“This is why I never change bags.” I was packing up some things recently and realized the gravity of my bag obsession when I needed one large box solely for storing my large bags. To clarify, this box didn’t include my handbags or clutches, which I also needed boxes for. Now, I don’t see a problem with my owning this many purses. I love every one of them and will not give them up. No the problem, dear Reader, is that on any given day anyone who knows me could put wagers on which purse I’ll be wearing. And it won’t be difficult for them to win big.
For as much as I love a beautiful tote, purse or clutch, I can’t for the life of me wear 95% of them during the course of a year. You all know why, but let me illustrate anyway.
Monday: You walk into Walgreens (or your neighborhood drug store) ready to drop dollars in the cosmetics section. But you’re no careless shopper. You’ve racked up store credit and now have four bucks off your next makeup purchase. You stuck that coupon into your bag determined to remember to use it this time. You make your choice– maybe some new blush, a brush or bronzer. You get to the register feeling like a winner. You dig into your purse. You dig some more. No coupon. That’s when you remember: “I left it in my other purse. This is why I never &*%$# switch bags!” But here you are in line, so what do you do? Pay full price and curse the day you tried to be a lady and switch out your purses to better match your outfit.
These scenarios happen everyday all over the country to all sorts of women, and yet, don’t we all buy that new bag always hopeful that someday we’ll be ladylike enough to wear it? And every time we accomplish that goal something gets left behind. The perfect lipgloss? In your other bag. That old Band-Aid you now need? Other bag. Tampon? Other bag. Insurance card? Other bag.
Do I have a solution for ending this vicious cycle? I wrote one down but left it in….
So what’s a girl to do? Should I let go of my beautiful bags of every sort? Say it ain’t so. I’ve even considered taking photos of each one and conducting a poll, a competition of sorts, and keep the 10 most popular. Yes, I said ten. Judge me if you want to; I love myself; I can take it.
I don’t know guys. They have been looking pretty lonely in that box. I could just get my life together and start getting ready to go places in a timely way so that I’m not rushing when transferring things from one bag to another. I’m not sure if I’ve reached that stage of awesomeness in my life just yet!
Most of my bags are vintage, given to me by my mother or found in thrift stores. Here’s a small sampling.
I think I’ll set a goal. For the next month, my goal is to keep at least 10 of my bags in regular rotation. If I can’t accomplish that with any level of satisfaction, then I will let go of most of them. May the force be with me.
Do any of you have a love affair with purses?