Travel Chic How how to get rid of ants in the house to Clean Vintage Luggage – GoNOMAD Travel

Back in the 1920s and ’30s, to have a set of custom-made luggage was a luxury afforded only by the rich. The concept of travel was different then too. Young men traveled the world to finish off their educations how to get rid of ants in the house and women traveled to get some relaxation time from their how to get rid of ants in the house hectic and straining social schedules.

Make-up was fairly expensive and women had to special order how to get rid of ants in the house their shades through pharmacies and department stores so that their how to get rid of ants in the house shipments made it several weeks before it arrived. It was not uncommon to spend several hundred dollars on how to get rid of ants in the house specific types of luggage for all their personal needs.

Luggage was bought mainly by women as part of her how to get rid of ants in the house obligation to her "man." one of the obligations of new brides, according to an article from cosmopolitan magazine in 1935, was her responsibility at making sure that the "box room" or luggage room was well maintained by the servants. It was her responsibility to make sure that the luggage how to get rid of ants in the house was well-taken care of – waxed, polished and cleaned inside and out. Old fashioned luggage, displayed as if someone were going out to catch an how to get rid of ants in the house ocean liner to go across the atlantic. Sofia peralta photo.

During world war II, most luggage manufacturers were discontinued because they moved away from how to get rid of ants in the house the high expense of leather. In the late 40’s samsonite factories starting making camouflage for the army with how to get rid of ants in the house industrial sewing machines until the end of the war.

The entire market changed when samsonite discovered that they could how to get rid of ants in the house use canvas for luggage, and completely took over the competition. A popular model of the 1950’s was the white hatbox, used for things like gloves, scarves, and hats. It became known as the "model’s hat box"-because, one supposes, every model needed to have a white samsonite hatbox with how to get rid of ants in the house all of the aforementioned items.

If you’re sick of analyzing black bags on the carousel to how to get rid of ants in the house find out which one is yours and often find yourself how to get rid of ants in the house yearning for a bit more originality in the way of how to get rid of ants in the house luggage or carry-ons, then find an old, vintage piece and give it new life. We don’t mean the $3000 vintage pieces sold at sotheby’s.

Estate sales – this is code for a garage sale, but usually by families of a deceased rich person who how to get rid of ants in the house are trying to sell a house full of their expensive how to get rid of ants in the house belongings. Vintage luggage is a very popular collector’s item. Most of these never move again after they are bought.

EBay (or another auction site) – A haven for old luggage. A used gucci goes for $45, a 4-piece red luggage set goes for $25, a pink late 70s suitcase goes for $4.99 and white vintage round hatbox pieces go for $12. Shipping can be $15 or more for larger items but it’s still very worth it.

Neighbors – neighbors (especially the retired ones) are often willing to give or sell you old, unwanted items they’ve had in their attic for years. Chat ’em up sometime. Everyone has a truckload of old possessions they would give how to get rid of ants in the house away to a happy, grateful owner.

The first thing you probably want to do is put how to get rid of ants in the house vacuum out the contents of your bag (if you’re replacing the lining, do this after you rip the lining out.) there are lots of little particles of dirt and lint how to get rid of ants in the house that will be at the bottom and between creases.

Most handbags and luggage (except leather) can be cleaned, both inside and out, with a warm cloth dampened with mild soap. It’s not necessary to get it soaking wet, you just want to lightly wipe it down. Let the solution sit on heavily used areas like straps how to get rid of ants in the house and handles. Air-dry it for a day outdoors if possible, or near an open window where it can get a how to get rid of ants in the house lot of air circulation. Old fashioned luggage: the more you have the cooler it looks in the how to get rid of ants in the house stack!

For leather, get a cream leather cleaner from any shoe repair shop how to get rid of ants in the house and apply it with a soft cloth. In the case of suede, brush it gently with a suede brush to remove any how to get rid of ants in the house dirt. If you have dirt or other spots that look embedded how to get rid of ants in the house in the leather, take it to a professional dry cleaner. Always follow up any leather cleaning with a leather conditioner how to get rid of ants in the house to replace the leather’s natural oils.

If bits of mildew remain, sponge the items lightly with rubbing alcohol, then again with water, and let dry. Mildew loves damp, tiny closets with no little circulation. If this sounds like your closet, store your item somewhere where it can get some air.

