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Lake Effect

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I haven’t gone through today’s posts. I really hope some here scored this:
I know it has a rough looking seam, but I think this would clean up great.
K need to get caught up here.
 
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In some other news, I got this rust beauty in the mail today! I went on a little bag ban since buying my Pony, but I couldn’t let this pass. I absolutely love my $20 bargain Convertible Clutch because it fits so much compared to my other bags and isn’t so heavy, so I knew I’d use this one plenty.
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I’ve only seen a handful of these and most of the styles that came in rust aren’t wearable for me, except for this one. I’m gonna dunk her and then she’s ready for wear!
 

Lake Effect

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I have mixed feelings on Coach rehabbing bags. On one hand, hey it’s a free market but they’re really taking the fun away from all the beautiful work members of this forum do.

I can’t really explain why this is annoying me lol I guess I just need to get back to my rehab pile. I was thinking of unloading some of my beautiful rehabbed vintage bags but I think I’ll just keep them. My tastes and needs are constantly changing so the bags I feel are too small right now will probably be perfect for me down the road.
There are a lot of people who have no idea what we do or how we do it. It wouldn’t really matter to me but boy is it driving up the price of online listings. I have a kinda nice little stash. But I know not everyone else here or reading does.
Also, Coach is double dipping. Corporate profits from the original sale. Then in order for the person who is restoring the bag to make money I imagine, the bag is being picked up for cheap. Then Coach sells it again for a profit. So you could say that an inexpensive bag, instead of being picked up by one of us, gets pulled back into the Coach profit cycle.
Eta to keep the tone light, maybe our good work here has not gone unnoticed by Coach! We are victims of our success! :yes:
 
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There are a lot of people who have no idea what we do or how we do it. It wouldn’t really matter to me but boy is it driving up the price of online listings. I have a kinda nice little stash. But I know not everyone else here or reading does.
Also, Coach is double dipping. Corporate profits from the original sale. Then in order for the person who is restoring the bag to make money I imagine, the bag is being picked up for cheap. Then Coach sells it again for a profit. So you could say that an inexpensive bag, instead of being picked up by one of us, gets pulled back into the Coach profit cycle.
I'm sure that is true. I sold a bag to Debi once to be embellished by Coach. At the time she told me she would buy all of that style I had if I kept the price below a certain amount.
 

Lake Effect

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I've only tried auctions three times and won two with nice prices. First was my BT2 casino for $28 but with UK shipping and taxes and second was a lot of three Basics for $62. Everything else I've bought BIN has been much more expensive ranging from $30-120 or so:sad:. Cheapest was an absolutely parched Metropolis Zip from Goodwill for $9. Can't wait to rehab that one!


How do you and others manage to apply the right amount of conditioner? I ALWAYS oversaturate and have to redunk to wash off the excess whilst the typically dry areas (corners, stressed areas of piping, straps etc) stay dry!
I don't usually have this problem and I often slather on the CPR. It helps if you start with a freshly dunked bag that isn't completely dry. IMO dunking opens up the pores of the leather so the conditioner can soak in. You can also put your bag in a warm place to help the conditioner melt and soak in. Sometimes I'll sit mine out in the sun for a few hours. If it is too cold in your house, you can use a hairdryer.
I agree with whateve. I tend to buy bags that need moisture! But I have learned it is better to apply CPR and Renapur with a light touch and more apps. I either buff with fluffy cotton towel or horsehair brush in between. When the bag feels supple and maybe gets a little sheen, it maybe enough.
 
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Lake Effect

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I'm sure that is true. I sold a bag to Debi once to be embellished by Coach. At the time she told me she would buy all of that style I had if I kept the price below a certain amount.
Yes, the newer folk around here don’t realize Coach dabbled in upcycling vintage back around 2015 or 2016. One of the shops was Barney’s.
 
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In some other news, I got this rust beauty in the mail today! I went on a little bag ban since buying my Pony, but I couldn’t let this pass. I absolutely love my $20 bargain Convertible Clutch because it fits so much compared to my other bags and isn’t so heavy, so I knew I’d use this one plenty.
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I’ve only seen a handful of these and most of the styles that came in rust aren’t wearable for me, except for this one. I’m gonna dunk her and then she’s ready for wear!
Speaking of rust, I got my rust A dye today & its an EXACT match to the colour of my BT dinky... like what are the odds! Anyways, it’s not a complete fail yet because I mixed some red acrylic paint into the dye (even though the company said not to mix products) & I got an absolutely BEAUTIFUL shade of deep orange. Now Im hoping it applies well & I didn't just compromise the dye formula...I seem to be getting a little too confident with this experiment lmao.

Fingers crossed it goes well, Im gonna dye it tomorrow afternoon!
 

