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Pursed [Apr. 27th, 2007|09:18 pm]

A bit of a while ago, Siskers posted about finding the perfect purse. Her timing, as usual, was impeccable, because I have been on The Great Purse Hunt for months now. A hunt which has led me to the conclusion that people who design and manufacture purses hate women.

It shouldn't be that hard to find a purse. All I want is something that isn't so big I'm tempted to haul around collapsible furniture and an inflatable pool everywhere I go, isn't so small that I can't carry my keys and my glasses at the same time, isn't so heavy that I list to starboard when I'm carrying it, isn't so ugly that I'm ashamed to be seen with it in public, zips closed so I don't lose everything in it, and has more than one compartment so I don't spend hours digging through it whenever I need something.

That's not too much to ask, is it? I didn't think so, until my old bag started giving up the purseghost and I started looking for a replacement.

I should mention that buying a purse, for me, is a big deal. I don't have a collection of handbags. I don't change purses to match my outfits. I buy a purse, carry it every day until it falls apart, then buy another one. Oh, I have an evening bag for the occasional night out, and a minibag for weekend outings when all I need is my glasses, keys, and some spare change, and a few really cute medium-sized totes that my SIL made for me (one is made from the same fabric I used to cover my dining room chairs - how fun is THAT!?). But none of those are my every day bag.

I wasn't always so picky. In high school, everyone carried massive totes, crammed with anything we thought we might need in case the school was mysteriously teleported to a deserted island. Mine always contained a pocketknife, snacks, two different flavors of lip gloss, wild cherry life savers, and seventeen shades of brown eye shadow, plus whatever I had happened to pick up along the way. Once, when we were taking self-defense in gym class, the teacher asked us to find something in our purse that we could use as a weapon. My friends pulled out perfume spritzers, hair picks, and keys. I reached in my purse and pulled out a railroad spike.

These days, I don't feel the need to carry my whole life with me wherever I go. I still carry not one but two pocketknives, and usually a mint or two, but the lip gloss and the eye shadow and even the railroad spike remain behind. The less I carry, the pickier I am about what I use to carry it.

Which brings us back to The Great Purse Hunt. After hitting department stores, discount stores, goodwill, and zillions of internet sites, I finally just broke down and bought a purse. It's a little too big. It's a little too heavy. It has only one compartment, although it does have open pockets on each side that I can shove receipts and phone numbers and permission slips into. And, it's pretty cute:

I got it in a deep red, but I couldn't find a picture. It's actually cuter than this picture makes it look. AND I got it on sale. 

I am pursed.


From: blissonbliss
2007-04-28 04:03 am (UTC)
Ooooh. That IS a very smart purse. Hmmm. Red. I might have to consider that. But seriously, a pocket knife? I'm trying to think what I could use it for. Maybe if it had a corkscrew?
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-30 12:38 am (UTC)
OMG...I don't go anywhere without my knife. Must be all those years of scouting!
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2007-04-28 03:14 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I like this. One thing I'm picky about is the shoulder strap. It has to be wide and soft; Never two straps, because one of them always falls from the shoulder, onto the elbow and that drives me insane.

I've carried a lot of things in my handbags, but never a railroad spike. THAT cracks me up, lol!

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-30 12:38 am (UTC)
Yes yes yes...skinny straps are Eeeevil.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-28 03:33 pm (UTC)
Ooooooooo! I like it! In red? I LOVE red purses! And it's a Atienne Aigner. I can tell from the little icon on the zipper pull. She's one of my faves. Stumbled across her stuff on E-bay when I was looking for a straw purse last summer.

Railroad spike? I'll be thinking of that and chuckling for years to come!

And thanks for the props!

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[User Picture]From: causedujour
2007-04-28 06:46 pm (UTC)
I am literally rolling on the floor laughing. You are my high school TWIN. I, too, carried a railroad spike. I've had one since I was 8 and was walking the tracks with my grandfather...I picked one up and asked what it was...he said it was an allmighty Egonculator. He died then when I was 13 and I carried that damn egonculator everywhere I went, and it sits on my desk today. I loved how he used to make up names for ordinary things and make them seem magical.

Love the purse.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-30 12:39 am (UTC)
Alas, the railroad spike got lost in a move. I miss it.
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From: misty_bay
2007-04-29 02:36 am (UTC)

I'm breaking out in a cold sweat.

A thousand scenarios are racing through my mind.

What if you are wearing white sandals? What if you are wearing pink sandals? Black? TM...what are you going to do if your wearing a black business suit? Do you have a tote similair to this to put the purse in if your attending a business meeting?

I mean...that's a nice purse, but it's only ONE! And yet...you say it will go with everything? Explain this to me....

Right now I'm carrying a Stone Mountain bag very similair to this:

The reason is because it's not quite summer (no white) but I'm not wearing my black leather blazer, ergo, a black bag looks gauche, so I went with a winter white until I can 'legally' carry a white bag.

Okay....now that I've thought about this, I've realized that I think way too much about my purses.

I carried this one for the longest time:

I love Nine West! Mine was a paler pink though, or it could be the lighting, but I remember being pissed off when I broke the strap on a trip to DC.

Interestingly, all of the girls friends pop over and are carrying Coach, and Gucci, Burberry, and Prada. Finally I asked one of them...how are you doing this? Apparantly there is a purse party you can go to and pick up a Coach for 50.00. I'm NOT offended I've never been invited though, really I'm not. Could be a good thing...they are probably bootlegged.

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-30 12:40 am (UTC)

Re: I'm breaking out in a cold sweat.

Annie, annie, annie...red is a neutral. It goes with everything.
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[User Picture]From: sphyr
2007-04-29 01:44 pm (UTC)
There are times I'm glad I'm a guy. And a somewhat color-blind one, at that. If it doesn't fit in my pants pocket, I don't need it.

Though I am envious. It's uncomfortable to carry a railroad spike in your pants pocket.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-30 12:41 am (UTC)
There is no way I'm touching a straight line like that!!
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