Thursday, January 13, 2011

Leather Suitcases.... ** sigh ** ....!

Hello Vintage Enthusiastes & Keepers of The Past....!

As always I hope this post finds you all WELL & HAPPY....! 

I've had this post in my draft file for a while & while I'm ITCHING to share my BIG NEWS with you, I'm a little under the weather so I thought I'd set this one free into the blogisphere & come back with my news when I'm feeling more like my old self....

Today I thought I'd share with you my LOVE of Vintage Leather Suitcases....!

I have vintage suitcases stashed ALL over the place....All styles & sizes ranging from the BEAUTIES you see below, to brown cardboard Globites, hard creamy canvas ones with stripes right through to retro vinyl overnight bags....I think my FAVES though would have to be my leather ones....There is just somethin' SERIOUSLY SEXY about their battered exteriors that I can relate to....hahahahaha....

This SWEETIE is a recent Hard Rubbish find....Isn't he GORGEOUS....  :o)
This HANDSOME fella was also a HR find from a couple of years ago....!
This AWESOME piece is a French suitcase & was a gift from Mr SVJ last Christmas....!
This little fella was a gift from a vendor at the market who wouldn't take any money for it 'cause the latches wouldn't catch....??
And this precious guy was also found in the HR around a year ago....!
Together....They form a tower of DELICIOUSNESS that makes my heart SING whenever my eyes rest upon them....!!!!!
Each one tells a story of hopes & dreams & distant lands once travelled....The scuffs & stains whisper to me of another life lived....I LOVE the way the old leather smells....I ADORE each & every one & could NEVER imagine parting with ANY of them....!!!!!

Do you have a leather suitcase collection....?  I'd LOVE to see them if you do....?

Wherever you are, whatever you're doing....I hope you're having a FAB day....!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)


  1. These make my heart sing too! I don't have any leather ones but I have a collection of the old striped ones. I can't believe you found so many of them in the trash!!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Oh yes! I have about five leather I think and a collection of about 15/16ish. All used for storing my linens etc.

  3. Nice collection!! I have a small collection of suite cases, not leather. They hold my extra junk/stuff :)
    I hope you feel better soon.

  4. Oh my dear Tamarah, I hope you are feeling better. I looooooove your vintage leather suitcases and I would love a pile of hem just like yours. I don't own any but I am determined to start collecting them. xx

  5. Love, love, love...the wear, the stickers, the initials...perfection! They look like they were meant to be fact that last picture in your post is begging to be framed :)
    Hope you're feeling better soon! Laurel

  6. oh my girl...*beautiful*!! i think i'm feeling a tad bit jealous too!! ;0) *wink*
    i've tried to talk the husband into suitcases but he keeps rolling his eyeballs...sheesh....

    prairie XO,

  7. Thank you soooooooo! much for your bid and including the sidebar!!
    I'm chuffed you like the bunting enough to bid on it as well as being willing to support the cause ;)

  8. Wow! What a fantastic collection. I have an old cardboard suitcase and a wood trunk that my hubby rescued from the HR council pick up. Only problem I have with them is the old musty smell. How do you get rid of yours? I want to store linens in them, but haven't yet cos I don't my linens to smell like the cases.

  9. Hello Dear Girl...I've just read your last two posts...Can't believe what happened with your "not Coolant"...:-( hope you are OK.
    Love these suitcases!! beauties!!
    And THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for the beautiful clock you sent me...I did a post on it...nto sure if you saw it...but I just about died when I opened that box!!
    Again...hope you are feeling better soon!
    Tammy :-)

  10. It always amazes me what you find in the HR. We pay good money for that kind of thing around here. Lovely collection.


  11. I only wish I had a vintage suitcase collection! I've always loved them but don't come across them very often (at least in my neck of the woods). Your collection is beautiful! :)

  12. must.stop.drooling.

    I have maybe 29 suitcases, but still....

  13. First I have to tell you I call myself the "keeper of the cr@p"! That I own suitcases? Does the caged bird sing? Seriously, I love the leather ones and I also look for cream or white ones. Cat Daddy is a fool for luggage. One Warrenton we had a stack of about 25 and it was amazing!
    My favorite set I hoo! It was a matching leather set made by Hartmann from the 50's. Some things are just too good to keep...ya know?
    Hope you get to feeling better toot sweet!

