|Pictured here: Grand Traveler, Back Pack, Squared Away,|
Wristlet, Gallery Wallet, Tablet Case, Checkbook Cover,
Euro Wallet, Large Cosmetic Case, Hanging Toiletry
My problem started about a year ago. It's called "verabradleyitis".
I have always heard about Vera Bradley. I had admired the bags and purses, but always thought it wasn't for me. I mean all those bold prints and colors...nope I could never pull that off. So, I was over at Amy's and she showed me her new bag. I really liked the quality and the styling. She encouraged me to get myself a piece. I think my comment back to her was something like, "I don't think I could carry a bag like that, being so colorful." She looked at me and responded, "Why not?".
So I started thinking, why not? I started browsing the website and took the plunge. The first piece I ordered was a wristlet. The print was Java Blue, a nice chocolate brown and blue, pretty neutral. Then I ordered a check book cover. The rest is history.
I started gifting coin purses, lunch boxes, totes, and handbags. I even turned my mom onto a really nice purse. For her birthday this year we gave her the matching wallet and eye glass case. Every person who receives something as a gift is always so appreciative.
So why do I like this company so much. Well, the prints and colors have really grown on me. I'm no longer afraid of the "boldness". I also like that fact I can wash most of the items. I am really hard on bags, so the fact I can throw them in the washing machine is quite fabulous. Finally, I like the wide range of product line. Everything from bags and accessories to luggage and party ware. Love, love, love it!
The picture above, is the small collection I have started over the past year. My mother-in-law put a halt on anymore Vera purchases for myself from now until Christmas. I wonder what I'm getting?? Funny enough, I received an email from my sister-in-law, Tracy, today showing me which Vera bag she would like for Christmas this year.
My last piece of advice when shopping Vera Bradley: NEVER PAY FULL PRICE! Shop online during sales, and check out the selection on QVC for special items. If you are lucky enough to have a Vera Bradley dealer in your town, shop the discounted items, which are normally older colors.