Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
My first time I went to the SF Signature Store I went with my friend Melissa. I was going to pick up a Cargo Sling in Yellow Bird for my Mom. When we got there the woman was super nice and helped me find the bag. When I looked at it, it was huge! I sent my mom a picture of it so that she could see how big it was. I asked the woman if they had anything similar that would not be as big and she recommended on the On the Go. The On the Go was the perfect size, so that was what I ended up getting for my mom. She still uses that bag a lot. I don’t remember if I bought a bag for myself or not. I do know that I got the Hugs and Kisses Photo Album (what a cute name!) in Raspberry Fizz for myself and one in Yellow Bird for my mom. It was a special price if you were making a purchase. Oops, I just remembered that the Hugs and Kisses Photo Album isn’t on the list of all my items. I didn’t come across it when I was getting all of that stuff together, so make my total number 113.
This was the day that Melissa finally came around and started liking Vera Bradley. Much like my sister, she was a little slow to like it. She bought her first pieces that day. But more on that later. I am still waiting for her to send me a picture and then I will write up about her and her Vera.
The store in SF also has some of the nicest employees. Actually I have never come across a VB employee I didn’t like. They are all so friendly. That is what makes shopping at one so great! I have even called up there to order stuff and have it mailed to San Diego. Sometimes if they are running a special in store promotion I will call up to order. Lately I have been ordered from Glendale though, because I can get it the next day if I order it early enough in the day before FedEx Ground picks up. Haha, I can’t believe I know that.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
The one thing we realized that all of Erin’s Veras have in common, is that they aren’t quilted! Vera Bradley quilts almost all of their items and Erin’s collection is strictly non-quilted. There are only a couple of other items I can think of that aren’t quilted like the Quickstep Wallet and the Ditty Bag, but I think that I will wait a while until I try to buy her any more Vera. We have come a long way since the summer! I am so glad all the girls in the fam like Vera!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Look how small the blue one is! I can’t believe I bought something that fit in there! Must have been a LONG time ago, because I don’t recall what I would have purchased that was that small or that I had the restraint to only buy something that small.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A few things didn’t make it into the picture, like the shopper tote that was in the car, the water bottles, a thing of mints in my desk at work and two ribbon boards that I didn’t feel like taking off the wall.
Some of it was a gift with purchase, some were gifts and most of them were on sale. I think that I probably have enough Vera to last me a while. I am always tempted to buy new bags, but I think that since I am not that excited about the summer colors anyways so it will be easy to wait a while. I am going to get that yoga mat though!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Well, I never imagined I would say this, but maybe I have enough Vera. (Gasp) Since I started writing the blog I have been taking pictures of my bags to post, so I have been going though all my Vera and it made me finally think that maybe that I don't need any new Vera for a while. I have never counted all of my Vera because I didn’t want to know how much I really had, but maybe it is time. I know that my collection is probably small compared to some people’s, but everyone has a point when they have more than they can use. I have always tried to buy new bags and new colors to not have too many duplicates. I think the only items I have multiples of are the Tote, Gabby, Ditty Bag, Zip ID case and Zip Sunglass Case and by multiples I mean two in different colors. Maybe if I have enough time this afternoon I will try to lay it all out to count and take a picture. I also keep the tags for all my stuff, I could count those real quick probably. I can’t believe this day has come.
PS. Even though I say I don't think that I am going to get anything for a while, I think that I am going to get the Yoga Mat when it comes out. Does anyone have any idea how much they are going to charge for it?
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The colors are always so fun and bright. I have Loves Me, Hope Garden, Pinwheel Pink and Pink Elephants.
Zip Sunglass Case
Ribbon Board, not pictured
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The picture is of me and my Mom at the end of the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk. You will see that I have my Vera Bradley Pink Cupcakes lanyard on! VB is always with me!
