spinthemoon (spinthemoon) wrote,


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.

Tags: shopping
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.