Saturday, March 9, 2013

I GOT the vintage carpet bag and a few other things

 I know you were all wondering!!
So here is how it went.... "I told Mr. Coco I needed to be at the Salvation Army at least 20 minutes before they opened. (Read previous post if you have no clue what I am talking amount *lol*) So we get there and there is no one waiting outside... we park and another car pulls in. *Eaaak* I think in my head... I better bee-line for the door. I did just that and stood right next to the ENTRANCE. Then the lady who pulled in behind us walks up. So I am thinking hmmmm I guess I was more worried than I should have been. That is until I looked over and realized there was 2 separate vehicles with lady's sitting inside with horrified faces."  UH-OH I guess some people were trying to stay warm in their vehicles..... "If you are serious about something you gotta tough it out" *laugh*
They abruptly get out of said warm vehicles and cue in-line I swear every ones secretly eyeing each other up and down. Then I realize one of the ladies doesn't even have a clue as to what's going on when she says "WOW WHAT'S GOING ON?? Why is it so busy today?"
One of the vehicle ladies says: "They opened the display case this morning"
(Hmmmm I wonder what she's after I think to myself.) As time gets closer I get more nervous. I show Mr. Coco the two pictures I took of the display case the month before (Yes Clare display stuff is ALWAYS priced higher, sometimes higher than they go for on Ebay for goodness sakes.) when everything had just been placed inside. I say if you see this purse or this hat. "GRAB IT"
The time arrives when the worker unlocks the dead bolt. I pull open the door and start walking at a calm brisk pace. Sort of like there was a hot fire coal under my buttocks .... But then I hear the people behind me. Their feet picking up speed.... That's when I revved it up and the hot coals turned to a full on fire. As I am walking/joggin... I see the vintage hat with the black veil and grapes I didn't even stop  just *SHWIIIIP* Plucked it off a mannequin head in a snap. Okay one down one to go.... I get to the bags... (ITS NOT THERE) Panic sets in... "WHERE THE HELL IS IT" my hearts racing.... SURELY someone has it in their clutches by now. I hear everyone chatting loudly *Look at this* *OHHHH THAT'S NICE* I see a small crowd gathered over a table. That is when I see the corner of the handbag sticking out from UNDER THE TABLE every one's at. With one *WOOSH* OF MY arm the bag was in my hand *Breath* "AHHHHHHH" I did it. (I actually said that out loud didn't I??) yes I did..... *hahahha* I got what I wanted. But wait?! what's the prices on these things? They always have the prices hidden in the display case. I flip the hat over and it's $10 (Uhmmm no) I like vintage hats but I am not a HAT COLLECTOR or crazy hat lady.  That is when I hear one of the vehicle ladies "OH I knew it would have been you that got them, I just knew it" she said (She was smiling and being nice) But I knew she had obviously been after the same things. That's when I noticed she had the other hat that was in the case in her hand. One lonely hat..... I felt the hat I got should go with her. She would appreciate it more than I. So I said "I decided I am not going to buy that hat, it's $10 would like it?" "Oh yes..... thanks" she replied... She looks at the purse "It really is a beautiful bag" "Yes it is I reply" (In my head I say and it's not going anywhere else but with me.) *SMILE*
I told her to enjoy her hats they are both very pretty. And that is how it went. I got the bag.... The bag I wished for.
The price..... $20
Her name: Beatrice mainly because I beat everyone to her.... *hehehe*

Note: I might of bought the hat if I hadn't had plans to go on a out of town day trip on Monday.
I am gonna need money ... I usually find great vintage stuff up there.

