I finally bought a new purse today!

It was about time — don’tcha think?

Old Purse

I’ve been looking for one. I rarely spend more than $15 for one, but I couldn’t find one I liked at all my usual sources. I found one at the mall I loved for twice that price but just did not want to spend that much.

Finally I was in Wal-Mart today and looked again. I hadn’t remembered seeing this one before.


I had been wanting one with just one strap because if I have two straps one invariably falls off my shoulder. I like having different compartments inside, but I only wanted one zipper. When I have two I almost always unzip the wrong side for whatever I am looking for. So this will remove those two little everyday frustrations. It isn’t divided inside, but we’ll just deal with it and see how it goes. I like having a little outside pocket for keys and cell phone.

I’m a pretty basic person when it come to purses. I posted a while back that I had seen a headline somewhere saying “Your purse is boring,” and my immediate thought was, “My purse is not here to entertain you!” I can see how purses can be a fashion accent and I am not against that. On the other hand, I don’t want the first thing people notice when they see me coming is my purse. It’s just not that big a deal to me.

But I do want it to look “nice,” not too big or small, functional with some form — I don’t like the floppy “bag” kind.

I have a basic black one for every day but I do change and use a navy or cream-colored one to coordinate with what I am wearing when I am dressing up a bit.


This one is my one “outside the box” purse:


I love it. I have a few light solid color dresses that I wear in the summer and use this with those.

I hadn’t originally intended to write a whole purse post when I bought this one this morning! But then I remembered seeing a purse quiz somewhere a while back, so I searched for it and found this:

What Your Handbag Says About You

You tend to be relaxed throughout the day.

You are naturally at peace.

Your motto is : “Be prepared.” You don’t like to be surprised by anything.

You are practical and down to earth. You tend to be a rather reserved and quiet person.

The last two sentences are totally true of me!

In the course of searching for that quiz I found this meme made up by the blogger at Communication FUNdamentals, whom I had never read before but who sounds like someone I’d like to get to know!

1. How many purses do you own?

5, though I primarily use one most of the time.

2. In general do you like small purses or large purses?

In between. I do like to carry a number of things in there, so, though the little ones are cute, they’re just not practical. It’s hard to find things in the big ones, plus they are awkward and heavy (to me). I do carry a tote bag if I am traveling, though, because I’ll also have a book and a few other things I don’t normally carry along with me every day.

3. In general do you like lots of pockets or just to dump stuff into one big pocket?

I like a few. With one big pocket it seems like whatever you’re looking for is at the bottom. With too many it’s hard to remember what you put in which pocket. I like a couple inside and at least one outside.

4. What is the color of your purse or, if you have more than one, what is the color of most of your purses?

Main everyday one is black, but I also have navy, white, cream, and floral ones.

5. Do you like leather or fabric purses?

Doesn’t really matter. I think my leatherish ones are probably “faux” leather.

6. If you didn’t have to be practical, what kind of purse would you LOVE to have?

I love the floral one mentioned above. That’s about as extravagant as I get with purses. 🙂

7. How old is your oldest purse?

Oh my…let’s see… some of the ones I don’t use every day are over 10 years old. My everyday one, of course, wears out much faster.

8. When was the last time you got a new purse?

This morning!

9. Did you play with purses when you were a kid?

I probably had some but I don’t remember. I wasn’t obsessed with them. I don’t remember playing any kind of dress-up.

10 Does your wallet have to match your purse?

No. It’s nice, but not a big deal. I don’t even think about that if I am buying a wallet or purse.

So…what’s your purse-onality?

11 thoughts on “Purse-onality

  1. Purse onality- I love it! My girls convinced me to get a small purse a while ago. I found that the kitchen sink did not fit into it and went back to my old “luggage” as they refer to it. Much better!

  2. This was a good post and I am going to copy and use this meme in a post. I have to make a picture of Princess’ closet door to include. She’ll be 8 on Friday and already hung up on bags. She got a new one on Saturday at the Street Festival. Her Grandma bought it for her(the rich one). It was a team purse made from cloth sort of in an enverlope shape. I was thinking: I could make these and sale them. I looked at patterns yesterday but didn’t find that one. I may have to buy another similar one and modify it.
    I saw this orgainzer at Bed, Bath & Beyond that you use in your bag. Just take it out and put it in the new one. I thought that was a neat idea. Right now, I just have a few little bags in mine to keep things where they go. I like an organized bag.
    Mama Bear

  3. Ooooo! Handbags? Meme? This is soooooooo meeeeee! I LOVE handbags! I am to handbags what most women are to shoes! LOL! I could live in Flip Flops – but give me a NICE handbag!!! Now to ME, nice can be anything from Walmart up to Vera Wang as long as I LIKE it! LOL! Of the bags you showed us, I like your navy one best! I WISH I could HAVE a black bag! I bought that DARLING one last year and then had to stop using it because Mom always thinks it’s hers and goes through it and takes things! UGH! Yea… I will be doing this – probably tomorrow! 🙂

  4. i enjoyed your purse post.! i can totally relate to this-i have very specific guidelines a purse needs to have before i can purchase it. i like some of the trendy purse but so far the ones i have looked at just haven’t met my specifications so they didn’t make it for me. also i refuse to pay a lot of money for a purse. the last one i bought was from target on clearance for $11 it is very nice and i still had money left to keep in my purse! 🙂 — and yes- i am the one carrying the purse and i don’t carry it for others enjoyment–i enjoy your blog!

  5. Hi Barbara, this is interesting. You have some great purses there. I don’t think I’ve changed my work handbag for the longest time and the handle is showing signs of wear and tear. My wallet’s is zip is also acting up. Maybe it’s time?…

    I’ve enjoyed reading the meme answers. My wallet and purse are totally unmatchable. LOL.

    And finally, my purse-onality:

    You tend to be relaxed throughout the day. You are naturally at peace.

    You tend to be relaxed but alert. You keep your eye out for anything unusual.

    You tend to be on high alert. You are very aware of your surroundings.

    You are a high maintenance person. You feel lost outside of your normal environment.

    You are an organized and together person. You are competent and successful.

    You are practical and down to earth. You tend to be a rather reserved and quiet person.

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