Thursday, July 25, 2013

Finding something Pretty AND highly collectible

I don’t care as much about how collectible something is because I buy what I like and keep it. I don’t resell anything. If I can’t use it, I find someone who can or donate it to one of my favorite thrift stores.

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So I had a nice surprise when I bought this pretty little gold mesh bag, made by Whiting and Davis and found out it was highly collectible. Using a google search I discovered that a lot of celebrities have been photographed carrying them.

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There’s a wonderful website HERE showing Nicole Kidman, Shakira, Eva Longoria and even Paris Hilton with these bags at big events. The one I bought looks the most like the purse Paris Hilton has…isn’t that COOL!?

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(the closure is interesting, too)

I have a few vintage bags and my most treasured is this beaded purse that was my Grandmother’s.

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Maybe I should go to Thrift stores more often! My hubby would have a laugh. He knows I manage to stop in pretty often!

I’m joining Thrifty Things Friday!

Also Katherine’s Corner,

Ivy and Elephants

and Jann for Share Your Cup !

Do you have any vintage purses or bags?

39 comments:

Danice said...

What a great find! Your grandmother's old purse is beautiful also. Gotta love thrift-storing :)

Cranberry Morning said...

What fun! You just never know what you're going to find on any given day. I like your grandmother's bag even better. What a treasure - and especially because it was hers.

Stacey said...

Very neat!

Incipient Wings said...

NICE find!
it's such a cute bag!!
I have an old tote that belonged to my mother...it has beaded vines and songbirds on it.
When i go thrifting, I usually make a beeline for the purses.

have a great day:)

Jane and Chris said...

I love both bags. It seems quite frivolous to have a bag that's pretty instead of functional...I like being frivolous!!
Jane x

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a great find, now you can be photographed out on the town with it:-) Love the color on the inside too. Your grandmother's beaded bag is stunning.

Ornate Splendor said...

Just love the beaded bag that was your Grandmother's. Lovely! Do you display it anywhere? The gold clutch is pretty too...my daughter has one very similar - we bought it at a garage sale. Most recently at a garage sale, I bought a needlepoint purse in fabulous condition for $3. The plan is to re-work it and decorate/embellish magnolia pearl style. Cheers, Catherine

Donna said...

I had never heard of that type before. It's a cute bag!

J said...

Until I read the above comments, I thought I thought I'd be the only one who would rather have a bag that grandma owned than one carried by Paris! But lucky you - you have them both! FUN!

Trisha said...

What a great find! Any excuse to do more thrifting will work for me! Have a great weekend!

~Trisha

TexWisGirl said...

that's cool!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That is gorgeous! I do have one vintage bag that I bought many many years ago in a thrift shop in New Orleans. I'll have to find it and photograph it sometime.

hugs,
Linda

Leave It To Davis said...

Back in the 80's, my aunt bought me a navy mesh bag made out of those same metal circles...even though it was navy, it was really glittery in the sun. I eventually sold it at a resale shop. I wish I had kept it.

I love your grandmother's purse! My grandmother and great-grandmother used to have my aunt make them purses with purse kits...where she glued on the stones...had pictures of flowers or owls...and they were kinda' hard....held in a particular shape....had a strap that went over and close it....do you remember those? I'd love to have one of them!!! They were really popular in the late 60's, early 70's.

beyondwandering.com said...

That's a great find!

I wouldn't have any idea if it's vintage if I see one..but I love thrift store.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

#2 I like. I have a bag I used to go out with to places in Toronto many years ago. I think being married 51 years it will be now a run of the mill purse.

Now you got me to see where it is if I have it still ha,ha.

Kathy said...

Both bags are beautiful and it is good to be ready in case you are invited to a celebrity gala! 8+) Finds like this are what keep us going back to shop another day.

Karen said...

That is a real find, Diane! You really do well on your thrift store excursions!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Evening Diane, This is a beautiful bag, so small and delicate, but I really love your grandmother's vintage bag, it is so gorgeous. I do a lot of beadwork and I can see the beadwork on the bag is stunning.
Isn't it exciting when you find something special.... it doesn't have to be valuable... just something you love and will treasure.
Best wishes
Daphne

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I own a similar evening bag, but it is a recent buy and not vintage. I do love that yours is a vintage one --makes it all the more special!

Hope you are having a wonderful summer, Diane. My granddaughter has been keeping me very busy as I babysit all week. I love it but it means less computer time. She is napping now--nice to have a few minutes to catch up with you!

cucki said...

Wow such fun.
Beautiful finds:)
Big hugs x

Susie said...

How wonderful to own the beaded bag that, I am sure, was precious to your grandmother. I like your new little bag, will you be carrying it on the red carpet , girl.:):) We I go to the thrift store my husband goes along. he has found treasures also. xoxo,Susie

JG said...

White gloves and a beaded purse! Your grandmother's purse is stunning. I do not have any from yesteryear.
~Judy

ImSoVintage said...

definitely a great find :)

Gayle Page-Robak said...

A terrific find, so beautiful, as is your grandmother's evening bag. TFS. I am a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com
Hugs, Gayle.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Thank you for joining TTF this week and sharing such a great find!

Linda

Musings from Kim K. said...

What a lovely find. You lucky lady! Your grandmother's bag is gorgeous. My mother has her mother's beaded bags framed and hanging on her bedroom wall.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

What a find!! But I like your grandmothers purse better - so pretty.

Susanne said...

Who knows, maybe some star was using that purse and it ended up in the thrift store....one never knows what they can find. You seem to have a knack and the eye for finding some interesting things.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Trace4J said...

SO pretty.
I love the treasure that was your Grandmothers.
Love Thrifting.
Woolie Hugs

boopnut said...

Love, love, love your Grandma's handbag! The little gold clutch is a find. I have one but it is from Avon. Was going to use it if I ever go on a cruise!
Deb

Diane said...

You have very stylish taste! That bag of your grandmother's is stunning!

Jill said...

That is such a neat find!

Debbiedoos said...

Ohhh how pretty! I love vintage bags and vintage hats. They are so pretty and detailed. You have some pretty finds there.

Linda Walker said...

I love vintage bags too! Once things settle around here, I want to go thrifting. You find the neatest things!!!!
Linda
Sew What!

Diane Writes said...

Yay for the bags :) You know much I love bags and shoes namemate. I love everything I see here.

Diann said...

Do you hear that? that is my heart doing a little pitter pattering! love the purse. I collect vintage purses and would have snatched this one up in a heartbeat as well. Beautiful find my friend! thank you for sharing this beauty with us at TTF!

Sarah ~ Magnolias Attic said...

Your grandmother's bag is a beauty! I have a gold mesh bag -- I went to check it out but it's a different brand -- pretty though and I love the way the mesh feels in your hand!
Nice find for you!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Girl, you've got the magic eye! If I could do that I'd go to thrift stores =more often too.

Jann Olson said...

Diane, you are right up there with the celebs girl! Love the new bag and grandmothers beaded one is fabulous! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann