Viewing Window Update

Check out the removable viewing window! Mike incorporated the original louvered trailer window when he built this piece out of wood. It is firmly secured with interior locks, and it lifts out to make it easy for visitors to see the exhibit without having to step inside.

Nighttime view, window removed. How about those interior lights? :)

Floor is In!

Here are some pics of the floor. Great job, Mike!

And here's one of the original "confetti" Formica tables, mounted in the front inside corner of the trailer. We'll be reupholstering the original metal frame for the couch soon. Mike made the wood base for it, which is positioned next to the table.

Hello 2019!

We're still here and we're still working on our Rolling Vintage Purse Museum! Our contractor Mike had a busy 2018 with his day job, so the trailer took a bit of a backseat. (Is that a pun? We'll just say it is.)

Our tow vehicle, a 1960 Chevy panel truck, also had its share of unforeseeable issues last year--including some major engine work--but that's finally resolved (knocking wood, and various mechanical parts). All it needs now is a paint job!

Mike moved the trailer from its small storage area to a bigger workspace. Here it is, all primered and ready for more work. After he gets the flooring in, the next step is to change out the viewing window. Because its original incarnation was super heavy, it would've required special hinges to suspend it up high, which we decided wouldn't be the best design. Instead, Mike is creating a lighter-weight removable panel that still allows people to look at the handbag exhibit from outside the trailer. The configuration is kind of like what you might see in a food truck.

Don't worry--the only tasty treats we plan for our RV are for your eyes! Keep watching and we'll keep updating!

Back to work on the trailer, January 2019!

Flooring going in February 2019!

RV Purse Museum Photo Gallery

Check it out! Here are a bunch of photos showing the progress of The Rolling Vintage (RV) Purse Museum. Scroll down for an important announcement about our 1960 Chevy panel truck tow vehicle, plus the video backstory to our dream of creating a mobile vintage handbag exhibit.

Mike assessing the situation

Original (and pretty yucky) condition

Come on in! But be careful...

Cool old Formica table
Playing with fire

The floor was not in the best condition

Mike is obviously impervious to sparks

We sent the frame out to be sandblasted, then Mike refinished it

You kind of feel sorry for it here, don't you? Like it's in traction.

Patches! We don't need no stinkin' patches! (Oh, yes we do.)

Our private donor funded the purchase of rhino-type coating to weather-proof the exterior

Amazing display case with plexiglass shelves, purchased with the help of our wonderful private donor

Extra display and storage under viewing window

Cool new retro lighting
Viewing panel opens so visitors don't have to step inside to see the exhibit

Beautiful new interior walls
Hello, tow vehicle


Hello Vintage Purse Friends!

It's been awhile, so we wanted to update you on the progress of The Rolling Vintage Purse Museum.

The 1961 Aristocrat Land Commander Trailer is about two-thirds complete in its transformation to become a mobile vintage handbag exhibit. We still need to paint the exterior and do a bit more to the interior. While it is mainly a self-funded project, we were gifted with additional monies through the generosity of a private benefactor. This allowed us to purchase the plexiglass shelving and exterior weather coating for the RV Purse Museum.

Our main issue--and problem!--was the tow vehicle, our 1960 Chevy panel truck. We purchased it knowing it would need work. But--and we're sure some of you will empathize--we didn't realize exactly how much work it would need.

One very good example of why this vehicle wasn't what we expected was the discovery that someone had used a gym weight to balance part of the engine. Yes, you read that correctly. A gym weight. This was both hilarious and horrifying.

So, we have ordered a new motor and transmission! This is fantastic, because it will be a more modern engine--one that can be checked diagnostically rather than taken to someone who might use a gym weight to fix it. (We're kidding. We hope.)

Then, after the engine work is complete, we'll get to the even more important part of The RV Purse Museum's tow vehicle. What color should we paint it? Let us know by taking the poll on the right side of this page, beneath the photo of @VintagePurseGal.

Thanks again for your support! Be sure to visit our virtual vintage handbag museum, The Vintage Purse Museum. Our photo archive (shortcut: VintagePurse.gallery) is continually being updated as we add more purses to the collection. And, because it's online-only, it's always open and always free to enter!

What color should we paint our tow vehicle? Click on the poll to the right!

Welcome to the RV Purse Museum!

The Rolling Vintage Purse Museum

Welcome to the Rolling Vintage Purse Museum! The RV Purse Museum was established as a mobile art installation featuring handbags, accessories and ephemera from the collection of The Vintage Purse Museum (formerly The Vintage Purse Gallery).

As the RV Purse Museum is self-funded, it is taking us some time to complete. We plan to take the RV Purse Museum to vintage fashion expos, glamping rallies, businesses and residences, providing visitors with a unique educational experience about vintage handbags. If you are interested in having the RV Purse Museum at your event, please email info@vintagepursemuseum.com.

We will be posting news, information and updates on this page.

Click the link for more information about The Vintage Purse Museum and to see photos of the handbags, accessories and ephemera in our collection.  Email info@vintagepursemuseum.com if you have any comments or suggestions.

The video below was made for our 2014 Kickstarter campaign. The Kickstarter didn't fund, but we're still determined to hit the highway soon with some of our beautiful handbags. Thank you for your interest!