New Briefcase for BlogHer Food

New briefcase for BlogHer Food

In case you haven’t heard, I’m speaking at BlogHer Food later this week.  I’m honored to be doing so and am very excited.  So excited that while you’re reading this, I’m having a clothing crisis about what to wear.  Yes, friends, it’s a cyclone in my closet right this very second.   This new briefcase is definitely going with me to BlogHer Food.  It was an estate sale treasure that I found several years ago and it’s been taking up space on my sewing table.  It has room for all of my essentials including a space for my water bottle and reading glasses.  I mean a girl needs to keep herself hydrated while she’s reading, doesn’t she?

New Briefcase for BlogHer Food

I bought it on the half price sale day so it cost $1.50.

Estate sale treasure

The handles were broken and the plastic lining needed replacing.

A new briefcase

I used the old lining as a pattern for the new inside, just like I did on my handbag that’s from an estate sale.

Replacing broken handle on bag

And I had to replace the leather strap for the handle.  All of my leather replacement parts and leather rivets came from Oregon Leather and if you need anything leather or bridle related, you will find it there.

You know I love to pack very little when traveling but for this 3-day trip to Seattle, I’m bringing more clothing than I am for our 3-week home exchange to Spain this summer!

As soon as I’m done with this briefcase, I’ll tell you all about it.

Go Gingham related links:

Estate sale finds: vintage wrapping paper
A winter cape: sewn from2 second-hand prom dresses
Pretty wine charms: made from estate sale treasures
How to take apart a skirt – similar to taking apart the lining for this handbag
Re-purposed bags: cover an unattractive logo with a pocket
Free stuff: tips for accumulating found treasures
A BlogHer event I hosted in my backyard
Shopping at “Goodwill Bins
Light lanterns for garden – from the “Goodwill Bins”
The claw for the claw foot tub that got traded – even better than buying!
Our library book return basket is also second-hand
Hello handbag – a very stylishly frugal purse bought at an estate sale

6 thoughts on “New Briefcase for BlogHer Food

  1. Great find – I’m sure it’ll be fabulous when you are done with it. Enjoy your trip and good luck with the speaking engagement.


    1. Thanks, Heidi. I just got around to finishing it last night. It does hold my water bottle but I discovered a wine bottle fits nicely, too, so it may also double as a picnic bag! I’m not sure my husband will carry it though – it’s not very manly 😉


  2. Very cute Sara – I also love that you are taking a picnic-basket-briefcase to a food event! Can’t wait to see what you decide to wear! Let’s skype soon!


    1. Thanks, Annie! Yes, it’s best to always be ready for a picnic 😉 Clothing crisis – continues!!


  3. Have fun speaking at the conference I can’t wait to hear all about it! Your bag looks so cute looking forward to the reveal.


    1. Thanks, Peta! You should see the chart I’m leaving my family with while I’m gone ~ it’s piano recital/dress rehearsal weekend, too. I’ll be back just in enough time!


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