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Thread: BUT it is not a Vera...grrrrrrr

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    BUT it is not a Vera...grrrrrrr

    I stopped at the Hallmark store and they had just rec'd their first shipment of Vera Bradley. I was carrying one of my bags that I made. I commented and complimented to the employee about the new Vera display. She started to do her sales pitch, as she should. I then smiled and showed her MY purse and I told her that I make my own purses. She quickly replied, "BUT, it is not a Vera!"

    A few minutes later as I was checking out, the store owner, who I know, complimented MY "Vera". I giggled and said, no ...I made my purse and she said, "nice"! Too funny! She will do well with Vera B. they were pretty and fun!

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    My husband and I were talking about this very thing (Vera Snobbery) yesterday - he said that hundreds of other women will be walking around with Veras exactly alike, but I'm the only woman in the entire world carrying a purse like mine! Sometimes he really does get me!!! Earlier in the day I had gone into a fabric store and the sales associate started to tell me where different things were located. Then she stopped and said, "I don't need to tell you, you've been here before...I recognize your purse!"

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    I have experienced that too, they didn't remember me, but my purse. LOL

    I think Vera Bradley is over rated.
    Jean in MI

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    I wanted to say that mine was one of a kind, not one of many. I found it funny actually.

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    I never heard of Vera Bradley. I'm sure your bag is lovely, and very likely better made than the shop bought one!
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    I had a similar experience a couple years ago...a clerk mistook my purse for a Vera. I am just a purse/bag freak...I like Vera's, I like the ones I make, and I like those I find other places. When I make my own purses/bags, I do want them to be quilted and to hold up well. I used a type of stuff in the last bag I made that is similar to 'headliner' used in automobiles. I got it at the LQS I go to. Very nice stuff.

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    When someone is a Vera snob, just tell them your bag is a" custom one of a kind" creation!!!

    Kat

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    Years ago I took a bag class called Not A Vera bag. Apparently to make a bag like a Vera you have to make 7 changes and that is what they did. It finally wore out and I've been meaning to make another but haven't.

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    What do you mean 'make 7 changes'? Do you have a picture?

    Quote Originally Posted by nancyw View Post
    Years ago I took a bag class called Not A Vera bag. Apparently to make a bag like a Vera you have to make 7 changes and that is what they did. It finally wore out and I've been meaning to make another but haven't.

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    What is a "Vera" bag? Maybe I'm just dumb, but I have never heard of them. I will take a "one of a kind" creation over a mass produced one, anyday.
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    My bag may not be a "Vera" but is is a "Debbie" and I like it better!
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    DH used my grocery totes the other the day, and the clerk (a man, no less) recognized the bags. He said, "Hey, I know your wife". We both got a good chuckle out of that.
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    Vera Bradly bags are a quilted type bag made with prequilted material.
    They are "pretty", but in my world, they do not have enough pockets, and are not functioanl enough for my taste.
    My Aunt tried to get me to buy one when I visted her last year, and quite frankly I would not pay the price for something I would not have liked or used.
    I made the "Professional tote" early last year and received many compliments on it.
    I don't have a photo, but I used a remnant yard of Laurel Burch, with complimentary fabrics, and added more pockets.
    As you all said, it was one of a kind, and I got so many compliments on my bag.

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    Ok, ladies, have to say a word of support for Vera! I had never had one, although I thought they were pretty, but got a set as a retirement gift a while back. Now if I'm going to buy a purse, that's what I buy, but only on sale through the outlet. I like them because I love lots of pockets-the one I'm using now has two on the front, a big zippered one on the back, and three open pockets and a zippered one on the inside. They are light weight and most are fully machine washable! Those of you who sew well make purses that are gorgeous, but mine turned out ok, but not like some of yours. I don't think I'm a Vera snob, NEVER say "its a VERA"- but I DO like them! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
    I stopped at the Hallmark store and they had just rec'd their first shipment of Vera Bradley. I was carrying one of my bags that I made. I commented and complimented to the employee about the new Vera display. She started to do her sales pitch, as she should. I then smiled and showed her MY purse and I told her that I make my own purses. She quickly replied, "BUT, it is not a Vera!"

    A few minutes later as I was checking out, the store owner, who I know, complimented MY "Vera". I giggled and said, no ...I made my purse and she said, "nice"! Too funny! She will do well with Vera B. they were pretty and fun!

    Sandy
    I have to admit vera bradley purses are made so well and very nice but just do not appeal to me...maybe just tooooo many of them around..like to see a pic of yours!

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    yep. She was a pioneer for marketed quilty accessories. i'm not going to fault her for that.
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    Vera Bags...

    I will no longer purchase her products. When she died last year and her daughter took over the company, she took over 800 American jobs to China. Greed is not good....we need to keep jobs here.

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    Years ago I bought my mother a Vera because the fabric had chickens and she always loved "Chicken Fabric"...I spent a fortune since I added a coin purse, key case, glasses case, make-up bag, etc. She said "Oh how cute! Did you make it?". still laughing and have to say I love purses but really don't care for VB much.
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    I had to go to google to see what Vera purses are. It looks to me like quilters created a trend and someone figured out how to make money from it. Way to go, quilters!! Keep on making those unique bags that Vera can't replicate.
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    I have had Vera B bags. The first one was a gift, the others I got used on Ebay. However, the first bag I made for myself was "The Professional Tote". I found that I loved making bags, and can customize them to suit myself. I still think Vera B bags are lovely and hold up well, but now I prefer to make my own.
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    I figured they were massed produced and not surprised concerning the manufacturing these days. I've never purchased her products, but I have nothing bad to say about her creativity. I can remember when she started out.
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    You should have said, "No, but it's a Sandy!"

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    I didn't know what a "Vera" was either. Looked at the web site. They are cute bags but I would make my own.

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    As the saying goes just because you work there doesn't mean you can afford the product. I know a few people who work there and I've never seen them carry VB products. One thing I would like to mention though the time it takes you to make your own version you can compare that to the price of a VB. Not that they would pay you that price but let's you know your's is worth as much or more because of the love you put into it.

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    Vera bags are nice but I love seeing the original ones made by quilters! They are always exciting and very special!
    Helen T.

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