When I was a little girl
… I didn’t have a little curl.
… I didn’t sit on a tuffet.
… I wasn’t made from sugar and spice, and all that’s nice.
One thing I did have when I was young was a beautiful gold mesh coin purse which I borrowed from my mum. I’d loved that purse from afar for many, many years and couldn’t really understand why it wasn’t used each and every day. Given that I was young and the purse was precious, it was only on the most special of occasions that I was allowed to use the purse myself.
Looking back now I sadly don’t remember every little detail about that purse, but there are a few small memories that come to mind when called. I remember it being cool to the touch and of a pleasant weight when held in my small hand. I remember it had a little dog charm attached to the side of the clasp (no doubt one of the reasons why I loved it so much). I remember thinking a gold mesh purse was surely THE most glamourous and stylish of purses that a woman could own. I’m not sure how old the purse was or whether it was made under a very fashionable label, but the one thing I do clearly remember is how precious that purse was to my mum.
I remember her hesitancy in lending me the purse to take to school when my own coin purse broke. I remember how disappointed she was when I realised I’d lost the purse at some neglectful moment during the day. She wasn’t angry, she didn’t yell… I just remember her being rather sad.
I often wonder what became of that purse and where it ended up. I hope it found a good home, though I’d really rather return it to its rightful owner. With that thought, I trawl through ebay and etsy from time to time in the hope that I’ll spot a similar purse and send it homeward. If you ever happen across such a purse (based on my admittedly hazy description), it would be lovely if you’d let me know and I’ll happily rectify my first vintage memory and transform it into a happier one.
Moving on from one sad little vintage story in my past, to an exciting vintage future … I’m very happy to announce that I’m the proud co-owner of an online vintage store called Bess Georgette. It would be lovely if you paid me a visit over on the Bess Georgette blog, or if you’re like me and love all things vintage, hopefully you’ll visit the store and we can make some happy vintage memories together!