Thrifted Treasure Vol. 2 - Luxury Handbag for $19.99

It stood out to me from the typical thrift store assortment of bags, and as soon as my fingers touched the buttery surface yesterday, I knew it was real leather, and most likely the most high end bag I'd ever held.  I looked for a designer name.  B. Makowsky.  I recognized that name, though I'm not a bag connoisseur. Spending hundreds on a bag has always felt unjustifiable...I'm a housewife, and not a "Desperate" one; I just need something to hold my essentials and an occasional unglamorous diaper.  But the bag I held had no tacky logos covering its surface (looking at you, Coach), smelled like leather (and nothing else, thankfully), had my holy grail of pocket arrangements, included both shoulder straps and a cross-body strap, and was perfectly clean inside and out.  And the price?  $19.99.  I don't think anyone had ever used it. Inside I actually found one of the retail tags, and that settled it.  Whether this would be an eBay item or my new accessory, it would be coming home with me.
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Upon arriving home I began Googling to see if I could find out what exactly I had purchased. Turns out my thrift store treasure of the week is a B. MAKOWSKY Galway Tote which retailed between $150 and $269, depending on which source you believe.

So that's my latest fun find.  I've had some pretty sweet thrift scores over the past few years. A Squeezo Strainer for $6.99 (a valuable food processing/canning tool that retails for $259), a cashmere J.Crew dress coat for $8.99 and a J.Crew cashmere shirt for $2.99 (with its $79 tag still on it), that amazing Tracy Porter bowl, countless wonderful children's books and puzzles, some lovely wall art, and the many, many articles of clothing that have helped to outfit my children, my husband, and myself.
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What's your biggest thrift store score?  Or a small one that has been a great blessing nevertheless?

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Jess said…
Just had to tell you--we were in a Goodwill store in Sunnyvale, CA last weekend and I spotted a bag by this same designer! Like you, I could tell it was the real thing as soon as I touched it. It was a similar design to yours, but in a yellowish-tan color. Same leopard-print lining, of which I am not a fan. I never would have recognized the designer if I hadn't read your blog! I debated at was slightly used, and selling for $9.99...I wasn't in love with the shape, and I hate leopard-print...but I've always wanted a real leather bag. I put it back to think on it while shopping...10 minutes later I swung back and it was gone! Someone out there is very happy. :-)
Sara B. said…
How funny! I don't love the leopard print either, but I'm putting up with it because the bag is so functional for me. Thrifting is so fun! I bet it won't be the last designer purse you run across in CA...maybe the next one will have your name written all over it. :)
jess said…
last saturday at same thrift store-- kate spade bag for $1.99. :-)

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