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A Handbag That I Crave: One for the Chicks



December 06, 2010 – Comments (56) | RELATED TICKERS: BID , DD , TUP

It's finally happened all the Spamison Avenue advertising got to me. I must have a handbag for Christmas!!!

However, I would like a Lucite handbag. I think my grandmother used to have one, but I don't know where it went. Perhaps, "handbox" would be a more accurate term. For some pictures of this "must have" item check out one of the first links that came up on Google. She has a great collection.

I attribute my craving partly to our MF Chicks because I was inspired by their analysis of Tupperware to think of other plastic products with sentimental and functional value.

I enjoy going to antique stores on vacation so this will give me something fun to look for. My husband has bakelite cameras so it is only natural that I would I like a lucite handbag. 

Enjoy discovering the mystique of vintage plastics!


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#1) On December 06, 2010 at 11:12 AM, Mary953 (84.50) wrote:

Man, talk about on-target spamming!

Have you considered jewelry?  I just sold a lucite cameo through an antique store.  Sold may not be the right word.  After it sold for a ridiculous amount of money, I promptly negotiated for two lovely hand-carved cameos for Christmas stockings.  One large very ugly broach for two delicate handcarved gifts.  One of the joys of small town life!

I think the young men that own the antique store sold this on eBay.  Look there under lucite.  And if I find a handbag, I will get in touch.


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#2) On December 06, 2010 at 11:14 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

That is really cool--an on-topic spam for a change.


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#3) On December 06, 2010 at 11:19 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Good idea, Mary, jewelry would be great. After all, I will need some to match my wished for handbag.

My husband is great at ebaying. I will get him to help me in my search. Based on your sales story, it sounds like lucite is a new hot product. Glad that your were able to get a good price and make a nice exchange.

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#4) On December 06, 2010 at 11:29 AM, brickcityman (< 20) wrote:


You certainly put me to shame...  The spammers sit right up  at attention to your beckon call.


Anyway you could get them to contribute to my call to spammers blog?  


BTW I just might be in the market for a ladies wallet and the spammer who responds to that blog might garner some business out of the exchange....  ;-)

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#5) On December 06, 2010 at 11:34 AM, Mary953 (84.50) wrote:

Info on Lucite jewelry -

Some Lucite beads and other jewelry

Forget the rest - LOOK HERE -

Beautiful stuff! Handbags in lots of designs and jewelry!

Oh, stop laughing, guys - It said "for the Chicks" right at the top - can't you read?

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#6) On December 06, 2010 at 11:54 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

@ #5 I was as surprised as you at my first comment. I must have hit on some keywords. Handbags, crave, and chicks probably did the trick.

I will link your blog here, brickcity, since it fits the theme :)

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#7) On December 06, 2010 at 12:02 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Ta da! brickcity's blog spreading some foolanthropy Christmas cheer to some underappreciated commercial advertisers.

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#8) On December 06, 2010 at 12:20 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

@ #6 I just checked out your blog, Mary, carols and shopping advice. What Fun!

I could make my own jewelry with some lucite beads.

Those handbags on kaboodle are fantastic. Thanks for the great link. Research is your business!

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#9) On December 06, 2010 at 12:28 PM, TMFLomax (89.70) wrote:

I love it!!! What a cool handbag! And definitely sturdy! (Glad our Chicks piece could inspire you to think about this too! Girl power in Fooldom!) I need to look more into this lucite too. :)

Don't know if the diehard Coach fans are going to be too thrilled about this of course. ;)


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#10) On December 06, 2010 at 2:53 PM, TheFoolishEdge (< 20) wrote:

I know that it said "for the chicks" but I still had to read.

"Spamison Avenue" , I never heard that before, nice term, I may take it and call it my own. :-)



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#11) On December 06, 2010 at 3:09 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

@ #10 Guys are welcome too. I just wanted my readership to know that the blog was chick inspired.

I'd never heard "Spamison" before either. I was thinking about Madison Ave and spam so it just clicked. Feel free to use the term. I don't know if it was a discovery or an invention. 

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#12) On December 06, 2010 at 3:16 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

@ #9 Great to hear from a MF Chick! Thanks for stopping by, Alyce. Investing can be fun, informative, and fashion conscious:) I like keeping tabs on what you and Dayana research.

