Thursday, April 26, 2007
Hereto forever more known as “bag lady”
I’ve never been a purse sort of gal. Oh sure, I have always had a couple of tiny, tiny purses (you know the kind that only fit a few bills and a tube of lipstick) for my occasional grown-up nights out, but for everyday use I’ve stuck with what I refer to as a large wallet. If you look at the pictures I’m sharing, you’ll see how unorganized the large wallet option can be!

After Hetty died, her daughter came in and went through all of her things to prepare much of it for donation. Hetty’s husband, Jack, insisted that I have a few of her favorite things, like the black purse that you see below. I didn’t have the heart to tell Jack that I don’t do purses, so I took it home. Once I got it home, I contemplated giving it away but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it…it was one of Hetty’s favorite purses, after all. It made me think of her fondly when I looked at it.

So I decided, “I guess it wouldn't hurt to give the purse a try.”

It didn't take me long to transfer the contents of my large wallet into this purse and take it out for test drive.

It also didn't take Oronzo long to start teasing me about carrying a "little ol' lady" bag.

Come on now! Even at 85 years old, Hetty was one stylish lady! Does this look like just another "granny" bag to you? Having never owned a real purse before, I'm a bit fashion challenged in this area.

No one ever clued me in as to what cheap entertainment a purse can be for a toddler. This purse kept Snuggle Bug distracted in a restaurant last night for nearly 30 minutes. He pulled everything out of my bag, examining each piece as if it were a hidden treasure newly discovered. He put everything back in the purse, rearranging items with zeal. He was quite fascinated! It was if he'd never seen a purse before. Come to think of it, he probably hasn't, at least not a mommy purse.

I realize now that, if I'm going to keep using this purse, I'll need a small billfold for my money and credit cards, rather than leaving these things floating around in a jumbled mess in one of the three large pockets. Who knew that purses would need accessories?!

Does anyone have suggestions on where I might find a nice black billfold? Are there any companies out there reading my blog that would like to donate a black billfold in exchange for some linkage love!

Anyone? ((sound of crickets chirping))

Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to take my "little ol' lady" purse and go shopping!

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At 1:29 AM, Anonymous chelle said...

How sweet that you have a little something that was your friends.

You can find way cuter purses to match your wonderful personality :)

At 4:29 AM, Blogger Chaotic Mom said...

Black bilfolds are a dime a dozen...if you live near a Wilsons Leather go check it out and parade around their clearance section. I bought a snazzy hot pink one a not too terribly long ago for about $4.00. Some may be more expensive some not. Their clearance is usually another 50% off the clearance price, and if you dig you might find a good gem....I buy all my purses from them.

I carry a purse (like it was a sick addiction) but our daughter never wanted to go thru mine, however grandma's has something magical and powerful in it because even now at 3 1/2 that is one of the first things she wants to do when she sees grandma! And you are right it can add up to a LONG time of entertainment!

It is very stylish for a senior having it as well! Well done!

At 6:28 AM, Anonymous -S. said...

Just found your site and love it.
So glad you are enjoying the purse from Hetty.


At 6:49 AM, Blogger crissybug said...

How sweet is that. I inherited my grandmothers dining room table. It is such a sweet reminder of the great person she was.

I too am a wallet person. Mainly because I don't want to carry around a diaper bag and a purse. You could probably find an inexpensive billfold at a wal*mart or Tar*get.

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Tammy and Parker said...

I have a huge bag that is this wild, vibrant green. I figure everything that I wear is covered in Pediasure, tape residue, and other misc,. gunk, so I deserved a bright and happy bag! lol!

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

You could even try Kohl's or JC Penny's for a wallet. I've found some nice cheap ones on the clearence racks!

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At 6:27 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

That is so nice that you have something to remember Hetty by! and a bonus that it kept snuggle bug so busy at the restaurant! I'm sure you could find a black billfold almost anywhere!

At 8:33 PM, Anonymous toni said...

I just love that Jack wanted you to have her handbag. It is quite stylish and obviously he considers it a treasure shared. I would load my "stuff" in it and carry it proudly until it wore out. How he must care for you to part with something so personal as a lady's purse, his dear wife's purse.

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Leann said...

I have found nice ones at goodwill and thrift sales.and even got a few given to me.that is a nice hand bag.
God bless.

At 6:08 AM, Blogger M-j said...

I found a designer purse with tags still on it at a Goodwill store. FOr ten dollars. So, even though I never carried a purse in my life, I had to have it. It is large enough that I can still put a diaper and wipes in it, small enough that I am not carrying a suitcase.
I found a black billfold at Tarzhay, of all places...


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