Being a lover of all things vintage and of course anything 1940's or 1950's (I even had a 1940's style wedding - but that's another story) I of course am drawn to a lady's best friend - the humble handbag! The older it is the better and I am a sucker for what my friends call 'The granny bag'.
Now a few years back you could pick up granny bags for pence in the charity shops as they were seen as being un-fashionable and dated, I of course pounced on them and got some really fabulous bags for no money at all. Now they have become sort after items so the chances of picking one up for little money is getting harder and harder. My local 'expensive' charity shop price tags these type of bags for £20 or more! No chance of me paying that.
I popped into town yesterday and decided to visit one of the 'chain store' charity shops, they have more new goods than they have second hand donated stock! But the visit paid of when I found a hot red vintage handbag:
I was thrilled to bits to find this as I haven't got a red bag in this style, and it was only marked up at £3.99! She's now been named 'Ruby Sue' and will be having her first outing on my next evening out.
I've been quite lucky in the last few weeks (before I started blogging) with my vintage bag finds and they have tended to be found at boot sales, people selling their grandma's old bits and not realising that they have some fantastic stuff! So I thought i'd share a couple more of my 'granny' bags from my collection with you.
I tend to find that most vintage bags I see are Navy blue, there are two that I use quite often:
The top bag was bought in an out of town charity shop and cost me £2.50 - it was on half price offer as it had obviously been hanging around their shop for too long. The second bag was bought at a boot sale for the grand sum of 50p!! You can't beat a bargain like that!
I bought this little brown box bag with mock croc details from a boot sale a couple of weeks back: