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island_girl
post Jun 19 2006, 08:09 PM
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ooooh i love those queenbee bags. i bought one of the "trucker" bags about 2 years ago and absolutely love it. it's pretty tough and fits a whole lot of stuff in it. it's perfect for travelling, zipping around on my bike, carting my laptop around, and plenty of room for an extra sweater, bottle of wine, or whatever.

i love flat bags too (http://www.flat-bags.com/); they're made of recycled bicycle tires and vintage vinyl.
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sassygrrl
post Jun 18 2006, 06:52 PM
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Just got a great Brighton purse that has little comparments for my cell phone, wallet, and a bunch of little pockets for stuff. I love it. They call it an organizer purse. I had a Coach backpack purse for years, but it was getting so heavy...
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missladyj
post Jun 17 2006, 03:59 PM
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I have one rule about purses, it must be large enough for me to discretely carry a bottle of champagne.

My favorite vintage purse that I own is called pursezilla. Anyone else name their purses?
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possum
post Jun 16 2006, 11:10 PM
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The Hermes Kelly bag... gah. It's gorgeous. But $5000. I don't think I could even charge that without passing out, even if I did have the means.

Besides, I work in a school library... all the klepto kids would steal it within minutes and use it as a bookbag or flush it down a toilet.


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possum
post Jun 16 2006, 11:06 PM
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Hmmm altargrrl.... those truckette bags are pretty sweet. I recall seeing a girl with a tote bag from Queenbee and it was really pretty.

I love carrying a backpack to work-- room for any papers and my lunch! I lugged one all through grad school too. But I don't like a backpack purse because I'm always having to reach around for keys, wallet, etc. Pain in the butt.

I wish I could downsize, but the minute I stop carrying something is the minute I will need it. Never fails.

I always have to have my wallet, asthma inhaler, phone, pens, notebook, pads/pons. It's not so much that I lug a lot around; I like having stashing room for things I come across like take-out menus and newspapers. :-)


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post Jun 16 2006, 11:04 PM
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I have a Dooney & Burke that I bought over 4 years ago and it's in their black leather with tan leather accents coloring. It goes with everything and is absolutely perfect. It easily holds my wallet, ipod, cell phone, d&b cosmetic bag, and when I had a blackberry it fit too. It's a midsized bag I suppose - not small small but not large either. *shrug* I love it, I got it at Nordstroms and it was made for them by D&B since I never saw it anywhere else.

I also have a gorgeous red briefbag that I carry to work. I take my stuff out of my purse and put it in this bag and I carry it to work. I constantly get compliments on it.

I'm eyeballing the Hermes Kelly bag though ..
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atarrill
post Jun 16 2006, 01:18 PM
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I love 9 West bags and for years have bought them, usually on sale, from my local department store (Hecht's). I am all about the small bag, too. Other women often notice my little purses and say, "I would love to carry a small purse but it wouldn't fit all I need." I used to hate purses until I realized I didn't need all the crap I carried around everyday and then I found small purses I liked that were inexpensive, almost all were 9 West, and I went crazy!

I have all kinds of little purses now and they are well-designed and last a long time. I like rather plain though "classic" bags that go with most anything, black or beige/tan, sometimes something a little crazy liked a stripped blue and white that matches one particular summer dress that I love. The 9 West bags haven't been so great the last few seasons, but the little ones I got about 5 years ago seemed small but held so much. I'm talking wallet, small camera, small hairbrush, notebook, pen, cell phone, sunglasses...! I couldn't believe all that stuff and more would go inside. I have hung on to almost all of them and switch around a lot. My favorite was a backpack style 9 West purse that could go over the shoulder or the single strap could upzip to make a backpack. It has front and back pockets and although it's a bit faded, I still use it as my airplane purse when I travel because it holds everything and the pockets are great for holding your tickets and a small book.

