A week or two before Christmas, I treated myself to a stroll through one of my favorite antique malls....which I guess means that today's post is not technically a thrift store confessional...just a straight up shopping confessional. ;)
Antique malls are just as fun as thrift stores to me because you never know what you will find and there is always a find to be found. On this particular day, I took my time, peering into every dark corner...digging through baskets of linens and keeping an eye out for vintage beaded purses. I came up short in the beaded purse hunt, but did find a cool retro evening bag, a silk velvet muff purse, some awesome doilies and a funky piece of shell art.
The doilies are already washed and in the process of becoming flower girl baskets.
The shell art has been deconstructed and the shell flowers are all ready for a project. Remember my last shell project? These will be used in a similar way. I have to admit though, I did feel bad cutting this piece apart...and I found myself silently apologizing to Opal, whose name was signed on the bottom, for destroying her creation. Hopefully, my new designs will do these pretty little flowers justice. Better to have them out where people can enjoy them than stashed in a dusty old antique mall, right??
If you're still feeling sad about me cutting up this picture, here's a fun image for you to play with that I made from a photo of the shells...looks like it's 100 years old, doesn't it?? And it's even got Opal's name on it. Just right click on the image to save it to your desktop...and shoot me a picture if you do something cool with it. :)
The purses are available in my shop now...click the links below the photos for more information about each one. I will tell you that the muff is one of my favorite recent finds...it is so unique and in fantastic condition...a lucky find, I tell ya! I dressed it up for the photo with a vintage brooch...I may not be able to part with this thing...
And the ever-so-chic mid-century purse...I love how streamlined this is and it's really clean...a plus!
So, that's my confession for this week. I hope you enjoyed it. I've got some more great finds to share from my Christmas trip to Indiana...always find great stuff in the heartland! Where is your favorite place to treasure hunt?? XOXO, Cindi