Compacts

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

At the last RDU Rent Party dance I had at least 3 people tell me I had lipstick on my teeth. On each occasion, I would look toward the one bathroom for the studio and it was always occupied and there was no other mirror in sight. Rather than give up red lips altogether, I decided it was time to invest in a compact.

I immediately went to eBay and, rather than my usual bargains, I was blown away at most of the prices (or at least the prices for the vintage compacts I wanted). I did find a few less expensive gems, that I will post below.

Kyle Designs Art Deco Compact

A quick Google search for “art deco compact” yielded a hit for Kyle Designs, which has a custom Art Deco-inspired compact for $25.00. Customization includes selecting the metal, the color plate, and for a few dollars more you can have the compact engraved. I think this would make a great gift for the ladies, gents. *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*

I also browsed through Etsy and found ByMIMI, who embellishes her compacts with bits of filligree, vintage jewelry, and some whimsy. Finally, dnacreations on Etsy offered a number of pin-up girl compacts at the low price of $4.00. I’ve posted some samples from these two sellers below, as well.

Now, to decide which compact I want the most…

1930's checkerboard compact on eBay

1940's blue enamel compact on eBay

1940's Dorset Fifth Avenue compact on eBay

Art Deco compact on eBay

1934 Deakin and Frances compact on eBay

Betty Boop compact ByMIMI

Unicorn compact ByMIMI

Black rose compact ByMIMI

Pinup girl compact by dnacreations

Pinup girl compact by dnacreations

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