Enid Collins Purse Love


One of my recent loves are Enid Collins handbags of the 60’s and 70’s. I discovered them accidentally a few years back while looking online at other mid-century stuff.

I have always loved old purses but hers are just so cool! I have managed to get a few for my collection. They do not sit on a shelf for display; I use them all. I get complimented frequently about them, even from those who aren’t into vintage. They can be a bit pricey; I have also found some knock-offs that fit the bill for 1/2 the price.

This was my first purchase, found online. It is called “Cable Car” and has a wood bottom.


Then this “Flower Cart”


“Flower Basket”


Another with a wood bottom, this one is titled “Gift Wrapped” and is super rare. I have never seen another anywhere. I purchased this at an antique mall. It was new old stock and in perfect condition.


This wanna be handbag was just too cool to pass up ! The Paris theme “Charetutte de Fleurs” is just amazing. Translated it means “Cart (or chariot) of Flowers”. The maker of this gem is a mystery. The little Moulin Rouge wallet was a gift from my son, who has lived in France.


This is my most recent online purchase. For some reason the “sea” themed ones are super popular and tend to go pretty high. This is the wood bottomed “Sea Garden”

While on an out-of-town day trip with my hubby and another retro loving couple, we stumbled upon a couple of great mid-century shops that had many Enids in their inventory.

From the first shop, I purchased this knockoff kit purse. It was unfinished and  I put it together:


The second shop had more Enid Collins that I have ever seen in one place! It was like an Enid overdose.


I recently saw these knock offs at a flea market. Super pretty but I just did not need them🙂 I love the flamenco dancer.


Well, there you have it. A little Enid love for your week.

Does anyone find them locally? They are pretty rare in my neck of the woods.




Thrifting the Summer Away Part II


I am still trying to catch up here on the blog, after my months long hiatus. As promised, here are some more vintage goodies I have found this summer.

With our garage/ yard sale season being so short, it is sometimes hard to find real bargains.

These great atomic patterned Fire King Mosaic plates and bowls were from a garage sale. The Franciscan starburst divided bowl was snagged at a local indoor flea market. I can never afford the online prices for this popular pattern. I have only been able to find the meat platter and this bowl locally.


This 50’s ballerina fabric was from the same indoor flea market as the bowl above. It sold in only a few hours after listing it in my Etsy shop. The colors are just fabulous.


I don’t remember where I picked up this huge plastic cabbage leaf snack server but know I didn’t pay much🙂


This “Happy Hour” Anchor Hocking turquoise/ gold chip and dip was purchased online from a vintage Facebook page.


I bought this vintage kit purse at a mid-century shop and put it together myself. I collect Enid Collins purses but this knockoff was too cute to pass up!


This little orange lamp looks good on the bar. I picked it up from a consignment shop where I sell a few things as I rotate stuff in and out of the house.


Now that I have orange in my kitchen, that color Pyrex is on my radar. It is great for the fall months. This rarer #933 was only $7 at a church thrift shop. I will use it for sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving. The Fire King set in the background is my favorite snack set pattern.


Here is most of my fall Pyrex stash culled from garage sales, thrift stores and gifts from my sweet friends and family.


It is never too early to pick up vintage Christmas kitsch. The Rudolph album and cool speckled holly leaf candy dishes were from the Salvation Army.


Also from the Salvation Army, I eyed these glass ornaments just as they were being brought in, before they were even priced. All are Shiny Brites except the box in the back. I like to use these for my aluminum trees and crafting items for my Etsy shop.


This pair of salad/ soup bowls were only 80 cents at a local thrift. I love this size for big salads, which are served here often in the summer.


Well, until I buy more things I probably don’t need this will have to do!

Our new mid-century style front door is in the garage waiting to be installed. Check back soon to see it!

Linen Love


When does a passion become an addiction you say? Heck if I know. I am pretty sure I have crossed over the line. Sign me up for a recovery program.

I have always collected vintage tablecloths, aprons, curtains and fabrics. Most windows in my home are covered with vintage or reproduction bark cloth. My kitchen table sports a never-ending supply of colorful vintage tablecloths in fun prints.





I even have a vintage laundry bag. They are great to stick in your suitcase and corral dirty clothes while you are on vacation.


But this new obsession with vintage bedding is a recent problem that started off kind of innocently.  A few months back I decided that I wanted new (but vintage-y) bedspreads for our master bedroom and guest room. I jumped on Etsy and found 2 NOS Bates bedspreads.

The guest room search yielded a simple turquoise and very dark brown (almost black) plaid. This room is painted turquoise and the window valances are an atomic/ Tiki inspired bark cloth in brown, black, aqua, pink and maize. This simple bedspread would fit the bill and allow me to go a little crazy on sheets and pillowcases.


My master bedroom is painted Caribbean Coral and the curtains are an atomic bark cloth in brown, orange, green, gold and black. I decided that “earth tones” bedding would go great with those. My problem (or so I thought) was going be to finding vintage bedding to match. Boy was I wrong! Groovy florals. Mod geometrics. Atomic stars. I was having a ball!

After several weeks of online and thrift store buying, I have enough sheets, blankets, pillowcases and throw pillows to mix and match for several months and never repeat the same look twice. A good problem to have, no?

I will show you a little of my haul.

A NOS blanket found on Etsy, hanging on the line after a quick wash:

101_3905 A few sheet changes in the master:


I love the geometric top sheet and pillowcases. They remind me of the Flintstones!

Here is the Bates bedspread I found in earth tones.


The starburst top sheet below is just too cool. I also purchased one in another colorway for the guest room.


I guess I just like to have plenty of “choices”.



Check back soon to see what else I have stuffed into this linen cabinet.