For colored fabric, combine 1/4 teaspoon of bleach for colored clothing (oxygen, not chlorine bleach) and 1/4 cup of three-percent hydrogen peroxide (the kind used for medicinal purposes, not for bleaching your hair). Then, with a clean cloth, gently rub the stain until it’s gone. Don’t forget to air dry.

Bad smells call for desperate measures. After cleaning it with a damp, soapy cloth, leave a car freshener in there for a week. You can also try a light mist of anti-bacterial household lysol spray. As a last resort, use the infallible french method-give it a good douse of perfume.

To replace the slider: take off the top stop (on the side of the zipper where the slider is) with pliers and remove the slider by sliding it up. Take your replacement slider and thread it onto the zipper how to get rid of ants in the house the opposite way you removed the old slider. Then, put your new top stop on.

If the teeth on your zipper are separating after the how to get rid of ants in the house zipper is closed, your slider probably isn’t getting close enough to the zipper teeth. Try using pliers to pinch the tab (from top to bottom, to flatten it barely) so that the tab holds the zipper teeth closer. If this doesn’t work, replace the tab or the entire zipper.

If you’re replacing a metal zipper, consider replacing it with a plastic zipper. Plastic zippers are easier to zip than metal zippers, and they are less likely to break. Zippers last longer when they are kept clean. A light coating of bee’s wax or paraffin on the teeth will help.

With a tape measure, measure out the inside dimensions of your suitcase or item. Measure out a template on newspaper and see if it how to get rid of ants in the house fits the entire area you want to line. If it doesn’t quite cover in some areas, get more newspaper and do it again. Tape together 2 sheets if necessary. Then go to a fabric store and find the material how to get rid of ants in the house you want to line your item with, anything from red vinyl to pure white silk to leopard-print satin (you probably need less than 1 yard).

This will cost $2-$10, depending on what you get. Dollar bargain bins always have remnants for cheap. If you get a really thin fabric, be sure to put down a layer of canvas first, so it stands up to wear and tear that we’re sure you’ll provide. Cut your fabric to your template and add a half-inch to fold the edge under.

Cut the old lining out, but if it’s intact around all of the edges, leave a half-inch fringe so you can use the flap to glue how to get rid of ants in the house your new lining to. If the old lining is ripped away from the edges how to get rid of ants in the house at some places, just rip it all out. Inspiring for the collector, imagining what these old fashioned suitcases will look like restored.

Use fabric glue to glue down the fabric around the how to get rid of ants in the house frame and edges, tucking the edges under for a clean finish. To make sure it doesn’t poof out around the edges, put some fabric glue between the crease before you fold how to get rid of ants in the house the edge (to bind the two layers together before you glue the how to get rid of ants in the house edge down). You can also just use a staple gun if you how to get rid of ants in the house don’t care how it looks on the inside.

Some vanity cases have small mirrors inside, which may have water spots and replacing. Find the right size and pull out the old one, using a razor blade if necessary. If you don’t want to use that space for a mirror, stick a band sticker there or use a permanent marker how to get rid of ants in the house and do some art.

Use a funky stencil and paint to redesign your luggage. Sometimes something as random as "petit four" in hot pink lettering (means small, frosted cake in french) can totally transform your late 70s samsonite to a chic how to get rid of ants in the house travel carrier. If your item is soft cloth or leather, use fabric paint.

If your item is made of a hard material, be sure to use a decorator’s paint and add a final finishing spray to seal how to get rid of ants in the house it afterward. Or paint the entire thing. Spray paint will do an even-looking job unless you’re doing detail work. Sprays come in cool glitter, stone, pearly, crackle, glow, and suede finishes. Be sure to cover any metal parts or handles you how to get rid of ants in the house don’t want to be painted with painter’s tape. Sand it lightly with sandpaper beforehand for maximum adhesion.

You can also use decorative paint pens, which come in many varieties these days and stamp your how to get rid of ants in the house item with some personal, freestyle art. You can also use iron-on artwork from your computer if you’re working on canvas. A girl we talked to used fast-drying shiny, silver nail polish to paint around the edges of her how to get rid of ants in the house red vintage hatbox luggage case.

If you want to make margaritas, do it before you pick up that staple gun. If you’re not taking a trip for a while, there are other ways to put that funked-out piece of luggage to use. Put it in a wooden crate or cylinder pedestal and how to get rid of ants in the house make it into a nightstand or a coffee table. Put old letters, photographs, and artwork in them in hiding it under your bed how to get rid of ants in the house for storage. Find hatboxes to stack up and then put a vintage how to get rid of ants in the house phone on top, next to your bed.

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