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whateve

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Rehabbing these beautiful bags over the past few weeks has been a labour of love. One is going to a girlfriend, and the other 4 are being shipped off to my 3 sisters and sister-in-law whom I found through Ancestry 3 years ago!!! :loveeyes: I found 2 brothers as well... what should I do for them??? :heart:

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How wonderful that you found them! This is a wonderful thing to do. Maybe wallets for the brothers?
 

tealocean

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Rehabbing these beautiful bags over the past few weeks has been a labour of love. One is going to a girlfriend, and the other 4 are being shipped off to my 3 sisters and sister-in-law whom I found through Ancestry 3 years ago!!! :loveeyes: I found 2 brothers as well... what should I do for them??? :heart:

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What a great story and great gifts! Have you met your siblings in person yet? That is so neat you found them!
 

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Was attaching the strap to my shoulder pouch to carry today and noticed this number on the strap ‘44’, anyone know what it means?

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I have a Shoulder Pouch too, it is Putty with Mocha trim. I bought it a while back and I just pulled it out last week to use and OMG, it has "44" on the strap too. I never noticed it before!!
 
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What a great story and great gifts! Have you met your siblings in person yet? That is so neat you found them!
Oh yes! :loveeyes: As soon as the dna matches were confirmed I was welcomed with open arms and we have been tight ever since! I've been to Montreal and they've come to out to BC. It's nothing short of a miracle, really... they had not known I existed.

Our mother passed away 18 days before my ancestry results came through.
 
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Rehabbing these beautiful bags over the past few weeks has been a labour of love. One is going to a girlfriend, and the other 4 are being shipped off to my 3 sisters and sister-in-law whom I found through Ancestry 3 years ago!!! :loveeyes: I found 2 brothers as well... what should I do for them??? :heart:

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What a wonderful story of finding family! And the bags look beautiful! For the men, I see Whateve has suggested wallets, a great idea. I might add leather belts, or a zip portfolio to the suggestion list.
 
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What a wonderful story of finding family! And the bags look beautiful! For the men, I see Whateve has suggested wallets, a great idea. I might add leather belts, or a zip portfolio to the suggestion list.
Love the leather belts idea!!! :tup: I think I'd feel more confident doing belts than a wallet. The rehabbing would be more straight forward. I'm still a newbie and restoring wallets sound complex! :nuts:.
 
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Love the leather belts idea!!! :tup: I think I'd feel more confident doing belts than a wallet. The rehabbing would be more straight forward. I'm still a newbie and restoring wallets sound complex! :nuts:.
I just restored a vintage coach wallet & it was super easy! I did the same process as restoring a vintage coach bag but the key was to dunk it for only 5 minutes in really warm water. Then I allowed it to dry in a well ventilated area because there was cardboard underneath the leather. I felt like if left it submerged in water too long, it was probably gonna destroy the cardboard layer or cause it to “bloat”. it turned out great though :smile: Here are some pictures:

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I just restored a vintage coach wallet & it was super easy! I did the same process as restoring a vintage coach bag but the key was to dunk it for only 5 minutes in really warm water. Then I allowed it to dry in a well ventilated area because there was cardboard underneath the leather. I felt like if left it submerged in water too long, it was probably gonna destroy the cardboard layer or cause it to “bloat”. it turned out great though :smile: Here are some pictures:

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Great info and suggestion, @Coachaddict4020!!! Many thanks!!! :tup:
 
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whateve

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Love the leather belts idea!!! :tup: I think I'd feel more confident doing belts than a wallet. The rehabbing would be more straight forward. I'm still a newbie and restoring wallets sound complex! :nuts:.
Wallets usually have thinner leather and can wrinkle if dunked. They still benefit from conditioning. Some of the older wallets were made of water buffalo hide.
 

tealocean

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Oh yes! :loveeyes: As soon as the dna matches were confirmed I was welcomed with open arms and we have been tight ever since! I've been to Montreal and they've come to out to BC. It's nothing short of a miracle, really... they had not known I existed.

Our mother passed away 18 days before my ancestry results came through.
I love your story! I'm sorry to hear about your mother passing away, but that is wonderful you're close to your siblings. :heart: