Before my parents knew each other they each had a set of Forecast luggage, same make just different colors.
Back in my teen years my mom said she was going to go ahead and throw the musty old things out.
“NOOOOO” I whined, “They are COOOOL.”
So I took them, cleaned them up and did absolutely nothing with them for several years. Then I got my own apartment. I rented a place with uneven floors, a sometimes leaky ceiling, an uninsulated bedroom. But the land lady is totally OK with me painting, and I was told I could hang whatever I wanted. You other apartment dwellers know that storage, and floor space… is a luxury in a small living area. So the vintage suit cases quickly had to become useful. The bigger one is for fabric & crafting supplies, the littler one is for off season clothing. Since floor space is so valuable. I hung them on the wall with some ridiculously large bike hooks that I spray painted to blend into the wall better.
Since I was pulling out my summer dresses and putting away my cozy sweaters this weekend I thought I’d share the c0nvinient storage location I’ve been using for years. They are decorative but unobtrusive, and clear up some floor space. And even as vintage suitcases become more popular, my favorite part is the background story from my parents.
You know when you find an item that just seems to be tailor made to your tastes. This purse is one of those things in my closet. It’s the perfect saturated colors in an interesting pattern that goes with every single coat in my closet. There is a shoulder strap, the imitation leather is in my favorite ‘cognac brown’, it large enough to fit my Ona camera insert perfectly but still manages not to be unwieldy. Since I have a cold, and you do not want to see puffy eyed red nosed photos of me shivering next to a tree. Here is proof that I am like a little old-lady and regularly carry snacks & tissues in my purse. You can’t see them but there are also bandaids in my wallet.
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Aldo Purse, Ona Camera insert, Kindle, iPod, Cellphone, Candies, iPod charger, Calendar, Snacks, Moleskin, USB charger adapter (allows any USB charger to be plugged into the wall), Camera Brush, Covergirl tinted lip balm, Tissues, Wallet (from Just Creations), Cannon Rebel (not pictured because I’m using it to take the picture)
This really makes me feel like a pack-rat. I’ve never been a minimalist, although I admire the lovely photos of minimalist rooms, and designs. I’m definitely a maximalist, the camera insert has a lot of lovely little organization pockets all around the sides. If there is a pocket, I have to figure out what to put in it, be it charging wires or moleskin notebooks.