 Beatrice had a busy first day with me. She went to a Bank appointment and then we had some lunch at the Japanese ramen place, we went shopping to Winner's & Toys "R" Us and had a quick jaunt through a Grocery and dollar store. She was told she was a very nice bag at the Japanese restaurant by one of the Waiters. (Obviously he knows his stuff)
Beatrice smells like a Grandma's house... not a Grandma from nowadays but a vintage Grandma. She is better than alot of my vintage bags because she is HUGE and holds my big wallet, camera, comb, change purse, pen, chapstick, gum. And I still had room. You will see more of her in the future I presume.
Here is some other things found this weekend.
 Earrings 0.25 cents (I don't have anything like these. I love them they jingle alot,  music to my ears?)
 Blue pressed glass AVON jar 0.50 cents
 Hosiery also bought out of the display case. $1.00 each.
 Tablecloth background purchased for 0.50 cents, mesh bag 0.50, yellow hanger 0.25 purple and blue scarf $1, white FREE
 Ceramic Bambi made in Japan $5
(More than I normally spend on a figurine, but the price tag was wrapped around it's leg and I thought it said 0.50 cents ... Then Mr. Coco said uhmmm no it's $5 I was putting it back and he said... NO! I will buy it for you.
(Such a sweet man)
 Random sewing bits $1
 I was gonna keep this a secret because.... well... uhggg .... errrrr ... it's a little uhm Gosh I don't even have words.... I BOUGHT ANOTHER SEWING MACHINE!!!!!!!! OKAY OKAY OKAY there it's out... I outed myself.... YES another one. Number 7 to be exact... that's why I wasn't gonna say anything. Sewing machine anonymous WHAT'S YOUR DAMN NUMBER? because I can't find it anywhere?!
But look at that above picture. I saw this (Suitcase looking dealie) sitting on a bottom shelf of a local thrift shop today. I said to my Hubs... "Can you open that for me... I wanna see what it is?!" Is it a record player... a sewing machine...???? The box opens.... "ANGELS SING" I see it like a banner flying behind a plane BERNINA................
 Photo from here
(*dammit*) Why did we open the case? WHY WHY WHY... I CAN'T LEAVE IT HERE? It's orphaned... owener-less sad and cold??!!
(Get a grip on yourself Coconut) It's a flipping hunk of metal
"NO IT'S NOT" It once had a family.... it once made things for it's family. It's owner loved it very much when it was purchased in April of 63. She was smiling and happy and couldn't wait to get home and step on the pedal and hear the motor hum while she made curtains for her kitchen and fancy stitching on her tea towels. She dreamed of everything she would create. Bernina had been threaded who knows how many times by her owners hands..... Bernina had been oiled and cared for and loved and cherished..... She had seen many dresses MOD, groovy, maxi & mini. She smelled many cups of coffee, heard lots of laughter and even seen some tears. Whatever circumstances led to Bernina being orphaned must have been serious. It couldn't possibly be that Bernina had been replaced by a new plastic model that only weighed 6 pounds.... NO  NO NO IT wasn't that!!! Bernina's owner must have aged..... aged to a point she could no longer sew.... Or maybe she moved to a seniors home and couldn't bring her machine with her... or maybe... maybe... she had passed and the owners children just dropped off Bernina like she was a old tatty hat and didn't really realize how special she was.... I don't REALLY have the answers.....
But I just knew she needed a home.
 Push the button on the top left and her light comes on
She came with these lovely books that used to cost a mere 0.20 cents from Woodwards
 She came with her Bond
She stitches like a dream.....
And she will be with me until I can no longer keep her or I find someone who will cherish her just as much as the lady who purchased her in 1963 did the day Bernina was purchased.


Okay so where's that number?

39 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you got the handbag...and that Bernina...OMG, I'm so jealous!!!

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    1. I am so glad too! Had I not got it I might have shed some tears. Lol

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  2. Oh my little Vintage Coconut. I Love You so much! Every single sewing machine is extremely fortunate to have you for an owner. Sew on!!!
    Love, Connie*

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    1. Sadly I cannot rescue all of them. *lol* Unless maybe I could get funding for a vintage sewing machine Museum. OH IT WOULD be WONDROUS!

