My obsession is...handbags. I really, really love 'em. Clutch, tote, shoulder bag, carry-all, backpack. And it isn't the very expensive ones either. I have bought one for as little as three dollars. I like distinctive. Here's a photo:
The word handbag works better for me. The old-fashioned term purses, a drawstring bag men and women used to keep their valuables in, never appealed to me.
But why bags? Some people collect shoes. My feet are small--really. Size seven, narrow. And, that's a hard size to find.
Handbags don't really have the same kind of size issues.
Why don't I get rid of some? Actually, I do. I toss the ones with scuffed corners. Torn fabric. Damaged handles. Just bought and then regretted. (Hey, we've all been there!)
What kinds do I have? A couple of cool ones from Italy. Mary Frances, Margaret Smith of Maine, Hobo, Enid Collins (yep, the spangled ones from the sixties), handmade felted, Coach, vintage ($3.00!!), gifts (decoupaged from the sixties), ones saved from high school.
How can one person use that many? I have a fav I'll carry for about a month, then switch. If I go out for a special evening, I swap for an appropriate one. I change for church because I want to match my outfit. Sometimes, I choose because of my needs for the day, like a backpack, or large carry-all for the mini-laptop and a drink.
Here's my confession: Usually the heroine in my story carries a note-worthy bag. *vbg*
So, share with me. Which are you? A shoe or bag lady?
Vicki Batman is kicking back with her diet Coke and "researching" handbags on eBay. Find her at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com OR at: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com
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