My go-to black handbags and clutches

We all know that one staple item in your closet should be your go-to black bag…but what happens when you have more than one?  It never hurts, especially if 3 out of the 6 were priced at $10.00 or less!  A bag does not necessarily need to be expensive to be functional, practical and stylish.  Here are 6 bags (some of my favourites) from my collection.  It’s pretty evident that I have a love for the cross body bags and clutches 😉

My glittery clutch was a steal at $10.00 at the Canadian National Exhibition Centre!  Yes, you heard correctly…the CNE has a whole mesh of shopping areas in a great hall (warehouse like) that is reminiscent of a flea market with a fancy Bombay outlet thrown into the mix.  I’ve actually used it for a wedding as well as a couple elegant functions.FullSizeRender (14)

And what is better than a cross-body bag that serves dual function.  I was at Value Village, shopping for a Halloween costume this year.  As the fluorescent light flickered slightly above me I couldn’t help but glance up, to my left was the cutest cross body bag hanging on the wall.  Not to mentioned it was in my fav colours at the moment – black and gold…yay!  I had to do a double take because the price tag read $6.99, I knew I could do no wrong taking it home.  I did the happy dance in my head  but at the same time crossed my fingers in hopes that it just might fit my iPad as well as my cards and cash.

Cross body bag. Holds iPad and has a zipper component for your cards and cash from VV Boutique 😉


This story has an even better ending, I scored two finds that day…another skeleton (skull head) cross body bag was hidden and hung directly below.  $9.99 was what the price tag read!  Value Village was VV Boutique for me that day!  Disclaimer: Earlier in the day I did go to another Value Village store but left empty handed.  After leaving 2 Value Village stores, I still had no costume but went home with 2 very pretty purses.

After securing my finds, I rushed home and wiped & sprayed them down twice (inside and out) with my Lysol wipes and spray.  These babies can disinfect anything – I need to get over this if I want to continue scoring vintage finds:)  I took the first find to the dining room and I slipped my iPad slowly into the bag – my heart squealed in delight…it was a perfect fit!  It even fit with the case on!  It’s now the perfect stylish way to transport my iPad.  My second find screams perfection when I want to have more of an edgy look.  It makes me want to channel Alexander McQueen but at $9.99, I don’t have to worry about ever scratching it or losing it.

Skull Cross body bag. VV Boutique

The other black clutch is a vintage bag that belonged to my mom.  She used a black strap with it and rocked it with her stylish ensembles in the 90s.  To give it a modern twist, I took off the straps and made it one of my go to clutches when I feel like adding a little retro timeless style into my wardrobe.

Mom’s Vintage Purse

I absolutely adore this Rebecca Minkoff cross body bag below.  This bag I actually took from my sister.  She had bought it and never used it, so I told her that it only made sense for her to share the love as it matched my leather jackets perfectly.  How adorable are the hanging leather strings!

Rebecca Minkoff Cross body bag – Nordstrom Rack in Michigan

My last go to bag is my Tory Burch bag.  It can be carried as a handbag but also has a second strap that can turn the bag into a cross body bag!  My husband purchased this bag for me two years ago and I still love it as much as I did the day I first laid eyes on it.  It’s definitely a little more of an investment than the other bags but the bonus was that he did get it on sale.  I think it’s worth the investment as I think I carried it for 4 months straight when I first got it.  I use it frequently when I rotate my black go-to bags.  Shop this similar design at Tory Burch. Or this other black handbag which is currently on sale.

Tory Burch Dual Cross body bag/Handbag – Tory Burch Outlet, Florida

Once I start creating my fashion diaries, you’ll get to see my bags on me for my lookbooks so you’ll get a better idea of how they look with particular outfits!

I do own a couple other high end luxury black handbags but I’ll save those for another post because many were purchased on consignment!  I’ll usually only pay retail for high end luxury brands if I have a gift card or catch an amazing department store sale.  Or unless I’ve saved long and hard for it…and even then it’s very rare that I’ll splurge on a full price item.  You know when they say shopping is a high… it’s actually a bigger thrill for me when there’s a huge sale or when I get an online notification that something that’s in my wish list is now on sale 🙂  If you can relate, this blog will be right up your alley.
I’ll share with you my favourite consignment stores in the city and what websites I use to order consigned items online.  Plus exclusive sales I try to never miss…stay tuned 🙂