I bought this handbag (see photo below) over a year ago at the local thrift and used it everyday for about a month. Then the straps started detaching from the purse (damn it all!). I tried to sew them back on, but even with a mammoth sewing needle, I could barely punch through the layers of leather. So I did the only reasonable thing I could think of - I shoved it in the back of my closet hoping that it would magically repair itself.
About a month ago I started shopping around for a nice black purse when I remembered two things:
1.) I didn't really have money for a nice black purse and
2.) I had a thrifted leather handbag (without attached straps) crumpled in a corner behind my shoes.
I brought the handbag to the local shoe repair place where the owner raised an eyebrow at my pathetic sewing attempts (I turned bright red and pretended like I didn't know what she was pointing at). She ended up replacing the four leather tabs that connect the straps to the purse. It set me back $24, which is a lot better than buying a brand new purse that wouldn't be nearly as nice as my newly refurbished one.
Conspicuous consumption: zero
Outfit details: H&M hat, cardi and tank, Zara vest, pants from Rockit in Decatur.