I suppose that's a boring title for a post. But, that's really what I want to write about! This weekend we went to NYC and I took my brown leather Coach purse that I've had for several years. I like it a lot--it's just a little small. I wanted a new purse, but reconsidered. I had two problems. 1. My wallet is too big for it and 2. The corners and sides of the purse really show their wear.
So, I started looking. A friend of mine had her credit card swiped by a card reader when she was in a crowd traveling in Europe last year, so I knew I wanted an RFID wallet, but I needed a good size. On our trip, I discovered that Fossil makes many of their wallets RFID protective. Most stores have some that are. Kohl's has some as well. I realized quickly that finding a wallet the right size isn't going to be as easy as I thought!
But, my other concern about my purse was how to bring it back to life. I went into the Coach purse and though the sales lady said they could clean it, I couldn't really bring it back to life.
She turned out to be wrong.
Last night, I remembered a leather conditioner cream that I bought several (several!) years ago from Nordstrom's made by Brahmin. At the time, it was $10, but it has lasted me for years. I brought it upstairs and hoped for the best with my purse. I used it on my purse and ten minutes later my purse looked new again!
I'm reminded of several things. It's so easy to think that I need to replace something that looks like it needs a lot of repair. But, it feels so much better to fix it up than get something new. The second was that going with a smaller purse compelled me to ask what I really need. I found that there were a lot of cards and other things in my purse that I didn't really need. Having less to carry around is a lot less stressful in the end than carrying around a lot for me.
Have you gone through your purse lately? :)