Welcome to the 429th Metamorphosis Monday!
Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! I’ve been visiting with family and we had a lot of fun hiking, egg hunting and brunching. The weather was so beautiful for the hiking and egg hunting, perfect temperature with lots of cool breezes. I’m so excited spring is here, absolutely love this time of year!
If you’ve been reading BNOTP for a while, you probably know I love fashion, especially handbags. There are a few YouTube Fashion/Jewelry Vloggers whose videos I watch from time to time when I’m busy sorting through travel pics or photos I’ve taken for a blog post. Recently one recommended a product for handbag storage that I didn’t know could be purchased online: acid free tissue paper. It has really proved helpful for use in my handbag storage.
In today’s post, I thought I’d share how I store a few of my favorite bags when I’m not using them. Hope this information proves helpful if you are looking for some storage tips for your favorite bags or if you just enjoy fashion, as I do.
The floral bag on the right is a Gucci Flora bag purchased last summer on eBay. It’s perfect for spring-summer and I use it a lot this time of year.
When I’m not using it, I use both acid free tissue paper and air paper to keep it filled out. If you look down inside, you’ll see the air paper on top.
Remove the air paper and you’ll see how I’m using the acid free paper I purchased recently. It works great for getting into the small corners where the air paper can’t reach. So for this bag, a combination of both acid-free paper and air paper works best.
A bag I enjoying carrying during the winter months is a Burberry bag purchased from Harrods online a couple of years ago. It can be carried or worn as a shoulder bag which comes in handy since it’s a fairly large bag.
Tip: I ended up saving around $200 by buying it online at Harrods instead of directly from Burberry online or in the Atlanta store! I checked pricing in both places before I purchased it and was surprised how much less it was at Harrods. I’m not sure exactly how the Euros/Dollars converted to so much less, but I did notice that Harrods raised the shipping cost a good bit right after I purchased the bag.
This bag holds its structure really well so I only need to use the acid-free paper for keeping the bag fluffed out when not in use.
On the right in the back you’ll see a tote bag that I blogged about a while back in this post: Can a Fashion Piece Become a Decorating Accessory?
I purchased this Brahmin Delft Blue bag at 60% off during a big sale in the Atlanta store several years ago. It goes with me on all my car trips, in fact I’m using it this weekend while I visit with family.
When not being used, it has become a decorative piece in the guest room.
I keep it filled out with a fluffy pillow insert that I took from a pillow I’m no longer using. It was the perfect shape and size for this tote bag. The bag is light enough that it would probably work fine with air paper but the pillow works great. So if you have a small pillow insert that you’re not using, you may want to use it for filling out a bag that’s not in use.
One caution: don’t over-stuff a bag which could risk stretching the bag out. You just want to add enough filler/stuffing to help the bag properly maintain its shape.
The bag that I’m most careful about how I store is this vintage Chanel bag I purchased on eBay several years ago. When I decided to buy a Chanel bag, I fell in love with the vintage Chanel bags I was seeing online. Unfortunately, a lot of the bags I was finding had been improperly stored laying on their front or back side, and the quilting had lost a lot its puffiness.
I was thrilled when I found this one because it was obvious its owner had taken great care of it over the years, storing it in an upright position to avoid flattening out the quilting.
I was always a big Princess Diana fan and this was the style Chanel bag she loved to carry.
Tip: Always do your research before buying any handbag online to avoid buying a fake. It’s not a bad idea to have it authenticated by a reputable company, as well. Pay close attention to the seller’s feedback/reputation.
When I’m not using this bag, I store the chain inside the bag so it’s not draped down across the soft leather on the outside where it could eventually leave a permanent imprint.
I keep a piece of acid-free tissue paper (folded several times) on top between the bag and the part of the chain that remains on top during storage.
Inside, the bag is filled out with acid-free paper and the remaining part of the chain rests on top. The chain straps on Chanel bags are quite heavy/substantial so I try to avoid having the chain piled up on the bottom of the bag. It works great having it resting on the tissue paper inside.
I store the bag sitting upright, inside its box on a shelf inside my closet. The top is covered by its dust bag for protection from dust.
Tip: In my reading/research regarding handbag storage, it’s recommended that you store your bags out of direct light, especially sunlight that could cause fading.
I’ve read mixed information regarding if handbags should be kept inside their dust bag full-time. Some folks say yes, other folks say that it’s fine to store them in their dust bags for part of the time, but that they shouldn’t stay in the bag all of the time. I guess they feel the bags need to have time to air out some.
I’ve noticed some new bags come with the little bags of silica gel packets down inside. If you have bags that you store away for long periods of time, you may want to do a bit of research to see if storing them with the silica gel packets would be a good idea, especially if you live in an area that gets really humid and/or you’re not using the A/C very much inside your home.
You’ll find the acid free tissue paper that I use for storing my handbags here: Acid Free Tissue Paper.
I almost always have plenty of air paper on hand since so many things ship with it these days, but if you need to purchase some for your bag storage, you’ll find it here: Air Paper.
What’s your favorite way for storing your handbags when they are not being used? Please share…always love your suggestions!
Update: Here are a couple more ideas for storing your handbags:
You can order these pillows HERE and they will handmake them any size you need for handbag storage.
Thanks to Linda for sharing about these handbag shapers that come in various styles to fit all size handbags. They are available here: Handbag Shapers.
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