I think that Coach has a strong enough brand that it doesn't have to be concerned about a lucite bag "revival". 

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#13) On December 06, 2010 at 5:36 PM, Mary953 (84.50) wrote:

If we are looking at just for chicks, could I lobby for a TMF Just for Chicks Cruise???  =D  I would take that over shoes and bags!

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#14) On December 07, 2010 at 9:39 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I've never been on a cruise. Unless you consider a trip around Tampa Bay or a trip to see Fort Sumter. Very peaceful and pleasant. Water is beautiful how it catches the light.

My discretionary funds do not cover cruises yet. Invest now, cruise later, maybe :) However, I'm sure that others here would love to go.

The Cruising Chicks--I like the sound of that. 

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#15) On December 08, 2010 at 10:51 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I've done some initial pricing. I don't want to pay over $100 for a handbag so I think certain brands are out of the question in spite of their structural charm and superior quirkyness.


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#16) On December 08, 2010 at 11:03 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

From what I've read so far the Wilardy was the "Tiffany of the trade." Don't remember which site said that. I probably won't find one for the price I want but I'm having fun learning the history behind the now luxurous, lucite handbag.

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#17) On December 14, 2010 at 10:52 PM, Mary953 (84.50) wrote:

Hope you still have this on your radar - I saw your cautionary tales of why businesses don't succeed.  All I could think at first was - we are both married to engineers!  LOL

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#18) On December 15, 2010 at 3:08 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Yes, I check this periodically. I plan to add more information later on how the search for the perfect handbag goes during my vacation.

I wanted to marry someone very intelligent with a lot of interests and a good character. That is how I ended up with my engineer/professor. :)

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#19) On December 17, 2010 at 4:58 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Have a great weekend, Mary! I can hardly wait until my vacation starts I can start my search in earnest for the essential handbag!

Tomorrow we plan to go to Haygood Mill and listen to some French Carols. Employees at Michelin come every year and bring some of their culture to share.

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#20) On December 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Well, today was my first day of vacation. We went to two nearby antique shops. One shop had very little lucite at all. The other had a nice looking peach handbag. However when I opened it looked like it had been very well loved indeed with what looked like a cigarette burn in the bottom. There was no label, but it looked old enough that I didn't think it was a reproduction. I think I will continue my search as I am able. At the moment I'm not at my best, having discovered that the strange rash I had just gotten is shingles. The good news is that I have three weeks off so I can focus on getting back to normal. The doctor was very impressed at how bad a case I had. I said whatever I do I do with enthusiasm :(. I'm in good hands between the doctor and my husband who is scrupulous about doing anything that needs to be done.

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#21) On December 25, 2010 at 11:04 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I didn't get a lucite purse yet. However, I've had more success with another kind of antique--Depression glass.

With its bright transparent colors and bold geometric/floral designs Depression glass is cheerful to say the least. 

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#22) On December 25, 2010 at 11:09 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Since I expressed an interest in Depression glass at my last trip to an antique store, my husband gave me a full color field guide to aid in identification.

Now I know that the two cute little containers from my grandmother that I have on my living room mantel are actually pink "cube" powder jars made by Jeannette Glass Company in PA.  

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#23) On December 25, 2010 at 11:12 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I've already found other pieces of the "cube" pattern listed very inexpensively on e-bay. Some go for as low as $10. Another pattern I like by the same company is "Windsor" the nearby shops had some.

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#24) On December 25, 2010 at 11:16 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

If I cannot find a purse I like in good condition for the price I want-- $50, I might get a few pieces of Depression glass to brighten up the place. I cannot believe how affordable it is. Probably not the rarest of antiques, but I like what I've seen so far, so who cares :)

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#25) On December 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM, Mary953 (84.50) wrote:

Keep in mind that not so very long ago Bakelite was not in fashion and could be collected very reasonably.  Now anything in that area is rather dear.  Depression glass seems to go in and out of style, rather like some stocks.  Perhaps you are fortunate to have discovered it while it was out of favor. 

Very Merry Christmas, my friend!

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#26) On December 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

:) Thanks, Mary! Based on pricing I would say that Depression glass at least from the makers I've looked at is currently experiencing a lull.

I found a pink glass kitten in the same color as my powder jars on e-bay, my husband told me it was in the style of depression glass, but not actually made during the Depression.  It was adorable and really inexpensive so I got it anyway just a cute paperweight.

