Treasure Chest Thursday: Mom’s Infamous Coin Purses

To bronze or not to bronze . . . was definitely not an option my mother worried about when she contemplated what to do with our baby shoes once we outgrew them. Our treasured baby shoes became infamous coin purses she filled with money and hid around the house in case of emergencies — LOL!

Vintage Baby Shoes, 1950

The baby shoes above were purchased in the summer of 1950 and were worn by my oldest brother Elgin. Then they were passed down to my brother Jon who began wearing them in the summer of 1953. The baby shoes featured below were purchased  in the spring of 1960 for yours truly . . . me!

Vintage Baby Shoes, 1960

Both pairs featured above were purchased from Foley’s Downtown Budget Store at 1110 South Main Street, Houston, TX. One thing I do know is that we definitely got our money’s worth, and then some, out of these baby shoes!

I would really like to display our baby shoes in a creative way in my home. I saw some interesting things to do with baby shoes on Pinterest last week – Check out the link and tell me what you think and if you’ve done something creative with your baby shoes, or your children’s baby shoes, let me hear from you!



10 thoughts on “Treasure Chest Thursday: Mom’s Infamous Coin Purses

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  2. The collection on Pinterest is full of great ideas! I’m ashamed to say that I have one pair of baby shoes handed down from the previous generation, but I don’t know whose they are, and neither did the person who gave them to me! Anonymous baby shoes, kind of bronzed (though they look more like a pewter color).

    However, we are going to have our first grandchild, a granddaughter, if all goes well, in a few months. I’m going to show your pinterest collection to my daughter! I think she’ll love it.


    • C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on the upcoming birth of your first grandchild! I have three grand-divas that are what sugar and spice and everything nice is all about. I’m so glad that you had a chance to explore the collection on Pinterest and I’m sure you and your daughter will find a baby shoe project that’s perfect!


      • Thank you, Liv, I just saw that your response was on email! I hadn’t checked my email yet.

        Three grand-divas. My daughter is a diva, so I’m pretty sure her daughter will also be a diva. Hubs is already talking about a “matriarchy,” LOL.


  3. Liv,
    That is a treasure, I wish I wish I still had the shoes. I remember my mom had them as bronzed and was set up as bookends. Never to be found again through the years of moving around. However, I could look for those grand-kid shoes. I went on the site, very creative.


    • I cannot tell you how surprised I was to know that mom has had these shoes now . . . over 50 years! Yes, I think doing something special with my granddaughters’ baby shoes would be ideal; thanks so much for reminding me of that!


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