The new colors look really pretty, but none of them really stand out to me or make me want to go buy them next week, which is actually a good thing, because I don’t know how much more Vera my bank account can handle. I think that I will have to get something in Night and Day though, because it will be nice to have a black and white bag. One thing that I have heard about VB bags with a lot of white on them like Mediterranean White and Hope Garden is that they put something like Scotch Guard on there to help keep them looking nice and clean.
Another thing that I am really looking forward to is a yoga mat! I know they will be in the spring colors and I really want one in Loves Me. I think that they are coming out around the same time, but I am not 100% sure.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
PS. I heard Pleated Totes are going to be the special on Friday, only $35. Plus you can use code save20sale and save 20%.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I am so excited my new Vera Bradley stuff arrived today! I got such a good deal on it, so Mom, don’t worry that I am spending too much!
First off everything was 25% off. Then I had a coupon for $25 off any purchase over $100. And lastly I was able to get the Quickstep Wallet for $15, which was what put me over the $100.
Here is what I got:
4 Cupcakes Green Placemats
4 Cupcakes Green Napkins
Cupcakes Green Turn Lock Wallet
Cupcakes Pink Notebook
Poppy Field Quickstep Wallet
I am so excited because I have always wanted placemats. Cupcakes Green goes with my blue plates, so I had been waiting for them to go on sale. The wallets that I have are the smaller ones like the taxi wallet, which I don’t think make good everyday wallets, so I am excited to have a Vera Bradley wallet that I can use all the time.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Well it only took one and Amber was hooked. Her first purchase she made herself was Zip ID Case in Night Owl. Since then she has purchased a Zip ID Case and Laptop Portfolio in Pirouette.
About a month ago Amber called because she had just signed up to sell Pampered Chef and she was looking for a VB apron to wear to her parties. We had seen them at the Sacramento signature store back in December. I happened to be on my way from the LA Kings hockey game to the signature store in Glendale. So I told her I would see if they had any there. In the mean time I called a couple of stores in San Diego that I have purchased VB from and she called ALL the stores in Sacramento to see if they had one. No one had any aprons. When I got to the signature store in Glendale they said that they had been out since they had put them on clearance in December. They will come out with aprons again for Mother’s Day. Amber couldn’t wait that long, but was able to find one on ebay.
Amber was just at the Sacramento signature store about a week ago and picked up a couple more VB items. She took her coworker Melissa with her. Melissa had never been before and she ended up buying a Curling Iron Cover. (See I told you it was a good first item!) The woman at the store even gave them each a free Card Holder since Amber recruited a new VB fan!
And since Amber let me blog about her I am going to include a link to her Pampered Chef page. Happy cooking! http://www.pamperedchef.biz/amberf
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Vera Bradley sighting in Pacific Beach, maybe. Could be an imposter, I haven't seen this print before, but it is the Betsy style. Will check it out when I get home.
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Update: Ahh, darn it, I was fooled! I looked up the print and I can’t find it on the VB website. Guess that’s what I get for looking for VB sightings after champagne brunch.
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Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Right now you can get free shipping on all online orders over $75 until March 17th.
Next week in stores they will be offering Patchwork Quickstep Wallet. It is $15 with any purchase and will be available from March 15th to March 29th. It will be in all 4 of the spring colors. I am going to get one in Poppy Fields! I am such a sucker for a gift with purchase!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Once I started buying Vera on ebay I realized that there is a pretty big market for reselling it. At first I couldn’t imagine selling any of my bags! I also started looking on craigslist, but in San Diego there are never very many listed. One time I was lucky enough to find a Cupcakes Pink Villager for $5! I was shocked. That bag retails for $72. I emailed them right away and was able to purchase it. It was quite an adventure picking it up. It was in a rough part of town that I had never been too. The way that I knew for sure it was bad part of town was that there was a pit bull in the front yard. Nothing says welcome like a pit bull. The bag is just like new. She maybe used it a couple of times. The Villager is not really my style so I decided to list it on ebay to see how much I could make. It sold for $33! Pretty good deal!
