Shabby Chic or a Relic??

John and I had back-to-back wellness visits with our doctor, and I was rushing around to get ready. I reasoned it would be good to carry a pocketbook. I would dump my phone, camera, and wallet in it, so that I wouldn’t have the extra weight in my pockets when getting on the scales. I was wearing a green striped top. I remembered I had a green purse on the shelf that I hadn’t carried since we moved here six years ago. I grabbed it, threw in the three essential items, and rushed out. I’m glad I didn’t really look at it as I got in the car. I would have died a thousand deaths.

Both of us were pronounced healthy, although there was no guarantee we wouldn’t drop dead at the door. Everything was a bit strange. We called from the parking lot to let them know we were there, and the assistant unlocked the door and motioned us inside. I did not have a mask and was given one immediately. There were clear plastic sheets hanging around the reception area. My mask was fogged up, and I could barely see where I was going. Other than that, everything was normal. On the way out, I sat down to finish filling out paperwork. As I fished for my insurance cards, I saw the outside of the green pocketbook. Aaauuugggghhhh! It was a ragged mess!

Had anyone noticed? I had no idea. I remembered writing a post recently, and someone commented that what I called retro could have been called “shabby chic”. I put the purse down at home, removed the contents, and noticed green shredded pieces all around it. I had been out in the world, littering green bits everywhere. That’s when I noticed a brand name on it, which I read as Relic.

My accessory was not shabby chic, it was a bona fide relic!

When the photo was enlarged on the computer screen, I saw it might be Pelic. I’m sure you’d agree that Relic makes a better story.

49 thoughts on “Shabby Chic or a Relic??

  1. Had a good laugh Anne! It’s happened to me more times I care to remember ie going out in eg trousers with great big tear or as often happens wearing clothes inside out.

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  2. This made me laugh, and also remember something similar…I might have even blogged about it at some time too. I had a pair of boots, same kind of material. Little did I know that the back of them split apart at the seam just like your purse. Of course, I wore them to church before I noticed this had happened. I don’t know what brand they were, but they were definitely a relic.

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  3. That’s hilarious! It does appear to say Relic and not Pelic though. Ha. So funny. So glad we felines don’t have to use accessories. What a mess. We just lick and go. No fuss no muss no mishaps. I’m sure the C-virus saved you as you were pretty isolated from other people. Funny though.

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    1. You are right, Suki. Cats have it made. You may be doing the same thing as my purse, though. You may be shedding all over the place. When I pet the cat who sometimes walks with us, clumps of fur come off on my hand.

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  4. We have to wear masks everywhere. I had my wellness visit and the doc and I both had masks on. Somehow I find communicating that way more work. Maybe it’s because my hearing isn’t great and I depend on reading lips too. The only time I change purses in from summer to winter and back again. I did a major cleanout last year. I don’t buy new ones often but when I do the old one doesn’t seem to make it out of my closet. I had like 15 purses and I only use 3 or 4 of them. Besides the ones I use regularly I kept one or two small crossbody ones for concerts (which I rarely go to these days) and donated all the others. One may have made the trash. It wasn’t quite as ratty as your Relic but it was worn.

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  5. I’ve yet to venture out of our house for anything normal, although it sounds like your doc visit wasn’t normal. I’ll be putting off mine for a long time. Not a fan of them to begin with. I like your purse. It’s not shabby, it’s loved.

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  6. That is a funny story. I used to like wearing purses back when I got dressed up and now only keep one small one and use it once a year when I go to the eye doctor to take the old pair of glasses that they use the frames for and I have glasses that darken outside and are sturdier. The ones I wear all day are very light. I hate the masks fogging up the glasses and it was bad enough in cold weather, but now it is happening in hot/humid weather too. I was discussing the problem with Laurie (Meditations in Motion) as her husband has the same dilemma as he wears glasses. I read to use paper tape to “seal” around the top of the mask, but not tried that yet, just read it the other day. A few years ago, I went through all my clothes, purses and shoes … I was NOT amused to find that all the sitting had contributed to pants not fitting as well, and all the walking in wide walking shoes and sitting in Minnetonka moccasins all day had made my feet spread. I tried on my dress pumps and flats and suddenly they were all tight. One pair of flats, almost the same color as your purse, with a cream and beige insert had been bought at the end of a Summer. It was an unusual color combo but they were comfy so I bought them. I put them on and walked down the hall on the carpet. On walking back the other way there were what appeared to be cookie crumbs and the shoes felt wobbly – the heels had disintegrated and fallen apart from underneath the shoes – I have never heard of that before.

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      1. I know. I one time walked down the street in a gored wide longish skirt with a flowy half slip. The elastic must have been loose and I was trying to get to the bus on time and was walking quickly down the street and next thing I knew the slip was sliding down and went to the ground. I stepped out of it. Then ran home to get another one. I was at the Park and the string broke in my sweatpants and I had to hold onto them to finish walking and walk home. Clothing malfunctions!

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  7. This was a good one Anne!!
    I will never forget one of the first Sundays Lar and I took our new born son to church. As we were sitting there I realized I had my sweater on backwards! Fortunately we were sitting in the back in the “baby benches”. I took that newborn to the bathroom to “change his diaper” when in reality I went so I could get myself dressed properly.

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  8. There is a fashion brand named RELIC that does handbags and watches so the PELIC was definitely deceiving! Your sense of humor is the best! I laughed out loud.

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    1. Thanks for laughing. I laugh at myself all the time, because I am constantly misreading things. Getting old is amusing. Eyesight, hearing, and connections to the brain don’t work as well as they used to.

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      1. Your ‘connections’ all seem to be working great through your writings! You have a wonderful ability to share your life happenings in relatable and often humorous ways.

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  9. Relic DOES make a better story. What is “Pelic”? Short for “Pelican”? I had a similar experience at the doctor’s office for my yearly checkup recently. Without the purse part of the story, though. 🙂

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  10. Last time I was at the doctor’s I had to let a woman my age know her pants still had the stickers on the legs. She was grateful since she had further errands. When I saw Pelic I immediately thought of all the knock-off designer bags for sale in NYC.

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    1. If the manufacturer was trying to lure me in with the name, the ploy failed. I bought the purse because I liked it. Poor thing. It had been sitting on the shelf deteriorating for years, and I didn’t realize it.

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  11. A great story Anne. It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself. Last night I did something that I have to laugh about too. We have two windows side by side in our bedroom. For the last couple of years we have only opened one of them when the weather is warm and sometimes we put a fan in it to help cool things down. Yesterday I noticed that Ranger had put a hole in the screen so last night before going to bed I told my husband that he would need to repair it. I then said until then we should keep that window closed and open the other one. He agreed that would be a good stop-gap until he repaired the screen. Just before we got into bed I closed the first window and opened the second one just a few inches. This morning when I got up and opened the curtains I realized there was no screen at all in the open window. Oops! LOL!
    Glad to hear you are both healthy!

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