However, it does illustrate one of the perils in collecting Depression Glass of being taken in by a modern piece. 

I'm headed off to another antique store. What fun! 

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#27) On December 28, 2010 at 2:58 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Well, I had a successful expedition. The first antique store had mostly crystal depression glass. I've decided that I like colored better than clear. There was some amber By Cracky, but I'm not yet collecting that pattern or color.

I went back to Old Faithful's Antique Store and got a green cup and saucer in Windsor--a pattern very similar to Cube. Both are made by the same company--Jeanette Glass Company. It cost me $12.50. According to my handy guide green is worth more than pink in this pattern. Who knew! If it really is Windsor and not Cube than my purchase was worth $27.

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#28) On December 29, 2010 at 12:22 AM, SweetMircha (78.48) wrote:

I'm happy to hear that you're having a wonderful Christmas Vacation and starting a new collection of collectibles.  I am very sorry to hear of the medical condition which also just developed suddenly at the start of that vacation. Please take your medication for it as prescribed. It can be  a very painful malady but controlled with nerve pain medications.  Recover quickly my friend. I'll include you in my prayer.

It will be a Happy New Year, Lemon even with all of the weather malfunctions this Christmas season.


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#29) On December 29, 2010 at 12:29 AM, SweetMircha (78.48) wrote:

I forgot to mention how very funny this blog is. I've been laughing out loud reading through it.

I came across a new Spamilla; a chinese version I think in tonights blogs I buzzed through.

Maybe Brickcityman may just get a hit on his call out for them. I think the Spamilla-spammers are scared of him & that's why they won't enter his blog.

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#30) On December 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

SweetMircha, Thank you for your concern. I'm feeling much better today--not as tired and my rash seems to be healing. It has been over a week so I'm very encouraged to see progress. My husband has been reminding me to take my anti-viral medicine five times a day. He is much more time oriented than I am. The Vitamin E lotion I use is fantastic. I think that is an oil I should invest in!

I'm so thankful that I haven't had to take the strong pain medicine prescribed so far. I try to avoid pain medicine whenever possible since I usually get really weird side effects. Reading Tolkien's The Hobbit and blogging helps :). 

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#31) On December 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Yes, we have had quite a variety of Spam of all different kinds. I'd been curious to know how much of the foolanthropy comments are spam! 

Have a Happy New Year! God bless you!

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#32) On December 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

@ #26 my cute, little, pink, transparent, glass kitten safely arrived in the mail today. It looks even lovelier in person than it did on e-bay. It looks great against the white mantel.

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#33) On December 30, 2010 at 4:16 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Today I want to Buncombe's Antiques which I had visited before when I was looking for the lucite purse. I was very please with the excellent selection of colored Depression glass. I got a green creamer also in Windsor to match my cup and saucer. My husband spotted it for me. It cost $15 which was exactly it's list value according to my guide.

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#34) On December 30, 2010 at 4:23 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I also found a beautiful, blue bowl of an unusual shade (periwinkle blue is what I would call it) and pattern that I haven't yet identified in my book. Since it cost $15 and perfectly ordinary bowls can cost that much I thought I would get it. The store manager did assure me that it is Depression glass, but I will do some searching on the internet to find out what pattern it is and who made it. This is fun!

Now I've spent all my Christmas money, but I will enjoy gradually adding to my collection. So far I have, rose pink, and apple green and some kind of blue. It is a good beginning! 

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#35) On December 31, 2010 at 3:39 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I thought that someone might enjoy seeing examples of Depression glass. I found some pictures of the pieces that I have. Here is a photo of the pink powder jar. I have two of them.

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#36) On December 31, 2010 at 3:42 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Here is a picture of the cup and saucer that I have. I love that shade of apple green.

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#37) On December 31, 2010 at 3:47 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

To go with the cup and saucer I have a creamer. 

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#38) On December 31, 2010 at 3:51 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I also have a lovely blue bowl. I'm not totally sure what pattern it is, but I think it is a variety of the daisy and button. This is the closest picture I could find, but my piece doesn't have a lid.

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#39) On December 31, 2010 at 3:59 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

As for the pink kitten, it looks about the same color as this kitty. Maybe mine is made by the same company.

