Monday Update

13 May

It’s been awhile since I got a new Enid Collins bag, right?

Ooh La La!

Ooh La La!

WELL. Just look at this beauty, will ya? It’s a Pavan 3, dated 1965 with the “ec” stamp. Every gem is intact and the white leather is completely perfect and uncracked. Not only does this bag appear to be unused, it has been stored perfectly since 1965. It’s absolutely minty-mint condition, and was my birthday present from a very thoughtful and eagle-eyed friend who spotted it at…a church basement sale in PA. Where apparently she got a steal of a deal! Thanks, Rebecca…it’s amazing and all my favorite colors, too. I have never seen another EC bag of such early vintage with such elaborate gemwork in this kind of great shape. It’s really awesome! And did you notice the sunglasses?



My highly-paid assistant agreed to model them for y’all. These are the most epic sunglasses I have ever seen in real life. For true. The glitter is sort of floating in the plastic frames and the gold and rhinestone flowers on the corners? Epic, and from a lovely house in Belle Meade. I want to keep them but they are a little narrow for my big fat face. So you will find them in the booth soon.

Strawberry elves! Jadite! Strawberry elves!

Strawberry elves! Jadite! Strawberry elves!

Of course, I have been hitting the estate sales. I ended up hanging out in the rain for almost 2 hours for this stuff, which was probably not worth it but estate sale-ing is not for sissies, yo. My favorite thing is the weird strawberry planters, which are wall pockets with little pixies or elves on the fronts. What I didn’t bring home from this Belle Meade sale was a cream-and-green Hoosier cabinet from the beautiful (but in bad shape) 1930’s era kitchen. It is amazing to me how many estate sale homes I have been in that haven’t done much to update their lovely, old kitchens. This particular kitchen has the prettiest blue and white floor tile with a Greek key border, and a door separating it from the dining room with an awesome round window.  The new owner likely won’t keep it, of course, but nothing warms my heart like a time-warp kitchen. As for my own kitchen project, we’ve just sent the old cabinet doors off for refinishing and a few new drawers are being re-faced. Hopefully I will have some fairly dramatic progress shots for you before too long! xoxo, LaurenT


5 Responses to “Monday Update”

  1. Dawn Martin May 14, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    Lauren, your strawberries remind me of something similar my grandmother owned, which now mom does. The one my mom has is actually for string (the type used for cooking), you put the string in the strawberry and then hang oh the wall.

  2. Lisa May 14, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    What a darling assistant you have.

    No, shopping estate sales is not for sissys or those afraid of dirt. At least the trip wasn’t a bust. You found a few dollars worth of goods.

    I really do want those tumblers. It’s the only style of drinkware I own anymore and I really like that pattern.

    • apronstringsvintage May 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      I tried to email you, but it could not go through. If you would like them, could I trouble you to email me at They are $8 each or $16 for both, plus actual cost of shipping unless you are local (Nashville, TN). Thank you so much!

  3. nancyworegreenstockings May 14, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Oh boy, those glasses are beyond fabulous!

  4. Lisa May 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    YOU’RE KILLIN’ ME, SMALLS. Look at those sunglasses (and your lovely assistant)! Look at that ENID! I die. I have a similar problem with vintage sunglasses always looking WAY undersized and creepy on my too-big head. I was really happy when those oversized, Jackie O style frames came back into style around 2003 so I could ACTUALLY comfortably wear glasses, haha. I’m just going to go back to the top of this post and pine over the Enid some more. ((heart flutters))

    Good luck with your kitchen work! Can’t wait to see how it’s turning out!

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