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Enid Collins Purse Love

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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.

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Then this “Flower Cart”

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“Flower Basket”

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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.

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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.

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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”
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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:

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

An Easy DIY project, a Collins Purse and a Groovy Serving Cart

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In my last post, I told you of a great (Enid) Collins of Texas purse I found on a buying trip. I have yet to find another one like it online so for now I am keeping it. That little purse has started another collection.

Here is my newest, which I quickly snagged off Etsy with a Mothers Day gift certificate from the oldest son:

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I have already received many compliments from all the gals in my life! They guys not so much. They kind of roll their eyes.

We have been working (slowly) in the basement, trying to finish up after the awful sewer back up this past spring.

Only 1/2 of my basement is living space.  The other half is a very large storage area where we keep Christmas and other out of season things. The door to that and to the crawl space were just plywood on hinges so Hubby primed and painted them, trimmed them out with ranch style trim and we decided to make them works of art!  Well, maybe not “art”, but something interesting to look at anyway.

Here are some before photos of those doors:

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Hubby likes all matter of mid-century guy stuff, so we decided to make collages. I purchased poster boards (so the “art” would be removable when we want to change up the theme) and cut out ads from old magazines I had. I then decoupaged them to the poster boards and hung them with tacks on the doors. The whole project cost less than $10 for both doors.

Voila:

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Here is a little close up:

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The bigger door:

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A close up:

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A few weeks back a dear friend messaged me while she was on vacation to say she had found me a groovy serving cart on wheels for $15!  Her and her poor Hubby dragged it home for me in the back of their vehicle.

Isn’t is great in my kitchen with my Fred Press atomic glasses and the gold leaves chip & dip?

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I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!