What’s in your purse series week 81

I’ve been a little under the weather over here at casa Czarnecki, so I’ve missed a few weeks of the What’s in your purse series.  This week though?  This week totally makes up for all my sins of transgression.  This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series was submitted by Cathy who’s purse we checked out on week eighty. Thanks Cathy! Cathy found the purse of her husband’s grandmother with an amazing little peek inside.  Check it out.

If you love this series and want more of it, submit your purse. Take two photos of your purse {NICE, CLEAR, NOT-BLURRY ONES} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to:

allison AT petitelefant DOT com

what's in your purse series week 81

The purse itself is pretty adorable.  A little crochet black clutch with a plastic handle, just enough to hold a lipstick and some cash.  And maybe…

what's in grandmas purse

some old {now vintage} silk stockings.

Are you dying?  I’m dying.

in her purse series

Grandma tucked her old purse away with a pair of silk stockings, seams up the back and all.

My grandmother told me all  kinds of stories about silk stockings with seams up the back.  They were apparently impossible to get during World War II, and no self respecting woman left the house with bare legs so ever the clever one, my grandmother and her nursing school friends drew black seams up the back of their legs with permanent marker to make it look like they were properly stockinged young ladies.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pair, so thank you Cathy.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. jane maynard :

    that is so fun!

  2. Cathy :

    You’re very welcome! Make me an offer I can’t refuse and they’re yours!

    • Allison :

      I’m sorely tempted Cathy….

  3. Jenny :

    That is so cool.

  4. Andy :

    Best in the series yet! I love it. And a cuban heel to boot. My Grandmother has told similar stories of going to dances with black eyeliner up the back of her legs.

  5. Charlotte :

    I have the same purse only it has a black handle. It was my grandmothers, too! I just love carrying it as it reminds me of her and times gone by.