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Any good place to buy luggage near Worcester?
I last purchased new luggage in 1995. That was in a mad rush because Xylogics decided to send me to the UK office for a week, and the only bags I had were ancient hand-me-downs and beat to hell. So I bought the first set of bags I could find, on the company dime. The bag I use most often I received from GTE Internetworking as part of winning the "President's Award" in 1998 for my job performance. In other words, my bags are starting to wear out. I rather like the free bag - it is a long fabric roller bag, just big enough for about a week's worth of stuff. But it is frayed around the edges, and the extending handle is only held together with electrical tape. The bags I purchased (at Sears IIRC) are fairing a bit better, since I don't use them as much, but the largest one tossed a wheel so it doesn't really roll anymore so much as skid along and fall over. I use that for longer trips - like the two week trip I have coming up.

Anyway, I want to get some new bags. I'm not looking for anything fancy, just well made and not stupidly expensive. I don't travel a lot, I usually fly just 3-4 times a year and maybe a few shorter trips by car, so I don't need uber-luggage that that will survive constant road-warrior use.

I would also like to get a rolling bag for my laptop. Since I don't travel a lot, and my laptop is my main machine, I have a 'desk note' - big and heavy. The laptop is generally my only carry-on (well, and my CPAP now), so I also stuff my iPod, Treo, and anything else into the bag, along with any books, etc, for the plane. I've found that carrying that on my shoulder around airports gets real old, real fast. And with the CPAP to carry, it is very unwieldy. The CPAP case has one of those straps on the back, designed to slip over the extended handle of a rolling bag. So I figure I can kill two birds with one stone - get a rolling laptop case and use it to transport the CPAP as well.

But, since I haven't purchased luggage in 12 years, I don't even know if there is a good luggage store around here. So, people who shop, where should I look? I'd consider buying online, but for something like this I'd like to get a look at the bag to make sure it is what I'd really like. And I leave on my next trip on the 17th, so I'd like to get the bags before then.


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solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: February 5th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Uh, I got my suitcase at Sears at the Solomon Pond Mall. That's probably as good as anything...
sze From: sze Date: February 5th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
i don't know shopping places near where you live but i highly recommend a samsonite. i got it at a samsonite factory store. i have a hard case and it's very functional (lots of meaningful compartments) and sturdy. i love it.
sciroccoguy From: sciroccoguy Date: February 5th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
What he said, in both cases. If you can find a Samsonite Company Store, the prices are REALLY good. They well both Samsonite and their Lower-priced American Tourister line, which is what I got. You can even find a luggage kit there, where you get a set of bags for some great price. Mine have held up well to 'Road Warrior' work for almost two years now, since I travel for work about a week out of every month on average. You can also shop online for them, I think.
sze From: sze Date: February 5th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
that would be "what she said" ;)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 5th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
He must not have seen your photos, or he'd never make that mistake. ;-)
qedrakmar From: qedrakmar Date: February 5th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
There's some luggage store in Solomon Pond, across from where Suncoast until recently was. I recall they were a bit pricey, but it also might have been that I was looking for something cheap... Either way, it'd give you a specific store to look at.

Oh yeah, and Sears is there...
buran From: buran Date: February 5th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I got a Jansport bag at a local luggage place in the mall, just last month, because MY handmedown was getting beat to hell. It's not very formal, is ina playful turquoise-blue color, but it was $75 compared to other bags the place had that were $200 and up for a carryon bag. It also is extendible and has two compartments on the outside.
thekimmer From: thekimmer Date: February 5th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Macy's Home Store at the Auburn mall has some good stuff and if you open a store card you get 15% off. I've also gone to TJ Maxx and Marshalls and found nice carry on bags.
hnybny From: hnybny Date: February 5th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It might be worth driving to the Wrentham outlets for the American Tourister/Samsonite stores. Otherwise, I agree that TJ Maxx or Marshalls might be good for affordable name brands.
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: February 6th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I used to buy at Filene's which is now Macy's. They generally have good stuff. Sears is another good bet, but if you're looking for quality, head to Macy's.