Purses! I both love and hate them. (I actually have love-hate situations with other items as well, such as computers, cell phones, and cars.) In a store, I am drawn to purses like a fish to a big, juicy worm. I look them over, evaluating not only their appearance but the number of side pockets and organizational parts. Just this year, I’ve gone through a parade of purses (all from my own stash) and still haven’t found the perfect one.
In the sixties, my purse was more important as an accessory than it is now. My purse always matched my shoes, especially heels. They didn’t hold very much, which was fine with me. It was all about appearance.
Then as I had children and my life became more hectic, I went for convenience. Anything that would hold my wallet and an extra diaper was adequate. I got neutral colors that I could wear with anything. It was only about what was convenient.
In more recent years, I’m all about organization. I want a pocket for my keys—two fobs for our two cars, church key, and a key ring holding my tags for the library, YMCA, Steinmart, etc. I want another pocket for my pens and separate ones for my sunglasses and cell phone. That’s a lot of pockets, but some purses do have all that. Then I need the larger part to hold my toiletry bag (lipstick, nail file, pill case, etc.) and my wallet. I used to use a flatter one, but the one given to me as a gift has many places to hold various credit cards and cash. It’s bulky and needs its own space.
Then other problems arise. It has to have a strap or straps that go over my shoulder so I can use my hands as I shop. Cross body purses aren’t bad, but they usually don’t have enough room to hold my wallet, lipstick bag, and other items, such as comb, lotion, hand sanitizer, and notepad.
You can see the problem. This year alone I’ve tried each of these purses to be my every day, never change purse.
These hold everything but they’re too floppy.
This one holds everything, but it’s huge. And the color clashes with lots that I wear.
Kelsey brought me this one from Italy, but it has to have an insert to separate stuff. And I used it all winter so it’s wearing out. It’s reversible to navy, and the insert is navy.
I love this one for summer, but I have to pare down what I put in it.
This is my summer favorite that Steve gave me for a birthday a few years ago. I keep pulling it out each summer because it’s almost perfect. But it does flop over as it’s gotten some age on it. But don’t we all flop over a bit as we age?
Since I’ve received several purses as gifts, this is the first purse I’ve bought in years, and the jury is still out on it. It’s not huge, it will go over my shoulder, it has an insert and holds all my basics, and the flowers painted on it qualify it as a spring purse. In addition, it has its own phone charger! Yep, built into the side pocket of the insert. I rarely need to charge my phone when I’m not home, so I may cut it where it’s connected to the purse and use that pocket for keys. Hard to decide. Such a modern device! I think it might impress my granddaughter, who always has her extra charger with her.
Why am I so obsessed with purses? I have no idea. I keep looking for the perfect color, size, capacity, organization, and style. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to summer when I can pull out that favorite purse that I love and use it all the time. Meanwhile, I guess I’ll settle for flowers painted on a black vinyl purse. At least it’s reversible if I decide to go for red. It seems that a reversible purse should be just right for me since I reverse my preferences on purses so often.
Help! I need to get back to more serious things. Appeasing hunger, world peace, fair treatment for all. Looking over all this pondering on a “first world issue” makes me realize how frivolous I can be. Please don’t judge.
There really is more to me than a parade of purses.