Sunday, January 11, 2009

See-Through Plastic Clutch Purse with Coordinating Change Purse. 1960s. Maker: Unknown. Clear plastic clutch purse with goldtone hardware and chain, plus faux pearls, rhinestones, and a milk glass and bead appliqué in the center. The plastic is about the thickness of your standard inflatable pool raft. It isn’t quite a match to the clear plastic change purse with larger rhinestone accents that have been fastened, Bedazzler-style, to the exterior. The clutch came with the change purse, as well as the circa ‘60s matchbook from the Golden Gate Casino in Las Vegas, which is still around and bills itself as Las Vegas’s most historic hotel and casino.

This purse has yellowed with age, and, not to be gross, but it’s—well—sticky. It needs a cleaning, but I’m afraid to do it, because I don’t want the pearls to fall off. Seems sturdy enough, but you never know about old glue. Any suggestions are welcome.



moi said...

Oh crap. Have you seen this site:

Monica said...

you do win with more purses thatn me, I have a lot but you have WAY more~!

Wendy said...

Moi: Yeah, good site. And decent prices for a dealer. I'm pretty cheapo. I generally look around for the major bargains, unless it's something I MUST HAVE RIGHT NOW.

Monica: Maybe a few more purses! But, girl, you have the coolest stuff.

Sparkleneely said...

When I worked at a vintage store, quite a few of these beauties came through over the years. We cleaned them gently with diluted windex and a cloth diaper and that worked pretty well, though the stickiness never seems to completely go away. (Not sure why.)

Loving your collection, and loved your other blog, too!

Wendy said...

Thanks, Sparkle! I'll try the Windex trick.

I hope to be able to post more pics to this blog, but I've been busy with work... or trying to get more work. Recently sold an article on vintage purses! I'll post the info after it's published this summer.