  14. oh yes I sure do have lots of them. Actually that one with the JAC on the lid, I used to have one just like that with dodgy latches. Hmmmm, I think we may well be swapping vintage treasures via other people lol!
    Have a few ideas as to what your big news is, I await with baited breath (or send me an email woman and let me know earlier!!!)

  15. Oh how I love your suitcase collection. It is fabulous! I have a leather covered steamer trunk!! Very cool...unfortunately the leather is peeling off now. It is very old! But I still love it!
    And yes I am having a fab day as well!

  16. Hi Tamarah,
    Seeing those old suitcases makes me want to take a long voyage to some place warm.

    Second Hand Chicks

  17. I just left a comment on another blog about her suitcases, where I said I need to get me some more suitcases. I will take your post as confirmation that yes indeed I do NEED to get more suitcases!

    Feel better real soon. I'm excited to hear your news!

  18. Happy Friday- I am no longer blogging myself (as you might well know) but I am following a hand full of blogs (you are at the top of my list) so in answer to your question although I do not collect old suitcases I do have one which came from my Auntie who passed over many years ago. It is from the early 1900s and she used it when she went on all her holidays so it is a special item in my heart.
    Beverley x

  19. Pack up your troubles (and your random stuff).. in your old suitcases. They are spectacular photographed and I bet even better to gaze upon. Mostly I love all the tones of brown on brown.

    Thanks for visiting me and leaving me a lovely, rewarding trail of comment. Felt like Hansel... or maybe Gretel....

  20. Those are just beautiful! My parents used to have some that looked a lot like your middle suitcase. I wonder what happened to them? I have one old suitcase~it's kind of a rough linen with a fake croc skin inset on both sides. I'm always looking for more.

    I hope you're feeling better soon!

  21. Love your collection...I just found a great Hartmann at a local estate sale. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I also am a collector of said suitcases and old school ones.I took a photo of most of them awhile ago for a blog post and now MUST do one about them you have inspired me.I was drooling over yours tho lol.

  23. I too have a vintage suitcase collection but of the striped variety. I counted 8 of them around the house today. I use a couple of them in the bedroom to give the too-short nightstands a little height. Now what's this about BIG NEWS? :-)

  24. I've just started collecting old suitcases and just seem to fall in love everytime I look at them. They are a favorite in my scrapbook room!

  25. These are all beauties, I don't see many leather ones. Your collection is FAB!

  26. Hey Tamarah!
    Just to let you know that my Auction to raise money for the victims of the Queensland Floods is over and yours was the winning bid for item 2 - the Purple Bunting. AU$30.00
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
    If you would please go to

    to make your donation and then visit me with your receipt number and an address, I will have your 'prize' in the mail as soon as I can :)
    Contact me at

    Warmest wishes and thanks once again, Irene x

  27. Hi dear Tamarah!!!! what is this big news? I'm so curious!!!! And I also love vintage leather suitcases! I don't have any, but I want to buy 2 of them for my hallway!!!

  28. Tamarah, I hope you haven't been sick all this time, boo, hiss. Been wondering about your big news.

    But meanwhile, I've been awarded with a Stylish Blogger Award and I'm passing it on to you. Please check out my most recent post to see about accepting and passing it on. Totally up to you if you choose to participate, or not, this post was hard and alot of work, took me all weekend to get my thoughts together! As Uncle Ben in Spiderman says, "With great power, comes great responsibility." Ha!

    Anyway, just wanted you to know, in case you didn't already, I really enjoy your blog.

  29. Almost missed this wonderful eye candy post! Love all your great suitcases! Hope you are feeling better, Tamarah!

  30. I see I'm not the only one hoping that all is well with you......give us an update when you get a chance!


  31. hello, i'm new to this blog and i just wanted to say that i love it! i also bought my very first vintage suitcase and i love it! i hope to come up with a tower like yours someday.

  32. just posted a blog about some luggage i got at auction yesterday...i have a newfound weakness for all things luggage:)