I think I’ve made it very clear that I hate to waste anything that can be used in another way. Believe it or not, I have a huge fabric collection, thousands of sewing patterns, a ton of sewing notions and books, yet I keep my house very clean and tidy. There’s no hoarding here (not like the TV shows depicts hoarding) that isn’t in a plastic storage container or a cabinet all nicely folded and preserved. I guess I’d call mine a controlled mini hoard with everything in it’s place. All sewing supplies are in carefully stacked containers right next to my sewing machine and serger. My patterns and patterns are neatly stored in an armoir with shelves and a door to keep the dust out. My scrapbooking and business papers are all in multi-colored draws in my office along with all my art supples, neatly stored in drawers and and standing up in decorative canisters. I’m a very organized gal. But I collect things just like everyone else. But I do know when to stop so that things remain orderly. That’s the tricky part.
So, lately I’ve been collecting old, beat up Louis Vuitton handbags from every source I can find. I mean BEAT UP! Bags with holes, with corners worn down to threads, handles that are missing, leather scratched to pieces, you name it. AND these people STILL want big bucks for these throw away condition bags. It’s amazing. Women and Men love their LV stuff!!! No other bag on earth would be so valuable to people if it didn’t have that worldly recognized logo “LV” on it. And they seem to literally grow attached to the bag even when it’s torn and worn to shreds! Just try buying the bag for scraps from them! They think the bag is still worth hundreds of dollars! This attitude toward their old “Lewey” makes me really have to work them into reality to make them understand that NO ONE can use the bag in its condition. Only after being extremely sympathetic to them because they feel they are leaving their greatest friend, can I actually negotiate a reasonable price for the scrap of fabric that used to be a stunning LV bag, their badge of honor.
Reasonably, I can get the scrap fabric for about 5.00 and I always suggest they keep the metal embellishments to remember their “Lewie” by. Geesh. I will accept any LV printed leather scrap that has a portion that I can actually use. The whole point of collecting these scraps from the iconic bags is because I want to make a LV patchwork handbag, using scraps from all different people’s bags. Each bag will have a whole collection of patches with a story behind each one. All Louis Vuitton bag owners collected into one bag with a whole story line to it. I have an index card bagged with each piece I get to explain a little about where the bag has been and the person that owned it. (No actual names mentioned unless the person insists) It is the coolest idea I’ve had so far, or at least I think so. Now I just need to get enough pieces to make the 1st LV MEMORY BAG. Anyone with a LV scrap or bag they are willing to part with please let me know. I’m not worried about the design or the colors. Any will do. Please keep your eyes open for me if you know of someone willing to part with their old LV bag, and please rest assured their old friend “Lewie” will be loved again.
Pictures will be posted during the construction of the bag and the final product. I will then auction the bag off, donating the profits to the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, Maine.
Here are some of the current residents that need homes. Any animal over a year old is not charged any adoption fee! That’s right, no charge! We just want homes for these babies and will waive the fee. Check us out. Click on each picture to see more about each animal. Pleeeease help…
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