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Thank you, Whipup readers for a great response to the necktie Whiptip. There are some excellent resources and ideas there, and also some recommendations for people who’d offer their services. Thanks for all your help!
Whipup reader Nina writes: “I’m looking for a metal enclosure that you squeeze the corners to open that is often used on small coin purses and soft eyeglass cases. They often are about 3.5 to 4 inches wide. I have no idea where to look or who else to contact for this info.” You know the kind, a press-to-open, and release-to-close small bag closure… instantly, you know it, but don’t know where to get it.
I was going to write that you could recycle them from old tired purses found at jumble sales. But, I looked around and found a reference to handbag accessories on Craftster (which was down as of this writing), but I could see the mention of Ghee’s in Shreveport, LA, USA- they sell handbag making equipment. This is considered a type of ‘handbag frame’ in their catalog, and is called an “Eyeglass/Coin Frame”. They are sold as pairs and are only about 4-5 USD.
Can anyone else recommend handbag making equipment sources for hard-to-find items like these? Nina is located in Kansas City, Missouri, if you know of any bricks-and-mortar shops too!