Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The Gift of Thrift: Hooch for the Holidays
My friend Aimée Morris may seem all sweet and innocent on the outside, but snap open the hooch bag I gave her for the holidays and that image may be dashed straight away!
I found this marvelous bag at a thrift store that was going out of business -- its price knocked down to a couple of dollars. I was attracted to its caramel coloring, its matching suede insets and the intricate metal work around its clasped opening. This thrift-store treasure could have lived comfortably among a collection of fancy Miu Miu bags, but instead it hung unceremoniously on a pole among beach totes and plastic purses.
Just like Aimée – demure with delicate features – the bag is the perfect foil for a tempting pile of contraband: miniature bottles of booze, sinful chocolate half dollars and rolls of mints emblazoned with fake $500 bills. But for Aimée’s true sweet side, I added a package of Boscia California Orange blotting linens, a container of Ole Henriksen black currant complexion oil and a tube of DKNY Be Delicious lip balm.
So watch out boys! Aimée’s ready to whoop it up in the New Year with a minibar to-go, a bag of chocolate delights and a beauty touch-up kit all wrapped up in one hooch bag!
Here’s to tons of hoochie-coochie in 2009!
In May 2009, Clarkson Potter will publish my book, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Pre-order now on www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.