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Posted on: 12/14/09 10:13 AM
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Not sure where I read this, so I can't give credit to the right person, but somewhere someone pointed out that thrift stores are good spots to find handles for purses; just buy an old purse with a handle you like, take the purse apart, and reuse the handle. Not sure if the other parts would also be reusable, such as closures, but it's worth a try. Shortly after I read this, I can across an old purse with a nice bamboo handle. Now, why couldn't I think of that?

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Scheryka said... (3/5/10 7:37 AM) Reply
I agree with Amazonium and I just did this very thing. I took the scroll decoration, magnetic snap and handles from an old bag. It has feet so that is the next part of destuction I will be doing. Saves a bit of money too. I wanted to cut just around the edges to salvage the interfacing for little clutches but thought I would have taken this reuse thing too far.
Amazonium said... (1/31/10 12:45 PM) Reply
Yes, you can use most of the hardware if you remove it carefully. Magnetic snaps are over $4.00 a piece where I live, so if I can repurpose one I am thrilled! One can even use the feet but you must be very careful when removing them- they are really just heavy-duty brads and they tend to break easily. Also, by deconstructing a bag to retrieve the hardware one can get a lesson in how bags are made! Some hardware is attached with tiny little screws and can be removed- so look carefully at ratty old bags you come across- they may actually be a gold mine of repurposing goodies!
mmmckay said... (1/10/10 5:00 PM) Reply
That's a great idea! I wonder if there is any way to pry the little purse feet from the bottom without completely destroying them. I hear those are hard to find.
ryansmumAria said... (12/26/09 11:10 AM) Reply
This is a brilliant idea!!!!
j222b said... (12/14/09 12:35 PM) Reply
Thanks for writing this hint up! I love thrift shops and now I have one more thing to look for....
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