Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yard Sale Find! Whiting & Davis Gate Top Bag

I went to a bunch of yard sales with my friend Lydia this past weekend. We went all over and found some really great sales. I found some amazing deals, I bought over a hundred dollars worth of brand new Build-A-Bear stuff for my daughter for only $10, I found two really cool full sized quilts for only $1 each (yes that's "one" dollar, and if I hadn't found this bag the quilts would have been my best find for the weekend) I found lots of things to put in my girls room as I remodel while they are gone on vacation.
And I found this wonderful Whiting & Davis Mesh Gate Top bag. These are highly collectible and getting hard to find. I've found several gate top bags online here and there with prices ranging anywhere from $30 to $250.
The unique thing about the one I found is the way the bottom is made. I haven't seen one yet that has this neat triangular fringe on the bottom, they are all flat across the bottom.
I found this amazing bag for only $1 (yes that's "one" dollar)
SCORE!
The cap has a wonderful embossed design with flourishes and flowers. It is silver plated and some of the silver plating is worn off from use but considering it's age (1930's) It's in really good condition. The rest of the bag is great, none of the links are broken or messed up, the liner inside is in good shape.
Flip open the cap and wonder.....how the heck do you get anything in there? Is it only for carrying a tube of lipstick? 

No.......

It accordion folds open, how awesome is that! I had never seen anything like it before. 
When I saw it my first impression was that it was an odd ice pack, LOL.

I didn't even know it was a name brand collectible bag till I got home with it and started doing some research.
I just loved the fact that it was unusual. 
I've been collecting 1920's purses made of leather, but I guess a 1930's purse made of metal mesh could fit into that collection, right?

I plan to use it when Rodney and I go to the casino on our anniversary, weekend after next, 15 years!
This is a casino style purse if ever I saw one, LOL.
So much fun!

What was your latest best yard sale find?

14 comments:

Theresa said...

It's beautiful! Maybe I should be going to yard sales?

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

That is so cool !! I have never ever seen one with a top like that ~ I am going to have to look next time I am in Canton ~

xoxo
Lori

Netty said...

We have these in England as well, in fact I believe my mother has 3 and she loves them. You did great at your sales. Annette x

Gail said...

Wow! What a great find, good job! Those are worth a lot of money........enjoy :)

JoAnne said...

Hey Thespa, my coolest yard sale find (and I'm a regular) can't come close to that bag. Lucky you!
xoJoAnne

Diane said...

Very nice treasure and the price was just amazing! Enjoy, I have found similar ones but that one is very unique! Hugs, Diane

julie miller said...

WOW!! What an amazing find-you really did SCORE!! My best yard sale find was a gorgeous Roseville vase for 25cents! Good luck doesn't come around that often unfortunately!! Good for you! Julie

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

What a fabulous find! This is just gorgous and amazing. Thanks for sharing. ; )
~Michele

julie miller said...

Hi, Me again!! Just wondering if you received your giveaway package from me yet?? I sent you an email but thought this might be quicker! I checked with the p.o. and they said it was delivered last week--I hope so. Let me know! Julie

Lynn Stevens said...

what great finds! Lucky you!!!!!

Diane said...

Thespa, great finds! I'm going with you next time!!
Also LOVE the bracelet! Just catching up with you. What a week!

Wait for me tomorrow if you're heading out to yard sales again! I really do want to tag along!

Hugs!
Diane

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

What a fantastic find and the most amazing deal! The bag is just gorgeous! Enjoy your treasure!

genzoddy said...

What a great find! The thrill of the hunt! Congrats on your super find.

My Arts Desire said...

Thespa,
Screech with pure delight! A dollar?! Heaven was smiling on you! What's even more special is that it found its way to someone who appreciates it for the treasure that it is. I love these old mesh bags as well and you are so right in stating the prices are getting ridiculous! But I wait patiently as every once in a while you can still find a good deal...not as good as a dollar. That takes a smile from heaven. Enjoy, Xo, Sue

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