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.
From Melissa Green Flats: Three Looks
I remember a pretty harrowing eBay auction to get this beauty. It came down to the last ten seconds.
From Covered Perfectly’s Long and Lean Vest-Part 2
An outstanding use of color is displayed on this wicker model.
From It Was a Windy Day In Joplin
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 Going For The Gold During the December Holidays.
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.
From Transition with Linen & Silk
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.
As I mention at the beginning, Rodo is still going strong. New bags range from $500-$1000. But their older bags can be had for very reasonable prices on eBay or Poshmark.
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.
16 thoughts on “Collecting Vintage Rodo Handbags”
I as so happy to pop in and see your collection and a shout out to me and Justine! I am sooooo jealous of your collection. The bags are fabulous plus useful! Didn’t know about the brand. Great your are here at SIPB. If you have ideas for fun posts let us know!
Hello, thanks for dropping by and leaving a word. Yes, this was fun and got to talk about my bags! This is something that I would have never done on my own. If I have any ideas, I will let you know. This was a good one, because no matter what blogging subject matter one writes about, generally everyone has some type of small collection, even if they are not aware of it.
I like your collection of bags very much. Each one of them is very special. I don’t know the brand, but I will check it out immediately! I’m not sure if I collect anything but shoes, bags, jewelry, clothes …
HI, Reni-finding the older stuff is what makes it fun for me. I doubt if any of my Rodo bags are younger than 20 years. The older ones are the more fun ones. And just for fun, I checked German eBay and there are a few and the prices looked how they look over here now. I also went to Vestiaire which has a great collection but a little more pricey.
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I am not familiar with this brand but I do have 3 Louis Vuitton bags which I love!
June, I can believe that you have never heard of Rodo because neither had I. I only found them accidentally when i was thinking about collecting vintage Koret bags. Once I found Rodo, Koret got left in the dust (well, I have three). LV is a good bag to collect, I think. I have one but have quite a few on different lists scattered around the internet, mainly on The RealReal. Thanks for dropping by. I always love hearing from you.
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And I always enjoy your posts!
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What a fantastic collection of bags! I know what you mean about those nail-biting eBay auctions, I’ve had a few myself…not all successful! I collect a lot of things (much to my husband’s annoyance!). But probably the most unsual collection is a box of feathers which I’ve picked during my volunteer work at a wildlife hospital. My favourites are from the eagle owls that are permanent residents, but I also have raven, swan and barn owl feathers. I just love the patterns and softness of owl feathers in particular. I know some people may find it weird but I think they’re too beautiful to sweep up and throw away! Thanks for linking up!
I’ve never heard of Rodo. These bags are amazing and you use them so perfectly to accent your outfits. Gosh, it’s hard to even pick a favorite! Although, I am partial to the “One Perfect Top” handbag *and* outfit.
Hi Terri, after so long away from blogland, then starting up again in lockdown, it’s been lovely to sit down today and look at your blog (I’m also going to read the others you’ve collaborated with.
I have so few bags, your collection is amazing and it’s lovely that you can share with your daughters, that’s such a good idea.
I also absolutely love the autumnal velvet hat you are wearing in one of your photos.
It’s really good to read your blog again and see how you are getting on. I often see you pop up in my feed on insta but nothing beats a good read.
Take care and keep well.
Love, Sally xxx
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Yes, after a very long layoff. I finally returned and do about one post a month. This leaves me time for everything else I want to do. Afraid my IG is the same way but I try to get something at least once a week. And you have a post up. Well, I’ll run over and read it. Take care-Terri
They are such lovely bags! I really like that you have such a varied collection, although I haven’t heard of the brand before! I like bags, too easy to justify another splurge when I see a cute one, ha!
Hope that you are having a nice weekend 🙂
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Hello Mica, thanks for dropping by. I can understand that you’ve not heard of Rodo. Honestly, neither had I until I just accidentally saw one when I was hunting for something else. I just immediately fell for their craftsmanship and style. I do think they are an underappreciated bag in the vintage market. Take care and it was so nice that you left a comment. Bags are on of my passions, I must say.