Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Your purse/handbag/pocketbook

A random blog I encountered today, mused that small purses are back in fashion for Ladies this year.

Of course, there are pros and cons to that.

This could be a fun little subject. I'll add to it tonight.


LAYDEE D said...

Small purses look better than the oversized ones that have been in style. I just carry too much to put in those petite bags.

leslie said...

Medium. Black. All real leather. Zipper closure. Shoulder strap. No do-dads. I mean NO do-dads. Classic look.
Must be able to hold wallet with ID, library card, cash and cc's and coupons, a comb and brush, a swiss army knife with corkscrew, a twenty foot retractable tape measure, pen, click pencil, bandaid, needle and thread, carmex, mini container of hand lotion, hair scrunchie, notepad, change in the bottom for added weight, gum, altoids, (and the new altioid gum), one paper clip, one feminine hygiene product, keys (also to add weight to the bottom), camera (occasionally), handkerchief (cloth, not tissue), and dental floss.

Small is "in"? I don't think so...

eastcoastdweller said...

I knew we could have fun with this post! Somewhere long ago, I have to find out where, I read a great short story about some no-nonsense matron with a huge purse that some young punk tries to steal. The consequences are first hilarious, then touching.

Leslie beat me to the punch as far as contents. For some reason, when I was in high school, it was the fashion for guys to go through the purses of Girls that they knew, with some semblance of permission, of course.

And when I was cleaning out desks in college one day, I found a scribbled note wherein some Coed had actually taken the time to write out the contents of Her purse.

leslie said...

Hi, Eastcoastdweller! I had fun doing this. I didn't even have to get up and go look :) I know my "contents".
Made me think of something else...sort of this purse post and the other post about identity, combined.
Guess I heard this on the TV, and actually DID it.
Take all the stuff out of your wallet, credit cards, drivers license, grocery store club cards, everything, all your ID type stuff, and lay them on the scannerbed of a copy machine and make a copy , both sides, of "What's in Your Wallet".
If your purse should ever be lost or stolen, you will have that copy with all the pertinent numbers to call to cancel your credit cards, reissue your drivers license, etc.
You don't think about this until the numbers you need are gone with your stolen purse.
DO IT! Now!!
Men, too. What's in your Wallet?

eastcoastdweller said...

My wallet contains:

Seven dollars.

A grocery receipt.

A photo of my Sweetie.

A love note from my Sweetie, dated 1996.

A picture of my little brother.

A well-worn library card.

Grocery cards, Barnes & Noble membership, Borders Books membership, credit cards, drivers license and an ATM card.

A lock of my Sweetie's hair.

Used to have a lot more (non-monetary) stuff in it, but going through the washer twice has helped to eliminate that problem.

Tends to get nauseous and barf if overstuffed with money, which it is not used to, and which does not happen often.

Alexis said...

I just need a purse big enough that I can fit all my crap into and yet small enough so that it doesn't get in my way, since I wear it around all day during school. And by the size you wouldn't think it'd be big enough, but it's surprising what all I've managed to fit in there with a little creativity.

chipazoid said...

I stuff all my important stuff into my pockets.




Whatever goes into my bag is cigarettes, lighter, phone, wallet with other unimportant stuff.

I've had my bag stolen one too many times.

eastcoastdweller said...

Alexis: Purse-packing is indeed an art.

Adena: The way some people obsess about their phones these days, I would have thought that would go into Your pocket, too! Of course the smokes can't, they'd get squashed. I've seen someone trying to smoke a bent, smooshie cigarette before, and it wasn't a pretty sight.

chipazoid said...

It's only because my phone is a large brick. I used to carry my phone in my pocket when it was smaller. I really, really, really can't wait to get a smaller phone. Must... resist... spending a thousand bucks... on... pretty... phone!

Rebecca said...

I carry a backpack to work containing my laptop, a book, some nights gym clothes, my personal essentials (wallet, keys, phone, lip balm, mascara, moisturizer, pens, business cards, pay stubs, etc.), and an umbrella, which I weed through about once a month. On the weekends, I carry a mid sized purse. Enough for my wallet, keys, phone, camera, lip balm, my son's action figures, a pen, a book, a bottle of water and maybe some tissues. I like the idea of the corkscrew equipped swiss army knife, though. Never know when THAT could come in handy!!

Open Grove Claudia said...

I never owned a purse until this year. (I know that's weird) I always had backpacks or whatever. I have this cute little coach bag (outlet mall) and I love it. Anything bigger would probably annoy me.

eastcoastdweller said...

Adena: I wonder how good the phone signal is from a brick. lol.

Rebecca: If You tote that much stuff around, do You really need to spend any time in a gym?

Claudia: No, it's not weird. I don't own a purse either. Oh wait a minute, I'm a guy, I'm not supposed to.