This past weekend we were poking around in our favorite antique/junk place lookng for old buttons, when we came across a framed collection of old coin purses. Down on the floor in a dark corner, I spied a large frame, about 2 inches thick, in which a dozen little purses and bags were pressed between the glass and an ancient sheet of foam rubber. The coin purses ranged from a very fancy silky bag with embroidery on it to a rough little sack that looked like it would have been used to carry marbles to--my favorite-- a premium coin purse from the First Farmers' Bank. Some of the purses were no more than 1 1/2 inches wide and high; several had very clever triple clasps so that the purse could snap open on two sides. I didn't have enough money to buy the collection, but I did have my sketchbook. Pictured here are a few of the purses. I plan on going back this weekend and drawing the rest!