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#40) On December 31, 2010 at 4:03 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I should re-title this blog From Lucite Handbags to Depression Glass: One Shopper's Odyssey.

I've had a lot of fun. It may not have directly related to investing except that some people like to put some of their money into antiques which they can enjoy. Just consider it another way to diversify and brighten up one's home at the same time.

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#41) On January 01, 2011 at 4:36 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Another interesting fact about Depression Glass was that it was all American made.

Most of the factories appear to have been in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York. But there was also a factory in Indiana and one in New Jersey.

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#42) On January 01, 2011 at 4:41 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Many of the factories have gone under long ago, but a few survive to this day although their product lines are different.

Ever hear of Corning Glass Works--better known in our world as GLW. I have stock in that company. Now I want to keep my eyes open for depression glass produced by them.

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#43) On January 01, 2011 at 4:43 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I think that Fenton Glass is still in operation although a few years ago it was touch and go for whether the company would survive, if what I read was right.

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#44) On January 01, 2011 at 4:48 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

For some up-to-the-moment, over-the-top elegance check out this website

According to my handy little Depression Glass guide. This company began by making automobile lenses. You never know how a company will metamorphize over time. Fascinating.

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#45) On January 01, 2011 at 4:57 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

What really interests me, however, is that I have been to many of the towns in West Virginia that used to have glass factories: places like Paden City (I went to church there) and New Martinsville (Just a little further up the road from Paden City).

I remember finding really old glass marbles in the dirt all frosted with grit and time and somebody said there used to be a glass factory here. By the time I arrived in the area these towns were quite sleepy and it was hard to imagine that there had ever been a bustling industry in glass.

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#46) On January 01, 2011 at 5:01 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I think I like depression glass for the same reason I like fossils-- both are artifacts of an earlier time.

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#47) On January 06, 2011 at 9:35 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

Today I'm going to IKEA in Asheville, NC. Besides enjoying Swedish meatballs and loganberry sauce for lunch, I plan to check out what kind of display cases they sell so I can show off my Depression Glass to best advantage.

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#48) On January 06, 2011 at 6:50 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

We found a cabinet that was just perfect for displaying glass.

We will probably order it once we have made room for it in the living room.

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#49) On January 06, 2011 at 6:52 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

@ #47 I went to the IKEA in Charlotte. I don't know why I said Asheville. Also the tart berry sauce I like is called ligonberry sauce not logan berry sauce.

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#50) On January 06, 2011 at 6:54 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

On the way back from IKEA we stopped at another nice sized antique mall perfect for browsing.

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#51) On January 06, 2011 at 6:57 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

my husband spotted a divided dish in the lovely shade of sapphire blue and the same pattern as the bowl I had gotten earlier (daisy and button) . They were having a 50% off sale so I got a gorgeous momento for only $8.


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#52) On January 06, 2011 at 7:03 PM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

The lady at the counter told me that this design was produced in the 1940's by the company that now is known as Anchor Hocking. (My husband did wonder if it came out later since the design was more detailed. He was right!) I guess it is still considered Depression Glass except by purists who will only call glass made in the 30's Depression Glass.

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#53) On January 08, 2011 at 11:07 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

I've been to five antique malls so far and I only saw one lucite purse. I did see a bavarian "purse" made of wood and brightly painted and a few decorative purses made of glass, but lucite is as scarce as hen's teeth for walk in purchases.

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#54) On January 08, 2011 at 11:13 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

There were some sequined or beaded evening bags that looked quite fashionable since that look is back again. 

I'm not a pearls kind of girl unless the pearls are black, but the silver, garnet, sapphire, amethyst, or emerald jeweltones would work for me.

Also there were some vintage leather bags that looked as if their lives had been a little rough. Shopping can be tough on husbands and handbags:)

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#55) On January 08, 2011 at 11:15 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

With antiques the journey is part of the fun. It is like a treasure hunt. When I find something I've been searching for it is like getting an "A" in class or discovering a wonderful stock pick.

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#56) On January 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM, lemoneater (55.59) wrote:

This is the most recent piece of glassware I got. It is a reproduction of a much earlier design. I think this fits the category of elegant glass c. 1950's rather than Depression Glass, but I bought it for the delicious color. In color and design, this perfectly matches a little toothpick holder I found somewhere selling for $4.

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