Do you collect anything? Most of us probably have collected items to celebrate or favorite holidays but do you have a collection that reflects something that you personally like?
A group of blogging buddies and I have created posts today about things we have collected. You need to check out Justine’s of The Tea Check Blog amazing little cigarette boxes (among other collections) that she has collected on her travels. These speak to my designer art teacher’s heart. Also, Peabody, of You Can Always Start Now, talks about how her angel collection started and what it means to her. I hope you take the time to go over and check their blogs out.
My Collection (well, one of them, at least)
I have the typical ordinary collections such as lipsticks, shoes and jewelry. But there is one collection that I have been a little passionate about and that is my vintage Rodo handbags. I haven’t added anything new in a couple of years but once in a while I still go window shopping.
This is working collection. I use these bags in everyday life and especially on the blog. I went through my four years of posts and picked out a few of my favorite photos. I limited it to a dozen examples, which is probably a lot. But believe me, I could have had twice that.
A Little Background on Rodo Handbags
Still a luxury Italian bag maker, Rodo was founded in 1956 by Romualdo Dori. He first started designing and producing wicker and straw handbags, typical of Florence fashion. Soon, the line expanded into bags for every need.
A Working Collection
As I mentioned earlier, these bags just don’t sit on the shelf. They are used by me along with my two daughters. Generally, I get a text that says, “Here’s what I’m wearing-what do you have that goes?” and I usually do.
To The Blog & Instagram We Go
The best way to show off my vintage collection is to show how I style with them. This shows that older bags with character and quality and be made relevant in a modern setting. Let’s get started…
From one of my current posts Black &White & Striped All Over
This black and white tote is one of my favorites because the hardware is so fantastic. But if you look closely at all these bags, you notice that the majority of them have amazing hardware details that you just don’t find on today’s bags.
This post featured my first bag that instigated the entire collection, which I found on eBay.
Jumping Forward to my most current post-My Sew Sew Life-Living On the Selvages
This straw bag gets its workout. As with most smaller Rodos, I can use it as a clutch or as a shoulder bag with the chain strap that neatly sits inside.
I remember a pretty harrowing eBay auction to get this beauty. It came down to the last ten seconds.
An outstanding use of color is displayed on this wicker model.
This brown leather tote was on one of my first posts. In fact, I think this was probably the first time a Rodo bag made an appearance.
From Instagram-a red carpet moment-My Rodo’s have certainly made it to many fashion shows.
And Galas. This shell bag is my all time favorite, so much so that I have it in two colors. When I upgraded my iPhone a few years ago, I took this bag bag with me. My phone had to fit in this bag. Needless to say, I didn’t get the biggest phone. Smart phones are one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to smaller vintage bags.
From an earlier post this year-One Perfect Top
This straw and leather beauty is another one of my summer favorites.
From Red, White & Denim
This little red and white leather ball is probably one of the quirkiest bags that I own.
Just a good all round spring/summer bucket bag.
I’m ending with a wicker cutie which is also found on Melissa Green Flats: Three Looks Individual colored cords are connected to create the bow.
This impromptu post is in the bag. Until yesterday, I had no idea I was going to write a post. I’ve just joined the blogger support group SIPB on Facebook and discovered they had been planning for members to blog about collecting and the due date was today!
I had wanted to create a post about Rodo handbags for a long time so decided to just buckle down and do it.
That all I have for today. Do you collect anything that is dear and near to your heart? I would love to know.
Take care everyone and stay safe.
I have only found these bags on second hand online shops so here’s a list.