Category Archives: vintage purses

Clutch on to the Past and Hold on to Your Cash

I adore clutch purses. They are high on the desirability scale and are the perfect compliment to any wardrobe. And seriously, who can ever  have enough purses?  Inexpensive and funky are two qualities that I look for on a regular basis.  Check out these adorable vintage clutches that can you be yours for less than $5.00 each!

Madonna Gold from Circa2009 – only $2.00 (yes, you read it right)


Brocade by Garay from rachelpink27 – only $3.25


Red, Red Wine from retroheart – Only $4.00

Wicked Wicker from TriciaRenee – $4.50


White Wonder from helenshassack – Only $4.99


Saddle Up from bassamundovintage – Only $4.99



What’s Behind Door No. 4?

Perhaps the name is a spin on the oh-so-trendy “Let’s Make a Deal” game show that graced the small screen back in the ’70s, but I have to tell you Door Number 4 is one of my favorite shops on Etsy. Being that I’m on a serious Peacock kick, I found the most amazing 60s seed bead covered oversized peacock purse ever at Door No. 4 and it sealed the deal. I’m keeping an eye on this shop. No I won’t be giving up my precious bag anytime soon (see pic below), but I will say that there are lots of mod and retro trendy goods to be had behind those doors.

My latest aquisition:

As of today, some of the super cool retro chic things you’ll find behind the Door include:

Super chic ’80s butterfly sweater: $68

A pair of matching “Go Go Madness” sunglasses: $30

Or how about an Aquarium around your neck for inspiration? $46

Salvage Inspiration Keeps it “Green”

Now here’s an online boutique that was “born out of a love for all things vintage, and a disgust for the disposable society we live in” — Salvage Life. Finding inspiration in all things vintage and retro, SalvageLife not only has fantastic vintage finds, they are also helping promote green living by discouraging wastefulness and promoting sustainable buying practices. It all sounds great…and it is! This shop is cute and below are some of my fav things they offer.

A totally girly “Sweet Army” trench coat ($58).

“Weighing the Odds” chunky gold vintage necklace ($12).

Super cute “black and white” organic print vintage tote ($32).

Handcrafted with a Vintage Vibe

Handmade with a hippie chick vibe, Dottie Angel has the greatest handmade felted cuff and crochet bracelets, purses, slip skirts and brooches that are simply adorable! I’m particularly in love with her vintage slips that have been re-architected using vintage laces (from her grandmother’s stash) priced  at around $38; and linen purses that are quite possibly the perfect accessory for Spring (priced around $55-$75). SOOOOO cute!

Naughty Secretary’s Rule

If you’re totally into the chunky funky plastic jewelry reminiscent of the 80s, then catch up with what the Naughty Secretary Club has to offer. Taking some of the most random plastic pieces, the NSC has revamped vintage treasures and turned them into modern day classics.

They have a huge assortment of random charm bracelets and funky rings and big ol’ earrings that scream New Wave Goddess shoulda been. You can also tap into some really rad neckalces, brooches and accessories and purses made of some stunning fabrics–one of my favorites is the Juan Valdez  Messenger Bag (shown at right).  Another favorite is the “Red Hot” jingly charm bracelet covered in pop art like charms.

See how being naughty can get you all kinds of attention. Visit the Naughty Secretarys at

Big Biba & the Boho Lifestyle

Picture it. London in the 60s. Life was a psychedelic ride and shopping at Big Biba was the fast track to ecstacy. Noted as “the most beautiful store in the world,” no store since has managed to capture the essence of shopping at Big Biba–where the shopping experience that was more than an experience, but an all-out exploration.

The Estee Lauder counter in today’s department stores for example, pale in comparison to the cosmetics counter at Big Biba, where a cruciform display unit of black glass and specially made peach mirrors, were loaded with gobs of makeup & toiletries.  Somewhere, someone calculated that,  in its prime, the Big Biba cosmetics counter averaged one item sold every seven seconds, when averaged across a week. Standing out in a crowd requires toiletries.

But the toiletries counter is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to exploring the luxe Biba offered. It offered the height of fashion, what we would definitely consider boho wearables today, shoes to die for and and more whimsical shopping areas that you aren’t likely to find in one store today. One example, and perhaps my favorite, is  “The Mistress Room,” see below. Yes, you read it right, The Mistress Room.

According to Alywn Turner, Author of the Biba Experience: “In one corner of the third floor was the Mistress Room with a huge bed covered in satin sheets and a kitsch pink marble bath. The intention was to sell ‘long satin gloves, naughty negligees, edible underwear and other pieces of ersatz erotica’, though most visitors settled for a pack of playing cards adorned with 1950s-style cheesecake pin-ups.” I doubt Macys would dare be that racy.

Perhaps we can start a petition to bring back Big Biba– it was vintage glam splashed with boho retro at it’s best. But all is not lost. The  Biba experience lives on in the printed page at least and has been well documented in several books. Visit Amazon, do search on Big Biba, and see for yoursef.  Also visit The Biba Experience at and Alywn Turner’s site “Welcome to Big Biba” at:

Victorian Hippie Glam — Deep in the Heart of Texas

ppNestled  in rural Central Texas, in a little town called Bandera, Robin “Pearl” Brown has created Magnolia Pearl– a chic Victorian inspired Hippie boutique that crafts one of a kind “beautiful wear” from vintage and new textiles.Magnolia Pearl Purse

Being  Magnolia beautiful, can set you back  in excess of $500, but you won’t find these kinds of creations anywhere else–so it’s money well spent to be a fashionista that stands out in a crowd.

I have to admit that I took the plunge and bought one a while back, and I really covet that purse. Every time I carry it, I get tons of comments. These bags are phenomenal, made with gorgeous velvets, tapestries, and trims and most are accented with Victorian or vintage jewels. 

Magnolia Pearl has branched out to add clothing–from bloomers and day jackets that echo the ornate purses Pearl is known for. However, these are limited to boutiques that carry the line. The only place I’ve seen her clothing line is in The Haberdashery (Fredericksburg, TX).

Personally, I’m saving up for a backpack–the mortgage company will just have to understand!

See for yourself at