Back when we lived in Marin County, in the mid to late 90's, one of our Christmas traditions was to stroll along San Anselmo Ave. in quaint downtown San Anselmo, and take in the beautiful antique store Victorian-era inspired displays on Christmas Eve. One year I was transfixed by a gorgeous parlor scene with all antique, 19th century furniture and Christmas decorations. Laying on a table was an exquisite grey beaded purse with a colourful bloom of flowers. I was transfixed. I became obsessed. It's all I could think about all night and all the next day. I had to work on the 26th but Brian's company was closed that week, so he had instructions to wait by the store door and as soon as they open, to buy the purse. Unfortunately they were also closed that day. On the 27th, I had Brian pick me up at the bus stop in San Rafael and drive me over after work. The bag was still there, and thus became the beginning of an obsession that I can't seem to break, even though I can't display my most of my collection due to their fragile state, dust and pet dander that coats the entire house. I've noted the place purchased and approximate year they were acquired.