Thursday

Show and Tell - Beaded purses

Time for Kelli's Show and Tell http://kellishouse.blogspot.com/ go there for lots more!

Today I'm sharing two little beaded purses. They both have chains for handles.The little vintage beaded bag, below, was given to me about 25 years ago, by an elderly man in our neighborhood. His wife had died and he was giving away some of her things. She was well into her eighties, and I don't know how long she had the purse. It is very worn. The chain handle is dark and doesn't show up on the dark background.
I bought this little beaded purse (below) for my oldest daughter when she was about four years old. She is now in her forties! My youngest daughter also carried this little bag when she was preschool age. I display these little bags on a hat tree in the guest room.

Thank you for your interest, please leave a comment! And please do return soon!

Katherine

27 comments:

ellen b said...

These beaded purses are so wonderful. What a great idea to keep them out in the open to enjoy. They really are works of art...

Jane said...

I love your bags. How neat to have been able to use them - and now have them as gentle reminders of the past.

Thanks for sharing,
Jane

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts said...

They are both so cute! How neat to have them displayed so you can see them often and enjoy them.

Anita said...

I am sure the old man in your neighbourhood would be very very pleased if he saw this post on your blog today!

I adore such vintage treasures, thank you for sharing!

Best wishes from Germany,
Anita

Connie said...

This is something that always catches my eye at the antique mall. I love to see the patterns and the type of beads used.
Yours are even better to have such a wonderful history to go along with them. Very nice treasures.

Take care,
Connie

Hootin'Anni said...

Pretty purses! But, boy oh boy....to have a neighbor just give you a purse of his wife is astoundingly wonderful, isn't it? There IS a few good souls in this world!!!

I love show n tell

charish said...

Wow, They are beautiful. I woudl put them in a shadow box and put them on the wall in my bedroom they are so neat.

Mary said...

The vintage purses are lovely. I'm so glad that you've kept them. It's always nice to keep a few things from when our children are growing up. I have my daughter's grade 8 graduation dress. She told me to give it away, but not chance.

Thanks for sharing. I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) said...

How pretty! My mom had purses like that. When I was a little girl I loved playing with them. Thanks for sharing
~Amy

Jean said...

I love beaded purses and what great memories to go with them!

kathy b said...

Those are some beautiful purses. You have a great way to display them, rather than out of site in a drawer.

Kristy Jo said...

my mom had one like this when I was young, i would play dress up with it, Ill never forget the way it opened and closed, i would do it for hours!
beautiul collection

Alice said...

I am always drawn to bead purses like yours. I have two that my mother played with as a child. They must have been my grandmother's.

Carrie said...

Those are very lovely bags. Isn't the guest room a perfect place to display many personal treasures?

Quinne said...

Hi Katherine :) Those bags are so sassy! Beads give a bit of extra "life" to special accessories, and can make them so dressy. Thanks for sharing them. Blessings! Q

Mommy said...

I love the idea of displaying them in the guest room! Wow, how hard it must of been on your neighbor to give away one of his wife's things. But he must of valued you as his neighbor to do such a nice thing.

Cute Scarecrow too! :)

Liz said...

They are very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Lallee said...

Pretty purses! I have an antique one from my college roommate that is special to me. She gave them as bridesmaid gifts, which was nearly 40 years ago!

Lana G! said...

Wow! What treasures! Absolutely love the stories behind them and that is a great way to honor the memories by displaying them so others can see and enjoy them.

Myrna said...

Precious! How nice to display them together that way--a true view to the past.

Tammy said...

Those are beautiful! I love how you've displayed them together...and love your little girls once carried them! :)

Midlife Cycler said...

great show and tell pieces! such beautiful work in them. That style should come back!

Penless Thoughts said...

Lovely beaded evening bags. Great show and tell!
Susan

Kari & Kijsa said...

Such wonderful pieces of history, stories, and artwork! Those purses are lovely, thanks for sharing!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Kelli said...

Your beaded purses are so pretty! I love the story that goes with each one too! Wonderful treasures.
Hugs,
Kelli

Becky said...

Those are so beautiful. What a treasure.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I have a little white beaded purse similar to this that was my "prom" purse.
:)