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 www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.