How do you store your vintage accessories and handbags? Or maybe you display them so that everyone can appreciate them or in a way that makes them easily accessible. Here is what I do with mine.
Hang them on the wall
My favourite handbags with interesting fronts are hung on the wall in our bedroom.These are mainly window pane bags such as Princess Charming bags and Enid Collins totes. People comment that they must get dusty which they do, so I simply clean them from time to time with a feather duster! I used to be a visual merchandiser for Accessorize so I am pretty used to hanging bags on a wall! This wall has been featured in Home Style magazine, Psychologies magazine as well as in the Daily Mail. They hang on nails painted in the same grey as the wall.
Display in a cocktail cabinet
I display my box bags in a vintage 1950s cocktail cabinet also in my bedroom; these are my most precious vintage bags such as my lucite ones. The advantage of this is that they are away from my kids sticky fingers! I love that I can see them and appreciate them as a collection. My mother in law bought me the cabinet from a local charity shop – the atomic patterns on it and the splayed legs are fab.
Store in vintage trunks and suitcases
The rest of my handbag collection is stored in trunks and suitcase piled at the end of the bed.This works really well for clutch bags and purses. However, the downfall is that I forget they are there thus using them less. Plus recently I shut the case on a delicate early plastic 1930s clutch bag and snapped the corner ;-(
Store in a sewing box
My vintage jewellery is stored in a large wooden sewing box with a sliding top from the 1950s. The piece is a beautiful piece of furniture in its own right, and looks great in my spare room. At the moment it needs a bit if a clear out as I have so many pieces but at least they are all safe together.
Display on a bangle unit
I hang my bangles, both modern and vintage from a black velour display stand. To be honest I don’t like it that much so am keen to get more ideas. I bought it from ebay and it isn’t very sturdy but at least I can see them all.
Store in glass bowls
Smaller vintage accessories such as earrings are stored in glass bowls such as this pink M’dina bowl, which was one of the first vintage home items I bought for my first house. I love the way that my mirrored dressing table in my dressing room has bowls filled with sparkles!
I would love to see how you store your vintage accessories – please do share!