How I Found My Bright Summer Bag // Thrift Stories

As soon as I walked through the double doors into the darkly lit, slightly musky-smelling thrift store, my eyes went straight to the bags. Typically, I run to the dress section, but something in me almost turned my head to the right for me. I was there with my friend Sarah, and we were planning to spend the day playing dress up with ridiculous outfits.

“Oh my gosh, LOOK!” was what I recall yelling as I ran towards the bag section full-force. I’m pretty sure I scared everyone out of my way.

We might have been there to try on over-the-top, crazy outfits, but there was nothing ridiculous about this bag. The mix of bright pink, green, and navy blue would typically be the last thing I looked at. But this bag had pom-poms and beaded embellishments. It pretty much screamed, “look at me!” And I did.

I grabbed the bag and took in all of the colors and pattern in for a solid twenty seconds before I could say anything. There is so much to look at on this bag that you would think it was overwhelming. For some reason, I was completely entranced with it instead.

Typically I stick to simple, one-colored bags. If you look at the collection of totes, purses, and sacks hanging from the hook over the back of my closet door, you won’t find anything like this in it. But that’s what I love so much about it — the bag is unlike anything I’ve seen before.

I have been pinning a whole lot of colored accessories to my IRL blogging journal lately. I’m trying to step out of my comfort zone, and this bag was what I needed to start me off. It’s got pom-poms, beading, and floral print all in one!

It’s exactly what I want my summer to be like too — unstructured, brights, cheery, and laid back. Boom. I found the perfect summer bag. Actually, it was more like it found me. Every time I forgot it was there, it would attach itself to a hanger that I pulled out of the cart. It was almost like it was saying, “don’t forget about me!”

When I welcomed it into my closet, I could tell it was a little out of place. I didn’t know what to wear with it or how I would fit it into my style. The first time I wore it, I paired it with unstructured, blue denim tie-waist shorts and a white tee. Basically, I let the bag be the star of the show.

But the more I kept reaching for it, I realized that it meshed pretty darn well with the rest of my wardrobe too. It fits right in with a t-shirt and athletic shorts, but can be thrown on with a dress too. It might be small, but it is mighty.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t say where this bag was from. There’s no tag anywhere to be found. Sarah and I think that it might be from a little market somewhere or maybe even handmade. Who knows, this could be the only one in the entire world.

This is why I love thrifting. I don’t know where something was from or why it got donated, but I can give it another life. One that you can read about right here in my little corner of the internet.

Please let me know if you guys liked this Thrift Story! I’m thinking that it will be a new series on my site. I’ll write about once a week or so. That way you guys don’t just get to see what I found, but hear the whole story about how I found it! Do you love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments!




  • CassieMorganM

    Oh my gosh I love it. It almost seems like the bag is from the Caribbean or something one of those ladies hand makes. Beautiful bag.

    June 14, 2017 at 7:24 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      Right! I searched online for it too and can’t figure it out! It kind of makes me love it more haha xx.

      June 14, 2017 at 7:31 am Reply
  • Mark

    It’s amazing what you can find in thrift stores!

    June 14, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      Isn’t it?! Thanks for stopping by, Mark xx.

      June 14, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
      • Mark

        You’re welcome!

        June 15, 2017 at 12:39 am Reply
  • Kali Borovic

    Thank you! It was a great find, and for only $1! xx.

    June 14, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Kali Borovic

    Thank you, Maggie! I’m thinking of highlighting more items that I find this way. What do you think? xx.

    June 14, 2017 at 7:59 am Reply
    • Maggie

      You’re welcome! Ooh yes! That would make a great little series xx

      June 14, 2017 at 8:03 am Reply
  • styledbymckenz

    Omg I LOVE this bag! Such an awesome feeling when you finally discover gold at the thrift store!

    June 14, 2017 at 8:03 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      That’s so true! There’s no better feeling. Thanks for stopping by, McKenz xx.

