One thing you might not know about me-- during the summer between sophomore and junior year of college, I got so. into. Sex and the City. Yes, I have seen every episode, multiple times. Yes, I own almost every season (except for season six part one...that season only picks up when Baryshnikov shows up, and still kind of let me down). This interest started by offhandedly checking out a couple volumes from the library, and ended with me going completely insane over Carrie's more envy-inducing outfits (this fur coat and aviators combo she wore to a Yankees game still kind of haunts my dreams) and bemoaning my non-standard sized feet not being able to fit into teeteringly tall high heels. Carrie being my spirit animal (except for her unshakable devotion to that badnik Mr. Big; how could you break Aidan's heart the way you did, you shameful woman!), the other girls' fashion sometimes interested me, sometimes didn't-- up until I saw Miranda carry this fish bag in the SATC movie (which wasn't amazing, but what do you want 10,000 years after the first episode). DIED. DIED IN RIGHT THERE IN THE THEATER. Look how cute!
|* HOLLYWOULD * Natural/Pink Fish|
|Kate Spade armadillo hand bag|
Have you ever. Seen anything. As CUTE. In your entire life. This post is making me use non-standard punctuation but BY GOLLY, it's nonstandardly appealing to me. It wasn't until the other day, though, when I was trying to track down some figural novelty purse or other on Ebay (it may or may not have been shaped like goose), that I found these animal shaped wicker purses have a fashion heritage that stretches back to the midcentury! An intriguing convergence of interests here-- little cute things, purses, and vintage-- made me want to share these animal purses I did find thither and yon on the internet with you.
Check 'em out!
|Wicker Monkey Handbag, Highly Collectible, Rare 1950s|
Be forewarned before you go and get your heart broken, not even ONE of 'em I've seen online has been listed for less than $400. I know askin' ain't gettin', but I remember one of the deterrents to the Kate Spade purse when I initially saw it was its $300 price tag-- now you're telling me even the second hand originals are three figures or bust! One thing I like about online shopping, though, that you can, as they say, "train the eye" to look for these kinds of things out in the world. Not that a puppy dog or a monkey shaped wicker purse would easily 'scape my notice in the first place, but the consolation that spending forty bucks on one would be making out like a bandit is comforting.
|Wicker Seated Dog Bag|
|Vintage Figural Monkey Animal Wicker Purse|
The purses with the circular handles (the three shown above) would seem to have a shared manufacturer, but none of the listings mentioned a maker's tag or mark, so that part of the provenance remains a mystery to me. However, Midas of Miami, a well known maker of "flashy" midcentury purses, made this bejeweled donkey and another example of a wicker purse shaped like an elephant (I already had two elephants I liked in this post, so I excluded it, but you get the idea), so that may have been a place to get one back in the day. I want to know where I can get one (under a hundred dollars) now!
|Midas of Miami Donkey Purse|
THIS HORSE ONE WITH ITS FRINGED BRIDLE, CHOMPING AT THE BIT:
|Horse Bag Wicker Antique Vintage 1950s 3D Figural Equestrian Handbag Huge|
|Rare Vintage Figural Black Wicker Poodle Animal Purse|
|Antique Vintage Wicker Dog Purse Bag 50s 3d Figural|
I like this dog less than the poodles because of his dopey expression, but I might just be being mean because I am so angry I don't have a purse like this of any kind, even a goofy looking one. Based on his handle, maybe he's related to the first three!
|RARE Vintage 50s Pink Poodle DOG Wicker Purse Handbag-Collector's Piece|
|Vintage Figural Animal Cat Wicker Purse|
I thought this was a chicken at first, but, being four legged, the seller says it's an alligator. I can get behind that.
|Vintage 1950s Wicker Animal Purse / Rare Figural Wicker Handbag Alligator / Crocodile Highly Collectable|
Another fish, even more fabulous than the first (Miranda's)!
|Plastic coated Wicker FISH Handbag Purse|
|Rare 1950s Wicker Figural Elephant Purse, Collectible|
|Vintage Figural White Wicker Decorated Elephant Animal Purse|
NOOOO, WHY DOES THIS ONE LADY HAVE SUCH AN AMAZING NUMBER OF FIGURAL WICKER PURSES? She runs the Vintage Purse Gallery, so I guess she puts her money where her mouth is in terms of awesome interests! I am so sad I don't have that monkey shaped one.
Anyway! That's about it for today, but let's talk-- which of these is your favorite? Ever seen an animal shaped purse like this out in the wild? WHY are some collectibles so blamed expensive? What's the best three figure item you've ever gotten for two (or one)!
Gotta get back to the grind, but I'll see you back here tomorrow with bells on. Be good! Til then.