Lake Effect

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Speaking of rust, I got my rust A dye today & its an EXACT match to the colour of my BT dinky... like what are the odds! Anyways, it’s not a complete fail yet because I mixed some red acrylic paint into the dye (even though the company said not to mix products) & I got an absolutely BEAUTIFUL shade of deep orange. Now Im hoping it applies well & I didn't just compromise the dye formula...I seem to be getting a little too confident with this experiment lmao.

Fingers crossed it goes well, Im gonna dye it tomorrow afternoon!
Thanks for the tip, to know a rust dye exists . . .
 
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Thanks for the tip, to know a rust dye exists . . .
I was gonna hold off a few weeks to dye the dinky because the courier zapped my energy lol. But then I mixed in the red acrylic paint & didn’t want the dye sitting around too long so Im just gonna force myself to do it tomorrow. Plus, Im kinda eager to see if it actually works! :lol:
 

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I am a bargain shopper but I didn't get into going to thrift stores until around 2014. When I first joined the forum, it was because my teenage daughter had spent her hard earned money buying a purse and a wallet with no discounts from a Coach boutique. I wanted to show her you didn't have to spend that much to get what she wanted so I started looking at contemporary Coach on ebay. I did find some bargains but I also found some fakes, which is how I found the forum, and which led ultimately to me becoming an authenticator. I didn't get interested in vintage until Katev started showing off her rehabs. At first, I wasn't attracted to it because it was vintage or better quality; I just wanted to be able to transform something. It appealed to the crafter in me. Ironically the first vintage bags I bought on ebay were in perfect condition and didn't need any rehabbing.

In 2014, we drove cross country, shopping at thrift stores along the way for something to do. It was a good way to drive around new towns and get a feel for the area. We met interesting people. I shopped for vintage Coach because it was something I knew and liked. Ever since then, whenever we travel, we go to thrift stores. It took me a long time to get over the ick factor with buying thrift. I don't mind vintage Coach because I know I can get them completely clean with dunking. But even clothes that I know I can wash, I still feel funny about those that touch the skin. I love my thrifted down jacket. I can't see myself ever buying used shoes. I bought a used stand mixer. Even though I washed it thoroughly, the first few times I felt kind of icky using it.

Now I know that many people who sell on ebay get their items from thrift stores but when I was first buying, if I was buying used, I imagined I was buying from the original owner, and it didn't seem as icky.
Before I bought my first vintage Coach, I wouldn’t have been caught dead buying a “used” handbag. Once I saw Coach selling “used” bags and learning about dunking them AND finding Coach was sold out of the one I wanted, I began shopping sites like eBay. The beginning of the end!!!

Ditto on the shoes. I have no desire or inclination to buy shoes from anyone even if they list as new. I have purchased some nicer cardigan sweaters with the tags attached and then wash or had them cleaned. Otherwise I prefer new items with the exception of vintage Coach leather goods. I do tend to buy bags in pristine condition but have probably done total rehabs on about 30. I always clean a bag as soon as it arrives and I don’t usually buy any bags that are lined. Lining on a preowned bag seems dirty to me.
 

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I am a bargain shopper but I didn't get into going to thrift stores until around 2014. When I first joined the forum, it was because my teenage daughter had spent her hard earned money buying a purse and a wallet with no discounts from a Coach boutique. I wanted to show her you didn't have to spend that much to get what she wanted so I started looking at contemporary Coach on ebay. I did find some bargains but I also found some fakes, which is how I found the forum, and which led ultimately to me becoming an authenticator. I didn't get interested in vintage until Katev started showing off her rehabs. At first, I wasn't attracted to it because it was vintage or better quality; I just wanted to be able to transform something. It appealed to the crafter in me. Ironically the first vintage bags I bought on ebay were in perfect condition and didn't need any rehabbing.

In 2014, we drove cross country, shopping at thrift stores along the way for something to do. It was a good way to drive around new towns and get a feel for the area. We met interesting people. I shopped for vintage Coach because it was something I knew and liked. Ever since then, whenever we travel, we go to thrift stores. It took me a long time to get over the ick factor with buying thrift. I don't mind vintage Coach because I know I can get them completely clean with dunking. But even clothes that I know I can wash, I still feel funny about those that touch the skin. I love my thrifted down jacket. I can't see myself ever buying used shoes. I bought a used stand mixer. Even though I washed it thoroughly, the first few times I felt kind of icky using it.

Now I know that many people who sell on ebay get their items from thrift stores but when I was first buying, if I was buying used, I imagined I was buying from the original owner, and it didn't seem as icky.
I didn't realize that I was your Rehab Enabler - sorry!
 

Lake Effect

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I didn't realize that I was your Rehab Enabler - sorry!
You have been generous with your time in that for many different refurbishings you have taken good before and after pictures and then posted your process in detail. I have bookmarked the post with your basic process and have posted it on occasion . And I have suggested on occasion to someone to search your posts on how to rehab a particular bag. :yes: