02 February 2016

Free For All Tuesday No. 261

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  1. When the year is over, do you keep your record of the last year? If so, how? What do you keep and for how long?

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    1. I use redundant organisers for storage. Although I've now streamlined a lot of older stuff, I've kept all my year planners and key information leaves from when I started using ring-bound in the late 1980's.

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  3. When the year is over I put everything in an old Doc Martens shoebox. I keep everything. Too many times I've had to go back and verify an appointment was kept, get an old phone number or address, or confirm I did indeed talk to so and so. Most recent example: We lost track of just when we adopted our cat and lovebirds. I went back to my 8 and 9 year old calendars to find the dates. The birds went back 10 years. (Now annotated on my computer.)

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  4. Read a blog post recently where the author wrote about how she switches out her planner every couple of weeks. She said she gets bored. Another mentioned she'll swap out to match her nail polish. (Not exactly sure if that was a joke.) For those that switch planners regularly, does this distract you at all from the planning/organizing aspect of planners? Is it any different from changing handbags or satchels to fit with what you are doing?

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    1. I do not switch binders. I am using my Franklin pocket one for a few years. What is curious about this topic is the need for people that switch binders to often explain the reasons. They also discuss activities in which they do not partake. I would not discuss stickers or decorating pages if I am not involved in those ways.

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    2. I am interested in viewing different types of leather, pocket configuration, and size of binder rings as people have discussed on this site in switching binders. I am not so interested in reasons that pertain to seasons, mood, and boredom. Perhaps many others want to hear those reasons.

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  5. I tend to switch out binders every couple of weeks too as the mood strikes me. Since I am just moving my pages from one to the other, there's really no change/distraction on the planning aspect. I designed my own pages and I made several different versions of them (Different colors with a few images) but since the layout is the same, it's not an issue to switch either and keeps me from getting bored with my pages.

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  6. Hi,

    I wish I could post a pic. I have a vintage filofax satchel / briefcase that I cannot find anywhere. It is dark blue with a gray or lilac color trim. It measures 16" wide and is 13" in height. It is expandable so it expands in depth from 1.5" to 4". It is a locking case that is marked filofax in the brass or gold plated flap fastener. On the back of this fastener it is marked CHENEY ENGLAND. The inside of case is marked REAL CALF 40113. There are 2 leather belt straps that wrap completely around the case and buckles in front. I wish I could post pictures, but there you go! This is not a new case! It is most likely from the 80's but it could possibly be the 90's. There is also a chance that this case pre-dates the 80's. I just don't know! Any help with it would be greatly appreciated! Where was it made? When was it made? Is it as rare as I think it is? What model or line is it? Any ideal of value? The reason I am asking about vale is, this case has a damaged fastening belt and I do not have the key to the lock. I just want to see if it is financially possible to restore it based upon my current investment in it. Please help! If there is a way to post pictures here, please advise me on how to do so. Thanks to you all! Let the replies begin!

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    1. Luggage items only started to appear in the standard product range relatively recently. If I were asked to guess, this sounds like a non-standard, perhaps promotional type of item from the end of the 1980s or early 90s. But it's hard to be sure.
      Uploading some images to the Philofaxy group on Flickr might help.

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  7. Hi gmax,

    I hope this flickr link works! Here is the link to photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/139029179@N05/shares/2WV76u

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    1. Yes I was able to see the photos thanks Marvin.
      It looks like a nice item.
      The letter "f" in an oval seemed to start being used around 1993, so I think that indicates the earliest it would likely have been produced.
      The lock says Cheney as you mentioned, which seems likely to be the English company C W Cheney. They called in the receivers in January 2001 after a pension scandal. I think the business was then taken over, but 2000 might be a realistic guess at the latest date your case would have been made.

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    2. Thank you so much! I have a date range now 1993-2000. Now if only I could get a specific model. Is it a satchel, briefcase, attache case, documents case or messenger? Is it as rare as it seems to be? And finally, what would the value of one be today? I am asking the value because I want to know if it makes financial sense to have a new leather belt strap made to repair the broken one? If I could finally get these last questions answered, I would have everything I need to know. Thanks gmax for all of your help!

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    3. I would call it a briefcase Marvin. I doubt you'd easily find another the same, but I guess the value would be much as comparable cases of other makes. Is it worth repairing? I'd say the answer is yes if you like it.

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    4. Thank you so much! I appreciate all of your help. I will check into having it repaired today. After that, the skies the limit! Thank you again, and "Keep Philing"

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