Month: November 2013

An incredible Evans find

My mother-in-law is starting to understand my taste.

That’s very cool for a variety of reasons. Mostly because it means I’m important to her and she wants to choose gifts I like. But it’s also awesome because she volunteers with her church, which holds rummage sales as fundraisers.

She gets to see the rummage before it goes on sale.

When she saw this bag, she thought of me.

Gorgeous vintage clutch

Gorgeous vintage clutch

Another angle...

Another angle…

She called and tried to describe it over the phone, but I’m extremely visual and had trouble picturing the bag she was talking about. What I did get: It was old and had an interesting closure. She offered the people running the sale $10. They gave it to her for $4. She did some research when she got home and felt guilty that they gave it her for so little. Then I started feeling better, because it meant I would feel less guilty if I didn’t like it.

The elegant Evans emblem, hidden inside the purse.

The elegant Evans emblem, hidden inside the purse.

Then she told me it was an Evans. The odds that I wouldn’t like it plummeted. Evans made some of the compacts I love most…their styling and craftsmanship captivate me. Even their logo is striking.

My mother-in-law cautioned me that the interior of the bag had some holes in the cloth lining, and there were two small dings in the leather on the front. To a certain extent, things like that make me feel like it’s OK to actually USE my vintage items – I’m not putting an intact collectible at risk of losing its value, I’m simply continuing to make use of an item that already has a bit of wear and tear.

Yes, the interior shows signs of age. But I'm the only one who will see that.

Yes, the interior shows signs of age. But I’m the only one who will see that.

Inside pockets for lipstick and a compact.

Inside pockets for lipstick and a compact.

While the compact that probably came with the bag originally didn’t make it to the rummage sale, there were still some goodies inside:

Even more treasures inside: lipstick tube, change purse, and comb.

Even more treasures inside: lipstick tube, change purse, and comb.

 

Bow and basket weave clasp

Bow and basket weave clasp

The lipstick holder has the same basket weave as the bag’s clasp. It’s obviously never been used. So cool. And I love the blue jewel at the tip. I’m not certain of this set’s age, but I’m looking forward to doing some research to see what I can find.

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Display shelves

A long time ago, I mentioned that I didn’t really have a good way to display my compacts…they were just sort of scattered willy-nilly throughout my office. I started building some shelves with old drawers I found in the loft over our garage, but got stalled when it was time to figure out how to hang them.

Drawers from the loft in our garage.

Drawers from the loft in our garage.

Fortunately for me, Tim stepped in and decided to surprise me while I was travelling for work. He came up with a way to connect and hang the shelves in a way that captured the juxtaposition I was going for. I like unexpected contrasts…something rustic up against the industrial, or something rough and unfinished paired with something polished and ornate. It’s not for everyone.

The drawers had traces of BRIGHT PINK. Which I hate. So I sanded them down and stained them with a black stain that let traces of the wood grain peek through.

First pass with the stain.

First pass with the stain.

Tim cut some smaller pieces of wood for me to put inside the boxes to create more shelves. I stained those, we nailed/glued them in, it looked great and then….

They sat in the garage for months.

I got distracted. Fortunately, Tim decided that shelf-finishing was a great way to entertain himself while I was traveling for work. I returned from my trip to find beautifully completed shelves. Yay! He used copper plumbing fittings to connect the shelves.

My finished shelves!

My finished shelves!

They fit nicely in a corner next to my bookshelves. We live in a Cape, which has sloped ceilings in some spots that can make it tough to fit things in, but these work perfectly.

A close-up of the fittings.

A close-up of the fittings.

I love the way the compacts fit in here...there's enough room to stand them up or set them flat.

I love the way the compacts fit in here…there’s enough room to stand them up or set them flat.

Tim put a bit of a blue stain on the edges of the middle shelf. It’s subtle, but I like it. Sorry the photos are a bit dark – the light in my office is tricky and it’s tough to photograph. Overall, I’m really pleased with these. I like the hint of rawness in the shelves in contrast to the polish and delicate appearance of the compacts.