything is in, I could never consign for this reason. It must be a lot of buyers remorse type of stuff. The prices on some items are really good but ok on others. For example I missed a small LV bag my local shop had for $300 but then found the same bag on eBay for $220. My advice is don't buy anything from a brand you are not familiar with unless you love it. With smart phones, this shouldn't be a big deal.
I didn't have the patience to dig them up and take pictures but here's a few things I have bought from consignment to demonstrate prices:
1. Vintage beaver fur coat , calf length $500
2. Kate Spade basket purse $65
3. Betsy Johnson satin heels $25
4. Talbots top and Capri set $18
5. Kate Spade wedges $65
These prices are better than I've ever seen the items on sale for from the designer. Except for the coat all items were either never used or used by the most graceful woman in Memphis who must use gloves when handling her things.
In Memphis we have several stores but I frequent Sugar Plum and Celery - both in East Memphis. Celery is considered more upscale but both have good designer pieces. Sugar Plum has a Facebook page where they are pretty good about posting pics of new items as they come in, and they'll ship for $10.