Thursday, 5 December 2013

Please Leave Your Bags Here

At work we have a "free table" in the staffroom where people put stuff to be recycled, so I nabbed this sign:
Beside it is a Moroccan (?) terracotta leather bag with gold stars, which I think belonged to my grandmother Ella. I know she visited Egypt so she may have bought it there.
I find that the more handbags and purses I collect, the harder it is to decide which one to wear, so I normally just wear a tan leather one and carry my books in this screen printed linen one from the Hospice Shop:
My bags seem to fill up with detritus such as old bus tickets, tissues, watches to be repaired, articles I have photocopied, hand sanitiser and earplugs.
As if I didn't have enough bags already, the wonderful Op Shop on Carroll puts your purchases in these cute hand-made bags, every one unique.
(The necklace on it is separate)

This is a slinky silver mesh bag I inherited from Mum.
She is displayed on a terracotta statue which was a birthday gift from my parents.

An American black leather bag with a deco wavy clasp, bought in K Road, Auckland.

A purple plastic beaded bag, from the Charity Barn.

Brown leather, made in England by Fassbender of London.
This has a handwritten sticker inside: Introducing Mrs Louisson.

Purple sequinned bag, made in France.

White beaded bag, no label.

Gold sequinned bag, hand made in Hong Kong.

A tiny hand-made bag with crystal beads and even its own felt storage bag!
Inherited from Mum.

Hand-stitched tapestry bag, no labels.

Wooden or cane bag, found in a house my parents bought.
I have seen photos of these with a net around them, but this one doesn't have one.

Black vinyl bag, "Clarissa made by Jack D. Phillips Ltd, Wellington, N.Z.
For my non-Kiwi readers, the tea-towel displayed behind shows the Four Square Man, the icon of a NZ grocery store chain.

A suitcase, labelled Wanganui 1971 Brass Band Contest, Dunedin City Silver Band.
From the Hospice Shop.

The interior is lined with gorgeous pink/beige satin, in remarkably good condition.

So excited to find my first "So Obviously Rex" bag in the Hospice shop.
Blue vinyl with faux mother of pearl plastic detail.
Thanks to Helga Von Trollop for alerting me to this wonderful brand.
My latest bag purchase, from the Hospice Shop (yet again!)
Plum velvet with a tapestry flap.
Since the photo, I've added a Bakelite button, and I still need to strengthen the strap.
It looks like it could be from the 60s or 60s, but the lining looks very old so it could be earlier.
And here's how I've temporarily displayed the blingy evening bags, along with some current reading:
The two on the right I can't find individual photos of, but the top silvery one is an Oroton, and the white one beaded in art deco circular patterns is unmarked.
I'm totally in love with my bag collection!
If you want to see more, click on the Handbags label on the left side of the screen.
Most of them didn't cost much, and the most I've spent on one was probably $30.
I have a hankering to start an umbrella collection.
Summer has arrived, which means I get to spend lots of time under my vintage spotted sun umbrella: 
Ta-ta for now,


  1. I do love a good bag post. I don't know what it is about bags....I just love them. But like you I tend to use a huge tan leather bag day to day. I carry LOTS of stuff around with me. You know I actually groaned out loud when I saw that purple plastic beaded is FAB! I love that beaded plastic stuff. I always like a tapestry bag, & REX of course. That old suitcase is super cool too. My bags are stored in my linen cupboard, but now that I have more linen & more bags....I'm in trouble! Xx

    1. The purple bag is so tiny that I think it's meant for a child! But I love it.

  2. My heart skipped a beat on seeing the Terracotta leather bag in such fab condition. It is IDENTICAL in every way to one I bought here in Australia in the early 1970s. It was in active use for many years until it fell apart in the early 1990s. I couldn't part with that butter-soft leather so I salvaged the best pieces and still have them in my sewing box; I had intended making a sewing needle case which never eventuated (the story of my life!). Being a bag lady from way back, I loved all the pictures in this post today!

  3. Like Susan I have that duffel bag, too! I unearthed it the other day and its in need of a new strap. You've inspired me to fix it.
    What a gorgeous selection of bags, so pretty and a story behind each. I love how you've displayed the evening bags. x

  4. Swoon, you have some lovely lovely bags. I think the purple beaded one is my favourite, then the little glass beaded one with its own felt bag.

  5. Wow-wee what treasures you've acquired over the years, you're so lucky to have such a stylish mum and grandma who were thoughtful enough to save their treasures for you. And having a hospice shop nearby, which springs fab surprises on you must feel like Christmas all year round! xxxx

  6. What a lovely collection! All the blingy evening ones are so pretty, and I am a sucker for tooled leather, tapestry, and a battered old bit of vintage luggage! Helga will adore the Rex. Your description of collecting tissues, bus tickets, and all sorts of old crap at the bottom of every bag sounds just like me! xxx

  7. Ooh waht pretty bags! That red velvet one is so quaint...would look good with a vintage outfit :)

  8. Lovely! gotta love the slinky mesh :)

  9. What an amazing collection of handbags. They add so much to an outfit. I have piles of them and I enjoy going through and sorting through the bits I've left inside too. I really like finding cash - but it doesn't happen very often. Ha!


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