Purses: A Multi-Part Love Story

Time for another short True Confession/Weird Collection post; sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.  We are well-rounded collectors (hoarders), and have more than our fair share of stuff.  If push came to shove, we could shed a lot of our collections without too much of a problem.  However, purses, along with jewelry, dolls, and maybe one or two other things, are nearly an addiction for us.  To make matters worse, we like a lot of different kinds of purses, not just vintage.  This could be an issue just from sheer numbers, but we are experts at displaying/storing our stuff, so it’s all good so far.

Today’s purses are of the wooden variety.  I love boxes, so box purses are a double whammy, so to speak.  I should also mention here, that all of these purses came from estate/garage sales, or thrift stores.  I have a homemade poodle box purse that needs new hardware, so of course I couldn’t find it to take a picture.

The two purses on the left are Enid Collins purses.  We adore Enid Collins, but so do many, many other people.  They are so whimsical, you feel like smiling whenever you see one.  They are hard to come by, but we are lucky and have stumbled upon a couple, and are always on the look out for more!  The butterfly purse in the lower right is a kit purse, probably partly inspired by the look of E.C. purses.  It needs a couple of the jewels replaced, and it will be good to go.  I never carry my E.C. purses, but the kit purses are fair game.

This is one of the Enid Collins logos, from inside of the Money Tree purse; she wasn’t shy about marking her purses.  Actually, her husband also was involved in the purse designing business, so I think this logo is a nod to their partnership.  The flower purse has a mirror all across the inside, not just an oval, and the other side of the box is marked with an extended logo that says both Enid Collins and Collins of Texas.

Here is a close-up of the bird box purse, hope you can see the 3-D effect:

I think this is a commercially produced purse; there is a mark that is hard to read but I think it says Dalyndo.  I tried to google Dalyndo, but it was mostly a consulting business in Great Britain.  There was a picture of another 3-D purse made of pansies, very pretty.  If you know anything about this purse, please let us know.So, that’s it for my wood purses; Kathy will probably contribute purse posts too.  We’ll try not to overlap too much, although there are variations in Enid Collins purses that are pretty cool.  I have signed up for a Enid Collins newsletter; her grandson runs a website about her purses and art.  Hopefully there will be some interesting tidbits in the newsletters.

Just to let you know what you’re in for, we have vintage purses, antique purses, animal purses, woven purses, beaded purses, basket purses, and strange purses (think teapot).  Hope some of you are as purse-crazy as we are.

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3 Responses to Purses: A Multi-Part Love Story

  1. Connie says:

    The bird-box purse is especially sweet. Love the soft colors and the metal corner details. I too, adore purses but do not have anything as cute.

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      Yes, but you are the bringer of the Teapot Purse, so you deserve a cute little box purse. Have to see what the Garage Sale Gods bring this summer ;- )

  2. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..The Coolest of Vintage Purses! She made eyes sparkle and hearts skip beats whenever a girls eyes spotted those dazzling funky fun little purses for the first time. Those cute kitschy sequined sprinkled jeweled covered purses of the 1960s.

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