As I was going through my morning flash sale site routine yesterday . . . Gilt Groupe (still hopelessly addicted I’m afraid!) One Kings Lane, etc., I happen to stumble across the sale I have been dutifully waiting for as long as OKL has been in existence. One King’s Lane is currently hosting an entire Taste Maker Tag Sale (which ends in one day and 7 hrs. as I write this) chock full of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage, many pieces of which are beauteous, century old steamer trunks. When I clicked through to said sale I almost fell off my chair when I spied the incredible selection laid out before me, only a click away from ownership . . . It took a great deal of restraint to keep me from clicking and buying clicking and buying . . .
Now, I have been on the hunt for a vintage Louis Steamer trunk for as long as I can remember, the pièce de résistance for my little collection of vintage LV luggage. More than a few years back, this collection of sorts started off with the happenstance purchase of a lovely LV suitcase, which you might recognize from one of my very first In The Seams posts. It was such a great buy that I simply couldn’t pass it up. Very lucky for me that I was able to take it off the hands of someone who didn’t quite know the value what they had. A while later I stumbled across a delightful duffel on eBay, perfect for weekend trips (again, a great deal I wasn’t quite looking for . . . perhaps that is the secret ingredient!) Since, then, however, it’s been all down hill in my hunt for the big gun.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that there aren’t beauteous, perfectly aged LV trunks out there. It’s just that they are all so crazy expensive. No matter where they originate from – a pricey antique shop on Portobello Rd. in London, a flea market in Oakland or Paris, an auction house in New Orleans – said lovelies always have incredibly high price tags attached. So, you see, I have been on a treasure hunt of sorts. I am determined, no matter how unrealistic this quest has become, to find one hidden away, undiscovered by the other LV coveting masses, in a flea market, estate sale or auction house. Perhaps it will be a bit more beat up than the rest (with more character and history!) but it will be lacking the $10,000 and up price tag that is always attached to an LV trunk.
Now back to the potential coup of the OKL sale. You can imagine how thrilled I was to find a bevy of perfectly aged LV trunks on this site of all sites. OKL being OKL it is supposed to offer lovely home goods and beauteous antiques at up to 70% off. Of course it was all too good to be true. Sadly, in the case of these particular vintage items the quoted retail prices listed, were most definitely inflated, quite a bit inflated, in fact. So not fair!!
Screen Shots From Said Sale To Give You An Idea Of Selection And Price:
For an LV trunk $30,000 – $40,000 is most def. on the outrageous side. These puppies do cost a pretty penny but I promise you that they can be acquired, on eBay for instance, for anywhere from $5,000 – $15,000. Not that this price range is affordable per se, but, it is a tad bit more realistic than paying the price of a brand new car.
Sadly OKL will not be the answer to my LV trunk dilemma, as I once dreamed it could be; and, my efforts to acquire said coveted item have been thwarted yet again. Unless of course a little Christmas elf out there has other plans, hint hint .
One day, I tell you though, the LV steamer trunk will be mine!!
My ultimate goal with said lovely is to use it as a coffee table; or, if I happen to win the lottery someday, to collect a whole, fabulous set of luggage and pile it high!
Don’t They Look Dreamy:
In The Seams
(All pics via Pinterest)