Giveaway :: Pikula Bags

Monday, June 25, 2012

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One of the greatest pastimes of my youth was rifling through my mom’s purse. Most specifically, her wallet held the most allure. It was like unlocking a treasure chest from a pirate ship, full of important documents and weathered photos and gum wrappers and receipts from what was, surely, an epic afternoon at the drugstore. I would take each item out, fingering one thing after the other gently and methodically, and reorganize the whole shebang. (I still can’t believe she let me do this repeatedly, although I’m sure it was more to keep me quiet than anything else!) To this day, I have a borderline obsessive fascination with wallets and struggle constantly with finding the perfect fit.

Pikula Bags has become my new benchmark for the perfectly designed wallet (and handbag). Maja Yogev handcrafts stunning bags, clutches and wallets from top to bottom. Yogev’s impeccable aesthetic invokes a vintage feel with a modern edge and each piece is the type that stands the test of time through trends and mass market over-saturation. From the gorgeous and functional large bags (this grey number is divine!) to the clutch frame wallets, every single one of these pieces is designed to become a staple of your wardrobe. Besides, look at the way the sun shimmers when you’re holding one of these bags. We all deserve a bag that makes us shine.

Pikula Bags is giving away one Pink Herringbone Berry Large Wallet to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Monday, July 2nd. Comments now closed…good luck!
 What is the greatest treasure hiding in your wallet?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, July 9th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Summer says:

    I have a little lock of hair from my 3 year old son’s last hair cut. It was a perfect little curl, and I picked it up and wrapped it in a tissue without too much thought. It’s been in there for a few months now. I haven’t taken it out because every time I open my wallet I see the tissue and it makes me smile.

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    heather f says:

    Not many treasures in my wallet, but my wallet itself is a treasure. my daughter gave it to me for christmas. I love the color and style!

  3. 3
    Beverly says:

    The greatest treasure is a small piece of paper with a drawing interpreting “summertime Chicago” that my boyfriend drew for me years ago. It’s on a piece of paper that used to hold disposable chopsticks when we ordered sushi on a particularly rough winter evening. The picture always reminds me to look forward to things to come, and always makes me think of my boyfriend!

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    Lauren says:

    When my now-husband and I were first dating, we wrote lists of what we love about each other. I’ve always kept his list to me folded and tucked safely in my wallet. Some of my favorites: #6 You hate camping and #17 Pinkies have character.

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    Jessica says:

    My ‘Charm Card’. Charm cards are cards loaded with fare for any public transportation in Baltimore and Washington DC. They are independence in the form of plastic!

  6. 6
    Juliet Farmer says:

    a ticket stub for my first date with my husband–an  Adam Sandler flick 🙂

  7. 7
    Courtney says:

    A gift card to Michaels. Wheeeee!

  8. 8
    kim g says:

    A rock…well not just any rock…it is a rock that my now almost 17yr old daughter found on our walk when she was 3…this little rock was her gift to me..and to this day its in a very special place in my wallet….it makes me smile 🙂

  9. 9
    Katie B says:

    My debit card that is for my account. While my husband and I have a joint account, we each have our own separate account to do with what we want. No question – just independence! Hello new shoes!

  10. 10
    Kristin says:

    I keep coins and currency from various travels in my wallet… it reminds me every time I go to buy something or pull out cash of two things: 1) Travel often and 2) Save for travel

  11. 11
    Kate B says:

    I have a crystal cross in the change area of my wallet. I bought it 12 years ago when I visited Washington DC with my choir group. I was going to attend school there in the fall, and this ended up being the souvenir I treasured most from that last trip with my high school friends (purchased at the National Basilica, which was on my college’s campus). I wore that cross off and on through the years. When my cheap silver chain got broken by a friend’s dog, my then-boyfriend-now-husband bought me a white gold replacement chain as my first birthday gift from him. When it came time to pick a necklace for our wedding, I eyed several beautiful options, but decided that my chain and cross were a connection to several things I hold dear and that was my choice. When the finding broke and it couldn’t be attached to a chain anymore (I haven’t been able to find a replacement I like quiiiite well enough, an ordinary jump ring doesn’t seem right), I put it in my wallet so I could see it when I pull out change.