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  3. I've enjoyed reading this post....thanks for the giggle. I LOVE Beatrice, she is a beauty. I too need a big bag, & vintage ones are hard to find. I found myself in a similar situation when I spotted my red anodised apple ice bucket on a shelf in an op shop, I virtually elbowed another couple who were in the way. Once it was in my clutches I could barely contain my squeals of delight!
    I LOVE the Bambi too. I think it was still a good buy at $5. I can't quite believe you own 7 sewing machines! That is an obsession! Haha. Xx

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    1. Really you mean a obsession isn't once you reach the double digits? Please please let it be when you get to 10 or over. *lol* Your apple is so awesome!!! I can understand the excitement.

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  4. I'm so glad to see you got the bag Coconut, it really is special, and it was so nice that you let the girl have the hat, that's probably why the charity shopping gods were good to you and gave you Bernina. You do make me laugh, the description of you opening the suitcase was so funny. I know what you mean though, when I found my hamper I felt like I was squealing inside with excitement. I love the little Bambi and all the sewing bits and pieces too. xx

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    1. It must have been a magnificent hamper to make you hear Angel's *hehehe*

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  5. Great post - I am so happy that you got the bag, and she is a beauty. I loved reading about the sewing machine and how you imagined her owner. She is very lucky to be with you. Like VBG I love the Bambi. I think $5 is not too bad, He looks like he is in excellent condition. Just thinking about you and your herd of sewing machines makes me smile!

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    1. Yes Bambi is in very good condition so I suppose it's well worth the Money paid.
      Lol a herd! *heha*

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  6. Oh beautiful Beatrice! I am so relieved she got to find her rightful owner, she looks wonderful. Ooh, the anticipation, the thrill of the chase... You make me laugh, Melanie.
    And then your imagined life of the Bernina sewing machine made me feel all sad and wistful. You have a poetic soul, I like that. And I like the idea of a rescue home for old sewing machines, where they live out their days in comfort and love.
    Now get some bloody sewing done, you mad sewing machine obsessive!
    Beautiful earrings and Bambi too. xxxxx

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  7. Aw - what lovely thoughts about the sewing maching and how great that she still works. Bag is fabulous!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  8. Yay, you got the bag! I am laughing at your retelling the story of how you snagged Beatrice - well done! And you passed the happy thrift Karma on by sacrificing a hat, very sweet of you. Beatrice is gorg and worth every penny. I love that you named her and take her on outings (I have been known to sleep with 'new' vintage bags on my night side table!). And the earrings are cool too. Xoxo

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  9. Yay, ao glad you got the bag! At least you got some great bargains to offset the extra you wouldn't normally pay. The $1 hosiery is gorgeous and of course so is Beatrice. I would have snappped her up too. My mum is teaching me to sew and I'm so excited. Can't wait to see your creations xxx

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  10. Hooray for getting the bag! Love that you let the hat lady have the hat, that's what brought such good sewing machine Karma.

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  11. You know that I have x amount that I'm willing to spend on items. $2-$5 for jewelry unless it's something a lot rarer. And clothes I usually spend $5 for cardigans and shirts. I love the vintage hats but purses are a lot more fun and useful.

    We were at Goodwill yesterday and my husband was holding things while I got a cart. He said:"I'm just going to set it down." I say "No, because some of those women will pounce on the items and take them." men just don't understand how sneaky some women can be when they want something.

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  12. I'm SO cross eyeed with desire and envy of Beatrice I am blind to everything else.........ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGH I LOVE HER!
    Well scored, darling!XXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  13. Haha, the way that you told that story sounds like someone opening Toys R Us on Black Friday :) Hehehe. Beatrice is beautiful! What a score. I'm also eyeballing your Hello Kitty iPhone case! I was looking at them online this morning. I broke my current case so that justifies me buying the 3D Hello Kitty one, I think! Where did you get yours?

    ww.mrsdixxxon.blogspot.com

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  14. Seriously, everything you got is so fecking awesome and so bastard cheap. The earrings! The bambi is the bomb. The hat was gorgeous but you did a nice thing and after all you got Beatrice! She's rather beautiful. Like you. Always jealous of that Ramen place

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  15. Haha, I was right there with you through every twist and turn of that tale til you got Beatrice! Hope you'll be happy together ;-)
    x