Designers: keep making small but roomy purses! And hooray for outside pockets.
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altargrrrl
post Jun 16 2006, 11:06 AM
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i'm not much of a purse person, either. i also don't like carrying a backpack, even though i'm in grad school. it makes me feel like i'm in high school. i have an armyish looking messenger bag that i got at target a couple of years ago that i really like, but it's not very sleek or stylish for going out to dinner or a concert or what have you. i also have a green velvety upholstery material flap bag that i got at camden market in london about 5 years ago, that is thinner and sleeker than a messenger bag, but being green, it doesn't always go with every outfit.

i'm seriously considering getting a bag from queenbee bags. i'm thinking of either this one or this one. i wish they were a little less expensive, because i'm very short on cash right now, but they are so cute and seem just the right size. same concept as a messenger bag, but smaller for everyday/going out on the town needs, when i don't need to haul around textbooks.
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possum
post Jun 15 2006, 10:26 PM
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I'm looking into this bag... Fossil flap. I'll have to see if it goes across the body.

I think maybe I'm just not a purse girl, but I also hate utilitarian messenger bags.


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post Jun 9 2006, 03:43 PM
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Bright orange Jack Spade messenger bag. Carries my laptop, and all sundry attachments. Water-resistant, sturdy, and bright freakin' orange. I love my bag.
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possum
post Jun 9 2006, 11:25 AM
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I'm almost tempted to just use a regular tote bag. I dunno.

I have a Kate Spade "Sam" style bag in a pretty cranberry color that was a b-day present. It's so pretty, but kind of annoying to carry under yr shoulder, since the boxiness makes it stick out.


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post Jun 9 2006, 10:59 AM
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Polly, I'm currently carrying exactly the same bag as you are, only the striped version! I absolutely adore it, except when you load it down, the strap flips in so the metal adjuster is against your shoulder. I'm really picky about that stuff, but it's my one and only complaint about this bag. I got it on clearance for $30, and am so happy I snagged the last one in the store. Oh, and when the strap is too short, it falls off my shoulder, so I keep it long and wear it across my chest if I'm doing serious walking and it needs to stay put for awhile.

I've got a problem with collecting handbags - expensive ones. I've bought every single one of them on clearance, though, except for one. I've got a black Fendi one that's shaped like a kidney that's good for going out or if I'm not carrying a whole lot. The best thing is the texture with the raised logo letters, but since it's black on black, it's not garishly flashing symbols or anything. I also get a lot of compliments on my fuscia/plum Kate Spade doctor's bag. It's leather, which I usually don't go for, but it's nice and open on the inside and perfect for smuggling food into movie theaters. The only problem is that since there's so much space, it gets heavy fast.

I also make cigar box handbags that are decoupaged with vintagey images and such, with other embellishments. I try to carry those whenever possible as free advertising for myself. The only problem is that since the sides don't expand, you've got to plan what you put in them so they'll close. They make great conversation pieces, though.

I'm currently looking for a really cute blue or yellow bag. I've got every other color under the sun except those two.

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post Jun 9 2006, 10:49 AM
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LadyLibrary (i love that name, being a librarian and all)... can you post a pic or a link to a pic? Thanks :-)


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post Jun 9 2006, 08:55 AM
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i recently got a marc jacobs bag on clearence that is really great. the strap is long enough to wear across the body or over the shoulder. its a cream color that matches everything. it has a double flap that closes with a magnetic button, a zipper pocket across the front for storage, the inside is divide into two seperate areas with zippers. i can fit my camera and accesories in the back of it and all my other stuff in the front area. its big but not huge or akward. i really love it. and it was not that expesive, about $120, but for a leather marc bag it is really a great price.
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post Jun 9 2006, 08:05 AM
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The purse I've been using for a year is just a regtangular pouch made from pretty frabric with a twine strap. I got it from a headshop. I like that it's big enough to fit more than just my tiny cellphone and wallet (unlike my other purses which are all tiny), but it's like a bottomless pit sometimes. There are no pockets, so when my cellphone rings I sometimes end up dumping out the whole thing in frustration. And the bag spins when I walk, so the straps gets all twisted and it's really annoying.

I've found that small zipper pouches to hold my makeup, jewelry, vitamins, etc. help with the "bottomless pit" thing though.

