A lot of people have been posting the contents of their vintage handbag. Here is what I have:
The handbag is in patent leather that I found on Ebay. The seller said it was from the 1970's, but it's such a classic handbag. It had never been used, when I opened it, it still smelled new. I use it a lot as it is big enough for a book.
A bit morbidly this handbag still contained the program from a dear friends funeral from last summer- clearly I don't clean out my handbags too often. A mirror that came with the bag, a comb and lipsticks. I notoriously forget my lipsticks in the bags, which is why this one contained three. Keys and wallet. A perfume sample from BPAL. A book, this one is an old favourite that I often re-read when I don't have anything else, Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones.
If I don't want a black bag, then I usually use this one, as it is also big enough for a book. Snake skin, probably from the 1970's too.
Green leather handbag from the 1940's.
An evening clutch bag from the 40's. Found on Etsy where you can find some very nice bags for a good price.
Another bag that never had been used. 1940's and made of suede. it's extremely flat, perhaps, 1 inch, so even if it's not that small, you still can't get much into it. Wallet, lipstick and keys are a clinch.
I inherited this 1950's handbag from my grandmother Greta. I love the boxy shape, but the handles are rather worn.
A handbag in lizard skin that my grandmother made herself, either in the 40's or the 50's. It's rather fragile, so I don't use it often.
Another bag that my grandmother made heself.
My newest bag. My former father-in-law passed away recently and my ex-husband and his brother gave me this sweet little bag, along with the opera binoculars, as a keepsake. It originally belonged to their mother and I have no idea how old it is. Any takes? For some reason I think the 1920's, but I don't know my. I'm happy to have it as I was very fond of my father-in-law and I thought it was a very well-thought keepsake- they know me well!
Mats, my lovely assistent.