ModDiva – Sophisticated & Funky Fabric Handbags

ModDiva    (Currently on location at the Westfield UTC Mall)

Hien Truong,  Designer

Phone#  1-800-275-5931

Tonite I was strolling thru the Westfield UTC mall in San Diego– no plans to buy anything just enjoying the evening. I was pleasantly surprised to find a kiosk called ModDiva displaying some fabulous vintage inspired bags and accessories.  Actually, I needed one more gift for my Mom so this was a good find!  I purchased the wristlet for $15 and also got a free key chain with purchase.  (I continue to try to down-size which is why I only bought one thing– however, after scanning thru the ModDiva website I’m pretty sure I’ll be returning for a messenger bag. Will post photos on that later.)  Here is a sample of what they offer:

Wristlets– These bright and funky colored wristlets are fabulous when you want to travel light.  All of the wristlets have a zippered closure, are fully lined on the inside and machine washable.  They have an alligator clip strap so you can easily wear them around your wrist.  Starting at just $15 it’s a great deal when you consider the wristlets are unique and handmade by ModDiva.

Bird Seed Mint GreenWristlet- Bird Seed Mint Green – $14.95 (sale price)

Orchids RaspberryWristlet- Orchids Raspberry – $14.95 (sale price)

Fabric Handbag w / Double Straps - Fresh Start SpruceFabric Handbag w/ double straps – Fresh Start Spruce – $34.95

Handbags– ModDiva fabric handbags and accessories are handmade in the United States by the owner and her mother.  These items are modern and utilize the highest quality designer fabrics and workmanship.  These bags make fantastic gifts for friends and family.

Cosmetic Bags— These are great for storing cosmetics, diapers, pens and pencils, or supplies.  With a duck egg fabric lining, they are easy to clean.  Just toss these little makeup bags in the washing machine and lightly iron to bring it back to life.  This would make a great gift filled with bath and body products!

Cosmetic Bag  -  Birds On A Branch WhiteCosmetic Bag- Birds on a Branch White – $9.95

Cosmetic Bag  -  Flower Child Purple Cosmetic Bag- Flower Child Purple – $9.95

This company also produces cell phone and iPad cases, messenger bags and pillows. Like I said– will probably be going back for my own messenger bag or wristlet– who knows– perhaps both!  Happy Shopping! where YOU pick the prices!

Tonite I’m home doing some window shopping while I sit on the couch. How cool is that? I found this amazing site called  I can go thrift shopping from the comfort of my own home. is an internet auction site created, owned and operated by Goodwill of Orange County (Santa Ana, CA).   Participating Goodwill stores from all over the country offer items for auction- everything from antiques, art and clothing items.  Revenue from the auction sales help fund Goodwill’s training and job placement programs.

Here’s how to get started:

  • If you are already a registered user of, you can
    go straight to the auction listings.
  • If you are new to, use the buyer
    sign up to register and receive your personalized Buyer I.D. and Password.

Below is a vintage sheared mink stole priced at $16 (current bid)

Basically, it’s like any other shopping website, you choose the type of items you’re looking for and browse thru the photos.  The difference here is that you get to decide on the price!  Personally, I’ve bid for items on several occasions, it seems like I always get out-bid though. I’ve been told it’s good to wait until towards the end of the auction to place a bid though I’ve never tried this tactic.

Below are a few random items I found on the site tonite– Michael Kors handbag, ladies roller skates in size 7, pinball machine and a desk.  There are literally thousands of items.  I found a clarinet for $22, golf clubs for $5 and the 1991 Buick Century pictured below for $399 (current auction price).

How to Clean or Disinfect Vintage Shoes

How to Clean or Disinfect Vintage Shoes

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit
Vintage shoes can be so adorable if you pick them up from an auction or the thrift store but the thought of how clean they are might mar your joy. Give them a nice clean.


  1. Clean the outside of the shoes as with normal shoes, only with greater care. Dust first using a duster or clean, soft cloth. Use polish of a suitable color or leather cleaning solution. Leather conditioner is probably a great idea for vintage shoes, as the leather will be a lot older and have been exposed to aging for longer than recent shoes.
  2. Clean the inside of the shoes with a mixture of 1 part tea tree oil to 4 parts water. Dip a soft cleaning cloth into this solution and wipe through the shoe inner area, over the sole. If the toe is hard to reach, poke the cloth in with a stick, pencil, utensil end, etc. and swish it around. For particularly stubborn stains, wipe tea tree oil neat on the sole.
  3. Leave to air dry out of the sun. The tea tree oil will both clean and disinfect the shoe.
  4. Find an unused shoe box to keep the vintage shoes stored. They will last better if kept out of light and regularly conditioned.


  • Fabric shoes are much harder to care for; refer to the relevant fabric stain removal advice if you have stains to remove. Remember though, that the age of the shoes might make stain removal impossible and it might be better to consider a gentle dye.

Things You’ll Need

  • Vintage shoes
  • Shoe polish or cleaner
  • Leather conditioner
  • Soft cleaning cloths (duster optional)
  • Tea tree oil

Article provided by wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual.

Cleaning Vintage Items

  • Vintage clothing requires special care. Check first to see if the care tag survived. If it did,  follow the instructions to the letter.  Likely, the garment does not have a legible care tag, or if it was hand constructed, never came with one.
  • Determine what fabric the garment is made out of. If in doubt consult someone more knowledgeable or take it to a dry cleaner.
  • Hand washing is the safest option. Fill a clean sink or plastic tub with cold water for natural products like cotton and use warm water for synthetics like polyester.
  • Add gentle detergent. Brands to try–Ivory Snow, or Woolite. Use ¼ cup of powder, or one cap of liquid detergent for every gallon.
  • Gently scrub stains with an old toothbrush. If there are stubborn stains, OxiClean seems to work when cleaning vintage clothing. Create a paste to treat collars or underarm stains. Rub on and then cover with plastic wrap to hold the moisture in place for several days.
  • Rinse out all the soap. Drain the sink, or empty the plastic bin, refill with clean water and swish the item.  Gently rinse until no soap remains.
  • Dry your vintage clothing on racks instead of the dryer. If you do not have drying racks, lay out on clean white towels. Use another towel to blot up some of the moisture.
  • Machine washing is possible with certain vintage items. Heavier retro garments, cottons, denim and thick polyester can be put in the washer. If you decide to go this route, be sure to turn the item inside out first and use cool water. Vintage denim should always be washed in cold water.
  • When in doubt, dry clean. Vintage clothing made from suede, wool, velvet or an item with lots of decorative embellishments should be sent to a reputable dry cleaner-preferably one who specializes in vintage clothing.