Estate Sale Finds - A $5 Tumi Messenger Bag Worth $300

Estate Sale Finds - A $5 Tumi Messenger Bag Worth $300

If you like old things, then you know estate sales are a great place to find treasures. Lately, I've been going to estate sales on the hunt for leather that needs to be restored. 

On a recent trip, I found a rustic and vintage Tumi messenger bag. The bag was well worn and had clearly enjoyed years of use and adventures.

I wasn't familiar with the brand, but after doing some research, I learned that Tumi is a travel luggage company started in 1975 by Charlie Clifford after a stint in the Peace Corps in Peru.

tumi leather messenger bag

I'm not sure the exact date of this bag, but it's seems to be one of their earlier models and is rare.

The bag had been neglected and was dried out but since it was made from quality leather I was confident it could be restored. There were plenty of scuffs and scrapes from years of use. If no one bought it, its future was probably a landfill

However, it still had life. 

leather briefcase     leather briefcase

After applying one coat of our Leather N Rich, the scuffs and scrapes have been covered up and the rich color of the leather restored.

Through normal wear and tear, oils in the leather are lost causing the leather to become dried out and stiff.

Our Leather N Rich is designed to restore the oils that are put in during the tanning process to keep the leather hydrated and healthy. 

leather briefcase     leather briefcase

After looking online, this style of bag is being resold for $100-$300. You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to own quality leather goods. 

Bag: $5

Leather N Rich: $10

Restore and reuse your leather goods. Don't replace them. 


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