#16 Chanel East/West Flap

As I went through the closet, I found several Chanel East/West Flap in hiding.   These lovelies are from 2005 and 2006 — some of the best years of Chanel quality.

Chanel East/West Flap
Chanel East/West Flap in Red Lambskin
Chanel East/West Flap
Chanel East/West Flap in Red Lambskin
Chanel East/West
2005 Chanel East/West Flap in Red Lambskin

Such a great bag but its shoulder strap is too short or it’s better for a shorter petite person. I doubt if this is why Chanel discontinued the East/West Flap but I’m curious as to why it’s discontinued.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Vintage Cast Iron Collection

Along with my Chanel collection, I collect vintage cast iron.  This past weekend my vintage cast iron collection grew substantially!  I had the pleasure of heading to Illinois for a cast iron auction, mainly vintage cast iron.  Yup, they have auctions specifically for cast iron.  This was the 3rd auction (out of 7) for the lifetime collection of a gentleman.  I went to the same auction last March and it was overwhelming!  1,000 pieces of cast iron waiting to be re-homed.

I adopted quite a few pieces to add to my cast iron collection.  Some are duplicates (maybe even triplicates) so I see Ebay in my future.    My vintage kitchen is the size of a postage stamp (maybe a little larger but not much) with 1920’s storage, meaning there’s not much!  Unlike a lot of folks at the auction with “buildings in the back yard” and 200-1,000 pieces, I only have my kitchen and decaying garage.  My pieces have to be useful.  But it’s so hard.

The unspoken history in each skillet, each pan fascinates me.  My skillets date back to the 30’s, the youngest, to pre-1880, the oldest.  I wonder what meals were cooked in them, what family had them and how did the skillets leave them?

Pray for me that I don’t die with over 7,000 pieces .. .where will I store them?

Where do you store yours?  How many do you have and do you use them all?


Chanel #14 – Chanel GST

ah, another Chanel GST, Grand Shopping Tote, that brightens up my handbag closet.  This Chanel is a mere 5 years old, carried 2 times.  As much as the bag, I seldom carry white bags.  As much as I’d like to be a woman who lunches while carrying her Chanel GST effortlessly on her shoulder,  I’m not.

Chane GST - White
Chanel GST in White Caviar Leather with bright gold hardware

I’m a woman who wears bright colors with jeans (jeans very bad for white leather!) and who casually sets my purse on the floor if there’s no place to set it.  Yes, yes, I know one should never set her purse on the floor but I’m practical — I’m not going to eat with a purse slung over my shoulder or in my lap. I did invest in a purse hook — several, matter-of-fact.  After my Chanel GST fell to the floor a few times, the purse hook went missing.  Still, I seldom carry this bag.  I hate the idea that will get stained blue from rubbing against my jeans or dirty from being placed anywhere. Being a Chanel addict is quite tiring!  Over the next few weeks, I’ll share more of my collection with you, specifically Chanel GST, as we head into fall.  Maybe someone will convince me to “re-home” them?  Do you carry white handbags?

Chanel GST
Chanel GST in White Caviar

Chanel #13 – Chanel GST in Patent Copper

My favorite Chanel style is the GST, Grand Shopping Tote, and this gorgeous copper patent leather GST is one of my favorites.  So much so that I haven’t carried it yet (2 years and counting!)  No company does patent leather as well as Chanel did.

Chanel GST
Chanel GST in Copper Patent Leather

I look at her in my Chanel closet and smile.   She’s just that gorgeous, I’m holding off carrying her.   Crazy huh?


Wait until I show my YSL XL Muse collection!  I can’t seem to carry or sell them!

Chanel Handbag #15 – Red Lambskin

A dressy vintage Chanel handbag.  This camera bag Chanel handbag is red lambskin with shiny gold hardware.


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Chanel #15 - Red Lambskin
Chanel #15 – Red Lambskin

Check out the stylized charms on the chain and the red leather tassel.