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Best Thrift Score Ever? (or Why I Love Vintage)

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Just popping in to tell you about a great find I thrifted yesterday. Yep, that’s right, took a few minutes out of our 4th of July celebrations to hit Goodwill. Did you know many thrift stores have 50% off sales store-wide on holidays? It’s usually a mad house (yesterday was no exception), but that’s usually when I score my best finds.

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I’m a little obsessed with clutches. I always check this section to see if there are any vintage ones. I’m not snobby – I like the 70s vinyl ones as much as I like the older bejeweled ones. Yesterday I scored both.

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This one is fun – I’ve been looking for a nude clutch for a while, and this fits the bill perfectly. The 70s vibe is just a bonus. (Yep, there’s the cat. Apparently my thrift finds were very intriguing to the little ones in my house.)

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And then there’s this one.

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I just grabbed it because of the sequins and beading and the $8.25 price tag (making it just over $4 with 50% off, of course).

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But when I got home, I did a little more investigating. The tag is interesting. “British Crown Colony of Hong Kong”? I’ve never seen that before.

In my searching, I found one other “Weinstock-Hale” bag (this one on ebay). The label is identical, so mine is most likely to be from the 60s.

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Then I found this article about Sacramento’s Finest Department Store and read a little of its history. With lots of buying and selling and name changes, it seems the store was only called Weinstock-Hale between 1965 and 1967. This clutch is almost 50 years old, and it is practically in perfect condition.

And this is why I love vintage. Whenever I find a really great old piece, I imagine its story, its history, how it was used and loved. This time, I found a few extra facts about it, and that makes me love it even more.

Local friends: Anyone remember this store in Sacramento? I think I’ll take a trip to check out the former home of my lovely little clutch.

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PS – A few extra photos of my finds:

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Apparently, BG loves vintage, too.

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She couldn’t resist touching all the tiny beads, trying to “style” the shot with my lens cap, and making sure her hands were in most of the photos.

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These bright yellow beads were tempting as well.

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10 thoughts on “Best Thrift Score Ever? (or Why I Love Vintage)

  1. Looking at your beaded purse made me find my similar beaded one which was given to me the year I got married (1969) but it just says “made in Hong Kong”. It was probably purchased at Marshal Field’s in Chicago. I still use it for dress-up affairs, including my daughter’s wedding. So keep this purse and use it and someday carry it for your daughter’s wedding.

    I’m not sure I will last until my grandchildrens’ weddings, but the purse probably will.

    1. Gail, thanks for sharing the story of your beaded purse – I love it! Now I will definitely plan to use it at my daughter’s wedding – she apparently already approves. :)

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