So I decided to keep looking to see if I could find any other great deals. I was feeling pretty limited by the listings in San Diego and I have a few really good friends in San Francisco so I decided to look on the craigslist up there. Well sure enough I found a Piccadilly Plum Large Duffel in like new condition for $20. I knew there was a high demand for Piccadilly Plum so I asked my friend Melissa to pick it up for me. On her lunch break she had to go across town to pick it up, what a trooper! I went up to visit SF later that month and picked up the bag. When I got home I listed it on ebay immediately and it sold for $61!
Those are the only bags I have purchased off of craigslist, but I still keep a look out for good deals. Although now I just look in San Diego, so that I am not tempted to send Melissa on a lunchtime adventure to pick up bags for me.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
One other thing that I like besides Vera Bradley is scrapbooking! When I was scrapbooking my trip to Vera Bradley I couldn’t find any paper to go with the page, so I tried to recreate Raspberry Fizz myself. It isn’t a perfect match, but it was fun to do! Plus we took pictures of the water bottles they gave us!
Just read online that Cupcakes Pink and Cupcakes Green will go on sale tomorrow! 25% off everything in those colors!
<< There is a picture of me and my sister in Hawaii with my Cupcakes Green Large Tic Tac Tote
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
- They are fun! I love the patterns and colors!
- They are made out of cotton, so they are super light. Load them up with as much stuff as you want and I bet they are lighter than any other bag you use.
- They have so many pockets! Each bag has about 3 slip in pockets on the inside along with a zipper pocket. Some have more or less, but the point is, there is a place for all of your stuff. Everything is nice and organized.
- They aren’t expensive compared to designer bags. Almost all of the bags are under $100! Most range from $30 to $80.
- There is something for everyone. There are so many styles and colors to pick from. Even my friends who at first said that Vera Bradley wasn’t for them have been able to find at least one color or style that they really like.
Here is a picture of my Alice purse in Loves Me. It is a new color and style for the spring. It has 7 slip in pockets and a zipper pocket. Love it!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
In the past Vera Bradley has combined the different patterns that were released that season all together to create their patchwork. I haven’t been too fond of them because the patterns don't always go that well together. Plus people already tell me my bags are crazy and colorful, well just imagine 4 patterns all mashed together. Well this season they got it right! They combined the main outside print with the coordinating pattern that lines the inside of the bag! The combination is amazing! They always have a great coordinating pattern on the inside and now it is on display for everyone to see. I bought the Charleston Tote in Poppy fields and I am totally in love with it!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Vera Bradley also make the same pattern with the pansies, but in yellow and blue instead of pink and it was called Katherine. I also bought a Little Betsy in that pattern, but lets face it. I am pale and have a hard time pulling off yellow.
Monday, March 1, 2010
I walked into the store and a woman who worked there greeted me. She asked me if she can help me find something in particular. I told her that I was looking for a Vera Bradley Villager in a blue/aqua color. She walked me over to where they keep the Vera Bradley bags. Wow! I have never seen anything like this! There are shelves covered in bright colorful bags. There are soooo many to choose from. I could have never found the bag I was looking for without the woman’s help. But they are out of the Villager! Oh no, what is a girl to do? Well, thank goodness the woman I was speaking with seemed to know everything there was to know about these bags. She recommended a Vera tote because it was a little larger than the Villager and would hold all of the things that my mom wanted to carry. She even showed me how the bag could be flipped inside out. Wow, who knew these bags were so fun?! So then I started looking around and I come across an accessory that seems to fit in my budget. It was a Curling Iron Cover in Sherbet. I have never needed to cover on my hot curling iron before, but all of a sudden I just feel the need to own a piece of Vera myself. I decided to buy the Vera in Bermuda Blue for my mom along with a Double Eyeglass Case. And finally my very own Curling Iron Cover in Sherbet! My first Vera!