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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

No Your Never to Old for Dolls-Kistch Collectables Doll Purses

I'm always looking for cute and kitschy vintage clothing items  to collect.  I already adore brooches and any anything with a poodle on it, but now I  have discovered a new obsessions: purse dolls.   In the 1950s and 60s doll companies, such as the Italarts toy company in Italy, manufactured little girls purses that looked dolls.    Most of them were souvenir purses, meaning the dolls were costumed in the clothes of particular land.  Little girls probably received them as gifts when a relative returned from a trip.  Others were probably bought at tourist stands on family vacations.   While they were certainly meant to be child's purses I wasn't going to let that stop me.  As soon as I saw a doll purse on the charming Lost in the 50s blog, I had to have my own.  

Luckily, plenty of these doll purses still exist and can be found on Ebay and Etsy, often for very reasonable prices.  Although they are for children they are not that tiny.  The purse works by unzipping up the back of the skirt.  I got mine on Etsy.  She is dressed in a Western costume and is either meant to be Annie Oakely or just any lady from the American West.   She is also  in good hearty condition considering her age and while it she is meant for a little girl the purse is of a small, but decent size.  I was able to fit my keys, money, and ID in the purse.   (On another day I was also able to fit several dog biscuits inside for a walk). 

  I also like that the purse makes a cute display item. I keep on a shelf in my living room where I have my collection of vintage children's books.

If you crave your own purse doll there are plenty of options on Etsy and Ebay.


  1. It's very cute. Never seen those before.

  2. Very cool. I really enjoy all the neat stuff you show us!

  3. You have the most fun things,, and we love looking at them! You know how to have fun! We love that about you!

  4. I haf never seen those before, they do look like lots of funs
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. That's really cool. We have never seen a purse like that
    Lily & Edward

  6. Your new purse is so fabulously cute!!! I've wanted one of these beauties for years now, too (ditto for vintage figural wicker purses). I'll definitely do an outfit post with it if I ever get one and show you it there.

    Congrats on your new handbag - it's a total doll! :) (Couldn't resist the pun.)
    ♥ Jessica

  7. I haven't seen these before and they are such fun!


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