Writer’s Workshop for 12.12.2019

This week the prompt I chose for Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop: “Tell us about something you collect.”

I collect many, many things, mostly vintage: vinyl records, decor, housewares, dishes, drinkware/barware, coffee cups….but for the purpose of this post, it’s all about that vintage purse/handbag life! I don’t have a specific era or style, I just choose what catches my eye. This is the beauty that started my obsession a dozen years ago:

I think it was $10 at a local antique store, and I made $0.25 of that back when I got home and went through the zippered pocket, as a quarter had been left in it (it’s still there; that quarter belongs to the purse). It’s faux leather, from the ’40s, and I am a sucker for spectator style, whether pumps, shoes, or purses!

Here are some others: (just be sure to refresh the page if the Instagram images aren’t showing up!)

Fashion Right brand, 1970s

And check out these two beaded beauties from the 1960s…

Fringe AND beads, from the 1970s…

What cool girl from the ’70s wouldn’t have wanted either this suede bag, or faux leather bag in a deco patchwork pattern?

Actually, I’m going to get the patchwork one out and carry it around again for a bit. I’ve missed it.

Macrame bags were really big in my area this past summer, and I did a high-low comparison in this photo: Target’s Universal Thread brand for $36.99/my thrifted vintage bag, which I would not have paid over $5 for…

And another favorite, this gorgeous beaded peacock number from the ’80s. It’s got a long beaded shoulder strap, as well.

This has been fun! And believe it or not, this is only a fraction of my vintage bag/purse collection. These are just the ones that were readily available to me on Instagram or Google Photos. I’ll probably be letting some of my collection go in the future, but I feel like I’ll definitely hang onto these. I also have a nice little collection of vintage knit purses from the ’90s, some other macrame purses from the ’70s-’80s, some tooled leather bags and wallets from the ’70s, and…well, I have a lot. All my vintage bags were thrifted for cheap, or my own that I’ve hung onto for years. I love them all! Especially the beaded evening bags I’ve decided to part with. But that’s a post for Instagram when I actually get them listed.

What do YOU collect?


    • Kim says:

      I know what you mean! However, vintage in handbags is ten years or older. So technically, anything from 2009 and down (such as the Cheshire Cat wallet my son got me for Mother’s Day in 2009) is game.

  1. You are amazing at finding those purses! I for the life of me suck at second hand shops and antique stores – those purses are dreams. I LOVE them so much! I honestly just need someone with experience to help me shop. I really do. I think I just get so overwhelmed in those store that I just sneak my way back out. I do love antiques – my grandma was a collector and had so many vintage pieces of furniture and jewelry too. I just don’t have an eye when I am actually in the store.
    Great finds girl!!!

    • Kim says:

      Those stores are definitely a bit much at times. I sometimes find myself strolling the aisles and enjoying myself, then all of a sudden I’m in such a hurry to get out that I leave empty-handed. If the thrifts and typical antique stores aren’t for you, you might live in an area that has decent second-hand shops. You might pay a bit more, but the stores aren’t as cluttered, the quality of merchandise is better, plus you won’t have to dig through much, or fight with clothing racks, and things are styled and displayed. A lot less clutter! But if you can get into the thrifts for short trips frequently, you’ll possibly get to the point where you’re more comfortable and can find things you’d love!

      Thank you for your sweet comments about my purses!

    • Kim says:

      Sorry about that; it sometimes does that! But I didn’t see anything other than these two that I had to moderate. I do have it set so that once you leave one comment, future comments shouldn’t have to be moderated. Hopefully that was all it was!

  2. John Holton says:

    Mary had a bag like the second one (the Fashion Right one) when we first met in the mid-’70’s. Honestly, I don’t often pay a whole lot of attention to women’s purses, but this was an interesting tour through your collection.

    • Kim says:

      Thank you! I do love my purses! Your Mary has great taste. The ones I have from the 70s are ones I could see my aunt carrying around during the 70s, and she was always so stylish!

  3. madamdreamweaver says:

    Wow those purses are amazing! And such good condition! I think some people just have a talent for thrifting, a talent I totally lack.

    • Kim says:

      Thank you so much! I would like to think I have a talent for thrifting – and maybe I do – but this collection has been several years in the making. Sometimes I get lucky and find something really cool in great shape, and other times? Not so much. I’ve also noticed that certain towns don’t have very good thrift stores. They are hit or miss for me here in my area, but when I travel to my Mom’s and get to do some thrifting in my old hometown, it’s mostly miss most of the time.

      So it may not be that you lack a talent for thrifting, it might just be that there isn’t much in your area in the way of what you’re looking for when you thrift.

  4. Kat says:

    Wow! This collection is awesome!! I just picked up a few purses at some recent estate sales with the intention of selling them on ebay. I need to learn about them first, but I think they’re so cute! I could definitely get into vintage purse land.

    • Kim says:

      You should! My problem is that I get a bunch of stuff that I intend to sell, but then never list. I’m trying to change all that in 2020. I mean, if nothing else, I can use the purses (um, and all the other things I buy to sell) until I sell them, right? Two words for vintage purse land (and I’ll come by your blog and tell you in case you don’t get notified of replies to your comments here): ENID COLLINS.