Every girl wants a Tiara, and I finally got one. Ha! It's the model name on my new American Tourister Vintage Train Case. Found at Goodwill for $6. I would have preferred a prettier outside color, but the inside of this makes up for the plain outside.
The inside is in perfect shape - it even still had a bar of hotel soap from the Williamsburg Lodge in it. And, I love the removable tray.
I so wish the vintage goodies came with a back story. Since they don't, I usually make up my own in my head. I imagine a sweet young lady used this when she traveled to Williamsburg with her new husband. Maybe the case was even part of a wedding gift of luggage. Soon after the trip, they started a family, so she didn't get a chance to travel as much, which is why it's in such great shape. Can you think of a better story? If so, please share in the comments.
I'm using it as my travel sewing case. It's so much easier to keep a case of the essentials (rotary cutter, pins, machine needles, bobbins, etc.) packed and ready to go to craft events, classes, get-togethers, etc. I find that having this essentials bag always packed makes me more likely to attend out-of-studio events, and have the things I need when I get there.
I've had great luck at thrift stores lately. Check back for more finds soon. I'm thinking of starting "Thrifty Thursdays" here on the blog. What do you think?