I'm getting a head-start on my Postmaster General costume for Dragon*Con and am looking for a bag evocative of an old-fashioned postman's bag
. I will actually be using this bag to carry convention swag in it (plus it would probably be used for general carry), so it needs to be sturdy.
Repros and "vintage-inspired" new bags are fine, though I am having problems finding bags that are suitably large enough in size and simple in design (one big flap, no side pockets or extra buckles). I am good with restoring an actual antique, but can't do much beyond fix stitching and recondition the leather. Markings should be non-existent or subtle (a problem on most vintage USPS bags), as I want to mod the bag with an "Ankh-Morpork Post Office" emblem. Weathering is not a problem and is generally desired, as long as it doesn't hurt the strength of the bag.
Budget would ideally be around $200-300, more for a really nice piece. I am already keeping tabs on eBay, Etsy, and of course, my local surplus and vintage shops.