Monday, August 22, 2016

Collecting | Vintage briefcases

Like a lot of things, I didn't set out to collect vintage briefcases and portfolios.
leather briefcases
I just stumbled upon one at a thrift store that I loved. So I bought it.
Then I found another.
leather briefcase
And another.leather briefcases
And another.
leather briefcases
The great thing about this collection: It's useful. 
old leather briefcase
I take one of the cases to work with me all the time.
briefcase collection
A few others I store photos and memorabilia in.
briefcase collection
This case came with an ID tag taped inside.
old briefcase
I love the aged hardware and leather. 
old potfolio
Here's one of my favorite portfolios.
leather briefcase and portfolio collection
 The zipper still works.
old leather portfolio
One of the portfolios is stamped "Marvelux" on the inside.
briefcase collection
This portfolio gets a lot of use.
vintage portfolio
A chunky old zipper closes to keep the contents safe inside. 
leather covers
I also love old leather-covered folders, scrapbooks, diaries, calendars, etc.
vintage books and portfolios
Here are a few my favorites.
vintage leather calendar
This one's a pristine 1966 calendar. 
vintage calendar
How could I not buy it? You never know when you might need a 1966 calendar.
tooled leather cover
This one's a diary. About half of the pages have been ripped out, but I still love the embossed cover.
leather cover
This one's  an organizer.
vintage leather collection
 It's not old, maybe from the 1990s. But I love the cover.vintage leather books and covers
Inside it says, "Scully Since 1906."
leather books
This one is faux leather -- and new. 
leather book cover
It has my 2016 calendar in it. (Yes, I still use a paper calendar.)
old leather book covers
This cover is about 5 inches by 8 inches.
leather cover
It could hold a pad of paper and a pen.
leather cover

Here's a cover that shows its age.
leather cover
It has a plastic photo insert in it
leather cover
This three-ring binder is stamped "Made in Italy" on the back.
old briefcases

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Polish your shoes. It's good for the soul.

Here's a little post on something I don't do often enough: polishing my shoes.
In our throw-away world, we tend to just toss things out once they start getting battered and worn. But a little polish can make your old shoes look new again and actually preserve the leather. Plus, shoe polishing is good for the soul.
Here's the "before" of the first pair of shoes I decided to polish up. They weren't in terrible shape, but the leather was scuffed and tired looking.
I had brown (on the left) and tan (on the right) shoe polish on hand. I decided the brown was a better match.
Polishing shoes isn't rocket science. You just rub a little onto a soft, lint-free rag and then rub it onto your shoe.
 Brown polish looks almost black when you first apply it, but it lightens up as you work it into the leather.
In the photo above, the shoe on the left has been polished, the shoe on the right hasn't. It's a pretty noticeable difference.
After you give the polish a couple minutes to dry, you buff it with a clean cloth or soft brush, and here's what the finished shoes looked like.
These shoes have been more or less abandoned in the back of my closet for years. Now I'm excited to wear them again.
 Here's the second pair of shoes I had that needed a little polishing up. Again I used the brown polish.
 Same process as before. The shoe on the left is "before" polish; the shoe on the right is "after."
 The shoes looked like new once I had them both polished and buffed.
Here's the third pair I was hoping to salvage with a little polish: a pair of vintage Mary Janes that get a lot of wear -- and look like it.
 They were in such bad shape, I thought I'd start with a little leather lotion before applying polish.
The shoe in the front has had leather lotion applied. The shoe in the back hasn't. The lotion helped soften and restore the leather, but the shoes definitely needed polish too.
Above, the shoe on the left has had polish applied. The shoe on the right hasn't. Huge difference, right? Polish won't remove the cracks, but it sure helps to disguise them and give the leather a smoother look and feel.
Now my favorite shoes are all ready to wear again.''

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