    That cross is part of so many phases of my life. It is a connection to my faith, to my high school friends, to college, to my husband, to our wedding. He recently bought me a replacement cross made of jade while on a work trip to Guatemala, but I will never get rid of my beautiful little crystal cross.

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    Stephanie C says:

    I have a small collection of movie ticket stubs in my wallet… I’m not even sure how it started. I can’t bring myself to throw them out now though, especially because they take up no space!

  13. 13
    Meg T says:

    When we were first married, my husband gave me a little coin purse with a scrap of paper in it that read, ” a purse for you. and a promise it will never be empty. thank you for being on this journey with me!” Pretty bold promise from my young groom. But here we are nine years later and I have never been hungry or without a roof over my head : ) I treasure this paper and its scribbled promise.

  14. 14
    Leigh says:

    It is my wallet! And I need a new one, please!

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    Lucy Reiser says:

    I’m notorious for having odd trinkets scattered about my purse. Like the map of Greece I just pulled out by accident instead of my checkbook… But as for my wallet, the greatest treasure I can find at the moment has got to be a tie between the 500 Kenyan shillings (almost a 6 dollar value) leftover from a recent trip abroad, and a coupon to the craft store. Can’t beat Kenya and crafts!

  16. 16

    A picture of my husband and a small silver charm my mom gave me right before she passed

  17. 17
    Suzi C says:

    One of the scan photos from when I was pregnant with my (now 21month old) daughter. I was told my chances of conceiving were slim without IVF (one day- as I was only 18) due to PCOS and Endometriosis; but there she was. 

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    Katja says:

    My wallet is so big and there is a lot of things. But the greatest treasure are photos from my boyfriend, family and friends. And of course: my credit card 😀

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    Maya says:

    What I have in my wallet, which is very important and I really try not to lose, is an actual part of the wallet’s zipper – the metal part you pull to open the wallet. It’s been inside the coin compartment for 3 years now.
    I say to myself: someday I will fix it, but I never get to do it. So I open the wallet very slowly with my finger nails each time.
    Maybe some day it will be fixed 🙂 Or I’ll just change a wallet…

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    Alex says:

    I carry a small seashell from my trip in Greece 🙂

  21. 21
    Tara H says:

    A special edition Breast Cancer awareness quarter. It reminds me to be grateful and appreciative of life.

  22. 22
    Morana alma Mia says:

    Pictures and old photos of family, Friends, pets and all my lovers….

  23. 23
    Anna Z says:

    The greatest treasury in my wallet is the picture of myself that I REALLY like, that was taken during period in my life when I did amazing things. It works great and encourages me during grey periods of my life!

  24. 24
    Jessminda says:

    the money i’ve earned doing what i love! 

  25. 25
    Laney says:

    I just got me a sah-weet new wallet so the treasurs is the wallet itself! It’s a gorgeous mustard leather. Sometimes, I take it out of my purse just to smell the brand new leather. Sunshine wallet!

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    Kellie says:

    Right now the greatest thing in there are some gift cards I still haven’t used, fun time shopping ahead! However, my husband carries a sweet treasure – a former boss’s business card. They were very close and she passed away suddenly years ago, he definitely treasures it.

  27. 27
    jane says:

    the most precious things in my wallet were a handful of neoprints (sticker booth photos) of my classmates and i that we took in our school uniforms right after graduation, as well as an encouragement card from my churchmates. i say “were” because they’re all gone now since my wallet got stolen :'(

  28. 28
    Sarah says:

    The greatest treasure hiding in my wallet is my “emergency fund”… just a simple $20 tucked away out of sight (and out of mind) so I don’t spend it unless I REALLY NEED it. Not a huge bounty, but a treasure when it’s needed.

  29. 29
    sam says:

    The greatest treasure in my wallet would be my Serenity Prayer card given to me by a friend when I was going through a difficult time. Its often stuck between receipts and other stuff but when I see it reminds me to take it easy and one thing at time. 

