My First Enid: Dew Drop

9 Jan

In case you are wondering where I have been…the answer is Phoenix. Phoenix is my home town and my parents still live their in the same house I grew up in, at the base of Squaw Peak mountain, which is has been renamed Piestewa Peak, but I never call it that, in the same way that I refer to the grocery store at the corner of 16th and Glendale as “Lucky’s” even though it has not actually been a Lucky’s since the late 1980s. It has been ABCO, Basha’s and Sprouts, respectively. The thing about Phoenix is that everything changes all the time and so there is no point in learning the new and improved names of everything.

My parents still live in the same house that I grew up in (that, too, has been remodeled so many times that it bears little resemblance to the house I grew up in). But they are not ones to throw anything away, and so I reclaimed this little gem when I was there.
My first Enid bag, which is a Collins of TX “Dew Drop” box bag, made in the 1970’s. I received this bag for Christmas when I was in the 5th grade, as a re-gift from my Granny who filled it with sewing notions and fabric scraps as a sort of sewing box. I was a weird kid who was obsessed with sewing from the second grade on and I liked to make doll clothes. At the time, I thought that the bag was a little bit ugly, and I recognized it for a hand-me-down– but the fabric and notions were appreciated so I was pleased. Somehow, though the years, the finish on the back of the purse has gotten messed up–not sure how, but I think that a light sanding and some clear varnish can fix it.  It has a white plastic handle that is in good shape and all of the gems are intact, which is nice. I certainly never thought when I received this bag that I would one day collect Enid Collins bags and carry them all the time. But Gran would be very pleased that I was getting some use out of it.

When I was in Phoenix, I had to go to Pure Barre (of course) because I am obsessed. I have taken almost 100 classes since August! And no, I still have not lost any weight. On the way back to the hotel, I spotted my favorite sign and so I took a picture to share with you.

002 It is the Kachina Dry Cleaners on Indian School, and the sign is totally unchanged since the 1960’s. In a town where “out with the old, in with the new” seems to be the overriding goal, it’s nice to see a cute retro sign make it.

I hope that your new year is going great so far…if you have stopped by the booth, thank you! Weirdly enough, I am having a great month for sales so far…I think the new Apron Strings Vintage sign is drawing attention/traffic. I expected a deadly slow month but that has not been the case so far. Wishing you much success in your own endeavors! oxoxo, LaurenT



One Response to “My First Enid: Dew Drop”

  1. raesockae January 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    i love that old sign. it is really cute.

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