Refining Your Collection!

This post is for those that did not see it as my Guest Post at Valarie's Glimpse of My World blog.

Do you have a special collection? I have many and one of them is my vintage purses. It started one time when I went on a home tour and the homeowner had a wall displayed with very old vintage purses and it just grabbed my at my heart. This is how collections for me start...from the heart.

I shared with you on a previous post my wall of purses in my master bedroom...
 I hung them from glass drawer knobs until I found this trellis at a garage sale...

It was only $4 and I thought it would look great out in my garden...as trellis' are made for.




I decided to use it for my purse display as I have shown you in this past post HERE.

Remember, a collection is qualified by three or more of a like item.

But this post is not all about that. It's about refining your collection, once you have it started or even finished. You should review your collection when you feel, enough is enough. Decided on what can go and what you want to keep. If you want to keep it all, then call it done and move on to something else. But, if you can let some go and then afford better, this is your opportunity to fine-tune your collection.

I let go of the newer purses and now am focusing on only older vintage purses.  While on vacation last week in North Carolina, we went to some antique stores and I came across two beautiful and affordable vintage purses. When I got back home, I took away two and replaced them with these two better, more vintage purses. Sorry for the blurry pictures, but my camera operator (me) couldn't get it to focus correctly.
All tiny (petitpoint) needlepoint and a unique black pointed clasp.
This is tapestry fabric with tiny piping.

And a very ornate clasp and unique stones.
So here is the rest of my vintage purse collection.
This is all individual set rhinestones purchased at auction cheaply. Inside is the original pocket mirror. My favorite in the collection.
Embroidery on silk, purchased at the same auction.
The tag inside this black silk purse says, Made In France and has two large rhinestones for a clasp.

Even though this tapestry purse is pretty, it is slated for getting rid of since it's not vintage enough for this collection. See the gold chain? When it is too shinny, it's too new for me.

Another blurry picture of a tapestry purse. It has a double rhinestone clasp.

NOTE: You should be able to click on most of the pictures to enlarge to see further details.
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  1. Your purses are beautiful. Such a lovely collection and they are so pretty on display. Hugs, Marty

  2. Wonderful idea for displaying your gorgeous purses! I found it really inspirational (I've a little collection myself that really shouldn't be hidden away!)

  3. that is a cute way to display your bags!

  4. Darling way to not only display your bags, but create an awesome piece of wall art!

  5. Very cool idea to display the collection. I have a vintage purse collection I have been meaning to hang on the wall of my beauty shop... I like your idea... now I have to look for something similar.. Thanks for sharing.


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