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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 ūüôā 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.

 

 

 

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Keeping Retro Style in the 3/4 Bath

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Two posts in one week? I know, I can’t believe it either.

The LONG 8-month reno is finally over. The last project to be finished was the 3/4 bath, located off of our kitchen.

The toilet and sink in this bath were Universal Rundle green dated 1953. We feel these fixtures are original to this bath, although it was updated at some point, probably¬†in the 70’s. With an older home, I guess sometimes we will just never know everything about its’ past.

These are photos of the bathroom when we were considering buying this home:

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Because this bath was fully functional and in good working order, we simply painted the room a pale gray, spruced it up a bit and added accessories to better reflect our style.

DSCF1532DSCF1530DSCF1533peach bath master bedroom 020The black and white ceramic tile floor was added shortly before we purchased the home, sloppily installed for resale.

When it came time for the renovations of the kitchen and baths, it was decided that the door to the bathroom would be better located around the corner in the mud room. This helped to give me more space for the kitchen layout and made more sense visually. I also wanted closer access to this bathroom from outdoors and the garage.

101_2002Here is the beautiful new door, stained to match the original knotty pine in the mud room. We used Amber Shellac by Zinsser to finish the door. It took 3 or 4 coats to get it dark enough to match the original knotty pine walls, which I am sure has darkened over the years.

101_3137Since the vanity was not original, we did not keep it. It was handmade, of poor quality and not the style we wanted. I was unable to source a vintage one in the correct size or style to accommodate the original sink and also fit the dimensions of the room.

Unfortunately for us, our area is far away from any Craigslist. We don’t have a Goodwill, Habitat Re-Store or building salvage business anywhere close by. After pricing a custom-made cabinet, it was decided that we would buy a new vanity from IKEA. White was the color of choice since this bath is dark with only one tiny window. The new vanity also matches the adjoining kitchen cabinets.

Since this IKEA vanity would not accommodate the original vintage green sink and Huddee ring we purchased a new sink top. Without the green sink there was no point in keeping the green toilet.

Sadly, both are sitting in my garage. I have listed them for sale (cheap) on several vintage sites online. It seems not many appreciate mid-century mint green bathrooms or fixtures.

When removing the 70’s vanity to install the Armstrong VCT commercial flooring, we found the ghost marks of a smaller vanity. We were right, the vanity had been changed at some point.

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We did keep the original angled shower (with groovy etched swan door) intact.

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We painted the walls Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray (from the Suburban Modern collection). I used vintage atomic window valances I already had. The original lighted medicine cabinet also remained in place. The simple chrome faucet was from Lowes.

101_3134101_3133This retro travel poster has been following me around for years. It brought in some much needed color to the otherwise clinical looking room.

101_3135We needed a bit more lighting in here too, so DH rewired an inexpensive IKEA table lamp and made it into a swag for the corner. I love the way the light shines through the perforations onto the walls and ceiling.

It feels so good to have all of the messes gone and a clean, organized home again. Two functioning bathrooms and a kitchen! Yay!

I was really getting tired of take out, having to wash dishes in the main bath sink and trying to make the refrigerator part of the living room decor.

Stay tuned. My next post will tell you what I learned (and what I would have done differently) in this remodel.

Mid Mod Mad Chairs, an Atomic Mirror Shadowbox and more!

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One day last week I met dear Hubby for coffee (he works the midnight shift) and we spent a  little time together while we waited for a local advertised sale to open.

Oh. My. Gosh.

It was an old Mom & Pop furniture store that had recently closed. They were selling off all remaining merchandise. We thought we might get a deal on something we probably didn’t even need. And boy did we!

This place had not been remodeled or updated since the late 50’s (my best guess). They had all manner of mid-century furniture, lamps and wall art that had been on display in the store back in the day but have never sold.

It was all a bit dirty so I snapped photos while it was all  lined up in our driveway airing out.

Look what we got for $10!

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As if that white one isn’t cool enough, we got another one in black, also $10.

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We also got a great pair of tall blonde night stands for $20. They still have their original paper tags on the back. The shelves lift up and flip out to make a nice place for your book, laptop or beverage. During the day you can close them up and hide what is stored in the bottom. These will be used in the basement for storing our ever-growing record album and CD collection.

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This blonde 3 piece stacking unit was a mix and match set. Originally you must have been able to pick the pieces you wanted to put together. ¬†The ones we purchased are stamped on the back “bar unit”, “record cabinet” and the other just has a model number. They were $10 each. ¬†They will get stacked in the basement for housing the stereo, albums and CD’s.

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This great “Steelmaster” locking file cabinet was also a great find at $20. If Hubby does not want it for the garage or basement I will use it in my craft/ sewing closet. I also think it would work great in a kitchen, for cookbooks, utensils or linens.

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You  may remember I picked up a pair of  old  metal chairs (sometimes referred to as motel chairs) at an estate sale for $10. I could see green, yellow and aqua paint under that dirty red. They looked like this:

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After a date with some spray paint and primer, this is the new color:

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And here is the goody I promised to show you from our buying trip a few weeks ago:

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This was only $60. I have to get some plastic greenery for the little box. It is already hanging in the living room.

So do you think I got some deals?