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?