Once you’ve become hooked on vintage, you’ll quickly find that you gravitate towards a specific aspect of the vast vintage world. Or, like me, several aspects!
Now, that could be a certain decade, designer, style or lifestyle category (cars, interiors, clothing, music…) but once you dip a toe into the sea of vintage, you’ll quickly establish some sort of niche – even if you’re not ‘into’ vintage professionally, just personally.
AND SO The Collector is born!!
Personal Mission Alert: To find fellow collectors who passionately display their treasures in their own home (as opposed to cramming them into cupboards) – mostly so I can have a nosey at what other people are falling in love with!
Those of you that know me will be aware that I have a thing for vintage handbags, especially ANYTHING by Enid Collins! I do indeed have my own collection of Enid bags but (get this) I have found another Collector who loves them (possibly) even more than me!!
What better place to begin my quest?
Her name is Catherine Beck, author of the fabulous Vintage Frills blog. I think she’ll agree that as soon as I discovered her collection I quickly hounded her with questions! However, it is all so fellow enthusiasts can get some tips and inspiration!
Here’s what the lovely Catherine had to say…
What made you start collecting?
I’ve been collecting vintage for many years. My Grandma was an antiques dealer, so I was brought up around old things. I feel in love with Enid Collins bags when I saw some other people collections. I love how many designs there are, it’s something you could spend years collecting and never run out of new designs to add to the collection. I love how bright and fun the designs are and I can match them with almost all my vintage outfits. It’s so fun collecting something which not only can be used, but also looks fantastic as a display item.
How long have you been doing it for & how many do you have?
I have been collecting Enid Collins for about a year now and I have 10 in my collection. They are quite hard to find in the UK so I usually wait until I see a bargain online and have them shipped over from the US.
Which was your very first addition & where did you buy it?
My first was an older flower bouquet bag, which was in excellent condition. Like almost all of my bags this one came from eBay. Enid Collins was a Texan company so many of mine have been shipped from Texas and it’s amazing how many of mine came from there.
Do you have a favourite? If so, why is it?
My favourite would have to be my Chick box bag. The design is absolutely adorable and it’s the only one in my collection which is quite valuable and rare.
Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to start their own Enid collection?
My first tip would be to check the condition before buying. Although replacement jewels are available, they can be expensive so it’s best to buy bags with all the jewels still there. Bags which say Enid Collins on the side, rather than Collins of Texas are older and more desirable. I’d also recommend keeping an eye on the condition of the straps. They can be quite worn and dry and can snap, this recently happened to one of my favourite bags.
What do you look for in an Enid bag?
When it comes to vintage, I’ve never been too worried about value and rarity. To me it’s all about owning something that you love and that you can use. I’m always attracted to the brighter colours and the most heavily embellished designs. The earlier designs are also nice to own, because they were made before Enid Collins sold the company on. I think the ones produced under Enid herself feel more authentic and special to own. I mostly collect the floral ones, mainly because they are affordable and quite readily available. I would one day like to own a Sagittarius bag, although the horoscope designs are very sought after and demand very high prices.
Do any of them have a unique story/piece of history behind that makes it extra special?
Enid Collins began producing her bags in Texas in the early sixties. She and her husband had moved to Texas with the intention of becoming ranchers, but eventually turned to their creative side and started their handbag business. There are so many unique designs and no catalogue to trace all of them, so new designs are discovered all the time. They are such a fun and exciting thing to collect, because you never know what unseen designs will pop up on the market.
Make sure you pop back for even more next week!