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,