Today I’m just sharing my love of my Fossil Austin Large Flap bag. This isn’t a sponsored post. Though, if Fossil wanted to be a sponsor, I’d be happy to oblige.
I have very high expectations when it comes to purses, and the Fossil Austin Large Flap bag has exceeded them all. (If you’ve read about the best brown leather tote you can buy, then you know this already.) The Fossil Austin Large Flap bag has been a workhorse for me. It’s perfect for taking to work, or for going to a concert. It can hold a wallet, keys, a phone, and any other essential item you need — like a planner.
I came by my Fossil Austin Large Flap bag in a roundabout way. On a day when some friends came down to Norman for lunch, we decided to hit up Ross. I saw the bag first thing. It wasn’t with the others, but rather sitting up by a register. I was immediately pissed off because I assumed someone was buying it. But all throughout the shopping trip, I’d look up to see the bag was still there.Are you a leather fondler? Click To Tweet
I picked it up, and fondled it. I love good leather, and the Fossil Austin Large Flap bag is made of some of the best of it. Sure, it was a little battered from being kicked around a Ross store, but nothing a little love couldn’t fix. The only issue was there was no price tag, but there was a security tag.
I snagged a cashier and asked her how much it was. She snagged a manager, who told me the bag was $125. For an all leather bag, that’s not too bad a price. (Especially since the actual price of the Fossil Austin Large Flap bag is $198.) But the bag was still scratched up, so I asked if they had another in stock. No go. The Fossil Austin Large Flap is a rare bird indeed.
This is the point where my friends were all like, “Um, you’re not going to buy that, are you?” They’re all Coach whores. Let them carry their bags made of cloth with a few leather accents. (Leather, I may add, that has been dyed within an inch of its life.) I firmly believe that if your bag isn’t 100% leather, it’s not worth it. And the Fossil Austin Large Flap is 100% leather. Seriously. It doesn’t even have a lining.
Anyway, I looked the manager in the eye and said, “Will you take $100 since it’s damaged?”
I’m Persian. This is what we do when we shop.
And, since I’m writing about how this is the best purse I’ve ever owned, best believe that the manager of that Ross took that offer. (You can literally barter anywhere. And you absolutely should.)
I took the bag home, and bought some Kiwi brand mink oil. I massaged the bag a couple of nights and let the oil set in. Then, after a week, those scratches were gone. This probably also helped a lot with softening the really stiff leather of the Fossil Austin Large Flap. And I’ve been wearing it ever since. This bag has followed me through my second master’s degree and two terrible jobs. It’s gone to concerts, countless shopping trips, and a couple of vacations. And I plan to keep on bringing it with me wherever I go.
About a year ago, one of the little twisty knobs that secures the flap to the bag came off, but I stitched it right up. And, well, about a week ago, the other twisty nob came off, so it looks like I’m gonna have to get out my sewing kit again.
But I’m totally fine with that. Like I said, the Fossil Austin Large Flap is the best purse I bought. And I’m going to keep it forever.What's the best purse you've ever bought? Click To Tweet
What about you? What’s the best purse you’ve ever bought? Any tried and true tactics for bartering at Ross?