Ugly Purse Transformation

I am not a person who likes to change handbags. I invest in one really good bag every year or two and rarely switch my bags in daily life, partially because when I do, I lose things or everything I need doesn’t get transferred over (like the lipstick that fell to the bottom of the bag…Grrr!).

The exception is when I go out at night I might switch to a smaller bag. I was in need of a new small black bag with a strap, but didn’t want to spend a fortune; I went over to my local Nordstrom Rack in search of a deal.I took a quick swing through the handbag section and first glance saw nothing. However, this bag caught my eye, mainly because the beads were bright and to my eye a bit obnoxious.


Looking again I thought ‘’Take those beads off and I have a fantastic basic black bag’’.I untied the ends, pulled off the beads and Voila! Original price $78 marked down twice to $ $27.30. Score!



Next time you are shopping deals and find something you love, if only it didn’t have xyz on it, get creative and see if there is an easy way to alter it to make it work for you.

Tip:  Peruse the discount stores at least once every couple of weeks to find great deals. Things you would actually wear or use, don’t buy something because it’s a ‘’deal’’.  I’ve seen too many never worn items in closets that still have the discount store tags on them 2 years after they bought them.  Even at  $15.99, if you don’t LOVE it, you won’t wear it, so it’s NOT a deal!  These stores constantly switch up their merchandise and sometimes it just comes down to right timing whether you find something fabulous or not. Don’t settle, wait to find fabulous and I guarantee you will actually wear it and feel great about buying it!

  7 comments for “Ugly Purse Transformation

  1. Terri Green
    October 28, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Great info Nancy


  2. Rosie Brown
    October 29, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Very clever Nancy. I love it


  3. Nancy Girard
    October 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Love the new version of the bag.I to have been looking for a new evening bag for years. You have my opened my eyes when looking . thanks for the tip


    • October 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Your welcome Nancy. Good luck finding something soon!


  4. October 31, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Great Tip!!! A great new look. And I’m sure you’ll put those beads to good use!


    • November 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Yes Kathy! I was thinking about how I could put those colorful beads to good use!


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