Friday, January 16, 2009

The Gift of Thrift: Hooch to Go!

When Monalda4's headband entrepreneur Bonnie Friedman's birthday rolled around, I decided that she deserved one of my signature Hooch Bags for those days she's feeling a little devilish. So to help her celebrate with a touch of sin, I selected a Housing Works-find baguette encrusted with sequins and beads, filled it full of vodka and gold chocolate coins, and plopped the whole thing in a vintage Fendi shopping bag.

The eye-catching shopping bag alone was a show stopper as it garnered envious looks from well-heeled young women as it traveled in my possession in the subway to the locale of Bonnie's birthday gathering. Gawkers must have been wondering what fabulous luxury items this guy was carrying in his gleaming yellow bag ... just a little thrift store bag hooched up to the max awaiting one of sweet Bonnie's bad-girl moments.

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 and


Dahlia Adler said...

Got bored at work and with all of the media turnover, I decided to Google see what my old bosses at Maxim were up to and stumbled upon this blog post...(I was Bonnie's and your intern in the fall of 2006)...this bag is absolutely gorgeous, and the little stuffings are positively inspired--I may have to "borrow" this idea in the future! Can't wait to buy your book when it comes out and see what other stunning bits and pieces you've discovered over the years! Warmest regards and best of luck with the new book...Dahlia

Life As g said...

Oh how I wish I were your friend.... :)

The Elegant Thrifter said...

Greta, you are my friend. Email me your address.

Anonymous said...

LOVING my gift from you Mr. Williams! You are always coming up with fabulous ideas - keep them coming and we will all stay inspired!