UPDATE: Hey, I'm Susie! Thriftables was just a little ol' blog I started in 2012 about thrifting and DIY. When t
he domain thriftables.com got bought up from under me, I decided that I'd let the blog die. It's just a well; I never really updated it anymore anyway.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Vintage Coach Purse Makeover

Vintage Coach, though beautiful, is a wee bit boring, especially when you own dozens in a similar style. When I thrifted this purse a while back, I decided I was going to have a little fun with it. I got it for a bargain, so I knew that even if I fudged it I wouldn't feel bad about about my little experiment. It went swimmingly, and now this purse is one of my favorites!

The leather was so dry and sad looking. I consulted my thrifting survival kit, pulled out my trusty Pecard Leather Dressing and went to work cleaning it up. To help bring out the natural patina of the leather, I rubbed harder in places to give it a deeper color. This results in a darker, more lived-in look.

I found vintage brass pyramid studs on Etsy. I got lucky that the color matched the existing brass hardware almost perfectly. When it came time to place the studs, I had no idea what design I wanted. I just haphazardly placed them, hoping for the best (typical me!) Because the leather on vintage Coach is so thick, the studs wouldn't pierce without a little help. I had good luck piercing the leather with the tip of an X-Acto knife. 

If I were to do it again, I'd probably measure and be a little more deliberate with the placement, but for now I think it looks pretty nifty. 

Do you think you'd ever experiment with with re-mixing vintage Coach? Comment below!


  1. You did a SUPERB job! I love it! Thanks for the inspiration and tips too.


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