I have always had a special love of vintage handbags. It began as a young girl when my grandmother gave me some of her beautiful old beaded evening bags. Hers were the kind that were so delicate and so intricately woven with teeny, tiny beads that they resembled a tapestry fabric. I will have to get them out and show them to you sometime, but today I am sharing these lovelies with you.
They actually belong to "Mini-Me" and she, too, has been collecting them since she was a very little girl.
She has amassed quite a collection over the years and I just love how they all go together so beautifully. Quite a sophisticated color palette, don't you think?
Many of them are from the 1950's and 1960's. The Italian beaded ones are my favorites. This one came from our recent trip to the Paris flea markets.
I've found that having a child start a collection of their own is a wonderful way to get them involved in antiquing trips. It gives them a way to participate in the activity and they also get to learn from an early age how exciting and thrilling "the hunt" can be!
I especially love the handle on this gold and white one and, if I'm lucky, "Mini-Me" may let me borrow it. :-)