A while back I decided I needed a new handbag and went to my old favorite, Dooney & Bourke. This company officially started selling handbags in 1982, and they were WONDERFUL. Handmade in America from high-quality leather, lots of great detail and sold around $200-$300. They weren't trying to set fashion trends, they were just trying to make good bags that would be beautiful because of their materials and the way they were made, and they would last a LIFETIME. Anyway, around the year 2000 D&B's ideals (and staff) changed and they started making their bags in China. They were a little less expensive and A LOT simpler; many of them are just two rectangles sewn together with a strap, and the "design feature" is just the zipper closure. No more fancy contrasting trim, no more duck emblem. I longed for the Dooney of old. Then I went to Ebay and all those other resellers websites and found people selling these forgotten and forlorn Dooneys. I bought one and found out I could refurbish it myself! First you wash the bag inside and out, vacuum it, clean with soap and solvents as necessary. Then it's time to polish the brass (it can ALL look like new!) and clean and condition the leather. And by the time you are done, you've got a GREAT reconditioned bag that is ready for years and years of use. And if you take good care of it, you can hand it down to future generations. Because as the old saying goes, "They don't make them like they used to."