January 2, 2014Vintage Enid Collins Crosstitch Sparkle Box Bag Purse Score!
By Sara In AZ
It seems like as time goes on I shop less and less at antique stores and more and more at thrift shops. Not that bargains can’t be found at antique stores, it just seems like they are few and far between. One recent shopping trip to an antique store proved me wrong though!
Mike and I recently went to a flea market outside of an antique store and thought while we were there we might as well check out the store itself…..you just never know what you are gonna find!
We had almost made our way through the entire store when we entered one booth and as I was making my way out Mike said, “There is one of those purses.” I was like “What???” not entirely sure what he had found. I spun around to see him pointing at an Enid Collins box purse. I was interested, but hesitant because it ALWAYS seems like when Collins purses are for sale in antique stores the prices are sky-high. I pulled the purse off the top shelf and turned the tag around “$29” it read….but the entire booth was having a 25% off sale too. Hmmmmmmm, I thought “Maybe.” The sales tag also read something like “Original paperwork included” and I thought that meant just the original price tag still hanging on the outside…but I was wrong. When I opened up the purse it DID have original paperwork inside, which you will see at the end of the post!
Well, since the purse was SO perfect and had all this original documentation I thought it seemed like a pretty good deal and the purse came home with me. Whoooooo-Hoooooooo!!!!
And here it is, my new/old Enid Collins Cross Stitch Sparkle box purse.
So cute, and yes – all the jewels are intact!
Here is a close-up of the original tag……you can see it was marked down to $17.25. The original price on this purse was $23.00……oddly, I paid just barely over $23.00, after the 25% off discount, including taxes. So I basically paid the original asking price on the purse all these years later! Crazy!!!
The other side of the tag.
The inside looks pristine…and there is that ‘original paperwork’!
I honestly cannot say that I am *that* knowledgeable about Enid Collins purses….I have picked up a few here and there when the price seemed fair….but really, I do not know a super lot about them. From what I have seen though….. I have NEVER actually seen this original paperwork before. It looks like maybe this letter came with the purses ( when you purchased it) so you could send it in with a request for missing jewel pieces if any ever fell off…..or maybe you had to write in to Collins of Texas and say you had missing jewels and they sent this back to you? Hard to know for sure, I think it’s pretty neat anyway! I know you can’t tell from my scan, but it’s definitely on old paper. Has anyone else ever seen one of these before???
And finally, the original bill of sale. So cool! I’ve actually been through both Kerrville and Fredericksburg Texas…..I wonder if the old buildings these stores were located at still stand? If I ever make it back I will have to try to check it out!
And bless you Mabel for keeping your purse so spectacularly mint!