Storing Bags for a long period of time

  1. I'm the worst of the worst when it comes to actually using bags. If I like a bag a whole lot cause it's pretty, I tend to get it and then store it away. I look at it and it's gorgeous but I can't bring myself to use it. I have some that I use for a day then store it. Thing is, I might not use it for a period of a year or maybe more. I don't want anything happening to my bags. After reading about bags rotting and peeling off, I was unsure how to store bags long-term.

    I've kept my bags in dust bags and a plastic bag over the dustbag until someone mentioned that plastic wouldn't be good cause they need to breathe. No biggie, I just started collecting them last November or so. So I poke holes all over the plastic bags so the bags can breathe through both the dustbag and plastic bag. The bags I don't use and rarely use goes into BF's closet. Is this the right way to store it for long-term? BF had told me already that when we get married and have a house, I will have a room devoted to my formal dresses and bags (I never went to a school dance, ever - strict parents). Kinda like a museum of my stuff.

    Also, each bag has a dessicant bag (the DO NOT EAT baggies that traps any moisture while item is in storage). Any ideas? Am I doing this right/wrong? Help! I don't want to lose my collection one day due to wrongful storage.
     
  2. I store my bags in there dustbags in my closet but I think even with the hole in the plastic it's not such a good idea. The leather has to breath and the rotting and peeling just happens when they don't get any air. The bags I don't use that much due to the weather I get out once in a while and let them sit on my drawer for a day so they get the oxigen they need and I can stare at them.
     
  3. I usually sit down twice a year, dust off all my bags, use a leather cleaner (if it's ok for the leather), and then condition the bag. Then I let them "breath" in the conditioner for a little bit. Then I put them back into their dust bags and store them in my closet. I also put stuffing in the bags so that they keep their shape. That works for me...
     
  4. Ooh, GREAT idea :idea:
     
  5. Are there anything specific we should use to stuff the bag though?
     
  6. ^^Personally, I use tissue paper. If the bag came with tissue paper that's sorta in the "shape" of the bag already--I just keep using that. But not if it's the icky papery stuff, the regular giftwrap tissue paper. It's thinner and seems to squish better.... When I'm usuing the bag, I just stick the tissue in the dustbag.
     
  7. Bags definitely need to breathe, just store them in their dustbags and it should be fine. I either stuff my bags with bubblewrap wadded up or WHITE tissue paper. I am paranoid that colored tissue paper might rub off on the inside of a purse due to moisture or prolonged contact... you never know!
     
  8. Thanks ladies!!! All great input! I will ditch the plastic bags completely (BF laughed that I protect the bags with the dustbag but then needed something to protect the dustbag too).

    IntlSet, your post brought up something I read before when I was searching for answers on proper bag storage. One site I remember reading said to use acid-free tissue paper. It also mentioned to use white ones as sometiomes the color do rub off.

    Again, thanks ladies! I hope I'd take good care of all my babies long enough for them to reach the bag room.
     
  9. I stuff my larger bags with old shirts.. possibly because I don't really have tissue, but I'm sure that won't amount to much of a difference (e.g. potato po-tah-to). I'm sure you're well on your way to that bag room !! ;)
     
  10. kathyrose,
    I'm with you on this one. Some of the bags I get aren't practical for every day use, and others I'm just too lazy to switch on the spot. In fact it often takes me a month before I will switch bags.
     
  11. I save all the tissues that came with the new bag. Then I use the tissues to retain the shape of the bag and put it inside its dust bag. Then store away in the closet. Every few months, I take it out and let them breathe.
     
  12. Thanks again ladies. I will remember to let them breathe and clean-moisturize the leather parts. I have some bags that have a bit of snakeskin. I'm assuming a damp cloth will do for that.

    I'm so bad. I sprayed them all either with Scotchguard or Shining Monkey and they're all sitting in their bags. LOL. I use all the leather ones though. I hope no flaking or damage will come to them at all in the next 10 years or so.

    Again ladies, thanks!
     
  13. StoveTop Cornbread or Chicken Flavor?

    Selena
     
  14. That was a good one Selena. By the way, I also use paper stuffing and keep them in their dustbags. And I do the conditioning too.