Ever since I attended the purse exhibit in Toledo, Ohio last month [which you can read about here] I thought they would be a fun topic for a presentation. So I used up my Amazon gift cards that I received for Christmas on three books about purses. I haven't had time to read them yet, but I will soon. [I finished Sunday's presentation today. Yay! Huge relief!]
In any presentation, props are essential. I haven't saved my purses through the years, and neither did my mother, so I have to keep my eyes open for suitable ones at estate sales and resale shops.
In an estate sale notification yesterday that wasn't too far from my house, I noticed some purses in the photographs. So my hubby and I were at the sale by 8:15 this morning to get our street number for admittance. We were #8 and #9, among the first group to be let into the house when the sale began at 9:00 a.m.
The purse pictured below was the one I was hoping to get, but a man beat me to it. It had a $25 price tag. It's a vintage lucite/bakelite/or celluloid purse from the late 1940's through the 1950's.
All was not lost because I did purchase three other purses that I think will make nice props. I liked the blue jean purse because it fits in the novelty category, and was only $5.
The other two purses that I bought were more elegant. The needlepoint purse was $7.
The gold purse was the most expensive at $9. The three purses totaled $21, so I'm on my way to building a collection, although I'm not going to get too carried away. All my props are stored in totes in the basement, and labeled for quick and easy access. Someday, when I stop doing presentations, I'll sell the props and coordinating informational books.
This is what it looks like unfolded.
Since almost all my presentations are given at a tea, it only seemed fitting that I should get a ceramic teapot in the shape of a purse. This is an Annie Rowe teapot called, "Picadilly." Isn't it cute?
When roaming around on E-bay I happened to see a Judith Leiber, Austrian Crystal Clutch purse for $1,950. It won't be a part of my props collection or personal collection either! ;-)