There are certain things that I love when it comes to the holidays. Shopping for the perfect gifts, baking cookies with my family, and cuddling up in front of the tree are high on the list. But there’s one that I love even more — picking out holiday outfits. I found the perfect thrifted purse for the holiday season a few months ago, and now I finally get to introduce you to it.
Oddly enough, purses aren’t my favorite items to shop for. I’ve found some great ones at the thrift store, but I absolutely hate carrying them around. There are a few things that the accessory has to have before I’ll buy it. The purse has be small, easy to carry, and make a statement. Because I don’t play around when it comes to bags. When I first saw the one I’m about to show you, I instantly knew it would be the perfect thrifted purse for the holidays. You’ll know why as soon as you see it.
My holiday bag is a structured, black plastic cross body. It’s got gold detailing, a snap closure, and the most gorgeous chain you’ve ever seen. The best part is that is can convert into a clutch with one simple snap. I should warn you that it’s a little old-school. But it’s so old-school that I think it’s time for it to make a comeback. There’s no better time to introduce it than during the holidays.
As soon as I set eyes on this bag, I knew it would be the star of the holiday season. I actually found it at Goodwill in July and saved it until December. That’s how dedicated I was to finding the perfect holiday purse. The gold mixed with the black is my perfect mix of classic and trendy. A lot of the time it’s either one color or the other, so I knew that this would match perfect with my holiday outfits.
This thrifted purse was $4.
For that price, I didn’t even care if I only used this purse one time. The price was right for me. Before I even brought this out, it was getting compliments. I keep it on the shelf in office, and people are always dying to know where it came from. Like many things in my wardrobe, it came from Goodwill.
I love that it works as a clutch too. For dressier events, I can open it, slip the chain inside, and close the clutch again. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a designer attached to it, so I don’t even know where I could find more items like it.
I mean, come on! This purse deserves to be in a museum somewhere. I think this is the perfect example of an item that isn’t designer, but still packs a stylish punch. People ask me all the time if I feel left out by not going to the mall or shopping Zara or TopShop like everyone else. The answer is no.
I would rather have people that stop me and ask where I got an item out of curiosity rather than because they’ve seen it everywhere.
Not to mention that it’s a great talking point at holiday parties. I have anxiety around people. Even if I know ever single person in the room or they’re all family, I still get anxious. The clothing and accessories I wear work as a comfort blanket for me. It’s a great way to make a connection with people and dive into one of my passions — living and dressing purposefully.
Because my wardrobe is so simple and minimalist, I rely on accessories like this. This thrifted purse might not get the most use, but I will always remember the events that I have it for. The $4 price tag means that I don’t have guilt about only styling it a few time a year.
Do you shop specifically for the holidays? I’d love to hear about some of the items that you’ve bought for holiday parties. There’s no better way to end the year than in style. Just know that it doesn’t have to cost you.