When I'm going someplace where I need to bring my nalgene bottle and an extra shirt or something, I use my corduroy backpack. It zips open on the side that rests against my back, it has a front pocket, and the straps zip together so you can wear it like a regular backpack or do that one-strap diagonal thing.
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post Jun 9 2006, 07:04 AM
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I was in the same boat as you, possum, with basically the same needs as you, until last Christmas when I found my current purse. It's made by Fossil, and it's called "Fairfax". I found an ebay auction with it, but it's a slightly different model. My version is green and has a flap over the top, with a magnetic "button". The one in the picture has 2 pockets in front and a zipper on top.

Anyway, when you lift up the flap on mine, there's a small pocket (it's sort of a flat pocket) and I keep receipts, coupons other scraps of paper in it. Then there's a bigger pocket that I keep my sunglasses and hairbrush in. Then there's the main part of the purse. It has 2 open "pouches", which I keep my iPod and cell phone in, and a small zipper pocket that I keep my lig gloss, breath mints, Excedrin- stuff I use regularly. Then, as an added bonus, there's a large zipper pocket on the back that's almost hidden and it's as big as the length and width of the purse. I keep my less-used cosmetics and a few hair things in there. There's also 2 buttoned pockets on the ends, but I don't really use those.

This purse has been wonderful- it's durable canvas-y material, so I can wash it. The faux button on the outside of the flap (like the ones the eBay purse has on the two pockets) fell off, but I saved it and it can easily be sewn back on.

For some reason this purse is not listed on their website, but that doesn't necessarily mean they don't carry it any more- it wasn't up there when I got mine, either. It wasn't on eBay, either, so I think it was really new in November/December and maybe they're only selling it in stores.

Anyway, I don't know if you're near a Fossil store, but this purse is worth driving 100 miles for! Otherwise, I can poke around on eBay for you- maybe there's one listed that the seller didn't put "Fairfax" in the title so it didn't come up.

ETA: Oh, and it was about $60.


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post Jun 9 2006, 03:42 AM
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I have a lloyd baker bag that holds all my crap; admittedly it is leather, but it's the best bag I own. They don't sell it any more, but it looks similar to this. If I'm going to uni though, I favour a large canvas tote, because there is no handbag on earth that can hold an A4 file and a labcoat.

My father, and/or my brother buy me a handbag every birthday and/or christmas. I have lots of handbags.
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post Jun 8 2006, 11:57 PM
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I'm thinking of picking up one of these:

http://www.mooshoes.com/invoice_variant.cgi?rm=edit&product_id=141152

I have many purses in many different styles. Although, I do use my pockets when I only need my id, debit card, & lipbalm.


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post Jun 8 2006, 11:39 PM
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Oh, and forgot to ask... if you don't carry a purse, what do you carry? Is there an alternative out there besides pockets? I'm not a fan of pocket bulges, and I have a little too much stuff to carry to get away with pockets only.


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post Jun 8 2006, 11:37 PM
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My name is Possum, and I have a bag problem.

I am 33 and I have spent about 20 years looking for the perfect purse. I've tried them all. Expensive ones. Cheap ones. Messenger. Shoulder. Backpack. Handheld. Big. Small. Tote. Compartments. No compartments. Black. Colorful. Plain. Ornate. Even some custom made ones have turned around to bite me in the ass. I have yet to find what I want.

My ideal bag should have one or two outside pockets, a bit of stashing room but not huge or bulky. Preferably not leather. Not a bunch of hanging crap, fringe or dangling junk. No useless buckles. Must be lightweight. Must be durable. Not trendy, no dumbass logos all over it. Must have a shoulder strap of some kind. Must be a bit unusual, something not everyone on earth would have. Is this too much to ask?

Here's what I haul on a daily basis:
Cell phone (black RAZR named Poe)
iPod (named iNgrid)
Wallet
Pons/Pads
Pens
Moleskine daily planner, size of a book
Small can of cop-grade pepper spray, aka Krypto
Albuterol (asthma rescue inhaler)
Digital Camera
Glasses
Lip balm, concealer, small hairbrush
.. and sometimes whatever junk I run across.

What bag do you carry?

WHERE THE HELL CAN I FIND A BAG I LIKE?!

Thank you. Please drive through.


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