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    Ana M says:

    I have a stone with a cross and a heart engraved on it given to me by my mom. Reminds me that I’m loved and blessed.

  31. 31
    Jennifer says:

    a note from my husband that he wrote on a holiday inn stationary while i was asleep when we were visiting my family a few years ago. 

    the note read: “My wife is beautiful.”

    what a wonderful way to wake up.

  32. 32
    Tiffany says:

    my wallet is very small so there’s not much in it..but the most meaningful thing in it is probaby my starbucks gold card, because it took me a while to earn it and it reminds me of the fun times i had when i used to work there!

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    Alicia says:

    My wallet holds my new Washington State driver’s license. I just moved away from my family and friends for the first time in my life and its been a big, scary, exciting adventure living in Seattle with my boyfriend.

  34. 34
    Loretta says:

    My wallet has many library cards! I love reading and get one as soon as I move to a new city. I can think of at least 5…

  35. 35
    melanie says:

    A letter from my Mom, just writing to say she loves me. Also, a list from my therapist, of all the reasons I should be loved.

  36. 36
    Jennifer says:

    I just searched my entire wallet for a treasure of any kind and came up with nothing: some gift cards, coupons, 82 cents, my ID, debt card, and a train pass from 2008.

  37. 37
    Lucy W. says:

    I wish I could say something exotic or valuable… but right now, “treasures” include my new chapstick and student ID!

  38. 38
    KHBride says:

    A picture of my late mother. I think she looks like an angel in it. She was about my age when the picture was taken and I love to have it close to me. I also keep an old card I found from her. 

  39. 39
    Mojca says:

    The greatest treasure hiding in my wallet: library cards, giving me access to infinite book-riches and knowledge.

  40. 40
    Sovica Oka says:

    The greatest treasure in my wallet is the “lucky dollar” – 1 dollar banknote, which gave me my grandmother and she got it from her mum (my grand-grandmother). It’s very very old!

  41. 41
    Lindsay says:

    My guy’s high school senior portrait!

    It always makes me smile/laugh because he looks so very serious – and terribly pensive. Makes my heart happy to see that face from quite awhile back now!

  42. 42

    A letter from my aunt who passed away before I was able to open it. I’ll read it one day.

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    AmyB says:

    My 1 1/2 year old son gave me a flower on our walk the other day. It was the first time he gave me an independent gift. I tucked it away between a couple business cards to eventually add to his baby book. So sweet!

  44. 44
    Polina says:

    I keep 10 rubles in my wallet..this piece of my home land is always with me..even if i am far far away..it is the picture of my hometown on this banknote.

  45. 45
    Jessica says:

    My Luas ticket from Dublin. It reminds me of the semester I spent there and how it will always be the best time of my life.

  46. 46
    Tina_R says:

    The very last picture that was taken of my mom. It embodies her perfectly. She’s looking up from a book she’s reading and laughing. She just passed away unexpectedly on Mother’s Day. So this picture is very very precious to me. She touched an amazing amount of lives and I’ve been blessed to have been her daughter..

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    matilda says:

    just discovred your sunny blog and it’s a nice surpirese!

    well I’am a big , big, fan of Maya’s bags…theyare beutiful in the real world as on the photos. and I’m admiring this one for a while…

    in my little wallet I don’t have a lot (my purses and bags are “on minimum”), but sometimes I store in it my little Pentax …

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    Katie Hanchinamani says:

    My current wallet has become the insert that matches my diaper bag 🙂 therefore my most prized item is my coffee card, and it becomes even more valuable when get my free coffee! 🙂 

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    Nicole H says:

    My husband and I were young when we started dating…16 in fact.  I had dreams of traveling to specific destinations all over.  For my 18th birthday he wrote down my list, and laid out a plan to hit those destinations that meant so much to me.  10 years later we’ve accomplished a great amount of that list.  Keeping that piece of paper in my wallet reminds me I married a man who helps me accomplish my dreams