FABchic For Cheap Double Edition: Boots and Bags

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You would have to have been living under a rock if you don’t know that the ankle boot is trending majorly this fall. Ankle boots/shoe boots/booties are in every fashion magazine, blog… just EVERYWHERE.

Last week I stopped by a few stores on my way home from the gym looking for FABfinds. While I have a slue of ankle boots in my closet from years gone by, it never hurts for a gal to have a new pair of shoes!

Near my gym, is what I call my “budget corridor.” There is a strip mall area with a TJ Maxx *FABfave,* Marshall’s, Steinmart, DSW, and a Ross. Since I stop by the TJ Maxx and Marshall’s every other day, I chose to go to Ross.

Of all of the stores in my bargain corridor, Ross is my least favorite because of its presentation. It’s usually not neat and reminds me of a junk shoppe. I go by there every now and then. When I do, I make a b-line straight to the shoe section. Saturday was my lucky day because I scored those black suede stiletto ankle boots for *insert drum roll here* $18.99! I already have several ensembles in mind to rock with them and I canNOT wait!

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After snatching up theses shoes, my handbag rep, Rebecca from Macy’s, called me a about a robin blue Coach bag that I had inquired about. The style is the medium Candace Carryall in the Legacy leather. It retails for $398. Rebecca told me that there was one left in Texas. She provided me with a sku, the phone number to a store in another city, and a discount code. I was able to snag this bag for UNDER $200! *Thanks Rebecca* I’m alway telling people to get a contact person at your FABfave handbag stores. The sales reps work on commission a lot of the times and are happy to give you the heads up on sales, discounts, availability, and more. A little effort is worth it! Note to self: Write a thank you note to Rebecca.<~Yes, the 'Thank You' note… hand written. Just do it! 🙂

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Really Emma Fox?

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This past weekend was tax free in Texas. While on the hunt for bargains, I came across one of my FABfaves… A black version of my Emma Fox fold over tote. This bag retails for $298, but I snagged it for $129.99. Cha-Ching!

I have this same handbag in a soft mustard color. I get compliments every time I carry it. One thing that did not dawn on me, for some reason, was the fact that neither bag came with a dust bag. All of my other brand name bags came with one, but not these.

“Perhaps it’s because I purchased them at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s,” was was my first thought. Then I did a quick Google search and came across many posts, comments, etc. about Emma Fox bags not coming with a dust bag. *gasps* What tha? All of my better quality bags have dust bags… from my LV bags, to my Gucci bags, to my Michael Kors and Dooney & Burke bags to even my BeBe and Coach bags. Emma Fox, this is unacceptable!

My brain immediately started to click. I went online to eBay and wholesaler websites in search of dust bags not only for my Emma Fox bags, but any bag in my closet that did not have one. I could not believe what I was seeing. Dust bags from $10 each to over $50 each. I was not paying that. I found myself getting pissed that Emma Fox did not provide me with a dust bag for my $298/$129.99 investment. Really Emma Fox?

My next thought was to make some. But by the time I purchase fabric, string to draw it close, and thread for my sewing machine, I may as well buy the ones I saw online. Then the light bulb in my head turned on… and quite brightly might I add. It’s back to school time, which means that places like Target and Walmart would be selling laundry bags for around $5 or so. But who would sell a laundry bag that’s on the small side and not too thick or heavy? Dollar Tree! I went today on my launch break and this is what I found:

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This bag came in beige, blue, and burgundy. I opted for the beige. After all they were cheap and I was not sure if the color would bleed onto other things in my closet, not to mention my handbags. I also was not sure of the size, but for $1 each, I bought all of the beige ones that I saw.

This is what the bag looks like out of the package. It even has an outer slip pocket, which I thought was nice.

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This is what the bag looks like with my black Emma Fox handbag inside:

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I am very pleased with these “dust bags.” These low quality, draw string laundry bags with the outer slip pocket worked out perfectly. This is a very inexpensive way to protect my investment. And to think that my coworker suggested pillowcases… which would have worked, but pillowcases don’t have a drawstring closure. This is better!