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Monday, February 22, 2010

In memory of my old purse...


February 2004 - February 2010

I'm not a purse person. Or maybe I'm just a really particular purse person. I start with one that suits my organizational style and is sturdy. One that is not a fad, and that will look decent for as long as possible. And then I carry it until I just can't take any more abuse from my purse-snob friends or until it falls apart...usually those are fairly simultaneous.


I do not change purses with the season, or the occassion. I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place (in my purse at least). And I've never figured out how to neatly store multiple purses in limited closet space.


I don't actually think my dear old purse that I've been carrying for the last six years looks too bad. But alas, when I say it was hanging on by a thread, here's the proof:




So before it completely gave out, I decided to retire it. Actually I've been looking for its successor for quite some time.

And today I found it.



I love its three interior compartments (large enough to tuck a magazine or book into), the simplicity of the style, and the long rolled handles. It was incredibly inexpensive at $20. Obviously faux leather at that price, but I didn't find a leather one that suited me.

So does everyone in the world but me own multiple purses and switch them out?

17 comments:

  1. I've carried the same diaper bag for the last ten years. It is a very sturdy one from LL Bean that I bought before I had Lundi. I hate purses. I don't know what I'm going to do when we grow out of a diaper bag. Nor do I remember what I did before.
    When I was pregnant with Audrey, and had to have my insulin supplies with me all the time, so I did buy one because I went to so many appt's without the kids, so I had no need to carry the diaper bag. Mike said he liked it that I had a purse and hoped it would continue after the diabetes was gone. But it's so hard to carry a diaper bag, the baby in the car seat plus a purse!!!
    I may go back to a purse some day.

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  2. oh I love them! I have several (read - too many) purses, although here we call them handbags and a purse is a woman's wallet. I switch and forget to move essential things.

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  3. I've always been a one-bag girl, until recently.
    My regular purse is a smallish brown backpack (regular purse size), but lately i've taken to these little cloth things that only hold my wallet and keys. That's all I need, usually.
    If we go somewhere (anywhere), my bag needs to be big enough to carry granola bars, extra pants, hand cleaner that I make, paper towels, apples, carrots, magnifying glasses, extra gloves, a first aid kit, water bottles, and whatever else. :)

    Stick with one! The problem with more than one is that you have to search six to find your keys! Most aggravating.

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  4. Because I make hand bags of all kinds I have a purse or bag for every occasion, every outfit, and every outing. However, I do have a favorite that holds all of my "things" perfectly. I can open the purse and there is what I need in plain sight. A purse is a very personal decision so I am glad you have found a new one.

    Nicole/Beadwright

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  5. Kim, my new purse is actually bigger than the diaper bag I carried when the kids were little. LOL The db was really small. A mom needs less stuff to carry and more hands!

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  6. FT--that is my reason for not switching...I hate being without the essentials! :) And out here, I absolutely do NOT go back for forgotten items. This week I have forgotten my camera, my phone, my watch, my book, a very important package...

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  7. Steph, quite often I leave the big purse in the car and just carry my wallet...but I must be prepared for any event! :)

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  8. Nicole, I remember back in the dark ages (when I was a teenager) I had a lovely aunt who made me a lot of purses, and I loved them (and her).

    She made a lot of jewelry with pearls, back when the color options were pretty much just white. I remember she took some colored pearls that she liked to her nextdoor neighbor, who was a chemist, and asked him if he could analyze them and come up with a dying method she could use for her own color choices. And he did! I still have the 'recipe' around here somewhere in her handwriting.

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  9. I love handbags, can't have too many of them! I do love the colour of your new one, Kath - lovely simple design, too, will never date, so you can carry it for years! I have a series of hooks inside the door of a big cupboard where I hang my bags - they don't take up too much room that way

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  10. I only have one hand bag on the go at a time. My current one is pure leather and cost me $300 two years ago. It is large and gets quite heavy at times. I might post about it and all of it's contents.

    Love the new red one you have! Very sassy! :)

    Cheers - Joolz

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  11. Caroline,

    I love how pulled together women look when they change their handbag with their outfits...I can't manage it however. And I have a huge closet, it's really sad that I can't even conceive of storage. LOL

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  13. Joolz, that would be a great thing to post about! I remember once two of my bosses were in my office chatting, and one asked if somebody had a nail clipper. I put my purse on my desk and proceeded to look for my nail clippers, emptying the purse onto my desk in the process. After a few minutes I realized all conversation had ceased, I looked up and they were just staring in amazement at all the stuff I carry. :) I think one of them compared it to one of those clown cars in the circus where the clowns just keep tumbling out. LOL

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  14. great post...great ol purse and awesome new purse!
    just had to say to BPFF (best purse friend forever) too...

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  15. I AM SO EXCITED, I JUST CAN'T HIDE IT. Finally a new purse!!!! You just don't know how much this means to me. Wait while I get a tissue. I must admit though this last one wasn't as bad when it retired as the last one was.

    Excuse me, did you say limited closet space??? I have seen your dressing room(closet). You can't put limited space as a reason. I'm so happy for you, now if I could just get you to have 2 purses at once, I would feel I have done my job of being a bad influence.

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  16. Terri--I'm having trouble adjusting, any advice?

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  17. Kelley--you just WISH you were a bad influence on me. You know the truth...that I am an influence for GOOD to you! :)

    Life is good.

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