I must admit that I have developed an unhealthy obsession with vintage suitcases. It all started when I received a shower gift perfectly packaged in a retro makeup case. (thank you to the Petersen sisters for sparking my imagination, you know that always means trouble!)
Each bottle has been designated to be opened at a special occasion in our life, i.e. Champagne for “First Anniversary”, Cabernet for “First Night in New House”, even Sparkling Cider for “First Baby”. What a cute idea! The makeup case still has a working lock and the combination is 1-4-3. (for those of you who did not sport pagers in the late 90′s, 143 was code for “I love you”… how perfect!)
So naturally I fell in love with this piece of luggage and decided I had to incorporate it into my travel-themed wedding. Starting with this little beauty, I collected vintage suitcases all summer and was pleased to realize that they are surprisingly convenient to find- if you’re looking. It was almost too easy to get hooked, and my infatuation soon turned into an addiction! Of course I have to thank the “enablers” in my life: Nancy scored some in her neighborhood and Jared even went yard-saleing to support my habit. Just look at my stash!
At the wedding I arranged them on our guest book table, and they were a hit! But now that our big day is over I can’t wait to transform these suitcases into something even more amazing. I’m thinking of all the ways I can upcycle these finds into something useful or even just beautiful. They look lovely in a stack and I’ve seen some pretty tables constructed from all kinds of retro luggage. Of course the storage opportunities are endless… but when I stumbled upon these at Vanity Case’s Etsy shop, I was over the moon.
The lighting in there is genius! I also love the retractable mirror. How cute would it be to have another one- hanging side-by-side in your boudoir- for jewelry? Below, we have the perfect companion to the picnic basket- the bar breifcase!
Now my wheels are really turning…these little wonders can become a world unto themselves. I can’t wait to get started! Has anyone out there done anything interesting with vintage suitcases? I’m currently accepting all ideas (and unwanted luggage). Although I don’t have specific plans for them yet, I can’t wait to build my collection! Yes, I do think I need more. After all, I’ve heard that the first step in conquering addiction is admitting you have a problem