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  16. Geez love that carpet bag what a find. Thanks for dropping by. xx

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  17. I'm glad Beatrice is with you!!!Your finds are always amazing, I love all the vintage sewing machine and the books, the Bambi figurine and the glass!I'd love to have some ramen now, especially if the waiters are so stylish!
    xxxxx

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  18. I am so glad you got your bag! I was getting increasingly more anxious as I read on! And how nice of you to pass the hat on to another lady. And another sewing machine? Your reward for being generous xxx

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  19. If you ever find that number, screw it up and throw it away. And if some sodding saddo tries to do a sewing machine intervention, threaten to sew up their lips. I LOVE your collection and this little Bernina is an absolute PEACH!!!!!!!! Do you realise that I'm having heart problems after reading this post? Although it's clear you GOT the bag, you tell a mighty fine tale with tension mounting, the search to satiate the hunger, the humanitarian gesture ... it all lead to me holding my breath until I knew you walked away with that ABSOLUTELY GLORIOUS OUTTA-MY-WAY-BITCHES tapestry bag!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you! xoxoxoxoxoxoxooxox

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  20. Super fabulous and bargainacious finds! the earrings and the bag are gorgeous and Bambi's a dear - hahah! How lovely to pass on the hat, that makes for great chazzing Karma! xxx

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  21. haha if i would´t have noticed it before i would say now that you are a bit crazy sweet coconut haha but i´m so glad for you that you and beatrice can stay now forever together ;) haha you are really the funniest blogger of the whole blogosphere!
    love and kiss,mary

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  22. You got the bag!!!!!! Happy happy happy little dance..........I just knew she was going to be yours.
    Hmmmm another sewing machine???? That was me on saturday with another dress, eekkk its a wonderful problem. Miss Berina is a beauty.
    Now where is that number for "Dresses anonymous"???? Tee hee....
    love V

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  23. YAAAY! The bag is so fab! I wish you'd also got the hat and the little dog in the background too. And another sewing machine... I approve!!!

    Sarah xxx

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  24. bless you, you did make me chuckle with your descripition about getting to the bag which i have to say is gorgeous by the way. Hey im the same as you are with sewing machines except its 50's kicthen cupboards with me :-) enjoy, dee x

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  25. Congrats!The bag is so gorgeous.I was tensing up reading this post even though I knew you ended up with it,haha!The deer is adorable too!

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  26. You are a real die hard. Lol. It's funny when you are trying not to look like you are running for something and the adrenaline is pumping but you try to look all coool and calm. Hee hee. Glad you got your bag.

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  27. I was pissing myself laughing while reading this!
    It's just like me at the car boot sales!

    Congrats to the bag! <3

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  28. Amor
    You crack me up ruthless biatch!
    That bag is gorgeous, love the vintage tights and the little deer.

    Besos

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  29. No wonder you wanted Beatrice so badly, she's lovely! I look forward to seeing her make guest appearances in future posts :)

    ps The picture of you and Beatrice is gorgeous!

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  30. HAHAHA you KILL ME!!!! I am basically in hysterics reading about that thrift shop expedition. I was RIGHT there with ya!! SO classic. Glad you got it. Steep price, but a very cool bag, that is obviously very well behaved at all times.

    I love that you re-home lonely sewing machines. I desperately need a lovely bernina like that. I am sewing-machine-less. And I rarely see them at the op shops. Boo hoo.
    x

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  31. I love Beatrice. Unfortunately the only carpet bags to be found here are at antique shops and cost around $60 plus. I did score 3 off Ebay for what I would have paid for 1 local. I wrote a post and linked your blog in it. Have a wonderful night

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  32. Oh you did well to get in quick and find that bag! Beatrice is beautiful.

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  33. So lucky you found a Bernina. How much was it if you don't mind telling. I inherited a Bernina 830 from my mother in law and just recently learned to use it. It is an excellent machine.

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    1. I paid $25 for the Bernina. I usually limit myself to $20 or under per sewing machine.... BUT it was green and that's my favorite color. *lol*
      What a great MIL to give you a Bernina!

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