Sunday, 15 April 2012

Handbags


I recently bought a new handbag, which was followed by moving contents of my old handbag to the new one. This is always, without exception, an interesting experience; I’m even considering calling it a journey.

You see, women tend to carry around a lot of things, almost all of them equally important and/or needed, and all of them need to be carefully moved to their new, most often bigger home. I’ve noticed that my handbags are getting bigger as I’m getting older and there are more and more things I can’t leave my home without. A makeup bag is one of those essential items my life depends on; and those also tend to grow as years pass, just as wallets do. There are several other objects that I can’t live without – a planner, a water bottle, hand moisturiser, sunglasses, my iPod and so forth. Then, there is also clutter that ends up in my handbag by chance, such as wrinkled receipts, old theatre or movie tickets and an old pack of gum; those can usually be found at the bottom of a handbag or in some more or less secret compartment. The clutter won’t be transferred to the new bag; instead it’ll be thrown away or, in some rare cases, left in the old handbag.

I always grab the first chance I get to move things from my old bag to the new one. This is usually in the car; while Mr S drives us home from the successful hunt I admire the catch and make the transition. This time it was different though; I bought the bag in the city centre and had to survive the whole bus ride home with my new acquisition patiently waiting in a huge pink shopping bag.

As soon as I got home I took my new precious out of the shopping bag and proudly displayed it on the white sofa, which is used as storage for all sort of things rather than sitting. The right end is reserved for my handbag and the left one for Mr Starlights bag; between those two we usually put our clothes when we change and don’t feel like folding them right away. From time to time it becomes a bookshelf when I put a bunch of books that need to be returned to the library right next to my handbag, making sure I won’t forget them at home just in case I’ll be leaving the apartment in a hurry the next morning.

I recently bought a new handbag, which was followed by an interesting journey. Moving contents of my old handbag to the new one always includes finding an item or two I forgot about and it recalls a happy memory that draws a dreamy smile to my face.  


Photo was taken by my friend Alja, you can find more of her magnificent photos here.

15 comments:

  1. Love handbags. Even more I love the old ticket stubs from movies I had forgotten about, or the receipt from lunch dates with my boys. Always makes me smile.

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  2. Sometimes I feel like changing my handbag even though there is nothing wrong with the one I am using it is just that every now and again I feel the need for a change and yes our bags do often get larger the older we get as you said there are just so many things we need to have with us..........lol

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    1. I totally understand you and believe, you're not the only one ;)

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  3. Changing hangbag time is usually a de-clutter handbag time for me. But yes, sometimes I find things that trigger an old memory

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    1. Same here. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  4. I'm actualy a convert to the 'Man bag.' Where to put my keys, money etc?

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  5. Love this post! I am such a purse person! Anyone that knows me knows they can make me happy with a new purse. It doesn't even have to be that expensive (although expensive is always welcome) to make me happy.
    I have lost count of how many times a new purse has been "broken in" while in the car going home from, as you called it, "the successful hunt". Sometimes, if I am by myself and need to drive home, I sit in the car and exchange contents before pulling out of the parking spot.
    Any post about purses is a good one and we have the bonus of it being so well written!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story Barbara and also thanks for compliments :)

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  6. I only use handbags for special occasions but I enjoyed your take on it. Perhaps you'll make a convert of me yet.

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    1. You don't use handbags? Where do you carry things such as wallets, keys etc.?

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  7. I liked this post about the much beloved item of all women, the handbag. I noticed you referred to it as "precious" I Did not realize you all named your handbags. Through my like I have learned about the common thread that runs among women and their handbags, an I think you described it well with this short story. Bravo. -K

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  8. Oh yes. I know all about changing handbags. And huge, gigantic ones! I love finding money I'd put away for safe keeping when I switch back to reusing my old handbag. Your description was great - I could really picture you proud as anything!

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    1. I put my “emergency money“ into hidden compartments of my wallet but I do know how good it feels when you find money somewhere :)

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