December 19th, 2019
On My Mind

Don’t Just Stuff Stockings

When my friend returned a Birkin she’d borrowed, it was stuffed and in a dust bag — I should’ve taken note. Last week I pulled out the black clutch above only to discover that it had collapsed into itself from the weight of the frame. Said friend promptly sent me a Christie’s video on how to properly store a handbag. As I’m packing my closet, I’m also stuffing my bags (and boots).

Birkin images © Self Service


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  • Very proud of a recent recycling inspiration I had. I usually save the bubble wrap that arrives with every delicate and not so delicate package. But, didn’t have many uses for it until I realized it was perfect for stuffing stored handbags.

    JaneDecember 20th, 2019  6:43 AM

  • Bubble wrap is great but don’t forget all the extra tissue paper you will receive this season. It’s great for stuffing too.

    Lisa EastmanDecember 20th, 2019  7:20 AM

  • I bought some satiny, foldable stuffers for bags at The Container Store a while back. They come in a few sizes and have been a nice option for keeping bags in good shape in addition to tissue.

    MichelleDecember 20th, 2019  10:27 AM

  • Thank you for this reminder. I do try and use my cloth bags that come with shoes to stuff purses with. However, I am not always so good when then pulling the bag out in a rush and tossing said cloth bags all over the room and then restuffing when I am done. But great reminder.

    YasminDecember 20th, 2019  5:20 PM

  • I have routinely ‘stuffed’ handbags when not in use or for the off-season and if they are used infrequently, they definitely live in their dust bags. But plastic is definitely not the answer! Use a breathable natural fabric or fresh white tissue paper. Anything that is contact with plastic over time will ultimately yellow. Treat your handbags like shoes – you would never store a beautiful calfskin, suede, or patent shoe in a ziplock baggie, would you? Plastic is an enemy to almost all clothing storage issues, especially leather, fur, suede.

    PaulaDecember 21st, 2019  1:31 AM

  • Thank you for the video. I’ve resigned myself to the inevitable forward flop on my 35 Birkin, but I did find stuffing it and laying in on its side has helped. I’ve never used the cloth bag for storage but I’m going to start.

    LauraDecember 23rd, 2019  10:06 AM


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