Purse crazy

February 3, 2016
I've got a weakness for office supplies, wallets and purses. I know this about myself, so I try to keep myself on a tight leash. Because what could one more purse add to the collection that I already own?

These are my criteria for a good purse

• It has to have a separate compartment for my wallet, which is quite large.
• It should have at least two big compartments, to keep my stuff separate from my other stuff
• At the front of the purse I want a small closable compartment to put my keys.
• I'm not a handbag kind or girl: I have my hands full as it is! So I only want bags I can carry on my shoulder.

Sometimes a purse slips through my frugal radar. Especially when it has flowers on them. Put flowers on something, and I wanna buy it. But lately I'm doing better, because I've realized that since my skirts are floral too, I'm gonna look like a big walking curtain with a flowery bag.

Me and my purses in the picture on the left

Clockwise

Top left: Brown leather purse that set me back 85 dollars! It's the most expensive bag I ever bought, and I was eyeing it for months. Eventually I succumbed and a week later they went on sale for 15 dollars. Aargh! And this bag turned out to be a disappointment because it only has one compartment, and is therefore very messy.

Top right: Western style little shoulder bag, I use when me and hubby go out on a date, which is almost never. To make sure it gets out now and again, I sometimes take it with me when I go grocery shopping.

Bottokm left: This bag I use daily. It has all the compartments I need, and it's neutral.

Bottom right: This bag was a big mistake, and I only bought it because I succumbed to the lure of the floral pattern. But I never use it because it's so 'busy'.

What are you looking for in a purse/handbag?

25 comments

  1. I also love a over the shoulder bag not to big, I have a Vera Bradley bag that I love and it goes with everything that I wear.

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    1. Yes, that's what my hubby doesn't get: bags have to go with your outfit!

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  2. I love handbags too! I had to stop buying them when I went back to school and wasn't a worker anymore. Now I just carry around my big wallet. I still have bags but they don't get used too much. I love your date night bag - the flower one - WOW is all I can say (and not in a good way ;) )
    Leigh
    www.oneandoneequalstwinfun.com

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    1. My flower bag was hurt!

      Isn't it uncomfortable walking around, having to hold a big wallet? That's why I only want shoulder bags: I have to keep my hands free, to catch the kids.

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  3. I'm a sucker for office supplies myself. I get all giddy when I'm in Office Max or Staples.

    I'm not to much of a purse girl, since someone stole my wallet. But I do love my Miche purse, as it has different shells, when I do take it. I had many purses when I was younger, but this one suites me when I'm in the mood to take a purse.

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    1. What's a Miche purse? I'm curious! It sounds nice.

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  4. I will not admit on my blog the most a purse has ever set me back. I wouldn't want Papa Bear to see that one!! I love purses too. I don't go crazy. I have one for each season and I use them for a few years. Are you familiar with ThirtyOne? I just ordered a purse from them. It will be my summer back. I love your $85 set back.

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    1. I'm not familiar with ThirtyOne but I can feel I'll have to head on over there right away!!!!

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  5. I like your "everyday" bag. I'm a fan of neutral as well!

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    1. The sad thing is I'm not a fan of neutral! I like floral bags, but I don't like the way they look with my floral clothes. So I'm doomed to use neutral bags.

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  6. I'm so drawn to fabric and shapes. It has to be unique. It also has to fit right on my shoulder, so that it rests just right, you know?

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  7. I have a weakness for purses too!! I really need a large bag but I'm always drawn to smaller purses. There is just something so cool about a great bag, it can make me smile for years!! Like Kenya I'm not going to admit just how much I have, or would spend for a bag, but I will say it's the one thing I really can get crazy with! Love this post!

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    1. Yeah, some things and some prices you just have to keep to yourself… I know just what you mean.

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  8. I love a handbag that's trendy, able to match with most of my day time wear, with lots of compartments and easy to keep clean. In reality I use a knapsack to hold my stuff and my toddler's.

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    1. Yep, that is one sad Mommy Truth...

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  9. Hi - visiting from UBP! I am so bad at switching purses - I'll wear the same one until it practically falls apart, then not want to get a new one because I can never seem to find *just* the right one!

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  10. I don't know what's worse...having an addiction to purses..or having that addiction turn into an itch to make every purse you see without actually having any real talent to carry out that itch. That's where I'm stuck these days, anyway. :D #UBP12

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    1. Ouch, that's a tough predicament to be in! Blessed without any sewing abilities myself, I do not have that itch, thank heavens.

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  11. Over the shoulder bags, definitely. I need a couple pockets on the outside to put keys and sunglasses too. This post makes me want to shop for a new one.

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  12. I'm the total opposite. I never carry a purse. A small hand held clutch to keep just my cards and money in it. My keys are hung from a key holder that I can easily slip into a pocket or around my arm. If I need something more, a tote suits me fine. Where I can throw whatever I need for the day in it. I love how organized your purse is. That would suit me fine. Thanks for sharing this on my party this week. I hope to see you there next Thursday. Enjoy your evening.

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    1. A tote bag is very handy too. And you can put a lot of stuff in there!

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  13. I'm not a handbag gal, either. My preference is something so small, I can just stick it in my pocket... Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity & hope to see you again this week!

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    1. A bag I can stick in my pocket would be too small for me.

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  14. Hi Nicole - Yes, I am very picky about my purses too! Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real party.

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