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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 ūüôā 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.




There Is A Cure for the Summertime Blues


Hubby and I have managed to get away twice this summer and hit the road for some treasures. And let me tell you, these trips did not disappoint!

A few weeks after buying our awesome atomic sectional, we stumbled upon this coffee table. A perfect tile-top beauty that matches the sofa in shape and color. It has gold metal legs and edging. I think it looks good with the gold framed shadow box on the wall.


We have also been looking for an appropriate front door to replace the 1990’s upgrade that was here. This beauty was in the same mid-century shop as the coffee table. It is new old stock and never been hung! And only cost $75!

Now….do we paint it or stain it? Hubby and I are discussing this.


You know how crazy we are for old record albums. These were all 50 cents each at the ReStore. They were put out by Firestone and I am now looking for one to complete the set.


Who remembers watching Rudolph and singing along to Silver and Gold?



We change-up our framed albums throughout the year and I thought these would look great for summer:


Note the Pan Am jet on this one!


I managed to pick up some Pyrex and an Elvis for my hoard:


A few things for my Etsy shop:


Of course there are always the things you have to leave behind no matter how much of a bargain they are ūüė¶

This set of dishes were an awesome mix of Atomic & Rustic. The whole set was less than $30. I love the groovy shaped snack plates and big platter/ bowl.


Lamps anyone? These were all under $30 each. I just don’t need any.


Chalk ware ballerinas still in the package. Swoon….


Love this clock; but nowhere to hang it. Same thing with the pink/ gray speckled planter.


This pink sink with Huddee ring and the matching toilet were in the ReStore. I hope someone snatches them up to save their pink bathroom!



How about your summertime thrifting?

Do you find things that are a great deal but you just don’t need them?

Do you buy them and put them away for a rainy day or leave them behind? I am always torn.

Stay tuned for updates on the exterior here; the cement trucks will be here next week!

Basement On Hold; More Thrifty Finds!


Well you know from my last post that we had decided that the basement was the next project.

Life of course sometimes has other plans. Hubby picked up some temporary work (with overtime) so he has had no time to spend down there. AND his truck is in the shop getting major engine work done (to the tune of $2000+) so we are in a holding pattern.  No time and no extra money.

That bump in the road has not stopped me from thrifting though. Here are some finds from the last few weeks.

This pair of metal lawn chairs were $10 at an estate sale. I can see aqua/greenish paint under that red.  Another project?

This plaid stadium blanket is wool and in perfect shape. I snagged it for $2 at a garage sale. It will go in the shop. I can see this with a tartan plaid thermos and picnic basket.

This mid-century plant stand was $3 at a garage sale.  Should I keep it and paint it black or sell it in the shop as is?

This Fiesta colored runner was $3 at a moving sale. It matches anything you put on it and I think it looks pretty good on our blond dining table in the kitchen nook.

This tablecloth was $4 at a consignment shop. I think it would look good for a picnic.

This handy little gold tray/server thingy was $1 at a garage sale. It sits on my buffet in the kitchen. I like the legs.

You know how I am about shelves. These big ones were $10 at a consignment shop. I think I will paint them and use them in the basement. Hubby has lots to display. The little black wire one was $1.

This little tray was $1 at the thrift store. It matches the Copeley pottery sitting on top.  Basement maybe?

This Christmas candy dish trio was $1 at a garage sale. They will go in the shop for the holidays.

This vintage stitchery pillow cover was $1 at the thrift store. The greens matches the basement sectional. Keep or sell?

This pair of groovy drapes look just like a dress on one of the wives in a Mad Men episode I watched last week! They were $3 at the thrift store and are now  for sale in my Etsy shop.

This 50’s honey pot/kitty cookie jar was a church rummage sale find for $5. It is in perfect condition; I will list it on eBay :

This little feed sack table cover will go on eBay too. I love the “salad” scene. It makes me think of Stacy making the¬†Caesar¬†Salad in the movie The Long Long Trailer” ¬†ūüôā

This week I am having a bit of thrifters withdrawal since I have no vehicle while Hubbys truck is in the shop.

But it does give me more time do this!