Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. ( or purses, I might add)
Henry David Thoreau, Walden US Transcendentalist author (1817 – 1862)

A recent post took a peek inside my purse-this time it is an exterior shot : ) I am a bit of a nut for purses, but I don’t like to spend a fortune-so that leaves me buying inexpensive (translated, cheap) purses that are trendy and fun. Every so often, though, I will make an investment purchase-I found a great Ralph Lauren tote at an outlet mall and have had it for years. Usually, though,  it is an impulse buy because I like the color, shape or maybe even the handle.

BUT I recently started a new policy-we are not moving any time soon but isissy 3 has been a poster child of downsizing and doing it well-so, my policy is one in-one out.  I figure having 6-8 purses is indulgent but doesn’t spill over into the  “we need to talk to our sissy” category. The word purse is kind of an old word-originally meaning a place to put your coins.  In Luke 10:4 Christ instructs his disciples to:  Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes.” How many times have you gasped upon leaving home, a restaurant or visiting someone, “Oh, where is my purse??!” Because we all know that our “purse” holds so much more than a few coins-we wouldn’t dare leave home without it…. Now referred to as purse or handbag it has taken on a whole new significance of not only being a place to put our essentials but to make a fashion statement as well. In fact, the need to have a something to carry around our “stuff” AND, and at the same time, reflect a bit of our personality/culture is universal.

Drugstore, Perry Ok

Drugstore, Perry OkTarget was having a 20% off sale and this beauty was front and center-The oilcloth is kind of trendy, and it looks darling with black basics with  bright accent colors.

Target-Red-doesn't everyone need a red dress, red shoes and a red purse? Not to be worn all at the same time, mind you.....

Target-Red-doesn’t everyone need a red dress, red shoes and a red purse? Not to be worn all at the same time, mind you…..I have quite a bit of red accessories and this purse just sets it all off!

TJ Maxx

TJ Max-I loved the chain handle and I wear a lot of silver jewelry.  Perfection.

Designer Show Warehouse-40% off clearance price-which was 20% off original-Who wouldn't go for such a deal, right?!!

Designer Show Warehouse-40% off clearance price-which was 20% off original-Who wouldn’t go for such a deal, right?!!  Looks amazing with black and white outfit-with pearls

consignment shop-Salida, CO-I'm sensing a trend with the bow....

Consignment shop-Salida, CO-I’m sensing a trend with the bow….I loved the old fashioned snap closure and the patent bow was too, too cute.

Consignment shop-Salida, CO My granddaughter saw me put this back, and buy the other purse. It was the holiday season, so she surprised me and bought it for me as a Christmas present. Makes me smile everytime I use it-which is often. Perfect Church Purse : )

Consignment shop-Salida, CO My granddaughter saw me put this back, and buy the other purse. It was the holiday season, so she surprised me and bought it for me as a Christmas present. Makes me smile everytime I use it-which is often. Perfect Church Purse

Purses from Around the World

China-modern floral

China-modern floral

1880's-beaded bag with clasp-called the "kissing clasp"

1880’s-beaded bag with clasp-called the “kissing clasp”

Papua New Guinea-Bilum bag-made of rope or wool and expands

Papua New Guinea-Bilum bag-made of rope or wool and expands

China-modern floral

China-modern floral

YOUR TURN

Do you agree with iSissy1’s assessment that 6-8 purses is indulgent but doesn’t spill over into the “we need to talk to our sissy” category? Do any of you need to talk?