There are many reasons I love Vintage/Antique/Thrifted Items, but perhaps my number one reason is there is almost always a process of "restoration" that is required and after it is done, it is as if the item has been brought back to life.
You constantly need to see the "possibilities", verses what it may look like at that moment. When I shop for "new" things I look for flaws. I want it to be perfect, and then I spend the first week nervously worried about getting it scratched or damaged. However, with vintage the mental process is reversed. The item is already far from perfect, with wrinkles, and variations in color, that have naturally occurred, and yet this is exactly what makes it beautiful and unique. My focus with my vintage items is all about bringing out the beauty it once had, and celebrating the uniqueness that only time and age can bring.
When shopping vintage, it is very important to be able to notice good quality leather verses, pleather. Pleather, or colored leather does not age well, and cannot be restored. Always look for QUALITY, and strongstitch work.
PRODUCTS I USED
The Creams I used are for cleansing the leather. It provides protection, while re-hydrating life and color back into the dried leather. The products are both from France, and were highly recommended to me buy a shop owner from one of my favorite Vintage shops.
I cleaned and polished the bag with old stockings, and an old T-Shirt. The plastic gloves are just a personal choice because your hands can get a bit oily.
...and Voila! This bag is perfect for all my blogging necessities. I put my lab top, a notebook, color pens some other essentials, and I am ready to blog anywhere!