Monday, February 2, 2009

Blue Monday: Collins Bag

I'm a packrat inveterate collector. At one time or another, I have collected comic books, postage stamps, marbles, ceramic cats, dolls, paper dolls, nutcrackers, Teddy bears, postcards, greeting cards, matchbooks, dishware, glassware, Pyrex ware, sewing patterns, and vintage clothing. To name a few.

And one more. Collins bags. Enid Collins designed and manufactured handbags in Texas, starting in the mid- to late 1960s, until sometime in the 1970s. There were basically two types of bags – wooden box purses, and canvas bucket style bags. As a teenager, I fell in love with the small box bags – they were about the size of a large paperback and encrusted with sequins and fake jewels. They were eminently impractical for day-to-day toting. And they were quite pricey by my working-class standards. Even so, I managed to cajole my mother into buying me at least two that I can remember.

Alas, those original two bags apparently fell victim to one of my mother's frequent clear-outs, because today they are nowhere to be found in all my "stuff." But a few years ago, while browsing eBay, I was bitten by the Collins bug once again and started building a very nice little collection of the boxes. This is a photo of one of them with a bit of blue on it – it's one of the bigger box bags, about 12 inches long – called Pavan II (all Enid's designs were named). As you can see, it's not in mint condition, but it's still one of my favorites. I was always more interested in the wooden box bags than the buckets, but lately I'm starting to look at the fabric bags with a new eye. I suppose they mostly appeal to women of a certain age, and oh yeah, I'm there now.

Thanks to Smiling Sally for hosting Blue Monday. For more blue offerings, or to participate yourself, please visit her blog .


  1. That is really, really neat, Joy! I love the colors and the design! Thanks for sharing this with us. I hadn't heard of a Collins bag before, and I appreciate the education on them. :-)

    Happy Blue Monday to you...


    Sheila :-)

  2. Beautiful bag...thanks for sharing it with us..

    Have a great day!


  3. Another interesting collection--how nice! Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday!

  4. What a very interesting bag...too bad your mother had a cleaning attack! Like a piece of art with handles!

  5. That bag is certainly a beauty!

  6. Very pretty Joy! Happy Blue Monday to you!

  7. Do you remember what your original ones looked like? I always thought they were so cool so when Momma bought me mine it had coins and I think it was called "Money Tree" -- no pretty jewels. They were VERY impractical, weren't they? But so much fun!

  8. "I suppose they mostly appeal to women of a certain age, and oh yeah, I'm there now."

    That made me smile. Oh, yes, isn't getting older interesting?

    I had never before heard of Collins bags. The one you showed is very pretty. I hope you come upon the bags that you once owned. Perhaps they will show up on ebay

  9. Beautiful bag, Joy.

    Have a great day tomorrow.


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