Purses are a very personal thing for most women. Not just the kind of purse we each carry, but also how many purses we own. I would never try to buy a purse for another person — not even my own daughters because I’m sure that what I like will never be what they like. Picking out a purse for someone else is like trying to select a dress for someone without knowing their size or favorite color. Plus — since I can’t ever decide on a “perfect” purse for myself, what makes me think I can do it for someone else?
There is also the issue of price. Some women have no trouble spending $300 on a purse – and we even see celebrities who will spend in the thousands for a purse. However, when I think about what ends up in the bottom of my purse (used tissues, candy that has escaped its packages, odd pieces of paper from God-knows-where and in the days of babies there were lots of other gross things at the bottom of my purse we won’t mention here) – I just can’t make myself spend more than about $50 for a purse. Who am I kidding? I don’t like spending more than $25 on a purse! It just seems plain silly. Of course, I have to remember I didn’t really carry a purse until I was in my twenties – pockets worked just fine for me!
Recently I walked through some purse stores at an outlet mall — Coach, Michael Kors and Kate Spade. I’ve decided that I am alone in my aversion to spending HUGE sums of money on purses or even owning more than one at a time. The stores were packed and there were people actually buying a purse which has large C’s all over just for the pleasure of being able to say they owned that brand – and a lot of these people already had a perfectly good purse hanging on their arm at the time! I just stood in a corner, eyes wide with wonderment and then almost fainted when the “sales rack” only had purses which sold for $150! Talk about being in the wrong store!
I also only own one purse at a time. I don’t change with the season, with my coat, with my shoes or based on my whim at the time. I use my purse until it wears out. I don’t pick a purse that will go with everything — because most of the time it is tucked away in a drawer at work or sitting under a table at a restaurant – which again, if I’m spending over $300 on purse seems stupid! I wouldn’t lay my fur coat on the floor (if I owned one) or even walk barefoot there — but I have no problem letting my expensive purse sit on a floor which has probably had all kinds of gross stuff spilled on it!
I am only particular about a couple things for my choice of purse. One of them is the price as we have discussed and the other is that it must be bright-colored. I want red or deep blue or even purple! None of this stupid brown or black stuff – and I definitely don’t want to be paying someone to advertise their brand all over my purse. I like unique things – as evidenced by my love of my husband! The only brown purse I really loved was a hand-tooled leather purse which was the perfect price — FREE!
My perfect purse? Well that is easy. It would be shiny (preferably red or purple) – have lots of room for my junk but not so much that the stuff would get lost – it would be as close to free as possible – and the best part would be that someone holding one of those purses that obviously cost well over $300 would say to me – “I just LOVE your purse!”