Me thinks my room is turning into a little museum. What is it about these lovely and well-loved old things? I know I’ve said this before but I adore vintage and antique things that are a little worn and imperfect. But a couple of these recent finds are very worn and must surely have been deeply loved!
The best part is I got this old blouse, bag and hankie for $15! Is it just me or is that a good deal?
The ’20s handbag is my favorite. I really love vintage mirrors, especially when they’ve become foggy with that greyish cloud of a patina. I also love old rhinestones, foil-backed buttons and sequins for the same reason. Especially in silver and gold tones.
This bag sat forlorn in the corner of this antique dealer’s booth. Sad and ghost-like. I picked this up along with the pretty grey-blue and cream hankie. The bag is actually in pretty good condition with just a few beads missing and some tiny stains on the interior (and again, I love that the foil in the sequins is very worn and old looking).
So I opened up the bag and spied a little mirror inside! It’s foggy too although there is a clear spot on one side so that it’s actually still usable. Snap works great. And there’s a handle in the back – it’s too small to put my hand through so I suppose you can hold it or perhaps it could go on a belt? Did they wear their bags on the hip like that back then?
I was interested in this Edwardian (?) blouse for its parts (re-purpose?) but got even more excited about it when it was apparent that it would fit me. (An extreme rarity.) But I don’t know if I could or should wear it, it’s so delicate. The collar is yellowed and shattered and the front hem has been torn away. And yet I love it so much it was meant to come home with me.
Here’s the back view (Edited to note: Lisa graciously has pointed out that this is most likely the front of the blouse, and I concur after trying it on again.):
Well for $15 for the whole lot , I couldn’t say no! And speaking of decrepit things, I picked up this brass floral necklace piece from another dealer:
I like how the pearls are all but completely missing but then again I might replace them with new pearls or rhinestones; we’ll see. And I might just remove the connectors and make a necklace out of the pendant. The connectors I can use for a bracelet or two, or maybe a fancy brooch.
Ok, back to work I go, for it is Monday afterall!