Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Show and Tell: Vintage Purse and Clutch Collection Part 1

If you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen the pile of new-to-me vintage purses sitting on my dressing room floor that have yet to find a home. This is an ongoing problem with me - I have a poor storage system for my purses and clutches and as a result they are A) stored everywhere! and B) always on the floor. Part of the problem is that I can't resist buying a beautiful clutch or purse when I'm out thrifting. I leave plenty behind, but I must have the unique, the colourful, the sparkly. It's becoming as bad as my obsession for vintage dresses.

So I thought it would be fun to show you my collection! It is pretty large, so I will have to show you in stages, otherwise this post will be WAY too long.

Here are my embroidered and tapestry clutches.

These three all have metal embroidery. The two on the right were made in India, I'm not sure when they were made, but they have a vintage feel to me. The one on the right is quite old. I've only used in once and the fabric under the embroidery started to disintegrate. I'd like to frame it in a shadow box one day. It's so beautiful. 

The black purse on the top right is one of my all time favourites. It's embroidered silk, made in France and has the most beautiful gold and beaded clasp (you can see the clasp clearer in the photo above). I bought it for next to nothing at a thrift shop a few years ago.
The square tapestry purse is a recent purchase (only yesterday!) I loved it's colours and the border around the outside.
The bottom right is also a recent thrift purchase. Again, I was attracted to the pretty colours.
The bottom left was bought at Ragpickers when I worked there in university. It was one of my first vintage purchases. I really like this bag. The photo doesn't really do it any justice. It's the most beautiful pale pink in person.

These two envelope clutches were both thrift purchases. I love, love, love them both! The embroidery on each one is in terrific condition. They are so pretty they elevate a simple jeans/t-shirt/heels outfit in an instant.

Here's the next batch for today. Crochet, cord and textured bags. 

If you follow me on instagram you saw this one yesterday. I bought it at Value Village for $7!!! Can you believe it?! I barely can. I was holding another bag (which I ended up leaving behind) when I saw it and my heart skipped a beat. Finding something this old in a thrift shop these days just doesn't seem to happen anymore. It was an incredible find.

This cord dancing bag (the strap is meant to be worn over your forearm while you are dancing) is another one of my favourites. It was bought at Ragpickers.

This funny guy was bought second hand fairly recently. It's so odd…I've never seen a persian lamb handbag before. I had to bring it home with me.

The crochet bag on the left is also a recent thrift purchase. I paid $3 for it at Salvation Army. I really like the tortoiseshell lucite and hinged centre clasp.

I've had the bag on the right for quite some time. I think it was bought at Ragpickers as well…you can see it needs a little love. It needs some spot cleaning and a few stitches where the gathers on the bag meet the top piece. I suppose I should get around to that one of these days! lol!

So that's it for today! I think there will be 2 or 3 more parts to this little Show and Tell series. 

What do you collect? Is there something you can't resist?

Check out other posts in my Show and Tell series here.



  1. Wow, what a collection! I love them - they're really beautiful, and some of them were such bargains, which is even better. P x

    1. Thank you! I've bought most of them in thrift shops. I honesty don't think I've paid more than $15 for any of my purses or clutches.


  2. I was waiting for a post like this:) You have a lovely collection, I have cut mine back a lot. I have an over-sized hat box where I store all of mine if I can't fit anymore I have to edit them so it keeps me in check although I have been hanging my larger ones lately... and knowing that we live so close there is definitely enough vintage to go around! I am thinking I will be getting back into purses again I have been passing up so many that I loved, even for just decor the price would be worth it. Looking forward to seeing more.

    1. There is definitely enough vintage to go around! And I feel like our tastes only cross over a little….I must say though, I am envious of the enamel brooch you snagged recently. It is sooo pretty! ;)


  3. This is the kind of post that one cannot simply read once or look at once...there's too much vintage awesomeness at work here not to savour it at least two or three times. What an incredible, diverse, and immensely beautiful handbag collection you have. I can't wait to see more posts in this glamorous series!

    ♥ Jessica

  4. First off, I LOVE this "Show and Tell" idea! I may have to steal it for my blog!

    And your collection so far is amazing! And I totally understand the purse problem. I too have one, and recently talked myself into parting with a handful!

    My favorite I think the rose clutch! It's beautiful!


    1. Please! Steal the idea! I would love to see more of your collection!

      The rose clutch is awesome. I bought it recently and think I will take it out for it's first spin to the opening of the show I'm working on right now.



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