Wednesday, September 8, 2010
An ugly, white wicker purse with a adjustable chain handle accompanied me through my junior year in high school. It was so large that it would not fit into my locker, so I dragged it everywhere. I snagged many pairs of nylons on that bag. I must have thought it was stylish; now I think it was pretty ugly.
I've carried bags made of cloth, nylon, string, leather, and vinyl. Shoulder bags are by far my favorite, but I've used clutches, and purses with handles of leather, chain, or cloth. I even owned black and white beaded evening purses, but I only remember using one of them at a prom I was chaperoning and then I put it in the closet. I wonder if it is still there.
I've never owned a designer purse, and I don't bother matching my purse to my shoes. My purse is always a neutral color (beige, black, or gray - pretty boring, huh?) and usually lasts about five years. My most expensive purse was leather, and I used it for over eight years. I think I still have it somewhere.
My handbag usually contains a camera, checkbook, cash, credit cards, lip balm, pens, phone, tooth picks, address labels, emergency cash tucked in a hard-to-get area, extra car key, medication, handkerchief, license, antacids, sanitizer, and some other odd bits. Of course, I could probably pare this down to one wallet, but it is hard to break a habit.
When I was using oxygen, my purse was retired because I simply could not manage a purse and oxygen tank. I purchased an elongated wallet and rigged my oxygen bag with a strap to accommodate the wallet. I used that for nearly five years.
Large purses with rhinestones are very popular now; however, they remind me of the clunky, white wicker bag from my youth. These days, I prefer to carry a compact purse, a shoulder bag, which can convert into a fanny pack.
What do you call the bag that you carry?