Goodlettsville Antique Store Adventure

27 Aug

Please note that the sign the Mister is holding says “The Institute for Wayward Young Women”.  We found this in a Goodlettsville antique mall, but I had seen it in June at the flea market where it was selling with a lot of signs plucked from the same now-defunct hospital. It looks made-up, but it is from a real place.  If I had known how much the Mister would have loved it (and really, I should have guessed!) I would have paid flea market prices back in June.

Speaking of the Mister, he informed me that he would prefer that I not use adjectives like “sweet” when I refer to him on the blog. Apparently, something more like “super-sexy” was what he had in mind??  I reminded him that his mom reads this blog but he claims that she will get over it.

But see, he actually is sweet (and by that I TOTALLY mean super-sexy) because he bought me this Enid Collins bag that I could not leave the store without even though I am supposed to be looking for one in fall colors, seeing as how it is almost Labor Day.  It is called, “It Grows on Trees” and is a photo of little money trees with coins for fruit. It is in MINT condition. Even the handles are barely worn and the canvas is unstained and beautiful.  All of the gems are there and it is my favorite shape/size of Enid Collins bag.  Also please ignore the basket of onions on my kitchen counter.

Isn’t this bag fabulous?  Enid Collins are so over-the-top and era-specific.  The designs remind me of “It’s a Small World” in Disneyland.  I am glad that I got up the guts to start carrying them instead of just collecting them…They are a little eye-catching and people tend to notice and make comments, or share memories that they have of relatives who had one similar.

I got into a bidding war with someone recently on Ebay for another Enid (in fall colors, le sigh!).  She had either a very high limit or was using one of those Sniper-style auction tools, because I pushed that bag up to $225 before I quit. I was the only other one bidding….at least she didn’t get it for the original (reasonable) price, if I had to lose it! But I really am trying to stay off the Ebay. I have excellent feedback due to my pursuit/ongoing acquisition of a complete set of Homer Laughlin Mexicana china, which is a post for another day–xoxo, Lauren


4 Responses to “Goodlettsville Antique Store Adventure”

  1. Jamie August 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    That bag is almost as awesome as that sign! Awesome finds!! (And I like the onions!)

    • apronstringsvintage August 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      Thank you! I seriously wish I’d gotten that sign at the flea market…they had several that had been salvaged from the same institution…it was really interesting to see. Sometimes the flea is a bust but sometimes it is awesome.

  2. rae August 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    i saw those asylum things at the flea market and thought they had to be fake! so much cooler now that I know they aren’t.
    my husband has been selling on ebay (nothing vintage, camping stuff and he is doing so well!) and i have to stay off there. i always go too high when i want something! thankfully i almost never win. haha.

    • apronstringsvintage August 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

      Thanks Rae… I think I need to bite the bullet and try Ebay (yikes!). We have several things that need to go but aren’t a natural for my booth. By the way, I enjoy your blog so much–you have an awesome eye for vintage!

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