Who needs a designer handbag? Not me.
Or so I thought.
But then I saw this $65 bag at the thrift store for $2, and now I own a designer handbag.
And honestly, I can see why they're so popular. The patterns are bright and pretty of course. But for someone like me, whose purse is a big black hole, it's what's inside that counts. Look at all those pockets. I think I'll be able to find my cell phone now. And my keys. And my wallet ...
But there was a reason why a $65 bag was a $2 bag.
The straps had worn clear through to the interfacing, which brings me to a pet peeve. Maybe it's a sign that I'm getting old, but I firmly believe that they just don't make stuff like they used to. Could it be that some products are actually designed with a rather limited lifespan, which means that you end up buying another one? And another one? I experienced this years ago when I had a Swatch watch (remember those?). Well before the watch stopped ticking, the strap broke in half. So I bought another watch.
Which brings me back to my $2 bargain. I bought it with the idea that I would take the small piece of extra fabric at the bottom of the inside lining and use it to re-cover the straps.
But Mr. Vintage Soul (who knew that he knew anything about sewing?) pointed out that within a few months time that this fabric would probably wear through too, an observation echoed by clerk behind the cutting counter at JoAnn Fabric. She said the VB fabric was a light-weight quilter's cotton and wasn't strong enough to endure the extra wear and tear that straps experience.
So now I have a dilemma. Do I use the VB fabric, knowing my repair will need to be repaired again, or do I do as Mr. VS suggested, and use a heavier fabric of a contrasting fabric?
And if I go with the contrasting fabric, should I be safe -- navy blue -- or bold -- aqua?
What would you do?