      June 14, 2017 at 8:03 am Reply
  • Little Mayfly

    Such a cute bag!! It sounds as if it did find you x

    June 14, 2017 at 8:05 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      Thank you! Something in the universe wanted me to find this bag haha xx.

      June 14, 2017 at 8:10 am Reply
  • kittyp0p

    Super cute! Definitely perfect for summer (: I found one of my all time favorite jackets at a thrift store for $3 and I wore it almost everyday this past winter. The reason I started my Depop is to give those items another life and maybe even to someone across the country instead of just my neck of the woods. Thrifting is so much fun and this post is lovely. Totally would love to hear more stories like this xoxo

    June 14, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      That’s so awesome! I’m glad to find another thrifter out there, and I love that you have a Depop. Thanks for all your kind words, and I will definitely have more posts like this! xx.

      June 14, 2017 at 8:22 am Reply
  • outnaboutweb

    I love it! It looks so cool and cute at the same time! I recently got into thrifting too, I love that you really only find unique pieces and for a great price too!
    love, elena

    June 14, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      Yes! I love that you’re into thrifting! So fun xx.

      June 14, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply
  • helloitsjo

    That is the most perfect bag to add a pop of colour to any outfit! I wish I had a similar one for summer!! I’m planning on looking through all my old stuff soon so fingers crossed I find something this fun too! Xxx

    June 14, 2017 at 11:29 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      I hope you find one just as cheery! This one puts me in a great mood when I grab it xx.

      June 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply
  • Invisibly Me

    That’s really funky! I remember buying a similar style bag many years ago from eBay, then adding a few broaches of my own to make it extra unique. Love it! x

    June 14, 2017 at 12:04 pm Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      How cool! I’ll definitely have to try that! xx.

      June 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply
  • Linda

    Looooooove it! (Said in a high pitched singing voice). Great find!

    June 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      Hahahaha I love that! Thanks, Linda! xx.

      June 15, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Smarts and Sparkles

    Hey, Kali! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award. You can check it out on my blog ~ Congratulations!

    Also, love this post. <3

    June 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm Reply
  • Dippy-Dotty Girl

    What an eclectic bag! It reminds of the kind of colourful bags that find their origin in the Indian city of Jaipur.

    June 14, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      I’ve never heard of there! I’ll have to look it up, because I’m dying to know where this bag is from xx.

      June 15, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply
      • Dippy-Dotty Girl

        It is the look that makes me think so. Rajasthani textiles are all about colour and embroidery. Jaipur is a city in the state of Rajasthan in India FYI 🙂 xx

        June 15, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply
  • TheFallibleQueen

    This bag is so fun and colorful I love it. I would definitely look forward to hearing more stories like this kali

    June 15, 2017 at 1:34 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      Thank you so much for all the support! I’ll definitely be doing some more Thrift Stories in the future xx.

      June 15, 2017 at 8:03 am Reply
  • Kali Borovic

    Thank you, Amelia! I think I’m going to try to do it more xx.

    June 15, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
  • K.M. Sutton

    That bag is amazing! It reminds me of the Nena and Co bags which I am obsessed with but alas are crazily expensive! <3

    June 15, 2017 at 11:31 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      You’re so right! I’ve never heard of this brand before, but they do look pretty similar! Major price difference though haha xx.

      June 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply
  • Audrey @ honestly audrey

    yesss, i love pieces like this because it can make even the simplest outfit look bomb! <3

    June 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      That’s exactly what it ended up doing! Who knew I could be a color lover? xx.

      June 15, 2017 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • 5feetofstyle

    Great find, and definitely keep going with the series! Thrifty finds are always fun to read xx

    Eileenkn |

    June 17, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      You’re awesome! Thanks for the advice! xx.

      June 17, 2017 at 8:29 am Reply
  • Sophie B.

    This little bag is so cute! It reminds me of Desigual (??) bags 🙂
    But it’s prettier 🙂

    June 17, 2017 at 5:23 pm Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      I’ve never heard of that brand! But thanks, Sophie! xx.

      June 18, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply
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